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.
Pastor Duke Kwon says that there are four things we need to recognize when reading Matthew 22:15-22 - political power is seductive, Jesus does not fit neatly into political parties and that we should give and withhold from the government. The sound is lower than normal, so make sure to turn it up.
Teaching from Luke 3 pastor and theologian Tim Keller says that Jesus was political and not political at the same time because Jesus' definition of power is different from the world's. True power, as interpreted by the world, consists of coercion and power over people while actual power lies in changing people from the inside and self emptying.
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.
Hosts Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers say media is tough to consume as it is a mix of culture, government and industry. Recognizing those distinctions is important before diving in. The hosts do an excellent job of recommending news sources while also suggesting how to evaluate a candidate.
Political divisiveness has saturated American political culture and unfortunately there is little distinction between how Christians and non-Christians engage in conversation. But, Christians are called to be nuanced and intentional in political discourse.
Detailing the origins and the evolution of their political ideologies hosts Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns discuss that as Christians we must be nuanced with our political involvement and, regardless of the party, we must prioritize the poor and the oppressed. Those that grew up in a predominately white church or private school will identify with Burns' story.
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.