Recently, Donald Trump addressed a real problem: the embattled state of many American inner cities. Trump indicted Democrats for this: “They’ve produced only more poverty, only more crime, only more joblessness and broken homes all over the place, at record levels,” according to Politico.
What are kingdoms without justice? They’re just gangs of bandits.
–Augustine, City of God (Book IV, Ch 4, pub. 426)
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David Gushee just published a RNS piece calling for evangelicals to come to heel before the sexual revolution in its late stages. It’s time for Christians and other religious groups who support heterosexual marriage to “reconsider their position voluntarily,” in his Orwellian phrasing. Christians who do not “reconsider” in this way encourage “discrimination” against individuals who embrace a LGBT lifestyle and identity, according to Gushee. Read More ›
Alan Jacobs just published a rich essay for Harper’s entitled “The Watchmen: What Became of the Christian Intellectuals?” Jacobs, a hearteningly intellectual public figure in his own right, laments that there are few Christians today who are “prominent, intellectually serious Christian political commentators.” Humorously, Jacobs terms this the “Where Is Our Reinhold Niebuhr?” problem, the Union Seminary theologian being one of the last Christians–using that term with a bit of elasticity, for Niebuhr at times struggled with theism itself (see Richard Wightman Fox’s coverage of the correspondence between the Niebuhr brothers on this point)–to command the attention of both the secular and religious communities.
The NBA just pulled the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, North Carolina. It did so because of HB2, a legislative bill that requires citizens to use the restroom that corresponds with their birth sex. This bill has been presented in public as discriminatory toward the LGBT community. To his serious credit, North Carolina governor Pat McRory has stood his ground on the issue.
1. Many Christians are wondering how to handle our current public moment. We need to say at the outset that it makes sense to feel this tension. Living in a fallen world often entails this sort of confusion.
It was poignant to read the transcript of Donald Trump’s remarks to evangelicals in New York. Christian leaders asked some good questions, but as I read the transcript, a sense of sadness took hold of me. The gathered group of people had labored hard to strengthen America. Now, in dark times, many hoped hard for indications from Trump that he might join them in defending the permanent things.
Opinions will vary as to the clarity and sincerity of his remarks. I was not present in the room. But as I read multiple Trumpian tangents to clear questions, I was struck by two things. First, Trump either does not know what religious liberty is or does not think much about it. His answers to such queries elicited some remarkable replies, including a 1200-word answer on religious liberty in the military that covered multiple American campaigns, but little about religious liberty. I am all for a strong armed forces, but I am not heartened by the lack of clarity in these words.
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