What to Read: Politics & the Election
In my post-election sermon on Sunday, November 20, 2016, I referenced a number of great articles and books that have helped me think about my position as a citizen of God's kingdom and a citizen in the "kingdom of man." Below I'm sharing those with you. These are all resources focused first and foremost on putting God's kingdom first so I can recommend each one to you.
"What I Think About this Year's Election" blog post by Lionel Young. This is my take on where our hearts and minds should be in this tumultuous political season. Written prior to the November 8th election, it is just as applicable to the post-election season.
"The Election is Over. Let's Get Political." by Jonathan Leeman for The Gospel Coalition. Author and elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., Leeman rubs shoulders with Washington insiders, so his steady reminder that the church is "an embassy of heaven" and not a political super-PAC is particularly relevant.
"Carl Henry was Right" by Richard J. Mouw for Christianity Today (subscription needed). Mouw revists one his first conversations with the great theologian, Carl Henry, when Henry tried to gently help him seperate the mission of the church from the missions of individual Christians.
"After Trump, Should Evangelical Christians Part Ways?" by Mark Galli for Christianity Today (no subscription needed). Galli identifies what he calls a "deep fissure" in American evangelicalism and considers that it may in fact be a great opportunity. What if, instead of divorcing ourselves from one another because of our differing viewpoints, we instead divorce our politics from the gospel (since the two were never meant to be bound up together anyway)?
God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right by Daniel K. Williams. Williams' introduction to the birth and rise of the Moral Majority and the Religious Right is among the first and best historical accounts of the where, when, why, and how of the movement.
Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ's Rule by Jonathan Leeman. Leeman, also referenced in the articles above, reframes the term "political" and invites Christians to see the church not as a poltical activist in the world arena but, as the subtitle says, an embassy for Christ.
City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era by Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner. White House insiders, Gerson and Wehner, "call evangelicals toward a new kind of political engagement, a kind that is better both for the church and the country and that cannot be co-opted by either political party."