It will be interesting to see how evangelicals react to this. Beyond it being a shrewed political move by President-elect Obama, I’m not sure what to make of it. Clearly the Left and a segment of the Gay community are not too happy with Obama’s decision.
Those “moderate” evangelicals who were not comfortable with the actions/statements and sensibilities of the Falwells, Robertsons, and Dobsons over the past several decades might find themselves, regardless of sensibility or nuance, making the same mistakes they believe their predecessors made, which is a too familiar and close alignment with a president, party, or political spectrum.
What would happen if American evangelicals were to realize that both the secular Left and Right are the opposite sides of the same modern Enlightenment coin? What would happen if both the secular Left and Right learned they could not co-opt and use evangelicals? What would happen if evangelicals began to shed the captive chains of modernity and came to themselves?