Anyone who thinks that evangelicals are rigid stand-patters are probably picking themselves off of the floor at the news that Pat Robertson has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for the Republican Presidential nomination. It’s something I discussed back in February, and my guess is that Pat went through some of the same thought processes as well.
Although the "drive-by" media has been silent on the subject, Pat has been anything but "party-line religious right" on many issues. He expressed his doubts about the war in Iraq in 2003 and has continued to do so ever since. He opposes military action against Iran. His statement about rubbing out Hugo Chavez must be seen against the backdrop of a President that started a trillion-dollar plus war to get rid of one man. He isn’t even a "New Earth creationist," which is becoming a litmus test for real religious conservatives along with a pro-life stance.
Pat has been at Christian politics for a long time, and has figured out the limitations of the system relative to making a "righteous nation." But he will have the last laugh. If the Lord delays his second coming, the army of Christian missionaries and lay people from the "Global South" will rise to make secularist and Islamicist squirm, and that army–recruited in part by CBN Worldreach and Operation Blessing–will be his greatest legacy.