I do NOT think Conservative Christians are unreachable. I have had numerous conversations with my mom (who considers herself a very conservative Christian) and they have been really productive. She agrees with a lot of what the progressive movement stands for but is misinformed and her lens has been skewed.
As a Progressive Christian, I think we can reach out in a way that uses Christian ideas and rhetoric to inform and present progressive ideas. One idea I’ve had is an ad campaign on YouTube and Facebook that would run videos on the following topics:
Climate Change: use words like “stewardship” The Lord gave us stewardship over the earth and asked us to take care of it Genesis 2:15. Show B roll from Flint River Michigan and pollution from oil drilling Jeremiah 2:7. Ask them, even if they disagree with the science to become stewards with us to help stop pollution and enact policies that will take care of what God has given us. Give examples of policies that will do that. Just ad spam them.
Paid Family Leave: Use rhetoric around a strong nuclear family. Relate with them that it is hard to raise a family on a single income. Psalm 127:3-5 Children are a blessing. Let’s equally bless the lives of all families by requiring 12 weeks of paid leave for Mothers to bless and be with their children. Let’s help strengthen traditional family values by giving moms more time to bond with their babies. Giving families fewer reasons to not have a “quiver is full of them”.
Medicare for all: a plumber who owns his own business had to go to work at a — office, grocery store etc… because his daughter has cancer and they couldn’t make it without work-sponsored health care. Wish there was another option another way for me to keep being a business owner. Now it’s hard to get the time off to make it to my daughter’s appointments to hold her hand while she has Chemo.
Maybe a survey at the end that asks them how much they agree or disagree with the topic: for example: the idea of taking care of the earth and what that means to them. It’s important that we also understand and evaluate what drives conservative Christians in these areas. Like what the Right did with abortion, we can do something similar if we can tap into these strongly held beliefs of Christians for the betterment of our society.
These are just ideas I’ve had in my head since watching TYT a year ago. Now there’s a place where maybe something can come of them and help gather more support for progressive issues and draw more people into the tent!