Thinking Out Loud

October 24, 2016

Faith and Politics: A Timely Topic

To my subscribers: I apologize for posts going out at random times; I seem to be having trouble getting back on schedule after recent events.

This was featured in Skye Jethani’s newsletter today. I’ve embedded the video because so few of you click, but I hope those of you who want to watch will click through to watch on Skye’s blog.

The unpopular choices in this year’s presidential election are causing Christians to seriously rethink how they engage politics for the first time in a generation. I’m teaching a class at my church leading up to the election that weaves together scripture, theology, and history to help us hear how God is calling us to participate in the public square today. Rather than focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of candidates, the class unpacks the assumptions we hold about faith and politics, why we hold them, and what it means to cast our vote in faith rather than fear.

This first session was held on October 16. Each week I’ll post the latest session on my website.

Topics covered in this class session include:

  • Welcome & why this class?
  • Politics vs. partisanship
  • Why are we so divided?
  • Where I’m coming from
  • Statistics – How are evangelicals voting?
  • Pluralism and the Constitutional Convention of 1787
  • Four Christian views of government

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