Tag Archives: Politics

Conservative Christianity: The Rejection of Crisis

Conservative Christianity: The Rejection of Crisis

Kevin T. Bauder [This essay was originally published on February 27, 2009.] Conservative Christians recognize that they have received a doctrinal and moral patrimony. They wish to leave this legacy to be enjoyed by their children for generations to come. In order to conserve their heritage, they must pledge themselves both to guarding the integrity… Continue Reading

Taking Scripture out of Context to Make a Political Point

Taking Scripture out of Context to Make a Political Point

Politics have always been divisive, and it is always especially sad when Christians allow politics to cause them to behave in un-Christian ways. Yet what is also problematic is when Christians take Scripture out of context in an attempt to defend their political views. I’ll give you two examples, one from the right and one… Continue Reading

Vote so as to obey the Second Greatest Commandment

Vote so as to obey the Second Greatest Commandment

The current presidential election in the United States has presented a conundrum of sorts for conservative Christians. My aim here is not to defend any position or support any candidate. Rather, I would like to answer the question, why should a Christian vote in this presidential election? But first, I need to address bad reasons for Christians to… Continue Reading

Reading to Understand Conservatism

Reading to Understand Conservatism

The current political season has revealed that many avowed conservatives are less driven by ideas than they are by resentment and ambition. The turn from thoughtful conservatism to a conservatism of bitterness is unfortunate. Conservatism begins with ideas before it moves on to policies and then political candidates. Sadly, few today who label themselves conservative… Continue Reading

On Civil Disobedience

On Civil Disobedience

The year was 1986. Even though Ronald Reagan was in his second term, abortion-on-demand remained big business in every state. That was when Randall Terry decided to initiate a more vigorous kind of anti-abortion activism. He chained himself to a sink in an abortion clinic, effectively preventing access to abortions until he was arrested and… Continue Reading

What About Muslims?

What About Muslims?

Controversy over Islam is increasing both within American religion and among American political candidates. On the one hand, a Wheaton College professor was recently disciplined for suggesting that Christians and Muslims really worship the same God. This action has sparked a robust dispute among evangelicals. On the other hand, some office seekers have demanded a… Continue Reading

How To Think About Israel

How To Think About Israel

The state of Israel is in the news at least weekly, sometimes daily. The United States is still the greatest supporter of Israel, but public perception is that the Obama administration’s backing is less than enthusiastic. In spite of this assessment, the Obama administration was the first to sell bunker-buster bombs to Israel, and it… Continue Reading

“Jesus would not be for government mandated universal healthcare.”

“Jesus would not be for government mandated universal healthcare.”

I have been very disappointed to see quite a few evangelicals (especially of the “young, restless, reformed” stripe) supporting and defending more government involvement in daily life, including government mandated universal health care. J.P. Moreland provides an excellent biblical case here for limited government. While preaching at a large church, I asked the congregation, “Do… Continue Reading

Mohler, Mormons, and Militancy

Mohler, Mormons, and Militancy

On Monday of this week, Albert Mohler, Jr. delivered an address at Brigham Young University. Mohler is the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the largest Baptist seminary in the world. If one reckons Baptists as Protestants, then it would be the largest Protestant seminary in the world. Brigham Young University is the most prominent… Continue Reading

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

The word paradigm is used literally as a grammatical term, but it can also be used metaphorically to refer to a shared set of basic assumptions. A paradigm shift occurs when a community rejects its old assumptions in favor of a new set. The perspective of the community changes and it sees the world differently… Continue Reading

Time to Focus on Religious Freedom

Time to Focus on Religious Freedom

This in an interesting look at the homosexual marriage issue as it relates to religious freedom. What it is missing, however, is that even if I agree that I shouldn’t impose my Christian beliefs on others (for why should I expect unbelievers to share my values? My primary objective should be to evangelize them, and… Continue Reading

The Lord is God (still)

The Lord is God (still)

As conservatives, it can be easy to grow discouraged. There are very few of us. It seems that all of American Christianity (sorry, David de Bruyn) is abandoning the way of worship that we understand to be reverent. The good, the  true, and the beautiful rarely brings in an audience. Our churches are shrinking. Fundamentalism… Continue Reading