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November 19, 2019

ChickFilA | being Pro-Life and Democrat | An Australian Clergyman who sees American Christianity as unlike Christ

Carmen leads off with a brief commentary on Chick-Fil-A brew-ha-ha. She lands on 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 where we are reminded to give as God leads and not under compulsion.

Justin Giboney from The And Campaign joins Carmen for an ongoing conversation about how Christian are uniquely challenged to prioritize issues as we engage in the political conversations of the day. They discuss the re-election of pro-life Democrat, John Bel Edwards, as Governor of Louisiana and the prospects for other pro-life Democrats in social moderate/traditional states like Georgia.  Their conversation includes the challenge of the DNC party platform which is expressly pro-choice. Carmen and Justin also discuss Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his Douglass Plan for black America.

Then Carmen is joined by Aussie clergyman, professor and author, Michael Bird whose opinion piece in the Washington Post has people talking.  Bird’s observations of America, Christians and the political discourse wherein “Jesus is the endorsement everyone wants” are important to hear and reflect on. Bird says the left/right political divide in Australia is different than in the U.S. and that the ways Jesus, God and the Bible are used here in support of wildly different agendas leaves him, as a Christian, confused.

A few out-takes:

“As a scholar of the New Testament and a professing Christian, I simply do not recognize the plethora of American “Jesuses” spawned by the political left and right. What I see is neither the Jesus of Nazareth I know from history nor the Christ of faith that I know from my church.”

“Jesus, historical man and exalted Lord, does not neatly fit into any side of the political spectrum. The Jew from Nazareth cuts across traditional political lines. No party owns him — as if the Lord of the cosmos could be owned. Jesus does not answer to political super PACs and cannot be made to utter political endorsements on cue. Jesus cannot be mapped onto, let alone owned, by the American political divide.”

“For people who are serious about following Jesus and how to live out their faith in him, it is not a question as to whether Jesus believes in our politics; rather, the real question has to be whether we believe in Jesus and in his kingdom as a challenge to our politics. In other words, for Christians, the point of contention should not be whether Jesus is more conducive to Republican or Democratic parties, but whether we are prepared to break from the polarization of our politics to engage in a more authentic mode of discipleship.”

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