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It would be difficult to deny that the United States (and much of the western world for that matter) is as politically polarized as it has been since the Civil War. We are no longer discussing issues among people who hold to different perspectives but fighting as if we are waging war between the powers of good and evil. Civility is all but gone and many Christians are getting sucked into what can best be described as political tribalism. Even more concerning is that well known evangelical leaders are selling their witness for political power and influence. Rather than seeing themselves as Christians who happen to live in the United States, many believers see themselves as American Christians and the result has been horrifying. This is the environment in which this Podcast was created. I hope and pray that in a small way I can help Christians living in the west reclaim the identity that Christ bought for them on the cross. I hope and pray that through this podcast I can help a few people understand that our involvement in politics and culture is important, but not in the way that the world does it. I hope and pray that this podcast shows believers that there is a way to influence our culture without destroying their witness. It is a tall order, but I hope and pray that in a small way, this podcast can help a few people combat the division in their household and in their churches. Evangelicals are called to be salt and light, but we have allowed ourselves to become a voting block that oftentimes represents the exact opposite. Please pray for us!

It would be difficult to deny that the United States (and much of the western world for that matter) is as politically polarized as it has been since the Civil War. We are no longer discussing issues among people who hold to different perspectives but fighting as if we are waging war between the powers of good and evil. Civility is all but gone and many Christians are getting sucked into what can best be described as political tribalism. Even more concerning is that well known evangelical leaders are selling their witness for political power and influence. Rather than seeing themselves as Christians who happen to live in the United States, many believers see themselves as American Christians and the result has been horrifying. This is the environment in which this Podcast was created. I hope and pray that in a small way I can help Christians living in the west reclaim the identity that Christ bought for them on the cross. I hope and pray that through this podcast I can help a few people understand that our involvement in politics and culture is important, but not in the way that the world does it. I hope and pray that this podcast shows believers that there is a way to influence our culture without destroying their witness. It is a tall order, but I hope and pray that in a small way, this podcast can help a few people combat the division in their household and in their churches. Evangelicals are called to be salt and light, but we have allowed ourselves to become a voting block that oftentimes represents the exact opposite. Please pray for us!
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It would be difficult to deny that the United States (and much of the western world for that matter) is as politically polarized as it has been since the Civil War. We are no longer discussing issues among people who hold to different perspectives but fighting as if we are waging war between the powers of good and evil. Civility is all but gone and many Christians are getting sucked into what can best be described as political tribalism. Even more concerning is that well known evangelical leaders are selling their witness for political power and influence. Rather than seeing themselves as Christians who happen to live in the United States, many believers see themselves as American Christians and the result has been horrifying. This is the environment in which this Podcast was created. I hope and pray that in a small way I can help Christians living in the west reclaim the identity that Christ bought for them on the cross. I hope and pray that through this podcast I can help a few people understand that our involvement in politics and culture is important, but not in the way that the world does it. I hope and pray that this podcast shows believers that there is a way to influence our culture without destroying their witness. It is a tall order, but I hope and pray that in a small way, this podcast can help a few people combat the division in their household and in their churches. Evangelicals are called to be salt and light, but we have allowed ourselves to become a voting block that oftentimes represents the exact opposite. Please pray for us!

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Episodes

Ep. 10: Why I Don't Get (the War on) Christmas

12/24/2018
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I never grew up with Christmas and frankly don’t really understand why people lose their minds over it. That being said, it seems that every year something or someone reignites the “war on Christmas.” Whether it is snowflakes and Christmas trees on coffee cups, secular carols, or gender neutral gingerbread cookies, everyone seems bent on getting into some type of argument. Considering that the holiday is more of some type of generic family celebration, I can’t, for the life of me, understand...

