Praying for our president is needed and appropriate. My criticism of President Trump is aimed at refocusing the narrative not on a pastor praying for the president, but Trump’s never-ending quest to make everything about himself – even in church.
No matter if we are talking about abortion, LGBTQI issues or politics, we need to stop thinking we can change the world with an angry Facebook post or a partisan online article. We need face-to face conversations that humanize one another.
Whether or not you believe women should be pastors (I do), the men in our congregations should take a hard look at toxic masculinity and the damage it does to women and men, to churches and to the Gospel witness.
If you expended more energy in your outrage towards Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s use of a curse word than your outrage over tens of thousands of children dying of starvation, malnutrition and disease – and a host of other social injustice obscenities – perhaps it’s time to weigh carefully what you truly value in God’s world.
American Christians cannot sit on the sidelines when hate and anti-Semitism are so brazenly displayed in the public square. We cannot be silent in the face of evil.
For a megachurch pastor, who for millions of Evangelicals represents their religious and political thinking, to go on television and declare that Brett Kavanagh’s ascent to the Supreme Court is a defeat of evil not only smears the story of millions of women and men who have been sexually abused but makes Christianity about a power grab instead of the sacrificial way of Jesus.
The hubris of Al Mohler, Paige Patterson, and the leaders of the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention has led to their own humiliation. The unfortunate fact is that their humiliation is a fraction of the humiliation that women, wives, sisters, daughters, aunts, and grandmothers have experienced at the hands of complementarian men.
Bible characters are not there for Christians to compare and excuse the immoral behavior but are there for us to hear God’s story of how humanity messes up constantly. The Bible is a story of God’s people struggling with living rightly. It’s a story of sin, forgiveness, redemption and grace.
When I entered as a full-time master of divinity student at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) some 13 years ago, I was a dying breed. I was a 20-something who was able to commit to the standard…