Must Read Monday: Evangelical conservatives are proving their harshest critics rightOctober 16, 2017
Evangelical conservatives are proving their harshest critics right— Washington Post, Right Turn Blog
What happens when the line between political allegiance and faith starts to blur? Things get really confusing really fast. The Values Voter Summit has traditionally been a gathering place for conservative and Christian individuals concerned about the political and public square. This year, keynote speakers included Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka— two men who promote agendas which conflict in many ways with basic, orthodox Christianity. The mixing of agendas makes it almost impossible for distinctively Christian views to be expressed.
It is no wonder many observers of public Christians active in politics are confused by the willingness to accept the Trump policies, persona and practices. We need to be able to discern if any idea — political, cultural or otherwise— is faithful to Christianity or just using the label as politically expedient, and be willing to align our lives in response.
Dan Darling writes how a distinctively Christian witness requires movement between political agendas with an eternal purpose in mind:
- Abortion and Dreamers could unite pro-life, social-justice evangelicals— USAToday opinion
Christian apologetics— the study of presenting reasoned, intellectually robust answers for the faith— is an old field experiencing new interest. Particularly among young Christians, there is a growing desire to be trained and equipped to wrestle with the great questions about faith.
The Movement of #MeToo— The Atlantic
As story after story emerges about Harvey Weinstein’s horrific behavior towards women, he has been removed from his company and the Academy. In a statement, the Academy states they wish to “send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.” But commonsense and the experience of thousands of women (and men) know removing one man from power does not fix our problem. It is a societal one. A new movement on social media reveals just how far and deep the brokenness goes.
6 Things Trump’s Religious Liberty Memo Does (and Doesn’t) Do— Christianity Today
Last week, the President released a memo on religious liberty. Here’s what you need to know about.
Why I Went to North Korea— New York Times
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff visited North Korea and reported back on his other-worldly experience. “The Hermit Kingdom” is exactly that: other-worldly. It operates in an alternative reality and underpinned by a network of falsehoods and fake news we can hardly fathom. “The Confucian emphasis on dignity that makes officials particularly resent Trump’s personal attacks on Kim.” For example he detected a “bizarre confidence that North Korea can not only survive a nuclear war with the U.S. but also emerge as victor.”
The Boy Scouts of America announced they are no longer just for the “boys.” Why does it matter that this organization admits girls? The issues go deeper than the name. The Scouts as an institution are committed to something entirely different than their founding. Read more from Trevin Wax: The Boy Scouts and the disappearance of paths— The Gospel Coalition
Persecuted for the Faith series— The Reconnect
We have a new series online featuring stories from persecuted Christians around the world. Join us as we prepare for the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church on November 5th.