Duration:00:22:54

Episode 9: Online Debates are Stupid / The Motivations Behind Online Trolling

12/12/2018
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It seems that almost daily, hordes of pissed off people are converging to attack people for positions that are counter to our cultural moment. This happens at the international level and at the local level. It seems that no one is immune. The stakes are incredibly high and people’s lives are being ruined for past comments based on a standard that is constantly shifting to a level of sensitivity that borders on the insane. Today I will be discussing the nature of online trolling and its...

Duration:00:23:32

Episode 8: War is Hell and Politics

12/5/2018
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William Tecumseh Sherman famously said that, “War is Hell,” but it is more than that. War is also politics. In fact, there is nothing more political than war. The power of the sword is the ultimate method in which countering political perspectives are resolved, but with it comes horror beyond imagining. As a combat arms veteran of the Iraq War, I know this reality better than most. Yet so few Christians really understand this truth or the sacrifice that those who swear to defend this nation...

Duration:00:22:52

Episode 7: The American Dream is Not Christianity

11/28/2018
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It seems that many Christians in the west have shifted away from the ideal of loving neighbor and loving God with the ideal that temporal gain is our ultimate goal. Many of us say the right things but our lives look more like they are devoted to obtaining the American Dream rather than following the teachings of Christ. We have replaced the concept of dying to self with the concepts of self-advancement and prosperity, and say that this is the true measure of a “good life.” The Christian...

Duration:00:22:21

Episode 6: When Speech is Violence

11/21/2018
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There is a reason why the founding fathers fought to include the freedom of speech in the Constitution. There is also a reason why every single despotic regime fights to kill that right. The freedom to speak one's mind is essential in a free society because it shows the value of the individual. That the voice of the normal person has merit and is important. Unfortunately, this essential element is not only under attack, it has been all but destroyed by those on the far left. Contrary speech...

Duration:00:24:52

Episode 5: Neither Democrats nor Republicans Want to End Abortion

11/14/2018
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For those of us who are resolute on our opposition of the wholesale slaughter of children in the womb, abortion has been the single most important issue that we focus on in regards to politics. Many devout Christians cannot vote for any political candidate that affirms the right to kill children. The problem is that we keep assuming that the Republican Party agrees with us, but we have seen literally nothing done from them in order to combat abortion. If we look at action rather than...

Duration:00:24:31

Episode 4: The Election is Over! ... Oh Wait, Never Mind.

11/7/2018
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To say that this election season was nasty would be a massive understatement. It was closer to gross than it was to nasty. The worst part is that we are likely to start the discussion of the 2020 presidential election immediately. Both the right and the left showed that they would be willing to do anything and stoop to any level to gain power and control. As Christians, we are to be above the fray, but that is easier said than done. What should we learn from the midterm election? How should...

Duration:00:23:15

Episode 3: A Profit Obsessed Media is the Enemy of the People

11/5/2018
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Many on both the left and the right have found themselves manipulated by media outlets for financial gain. There is no doubt that the primary drivers of modern "news" are clicks, views, ratings, and advertising dollars. Though it seems that these outlets are driven by an ideological agenda, it is far less interesting than that. It is simply a desire to make money and if fostering political division is required, so be it. That said, how are we to get a clear picture as to what is really going...

Duration:00:22:15

Episode 2: Bombings, Shootings, and Political Rhetoric

10/30/2018
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Last week was horrible, to say the least. From attempted pipe bombings of political figures to the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue, we have had a stark view of the evil that people can inflict upon their fellow man. Yet, the default for all tragedies in our modern political climate is to leverage them for political gain. Many don’t even realize that they are doing it. The Christian must look at the evil in the world through the lens of the fall, but with the future hope of the...

Duration:00:21:04

Episode 1: Why The Church and Politics Podcast

10/24/2018
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Christians find themselves in a trying time in our history. We live straddling two worlds in which we have an obligation to engage. Our culture and the Kingdom of God. The methods in which we are called to engage with our culture has not changed, but many Christians have focused their efforts in effecting change within the context and means of modern politics. Rather than loving their neighbor, many Christians have adopted the tribalism that has infected our culture to the detriment of their...

Duration:00:23:21