Saturday, January 19, 2008

Understanding Mike Huckabee using Explo '72

Hmm. Had a sister who was there. I bet all this really sounds strange to Inside the Beltway Supply Side Conservatives. My favorite paragraphs with a great big, "Go Zachary!"

Looking back, it is hard to appreciate just how revolutionary these steps were for evangelicals in 1972. Crusade's Mr. Bright, one of the most influential evangelicals of the post-World War II generation, had long rejected rock music -- along with long hair and dancing. Less than a year before Explo, he told a reporter that rock 'n' roll "wasn't for us . . . because of the complaints of ex-addicts." At the time, conservative evangelicals strongly associated rock music with drug abuse. Mr. Bright's son Zachary remembers telling his father: "You can have a conservative view of music and keep what worked for you, or you can win [young people to Christ]." "I'd rather win," Campus Crusade's president responded.

The organization's embrace of rock music at Explo '72 went a long way toward revolutionizing evangelicalism's relationship with popular culture. Only a few fundamentalists seriously swim against the cultural tide today. Explo may not have changed the world, but it changed American evangelicalism.

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At 11:49 PM, Blogger Heath Countryman said...

Maybee so, but did Explo '72 also help him develop these positions:

"If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell 'em what to do with the pole."

"Be prepared, first, to put your sights on the American vessel. And then be prepared that the next thing you see will be the gates of Hell, because that is exactly what you will see after that,"

These are hardly the words of Christ. I am a Huckabee suporter as well, but we need to be sure we understand that he is first and foremost a plitician and will say what he thinks he needs to say to get elected. I doubt Explo '72 contributed to that.


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