My father sent me an article from the illustrious New York Times the other day, which posed the question “Who Are We?“. Like so much of what the New York Times publishes, it is steeped in the sort of thinking that left everyone shell shocked on Election Day. If you found yourself saying things like, … More We Are Millions and Millions of Everyday Americans
In defending the somewhat cozy relationship between the American Church and wealth, many Christian leaders bring up a third point: The practice of pooling resources and eliminating poverty described in Acts 2 (See my first post for more details) was an anomaly because it was not repeated again in the New Testament. The simple answer is that … More Faith & Politics Pt 3: Is That All There Is?
Another point from those who advocate the American church’s 21st century comfort with wealth: the European and Asian churches had to send money to the believers in Jerusalem (the ones who pooled resources in Acts 2) later on in the New Testament. This suggests that by selling all they had, the believers later became financially dependent on the … More Faith & Politics Pt 2: Does Generosity Breed Dependency?
When asked about the role of the Christians in shaping civic law, many point out that Jesus did not address the social injustice of Rome (implying that Christ’s mandate was spiritual, not political). Here is my response: Many biblical scholars propose that Christ’s mandate on earth was to preach and minister to the Jews, … More Faith & Politics Pt 1: Christ’s Battle Against Corruption
Inspired by Bernie Sanders’ bold, cohesive vision for an America without poverty, I turned to the church and asked, “What is Your Response?” After all, when we take a step back and look at what the Church in Acts was trying to do, it seems that they were stamping out poverty in their communities and … More On Balancing the Call of Faith & Politics
After 48 hours, Samaritan’s Purse responded to my email. If the response was supposed to change my opinion, stated earlier in On Failing to Love Our Neighbor, it was unsuccessful. But I’ll allow you to judge for yourself: Dear Glenys, On behalf of Franklin Graham, thank you for emailing Samaritan’s Purse to express your concerns. As … More Samaritan’s Purse Responds
Senator Cory Booker’s office: I started off expressing my concern about the way Booker voted against Bernie Sanders’ amendment to import affordable drugs from Canada. The woman on the other line tried to defend the vote (something about a budget amendment) then transferred me to someone with a little more knowledge. Apparently Booker wrote another … More I Actually Called My Elected Officials (like, on the phone). Here’s What Happened.
With Hillary Clinton’s loss still fresh, the Democrats are suffering an epic case of buyers’ remourse, wondering what went wrong and if a different candidate could have changed the results. A popular line of thought from the Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party has been that Bernie Sanders would have won 2016 if he had … More Predicting Alternative Results for the 2016 General Election
Today, I end my charitable donations to Samaritan’s Purse. The great work done they have done abroad cannot undo an unforgettable display of xenophobia put on by Franklin Graham. The money will go instead to World Relief, an organization that is not so easily swayed by fear. Samaritan’s purse has in the past taken a … More On Failing to Love Our Neighbor
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