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The Influence Of Christian Protestants In American Politics

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Throughout the year Christians have strived to do the will of God. From to converting people into Christians to making a society pleasing to God. Christians in America have been present since the colonial times. In the late 19th century, they were still thriving in the United States. In the early 20th century they were still involved in the broader American culture, committed to shaping public policy and welcome in political life. But as time continued, evangelicals started to create their own subculture, no longer involving themselves in politics and the rest of the American culture. By mid to late 20th century, evangelicals saw that the nation was becoming further way from God and it was affecting them. They sought to partly reinsert themselves in the American culture and politics and found they were not as welcome as before. Even though they are not welcome, Christians must try to do the will of God by turn peoples eyes back to Him in everyday life and politics.
In the late 19th century to the early 20th century, evangelical Christians were involved in the American culture. Evangelical Protestants shaped public policy by trying to reform the nation, according to their convictions. That is the case with prohibition. Protestants thought that alcohol destroyed self-discipline and self-control, not just drunkenness. Evangelicals sought to rid the nation of the wickedness of alcohol. William Riley, a baptist pastor in Minneapolis, preached about the immorality of liquor. Riley and various other pastors in the city pressured officials into restricting saloon hours. The prohibition movement continued to grow, several states banned the sale and production of alcohol. Thus in the case of alcohol, evangelical’s conviction was made into a public policy, and even an amendment to the Constitution.
Christians since the beginning of the United States were welcome in political life. In the early 1900s, many Christians sought to reform the nation with public schools. Christians believed that public schools would convert Roman Catholics into Protestants. They wanted to do this because they saw Catholicism a threat to democracy. When Catholics want funds for their own schools, so they wouldn’t have to go to the Protestant ones. Politicians refused because they saw no public good due to them being too narrow-minded. School also created virtuous citizens that the Founding Father deemed necessary to run the government. Protestants were trusted to create the virtuous citizens that were to one day run the government through public schools.
As time progressed, many unfortunate things happened first the Great War happened, that was soon followed by the Great Depression. People also stopped trusting the Bible and started putting their faith in evolution and science. These developments caused evangelicals to see that their ideology that the world was getting better wasn’t true. They turned to a different view that the world was continually getting worse, called...

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