Well Deserved Penance

My name is John Hilton and I am delighted to be affiliated with Faithful Democrats.  That sounds awfully cliché; of the AA variety in fact.  But it is true, and anyone who knows me well enough will understand the amateur attempt at humor.  For I am a walking contradiction to the old Winston Churchill axiom [Read More...]

Happy New Year — We’re Back!

After a bit of a hiatus, I am happy to announce that Faithful Democrats is back in action. Moving forward, I want to give thanks to our old readers who have found us again and to the new ones that are just now stumbling onto our site. In 2014, we hope to use Faithful Democrats [Read More...]

Would Jesus Vote?

I saw a headline here at Faithful Democrats the other day that asked, “Who Would Jesus Vote For?” The question gave me pause. What would it even look like for Jesus to vote? Imagine Jesus walking into a polling place wearing his usual off-white tunic. He waits in line awkwardly and scans the room, secretly [Read More...]

Voting on Faith

Voting these days is an act of faith. We take the time to go to a polling station and cast a ballot even though we know our vote won’t affect the outcome of the election. And even if it did, our political system is so broken that fundamental change often seems unlikely anyway. We Americans [Read More...]

Scripture & Politics Guide Part 9: Applying Scripture in a Pluralistic Society

progressive Christians should not categorically condemn those who claim their faith must publicly inform all they do. But we should remind those who make such claims that when they take such a stance, they place a much higher burden on themselves. [Read more...]

Faithfully Democratic

I’m not into word counts. And, neither are Americans. We all know that we are known by the results of our labor . . . Values over process. Results over the superficial. Heart over strategy. Examples lived from the Word, not the example of a word. [Read more...]

If You Are Truly Pro-Life, You’d Vote Democrat

If you feel like “Life” is the sole issue Christians should vote on, I don’t see how you could do anything but vote Democrat.
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Part 8-Countering the Right’s Pharisaical Approach to Piety

The tendency of many leaders of the religious right and Republicans to focus on purity and on following the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit is not a problem unique to American politics…the idea–repeated by the prophets, Christ, and then throughout the epistles–that more is required of us than simple belief or a statement of faith is made especially clear in James. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and they shudder!” (James 2:18-19).
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RNC: “We Built This Convention on . . . Public Funds . . .”

Tim Beach-Verhey has already done an excellent job of covering the manufactured controversy around the President’s remarks about how we built this country by working together, and of exploring the theological underpinnings of the two competing views of America that are being put forward . . . As for the irony of the Republican’s choice for their convention site, I’ll let that speak for itself. [Read more...]

Scripture Guide, Part 4: On Corruption and the Exploitation of Workers

Time and again the Bible makes clear that what God demands and takes pleasure in is not acts of piety and the scrupulous following of purity codes. Instead, God asks His followers to witness love through our actions and the policies we enact in government, business, and all other institutions. [Read more...]


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