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The Why and How of Political Engagement: Is There a Reason We Make Little Progress
Jul 23, 2021
Today, David returns to a statement made in 1898 by politician and theologian Abraham Kuyper at Princeton, “Protestantism alone wanders about in the wilderness without aim or direction, moving hither and thither, without making any progress,” and explains why that is so.
The Why and How of Political Engagement: What Did Jesus Do That Changes Everything
Jul 15, 2021
In today’s episode, David takes Dr. George Grant’s exhortation to start our understanding of everything, including policy, with theology—who is God and what has He done—rather than anthropology—who am I and what is going on around me by looking at a view of the work of Christ of primary importance to the early Church that has long been forgotten. Without it, though, Protestants “wander aimlessly, hither and thither,” as Abraham Kuyper said even as far back as 1898.
The Why and How of Christian Political Engagement: Part 7
Jul 9, 2021
In today’s episode, David calls attention to an issue of primary importance during the first 300 years of the church and an aspect of the gospel that has long been forgotten and neglected, but when understood, explains why all Christians in the United States must be engaged in politics, even if the particular way in which individual Christians engage will differ.
The Why and How of Christian Political Engagement: Part 6
Jun 30, 2021
The timing of this week’s episode with July 4th weekend couldn’t be better. The U.S. Supreme Court let stand this week a decision by a lower court holding that a Virginia public school district’s policy of basing the use of restrooms on biological sex was unconstitutional. David explains how the theological shift that took place at the turn of the 19th and 20th Centuries and that dominates Christianity today led to that result. Our nation’s French Revolution has arrived.
The Why and How of Christian Political Engagement: Part 5
Jun 25, 2021
As David continues to provide an answer to why Christians should be engaged in politics, he explores why Abraham Kuyper, three short years before becoming prime minister of the Netherlands in 1901, said, “Protestantism alone wanders about in the wilderness without aim or direction, moving hither and thither, without making any progress.” In America, the Ozzie and Harriet days seemed to say otherwise, but this week a Gallup Poll said 82% of Americans believe religious influence is in decline. What happened that Kuyper perhaps foresaw?
The Why and How of Christian Political Engagement: Part 4
Jun 18, 2021
At Restoring the Vision, Dr. George Grant said that the first issue in public policy is theology, who is God, what has He done, and what is He doing. Sound impractical? Today, David gives three examples, one taken from a question asked him this week by a state policy director, to demonstrate the practicality and wisdom of starting with theology in dealing with legislators.
The Why and How of Christian Political Engagement: Part 3
Jun 11, 2021
Ever heard it said that Christians should spend time on evangelism, mission endeavors, and growing in personal holiness as if that excluded or at least minimized Christian engagement in politics? It almost sounds non-Christian to disagree. But, disagree we must if we start the Gospel in the right place. In today’s episode David gives two reasons for why so many Christians retreat from or even shun politics.
The Why and How of Christian Political Engagement: Part 2
Jun 4, 2021
In this second episode in the new series “The Why and How of Christian Political Engagement, David takes up something Dr. George Grant said recently at Restoring the Vision seminar that is seldom considered in law and politics, “Everything begins with God is God and we are not. That means, from a policy perspective, everything begins not with anthropology, but with theology.” Why, David asked, might that not be where Christians begin their view of politics, law, and government?
The Why and How of Christian Political Engagement: Part 1
May 28, 2021
Today, David begins a new series entitled “The Why and How of Christian Political Engagement.” In this introductory episode David talks about the fact that the only thing harder than finding the truth is not losing it. Specifically, David points to some common conceptions within evangelicalism that call into question whether it has lost the truths it once knew. During the series, David will use material from the recent Restoring the Vision seminar to show how that loss has affected the why and how of Christian political engagement.
Part 3: Critical Race Theory
May 21, 2021
In this last episode in David’s short series on critical race theory, David takes a controversial statement about the poor made in last week’s episode and explores how critical race theory, along with the economic precepts of socialism and Black Lives Matter, cannot be embraced by Christians, at least not if they have a God-centered worldview.