Last Friday’s Evangelical Conference Call

On Friday, May 11, 2012 the Obama Campaign held an evangelical conference call to talk about the values that the Democratic Party holds themselves to. This conference call included Rev. Derrick Harkins, the leader of faith outreach for the Democratic National Committee; J. R. Kerr, an evangelical pastor from Park Community Church in Chicago; Rod [Read More...]

My Political Story and Journey

Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly and defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Even through disagreements, the common good of the welfare of people should always be something to bring us back to common [Read More...]

Budgetary myths that Christians should reject, Part 2:

Poverty is incredibly specific. It affects specific men, women, and children-not just the amorphous (and thus easily dismissed) “poor.” [Read more...]

Why I am a Democrat

I am a Democrat because I am a Christian. I believe human beings are created in the image of God, and are therefore worthy of more respect than we–as a community or as individuals–will be able to manage. I also believe that all people have sinned, and that this corruption has seeped into the deepest [Read More...]

Budgetary myths that Christians should reject, Part 1

Myth #1: “Asking the government to care for the poor and weak means we are failing to depend on God.” Not true. Most of God’s care for us takes place through the created order He has established, not despite it. “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28), but our continued [Read More...]

An Unlikely Convert: Spiritual Awakening of a Former Political Operative

I’m no longer stifled by the sound-bite rhetoric that defines political parties and much of our religious discourse. I’m free to work with people from all walks of life to pioneer creative solutions to some of our most pressing concerns. [Read more...]

Why I attended the Young Democrats of America Faith & Values Summit

As a Christian I know that Christ launched his earthly ministry by quoting the Hebrew text Isaiah 61 which states that the Gospel is: “good news to the poor,” yet when I look around my faith community I see my Christian brothers and sisters supporting policies and legislators that have nothing good to say to or about the poor. [Read more...]

There is a Biblical Basis for Reproductive Rights

For the past 40 years, the religious right has co-opted the discussion around abortion in this country. The foot soldiers of this movement have aggressively fought for their place as the only political and religious contingent that takes a moral, faith-based stance on abortion. And in their worldview, to take a moral stand on abortion [Read More...]

Faithful Democrats, It’s Time to Stand UP

As Christians, the way we approach politics matters. A lot. It matters to us, our families, our children, our neighbors, and especially the disadvantaged. It impacts our schools, our communities, and people all across the world.   [Read more...]

We don’t want believers to be the lap dogs of either party

Critics of the Faithful Democrats movement raise a point that is actually quite fair: “Aren’t you just reacting to the unhealthy closeness between the Church and the political right by luring the Church into the arms of the political left instead? Are you really any better?” [Read more...]