Some things need to be torn down completely

There are things to deconstruct. There are things to burn down. Just don’t forget reconstruction as well.

If your version of Christianity means waving a confederate flag, saying that Trump is the new Cyrus, complaining that free healthcare leads to death panels, arguing women can’t be police officers, CRT is nothing more than Marxist race-baiting, and you’re doing that with a Bible in your hand, you will create deconstruction and more than that, you need an intervention to explain that your Christian faith is more cultural and political than religious.

Michael Bird doesn’t hold back. More HERE.

The numbers representing White Christian Nationalism

There is no other way to say this. It is White Christian Nationalism. This is disheartening. This is sickening.

Should America be a nation made up of people from a wide variety of religions?

A growing number of religious and non-religious Americans say yes, according to a new study from Public Religion Research Institute.

But there’s one religious group that stands out: White evangelical Christians; 57% indicate they’d prefer the U.S. be a nation primarily made up of people who follow the Christian faith.

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The illusion of being “pro-life”

For me, growing up in a conservative Christian environment and coming into voting age in the “Reagan Revolution” this is what I knew: It’s all about abortion. It’s all about being pro-life.

Then, the narrator off to the side (who I didn’t hear at the time and wished to GOD he had been just a little louder) whispered: “It wasn’t about abortion at all.”

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“Evangelical” as a political label

I am reminding myself of this fact: it is a discussion about white evangelical voters. Here is the comment from David French:

The bottom line is that the percentage of white Americans identifying as Evangelical grew from 25 to 29 percent between 2016 and 2020, powered mainly by the fact that 16 percent of Trump supporters who didn’t identify as Evangelical in 2016 started considering themselves Evangelical by 2020.

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Deconstructing and Reconstructing

To be fair, I haven’t had the kind of crisis of faith I’ve watched so many others undergo. But I’ve certainly had to step back and examine honestly where I’ve been complacent — or even complicit — in enabling others who have abused their power in the name of the Lord. It’s a process in which I’m still engaged. And, day by day, exposé by exposé, it does not get any easier, because the truth is that our beliefs are tied up with the institutions — family, church, schools, communities — that gave them to us, institutions (and their people) that we love.

Theses words from Karen Swallow Prior echo my own journey pretty well. The rest of her essay is HERE.

Clinging to “gospel”

Philip Yancey had an interview in Publisher’s Weekly reflecting on his upbringing. I wish I had been a bit quicker to my own realizations like Yancey, or Eugene Peterson. I’m a slow learner.

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