Rod Dreher’s case for the “Benedict Option” hinges on going back to a Benedictine spirituality because the Benedictine culture created a Christian culture. That term seemed to hit me wrong, so I’m glad Dreher unpacked it a bit. Continue reading “Defining Christian Culture”
Rod Dreher isn’t enamored with the election of Donald Trump. While it’s a possible side benefit that Trump may actually appoint conservative judges and justices, Dreher isn’t going to be sidetracked from the idea of the turn that has already happened in American culture. Continue reading “Losing political clout may save the American Church”
“No matter how furious and all-consuming partisan political battles are, Christians have to keep clearly before us the fact that conventional American politics cannot fix what is wrong with our society and culture. They are inadequate because in both their left-wing and right-wing forms, they operate from the position that facilitating and expanding human choice is the proper end of our politics. The left and the right just disagree over where to draw the lines.” — Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option
The biggest struggle conservative Christians in America seem to have (and divides us between generations with incredible precision) is politics. My generation and older was tied almost completely to Republican ideology. For those 50 and over, this is the struggle. Continue reading “A new kind of politics”
“In the Benedict Option, we are not trying to repeal seven hundred years of history, as if that were possible. Nor are we trying to save the West. We are only trying to build a Christian way of life that stands as an island of sanctity and stability amid the high tide of liquid modernity. We are not looking to create heaven on earth; we are simply looking for a way to be strong in faith through a time of great testing.” — Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option
In our incredibly divided culture, is there a way of moderation? Is there a way of change? When people DO change, do we believe it any more?
One such divisive person has been Glenn Beck. I remember him from his FoxNews days and how I came to a place I couldn’t stand his vitriol. Last year I read an amazing story in The New York Times about how he “changed.” It was hard to believe for me. Honestly.
Then, this interview.
Give a listen. It’s worth it.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples. — Ps. 96:3, NIV Continue reading “Declaring his great name”