May the reality that I cannot know the whole Truth never keep me from bearing witness to what I can and do see.– Prayer, Justin McRoberts
*NOTE*: This list is continually being updated through the election season
Studies, and probably in your own experience, have shown that there is a political divide between younger and older generations of Christians. Being disappointed without being disrespectful, recognizing that history repeats itself and taking the time to pause and critique our own motivations are three ways we can bridge the gap between the younger and older generations.
Author Michael Wear argues that most Christians have an obligation to participate in politics, but then tries to debunk his own argument.
Because the Christian worldview addresses all areas of life and the fact that politics are unavoidable are just two of the four reasons why Christians need to engage in politics Christian ethics and biblical worldview director David Closson says.
William Bowes, a mental health counselor in Boston, MA says that pride, the moralization of politics, and the politicization of morals are three major reasons why people are so divided when discussing politics. How do we solve those issues as Christians? By learning about different perspectives on issues, knowing that we Christ’s ambassadors in all situations and because we are commanded to live peaceably with all in Romans 12.
A call to pastors but applicable to everyone to breach the subject of politics – not in a partisan way – but in distinct ways by focusing on principles before policies, using curriculum developed by the Center for Public Justice and prioritizing love – and yes that includes the people you disagree with.
From the common false gospels of today to the excellent recommendations for liturgies and sacraments to orient one towards Jesus, Kaitlyn Schiess covers a lot of ground in the well researched The Liturgy of Politics.
Pantsuit Politics Podcast co-hosts and lawyers Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers have over 525 episodes and five years of experience talking about controversial issues. In I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) the duo distills the lessons they’ve learned from the podcast into ten rules for Christians to guide them as they discuss politics. From advocating for talking about politics, to getting curious about other people’s views, to being comfortable with nuance and paradox, Holland and Silvers provide practical ways to breakout of political divisiveness and engage in conversations with grace and nuance.
Humans are created in the image of God. That sentence is what Christians should build their framework around for political engagement. Not a political party, not a tribe and not an ideology. Human dignity is one the major themes that flows throughout Compassion (&) Conviction.
In a helpful and practical conversation co-hosts Thabiti Anyabwile, Nick Rodriguez, and Ben Brophy discuss the criteria and priorities each of them use to vote on a candidate while acknowledging that whatever view they take is imperfect.
In an intriguing 56 minutes the Up First Podcast details the history of how evangelicals became synonymous with the Republican party – a history that has its roots in the 1800s with an Anglican minister named John Nelson Darby.
In a polished Radiolab (NPR) style presentation complete with commentary interspersed with interviews and upbeat music the hosts expertly tell the story of polarization and its two main effects on Christians.
A short 21-minute sermon from pastor Thomas McKenzie of Church of the Redeemer (Nashville, TN) that is based on five principles found in Colossians to guide the church when engaging in politics. The sermon is accessible and delivered with humor.
In an engaging information packed 45-minute sermon Justin Giboney says, “Christians on both sides of the political spectrum need to ask themselves if they are going to be accomplices or cross bearers. Will we add to the tribalism and division or will we be models of civility and reconciliation? Walk with me into this tension.”
Using a football game with two teams (the warring ideologies of culture), officials (Christians), a rule book (the Bible), and a crowd (the people of the world) as an analogy Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (Dallas, TX) pastor Tony Evans says that God has a unique perspective on voting.
A five-part devotional focusing on politics totaling 69 minutes presented by pastor Scott Sauls of Christ Presbyterian Church (Nashville, TN). Short and insightful – a fantastic place to start your journey towards what it means to be a Christian and be involved in politics. This also would be a solid resource to integrate into your quiet time, Bible reading or a small group setting.
Ever wondered how a local church can affect local legislation? The Ordinance tells the story of faith leaders from several denominations uniting to change the predatory lending of payday loan companies in Texas.
A well rounded discussion with southern Baptist leader Dr. Richard Land, the AND campaign’s Justin Giboney and Michael Wear, author Kaitlyn Schiess, recording artist Michael W. Smith with Issue One’s Weston and Zach Wamp moderating the talk.