Libby Anne of Love, Joy, Feminism gives us a short history of the evangelical takeover of the Republican Party (and vice versa):
It was during the Cold War that evangelicalism became welded to the free market, capitalism, and private enterprise… Many Southern evangelicals had supported the New Deal and had even at times been socialists, but… during the 1950s all this changed and evangelicalism and capitalism became forged in a way they never had been before.
Libby Anne’s memories of growing up both evangelical and politically conservative mirror my own to a very slightly more extreme degree:
Of course we were Republicans! What true Christian could be otherwise? The Republican party stood for good Christian values and Biblical policies while the Democrats stood for everything anti-Christian, from socialism to gay marriage to abortion.
Worth considering to anyone concerned more about the Kingdom than about politics.