Christians in America today struggle to make sense of the relationship between politics and their faith. For some, these two issues are best kept at arms length. Faith isn't political and the church ought to stay out of politics. Nothing but trouble awaits us when Christians try to enter the political arena. For others, Christian faith means "getting involved," being informed about important issues, fulfilling our civic duty of voting, and using the political process for righteous ends. But all too often, the available options for such involvement are extremely limited—being a devout listener to this or that talk show, voting faithfully along party lines or according to this or that issue, and taking a stand on social media.
Are these the only ways we as Christians can be political? Is there a third way our discipleship to Jesus might be embodied when it comes to our citizenship? During this volatile election season, we invite you to seize this moment as an opportunity to cut through all the noise and rethink our politics in light of Jesus and his gospel. Here are some ways we plan to assit:
Sermon Series: Rethinking My Politics
- Sept 13—Rethinking My Political Identity
- Sept 20—Rethinking My Political Allegiances
- Sept 27—Rethinking My Political Priorities
- Oct 4—Rethinking My Political Hopes
Possible Discussion Forums
- These possible forums would be one-time events moderated by a facilitator.
- Possible Topics: now that I’m rethinking my politics...
- what factors should influence how I vote as a Christian?
- how should I stay informed about the world without being lured into any of its agendas?
- how should I use my time to make a political impact?
- what is a proper attitude to have toward my country?
- other questions ...
- Any of these possible forums would occur sometime in October. More information coming soon!
Possible Book Clubs and Recommended Reading
- Fr. Brian Larsen Wells plans to host a book club on Reading While Black on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. via Zoom starting October 4. New Testament scholar and ACNA priest Esau McCaulley argues that reading Scripture from the perspective of Black church tradition is invaluable for connecting with a rich faith history and addressing the urgent issues of our times. Email Fr. Brian if you're interested.
- Jonathan Stewart plans to host a book club on I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom starting October 12. The co-authors of this book, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, are two friends on opposite sides of the aisle who provide a practical guide to grace-filled political conversation while challenging readers to put relationship before policy and understanding before argument. Email him if you're interested.