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January 14, 2020

The need to reconnect belief and behavior ahead of 2020 election | Seth Haines on The Book of Waking Up

Carmen talks with Cedarville University professor, Mark Caleb Smith about the upcoming Impeachment hearings in the Senate and ways in which people of religious faith can expect to be targeted by campaigns in the lead up to the 2020 election. They also discuss the Wall Street Journal op ed by Eric Metaxas, in which he makes “The Christian Case for Trump.” A few questions to ask yourself: can belief and behavior be faithfully dissected in the way Metaxas proposes? Is the definition he’s using for what it means to be a Christian the definition you use? How much does public witness matter when it comes to the way Christians speak to, with and about one another in public – about politics?

Carmen and Mark discuss specific statements made in the article, including:

It isn’t what one does that makes one a Christian, but faith in what Jesus has done.

In the second half, Carmen talks with author Seth Haines about his new book, The Book of Waking Up. Seth exposes the myriad ways in which Christians sedate and anesthetize ourselves to the wounds and challenges of everyday life. Carmen suggests that whatever we’re relying on in place of God – food, drink, sex, porn, shopping, social media, theology…whatever created is ordering our life right now – that is idolatry. But idolatry is a word that’s lost its meaning because we think of idols as little figurines. So Carmen introduces and probes the reality of functional atheism. Do I function day to day and moment to moment as if God is not? If so then whatever I say I believe, I’m actually functioning as an atheist – a person who believes that God is not.



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