If you’ve been paying attention, then you’ll have noticed a theme to my articles here at FaithfulPolitics.org over the last several months: from airplanes to Office Space to the book of Revelation, we’ve been focusing on a call to Kingdom-minded Christian engagement with the political structures of our world. However corrupt a government might be [...]
An Unnecessary and Superfluous Bill In Part 1 we distinguished between positive and negative rights, saw how they are biblically grounded, and how they apply to the Second Amendment. In addition, the Bill of Rights enumerates many other negative rights that are natural and God-given, and thus already exist. It wasn’t that the right to free speech, [...]
Gun control is a major debate in our country right now due to the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the subsequent push by legislators at both the state and federal level to implement more restrictive gun control measures. One aspect of this debate focuses on the Second Amendment, its original intent and the [...]
If there are three things we can agree on they are this: you’re not drinking enough water, land wars in Asia are unwise, and Protestants – if given the chance – will choose to discuss eschatology over any other theological topic. Over the course of the last eighteen months, I have given several surveys to [...]
How has your “walk” been lately? Have you been “going through a season” of something unusual? Perhaps you’ve been praying and felt like God has really “laid something on your heart,” whether you were having your “quiet time” or loudly seeking “second blessings.” No matter what church you come from, it’s fair to say that [...]
What is the first political issue that you think of when you hear the phrase “the value of human life?” It’s probably abortion, right? In my experience, this is the most common issue that is associated with the idea of valuing human life, especially among American Christians. And as someone who believes that a growing [...]
How often have we Christians suddenly elbowed our way into a conversation – particularly a political one – only to be met with angry stares and frustrated responses? For many people, the only time a Christian is visible is when our certain pet social issues are suddenly in the media again. It should come as no surprise to us that everyone else is confused at our sudden desire to play in their sandbox when we are so normally content to play in our own.
This past year the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good released an edited volume containing their proposal for a Christian engagement with politics, A New Evangelical Manifesto: A Kingdom Vision for the Common Good. And while this work can be frustratingly far-left in orientation, it does demonstrate what this growing slice of evangelicalism sees as the defining issues of our time.
Some time ago we examined a few of the potential pitfalls of both liberalism and conservatism. As these ideologies are at the very center of contemporary political dialogue—particularly for the increasingly divided evangelical Church—it may be helpful to spend a little time better understanding the strengths and weakness of each of these ideologies. In our [...]
A few weeks ago, the Academy Awards announced the top nine 2012 film nominees for the coveted best picture award. In honor of the impending award ceremony on February 24, I made it my goal to watch them all. I’m six films in, and I haven’t been disappointed with the many powerful movies like Les [...]
6/14/13 •Only What Works: An Approach to Christian Policy-Making
6/07/13 •The Nature of Rights and the Second Amendment (Part 2)
5/31/13 •The Nature of Rights and the Second Amendment (Part 1)
5/10/13 •Eschatological Engagement: A Revelationy Reason Why Christians Should Be Politically Minded
5/20/12 •How To Be Conservative Without Being A Culture Warrior
4/09/12 •Tim Tebow and Cosmopolitan Christianity
1/11/12 •Illustration Of The Federal Budget
1/03/12 •The Faith Of A Candidate
9/28/12 •The Crossroads: Reducing Abortions
4/23/12 •The Crossroads: Earth Day
3/15/12 •The Crossroads: Should Christians Support Income Redistribution Efforts By The Government?
1/06/12 •The Crossroads: Can a Christian Vote for a Mormon?