A Note on the Arms Trade Treaty

By Bishop Elias Taban, President of the South Sudan Evangelical Alliance We all know the massive damage that a tank or fighter jet can do.  When people visualize the devastation of violent conflict, our minds go to the big guns and bombs.  But I have spent over 40 years of my life at war.  I [Read More…]

Why I’m a Faithful Democrat

By Maggie Thornton Jesus made it clear to his disciples that “to whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48). This commandment haunts me when I think about all the material goods with which I have been blessed. Sometimes I wonder if to be a “real” Christian I should just sell everything, give the [Read More…]

The Founding Values of America!

This is the question: Has America moved away from the values that it was once founded upon? We first have to take a look at why America was established. [Read more…]

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…]