Ben Sasse calls out Trump on the adultery issue

Sen. Ben Sasse (R, Neb) has called out Donald Trump for all of his bragging about his sexual exploits, including adultery with married women.  He asked him, in a stream of questions on Twitter:

You brag abt many affairs w/ married women. Have you repented? To harmed children & spouses? Do you think it matters?

Sen. Sasse–a fellow Lutheran whom I know personally–is raising an issue that Christian supporters of Trump like Rev. Jerry Falwell, Jr., have been steering clear of.  Why is that, do you think?  Doesn’t that sort of thing matter to Christians anymore?

Having set aside the requirements of being a Christian and being a conservative, many of our Christian activists are now also setting aside the requirement of good character.  So what is left for a distinctly Christian political activism to support?  Has being against immigration become the new single-issue voting criterion, replacing opposition to abortion? [Read more...]

Franklin Graham quits Republicans, but not politics

Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy, has quit the Republican party, due to the way the GOP-led Congress abandoned  the goal of defunding Planned Parenthood so as to pass the budget.  But he hasn’t abandoned politics.  He is planning to hold rallies in all 50 states to encourage Christians to vote for “godly leaders” of whatever party who will support “Biblical values.”

Might this effort bring back Christian conservatism as a political force?  Will this non-partisan or perhaps anti-partisan initiative change that kind of political involvement? [Read more...]

The Pope’s sermon to America

Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress, taking the opportunity to preach against tenets of both liberalism and conservatism.  Liberals were zinged by his remarks opposing abortion, redefining the family, and infringing upon religious liberty.  Conservatives were zinged by his remarks on the necessity of supporting immigrants, measures to combat climate change, the elimination of the death penalty, tempering the excesses of capitalism, offering help for the poor, and (interestingly) opposing “fundamentalism.”

To his credit, the Pope twice mentioned “vocation” in a more or less Lutheran sense (as opposed to the medieval Catholic application of the term to church professions alone):

A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk.

“Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good” (Laudato Si’, 129).

Here is an annotated text of the speech (click the yellow highlights for the annotations).  After the jump, a detailed account of what the Pope said and how Congressmen and Senators reacted. [Read more...]

Christian leaders are favoring Rubio

World Magazine has surveyed evangelical leaders and insiders on the presidential candidate they are supporting.  The big winner:  Marco Rubio.  Not the overtly evangelical Mike Huckabee.  Not Rand Paul.  And certainly not Donald Trump. [Read more...]

THE political issue for Christians in 2016

In the early days of the Republic, Baptists supported Thomas Jefferson, even though he was not a Christian.  Why?  Because he supported religious freedom.  Russell Moore says that Christians today need to develop that same mindset  in their political activism today.  He says that THE political issue for Christians in the upcoming elections needs to be religious liberty. [Read more...]

Conservative Christians and immigration reform

A group of Bible-believing Christians has formed the Evangelical Immigration Table to promote immigration reform. It is promoting what it is calling the “I Was a Stranger” Challenge.  They give you 40 Bible passages that have to do with how we should treat immigrants.  They ask you to read, meditate, and pray about each one, one a day, over 40 days.  And then see what you think about immigration reform.  After the jump, read the details and see the 40 Bible passages.

The organization includes lots of religious conservatives, though also some on the evangelical left. (See this.)  At any rate, it is clear that the Bible tells us to be kind to “sojourners.”  One could make a case that Christians should champion immigration reform because it is the right thing to do and also because the immigrants in question tend to be religious, pro-family, pro-life, anti-homosexuality, and potential cultural and political allies.  Do you agree?  If not, could reading the 40 Bible passages at least in theory change your mind?

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