Essential Reads on Faith, Politics & Culture
Update: For those of you in Atlanta, Michael will be speaking tomorrow night in Emory University on "The Politics We Need: Faith, the Presidential Election and the Choices Ahead," as part of Emory's lecture series on faith and politics.
Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today, lays out in stark terms why the choice to vote for Trump out of "reluctant strategic calculation" is an idolatrous act. "Strategy becomes idolatry when we betray our deepest values in pursuit of earthly influence," he writes.
Jon Ward profiles two examples of a new generation of evangelicals: Jim Daly, the new president of Focus on the Family, and Michelle Higgins, an Urbana evangelical speaker and Black Lives Matter activist.
Although some evangelical leaders and theologians, such as Wayne Grudem, pulled back their support of Trump after the leaked recording, several leaders -- James Dobson, Jerry Fallwell Jr. and Pat Robertson -- are justifying Trump's behavior.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey digs into the archives of the '90s to explain why many evangelicals have a long-bred, visceral aversion to Hillary Clinton. Michael is quoted in this article.
Bethany Jenkins pens a poignant reflection on what it feels like to desire children as a single, childless woman, as well as the spiritual family that a church can provide.
Thank you for reading!
Michael’s book, Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America is available for pre-order now on Amazon, IndieBound, Books-A-Million, and Barnes & Noble.