Category Archives: Christian Politics

There’s a Better (More Difficult) Choice in 2016

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ChBF2_xWUAA7zv9[1]As the Body of Christ, Christians are commissioned to carry-on the mission Jesus inaugurated in Palestine 2,000 years ago, so it only follows that as we chart our course from season to season we should model our work on His example. Jesus lived out his earthly life at a time in Israel’s history that was as contentious and even more perilous to his nation’s fortunes than our own. Rome had been dominating Israel for almost a century when Jesus began his ministry, and the Jewish people were chafing under burdensome taxation, repressive enforcement of Roman law, corrupt and anti-Semitic Roman rulers, and ruthless military occupation. Read more

On Politics and Finitude

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89750_Entitlement-Reform-by-John-Darkow-Columbia-Daily-Tribune-Missouri-515x398[1]Once upon a time political engagement seemed wise and noble to me, and the inverse struck me as irresponsible at best, but as the passing years and consistent reading of the past have conferred on me something called perspective, my interest in politics has waned. A faint glimmer remained until the 2016 Presidential circus, I mean campaign, snuffed it out. This current cast of characters seems to embody all the folly of modern western civilization, and unlike past elections this one has made all the more clear the futility of democratic government perpetuated by universal suffrage. Read more

Biblical Authority and the Historical Trajectory – Part 1

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800px-Eugène_Delacroix_-_La_liberté_guidant_le_peuple[1]The Kim Davis controversy has once again invigorated the conservative Christian movement in its ongoing fight to “win back” America from the radical elements that are rapidly eroding its “biblical foundation.”  This movement gained momentum during the Reagan years (1980 – 1988) under the leadership of Jerry Falwell and James Dobson, among others, and its major components are an Americanized Christianity rooted in Biblical literalism woven together with a patriotism colored by a quixotic view of America’s founding.  At moments like this, they seem unaware that these two commitments are at odds with one another.  I intend to dedicate the next few posts to exposing and analyzing the tension within the conservative Christian worldview.  We need to begin by identifying where the U.S. stands in the flow of history. Read more

Kim Davis’ Imprisonment is a Win for Religious Liberty

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On his blog, Revangelical, Brandon Robertson, makes a compelling point about the Kim Davis controversy from another angle.  Robertson argues:

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“Religious Liberty is a concept that is based on the First Amendment of the Constitution which states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” It is the fundamental principle that ensures that all Americans will be able to practice their religious convictions freely and openly without fear of government regulation or prohibition. It is also the principle that bolsters the idea of the separation of Church and State. While religious institutions are guaranteed protections against any government regulation or involvement in their religious life, the government is also protected from religious institutions attempt to garner political power over the nation. What this means is that anyone who functions as an agent of the state must remain religiously neutral, providing equal service, treatment, and rights to all people of all religious, ethical, social, and cultural backgrounds. Read more

The Devil’s in the Details

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c8014851f2c672ff12bcf30f9d88dad4[1]Jesus was unambiguous when he told his disciples that following Him would cost them much…maybe even their livelihood.  However, these sacrifices are the inevitable result when the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man clash as has been happening for the past 2000 years.  The irony of these skirmishes is that victory for the Christian comes when she refuses to draw the sword and receives the blow graciously in imitation of her Champion who prayed on behalf of his murderers, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” Read more