Last week's headlines on politics, religion and culture
This week has been rife with tragedy, laced with harsh politics of which very few of us are exempt. Speaking of myself primarily, if we advocate for the refugee, but do not have love, we are nothing. Still, flaws and all, I am grateful to be living in a time when the American church is awakened to the suffering of those who are scorned, those who are oppressed. Let us recognize this fact, and stop apologizing and allowing the Christian voice in this country to be represented by politicians and charlatans. As you will see below, we live in a time when a Democratic White House is sending out blog posts and press releases with leading evangelical organizations speaking for compassion for the refugee. Let us move beyond the defensiveness of the past, and move forward in joyful confidence of the gospel hope offered to each one of us, including the refugee. Christians are serving selflessly to show compassion and God’s love to the refugee—Christian and Muslim—to God’s glory. Let us repent where we should repent. Let us seek forgiveness where we should seek forgiveness. But let us not buy into a narrative that Christians are the problem. Let us not buy into a narrative that a world without religion is a better one. These narratives are pushed by those with a motive like anyone else—not by passive bystanders. Let us humbly, joyfully serve as witnesses to and for the gospel in our time, today.
As always, thank you for reading.
Evangelicals' responses to refugee crisis
- The White House has a roundup of quotes from major faith-based organizations welcoming refugees
- Politico explains how evangelicals are breaking with the GOP on the refugee crisis
- Buzzfeed features Russell Moore's sharp disagreement with anti-refugee rhetoric
Syrian family diverted from Indiana feels "welcomed" in Connecticut
A Syrian family was en route to Indiana, only to be turned away due to the state governor's new ruling. From The New York Times: “Why did they bring us if they didn’t want us?” said the 33-year-old husband and father, recalling his initial reaction through an Arabic interpreter. “We are coming to an open country.”
How Twitter helped a Westboro member leave her cult
It's rare to see someone change their minds due to online conversations. The New Yorker tells the story of what can happen when people treat each other on Twitter as humans, not as villains.
John Boehner speaks as a public citizen for the first time
“I got to the point when I [had] to sneak into the White House to see the president,” Boehner said. “Because if I went to the White House to see the president, the right would get all worked up, wondering what I was up to. The left gets all worked up, wondering what the president is up to. ‘What are these two going to do now?’”
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