This week on the podcast we share something we recorded back in March of this year and seems to have become even more relevant over the past several months. We talk about truth and politics[Read more…] about Truth & Politics [Podcast #320]
Politics matter because they impact how we live. None of us are untouched by what happens in society. This would explain why emotions and anxiety can be high particularly during election season. Of course, this might not be true for all people all of the time. However, we can’t ignore their intensity when / as people engage. We thought we’d put together the first ChurchMag politics and elections survival guide to help us navigate those intense times.
The other day someone asked something like, “I know I don’t have the same political views as you, but could you pray for me?” As if their political beliefs would somehow change something for me, or for anyone. It broke me. When did politics get in the way of loving our neighbors? What place do politics have in the Church? These are some of the questions I began asking myself, ones that I hope to answer today.
Well, November 8th 2016 has come and gone, and we are left with a nation divided. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but Facebook is toxic right now. I was thinking about social media conduct post-election. Lots of misinformation, harsh tones, and unfriending going on over there. I myself fell victim to Facebook’s black hole of political partisanship with a post of my own. Deeply regretting that mistake.
On the podcast Cross Politic, the hosts had a special guest Steve Deace, a nationally-syndicated radio host answering the question “Which candidate is worse for the church?” Deace made the argument that a Trump presidency would undermine the integrity of the American church. I think this has some real merit, and we need to fight hard to make that prediction never happen.