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January 28, 2019

Connecting Faith 1-28-2019 Curing loneliness, #PraytheNews, how do you identify, and Matthew Soerens on Christian principles on immigration

Pill for loneliness?

Responding to an article in The Guardian about the development of a pill for loneliness, Carmen comments: “It was the practice of Jesus to go to a deserted place to be alone with the Father every morning. Paul sought time alone in the wilderness after his conversion, just to be alone with God. Time alone with the Lord is a spiritual practice and discipline but the Christian life is intended to be a life lived in genuine restored relationship not only with God but with the self and others. The Christian life is a life in community, in the fellowship of the body of Christ, in the family of God (the Church) and in shared acts of witness and service to others. If so many people are so lonely, what does that say about the effectiveness of Christians today in identifying and reaching out to those who are disconnected? And, if among those who identify as lonely we can assume there are some who are Christian, what does that say about the health of the local church and the individual experience of discipleship of those sisters and brothers?” There’s not a pill for any of that, but there is the Gospel and its people.

Carmen then talks with Matthew Soerens, U.S. Director of Church Mobilization, World Relief and National Coordinator of the Evangelical Immigration Table about the principles Christians bring to bear on the immigration, refugee, asylum and government reform conversations today.

In today’s Connecting Point, Carmen asks, “What does it mean to identify with a particular political party? What if others in that party don’t see you as “one of them?” Apply that same question to those who identify as Christians but who openly deny the historic tenets of the Christian faith and much of what the Bible says. Are they Christians just because they claim to be? Who has the authority to judge that reality one way or the other?

What is your primary identity in the cultural conversations of our day? Is your first inclination to answer with partisan political talking points or with the application of the mind of Christ to the matters of the day?

What if I answered the identity question by telling you that I’m a Christian. How would you respond to that?

What does it mean to subordinate everything, including politics, to the Lordship of Jesus Christ?

(If you’re feeling defensive right now, re-read these questions. There is no partisan insinuation here. There is no leaning toward the Dems nor the GOP in what is asked here. So, if you’re feeling defensive, what does that tell you about you?)

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