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Reasons to be Thankful in 2020

November 25, 2020 @ 3:16 pm

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to, "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus". 2020 has been a very eventful year full of unexpected and challenging circumstances. So in the middle of a year like 2020, how do we continue to give thanks and practice gratitude? 

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God & Government, Providence, and Post Election Madness

November 13, 2020 @ 5:00 am

As American Christians, our relationship to politics and the political process tends to be a bit more complex. If you live here and you’re Christian you know, it’s just different. It’s actually kind of messy.

When you study the history of America, it’s undeniable that the nation was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Many of the values of America, such as charity, altruism, respect, tolerance, mercy, freedom, liberty, and peace are historically rooted in a Christian worldview. Not only that, but the vast majority of religious expression, terminology, and practice in America throughout our history has been Christian or heavily influenced by the Christian worldview. Of course, as a secular nation, the U.S. has also allowed free expression of other faiths,yet the primary religious outlook of the American people has long been that of Judeo-Christianity. Constitutionally, the U.S. government was designed to guide a population operating under a predominantly Judeo-Christian worldview, and it shows clear evidence of influence from that faith tradition.

So historically, America has been most certainly founded and guided by a “Christian” worldview. But culturally, America is absolutely not “Christian” in terms of its current attitudes and behaviors. The modern United States not only tolerates ideas contrary to Christianity, but it openly embraces and celebrates them. Sexual immorality, pornography, homosexuality, and premarital sex are widely accepted as normal in American society. Vulgarity, drunkenness, drug use, promiscuity, and other abuses of freedom are also celebrated as forms of entertainment. Abortion is rampant, as are widespread instances of violence, greed, and corruption. Many of those who participate and celebrate these sins even consider themselves “Christian”.

So here’s the rub- in a nation that was founded by Christian beliefs but is decidedly unchristian in its current culture- is the primary job of the American Church and American Christians to actively fight to influence the outcome of elections and the political process so that America can return to her Christian roots? Or is to stay away from politics all-together and focus only on making disciples and spreading the gospel? Is voting for a certain candidate or political party that supports the Christian worldview our primary Christian duty? What if the results of a crucial election we participated are disputed? How do we know what to do next?

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