I grew up in a fundamentalist/pentecostal/evangelical world. It’s my story. I grew more and more uncomfortable those last few years. (I’m a slow learner. I’ve embraced that.) This quote from Eugene Peterson hits on many points in my life.
This is the stuff happening in our American churches in this particular time period: calls for violence, even as someone says, “I’m not saying violence, I am saying…” (all while calling for some state official to be hanged).
David Brooks is one of my favorite writers, thinkers, columnists, and any other category I can put him in. In this piece he lays out what I am already familiar with: why white American evangelicalism is a hot mess.
David French knows how to get at the point and with incredible insight and well reasoned arguments. He is not afraid to adjust his assumptions and thinking as new shifts and actions come to light. I feel his pain all too often. I had a moment like that this past weekend.
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,Continue reading “Some things need to be torn down completely”
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. ButContinue reading “The numbers representing White Christian Nationalism”
I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the road the last couple of weeks, so that has meant a lot of audiobooks and podcasts. Three podcasts I listened to recently highlight the continual demythologizing going on in my life.
This article by Pete Wehner is well worth the time. And I’m left again with the thought: “Are we even paying attention?” There is so much to absorb here… but some thoughts and quotes:
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 aContinue reading “The illusion of being “pro-life””
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 TrumpContinue reading ““Evangelical” as a political label”