Have you noticed that you’ve been more anxious recently? Have political differences put a strain on a relationship with a friend or family member? Has politics caused division in your church? Society is increasingly polarized and tribal. And unfortunately, we as Christians are often not immune, but at times even the worst offenders. In this episode, Patrick Miller, an author of Truth Over Tribe, helps us see the causes of our tribalism to pursue a healthier Christian political engagement.
Talk about “Christian nationalism” is quite the buzz right now. Many are currently decrying it. Some now though are readily embracing the label to champion it. So what exactly is Christian nationalism? And is it something we, as Christians, should be concerned about? Paul Miller answers, “yes,” helping us understand why Christian nationalism is both bad for our neighbors and harmful to the church.
Have you ever felt too progressive for conservatives, but too conservative for progressives? Faced with a false “either/or” framing of many issues, Christians today often times can find themselves feeling politically homeless in our current landscape. Justin Giboney and Michael Wear — and the AND Campaign — speak to this issue in their call for compassion and conviction, truth and love, concern about moral order and addressing the injustices in our society. Today Justin and Michael join Kirk for a discussion on their newest book, Compassion (&) Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement. We talk “Why should Christians care about politics?” and “How?”
In this episode, Kirk sits down with pastor and political theologian Jonathan Leeman to talk Church and politics. They discuss, what is the relationship between church and state? Religion and politics? And how do we love those with whom we disagree politically?
Resources from Leeman on politics:
- How The Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age (2018)
- Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule (2016)
- How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics? (2020) // [Update: A free audio recording of the book is now available as well.]
- “Politics, Conscience, and the Church: Why Christians Passionately Disagree with One Another over Politics, Why They Must Agree to Disagree over Jagged-Line Political Issues, and How” (Themelios: 45:1, 2020)
Today I’m releasing the first episode in what I intend to be a short series dealing with the Coronavirus–pastoral reflections on how to respond Biblically and act Christianly. Today I try to share some wisdom and Biblical reflections on responding specifically to health organizations and governments as they provide instructions to us on fighting this virus.