I am now in Copenhagen, where I have an internet connection. The conference I spoke at was held at an Inner Mission Bible college, where Christian young people go after they graduate from high school and before they go to University. Here they study Christian doctrine, the Bible, and apologetics in a way designed to help them withstand the onslaught on their faith that they will soon encounter. I think that’s a very good thing to do.
This week all of the students went on a mission trip to Ethiopia, where they will work with Mekane Yesus, one of the largest Lutheran churches in the world that has just left the liberal Lutheran World Fellowship and is working to rebuild its theological infrastructure (with the help of the LCMS). So the 150 or so Inner Mission workers and I stayed in their dorms, which do not have internet. (“While they are here,” I was told, “we want them to concentrate on God.” Another good idea.)
So I wasn’t able to blog about a lot of topics that came up. Nancy Reagan’s death. More primaries. More controversies. More craziness.
I’m always being asked about the American elections and Donald Trump. The Danes realize whether they like it or not–and whether we like it or not–that the United States really does play an important role in the world and that the President of the United States really is the leader of the free world. They can’t imagine Trump–with his belligerence against other countries, his ignorance, and his hostile personality–playing that role.
In defense of my country, I explained that the American people are frustrated with politicians of both parties. Republicans are rebelling against the establishment by voting for Trump; Democrats are rebelling against the establishment by voting for Bernie Sanders. The Danes could understand that and can sort of share that feeling. But Trump would be a disaster, which I had to agree with.
They were very amused that Sanders wants to make the United States like Denmark. They seemed to understand, if Sanders and his supporters don’t, that it’s not that simple.
I’ve been learning a lot about Christianity in Denmark, which many observers dismiss as purely secularist. Not so. These Christians are zealous, creative, and very Lutheran. [Read more…]