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
Empathy is the key to healing America. It needs to be learned as it provides the path to loving our neighbor and the solution to real-world problems.
Five practical tips – from not trusting the exit polls to being patient to which demographics to focus on – to separate the facts from the hype during election day.
A well thought out article on how the church is split between visions of the kingdom of Heaven. Whichever vision you agree with it is your duty to “reach out to those who disagree with you and demonstrate the love of Christ.”
Progress, responsibility, equality, and security are four perspectives that shape every political party. A party’s platform becomes toxic when it overemphasizes one perspective over the others. As Christians we must think long term, expect to suffer and take action to avoid this trap.
Realizing that you are not an expert on all issues, that neither the Democrat or the Republican party is Christian and that candidates are human and will fail and disappoint are three reasons to recognize how a person votes does not determine whether a person is a Christian or not.
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.
There are few words more loaded than abortion and for many Christians it is the one issue that sways their vote. Skye Jethani argues that overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn’t change the abortion rate, but improving access to healthcare and changing our local and state policies on abortion would be more effective.
If you listen to the Holy Post or have watched Phil Vischer’s videos then there isn’t much new, but if you haven’t listened to or watched those gems then this short nine minute video goes over Vischer’s main talking points about how to consume media and engage with politics as a Christian.
How do we vote as Christians? Rejecting tribalism and voting to advantage our communities is a good start.