The Prophetic Voice of America in 2017

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I’m on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. It’s part of today’s world. I don’t want it to rule my life, but I’m interested in engaging within these platforms of the 21st century.

Right across all of them – well, maybe not Google+ since it never became what Google hoped – there is constant political commentary. Actually, at times, it’s more like tirades. The right won’t stop until they’ve shamed the left; the left won’t stop until the President is impeached and dethroned.

I’ve said this not a few times, but it’s all about a political, power-hungry game.

That’s really what it is. People maneuvering for power. There is an insatiable desire to win.

It’s not centered in what is good “for the people.” Both sides are completely selfish, manipulative, coercive, and more. And it’s tiring. Continue reading

Religious Manipulation in the Political Arena

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I have held my tongue for a very long time in commenting on something I believe is grievous within the evangelical church of America. But today I came across a 5,000+ word article written by evangelical theologian, Wayne Grudem, and it pushed me over the edge.

The article is entitled, “Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice.” Yes, just let that title sit there for a moment.

In it, Grudem lists a plethora (and I mean a plethora!) of reasons why Christians should vote for Donald Trump. More specifically, as the article title asserts, to vote for Trump is the morally good choice.

Hang with me for a moment as I process a couple of things, though not for 5,000+ words! Continue reading

The Political State of Affairs

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I can’t believe I’m doing this. I really can’t. Outside of a few vague posts on social media, I have stayed completely out of making any comments about the American political situation leading into the 2016 election for the next President of the United States of America.

But, alas.

I’ve been [primarily internally] chewing on thoughts for some months now and, so, I decided to offer some reflections up to this point. I offer these thoughts not as an expert. Good gracious, no! But I do offer it by hopefully adding a little different flavor to the mix. I share these thoughts as one who has stepped outside the American context and watched it from abroad, having lived in Europe (the UK and Belgium) for 8+ years, as well as being married to a beautiful Brit. Continue reading

Prodigal Thought Podcast: The Gospel Is Political – But Not In the Way We Normally Think

podcastHere is episode 7 at Prodigal Thought Podcast.

The title of this episode is very odd: The Gospel Is Political. However, I don’t mean this in the normal way we think of “politics”. In this podcast, I share 2 brief points of why I believe the gospel is a political announcement.

Listen to or download the podcast episode below (15:05 in length). Continue reading