Love > Civility

June 24, 2020 ...

We must labor at biting our tongue when we want to lash out. Civility can make us weary. But we do not tire easily of insults. I say this, because I’ve spent time studying honor and shame in social settings and political discourse. My doctoral dissertation from Harvard was on the rhetorical use of insults …

Uncommon Decency

June 19, 2020 ...

Not Civility Alone Not that civility is the be-all and end-all of life. We will not solve all our problems simply by becoming more civil people. There are times when it is appropriate to manifest some very uncivil feelings. “Passionate intensity” is not always out of place. If I am going to be a more …

Beyond Civility

June 16, 2020 ...

Take the political demagogue who shakes all the right hands, the church pastor whose outward charms mask inner demons, the neighborly churchgoer whom Martin Luther King famously labeled the “white moderate.” Too often, civility is a ploy by the powerful to defend an unhealthy or unjust status quo. American evangelicalism is not immune from this …

Does the Golden Rule Apply to Politics?

June 12, 2020 ...

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus announced the coming of God’s kingdom and invited his followers to rethink their thinking in light of the remarkable opportunity to live under the rule of God. Those who follow the way of Jesus find their relationships transformed as they learn to love, serve and forgive even those …

An International Perspective on U.S. Christians & Politics

June 10, 2020 ...

From an outsider’s perspective, the heightened partisan divide in America is disturbing. Some will dismiss this as an American issue and not the business of those beyond its borders. However, we live in a global village; when Americans sneeze, the rest of the world catches a cold! Media reporting on U.S. evangelicalism has an impact …

John Inazu | Surviving and Thriving in Deep Difference

February 15, 2020 ...

NAE President Walter Kim hosts Today’s Conversation, where you’ll hear John share: His assessment of the state of First Amendment law and religious freedom; How premises of “inclusion” and “dissent” provide a framework for current conflicts; What led him to speak and write about how Christians ought to engage with those whom they deeply disagree; …

In Political Conversations, Evangelical Leaders Don’t Seek to Persuade Others

December 2, 2019 ...

Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), said, “In general, evangelical leaders value relationships over political positions. They do have opinions, and they seek to maintain both positions and relationships. It is also clear that evangelical leaders seek to be publicly nonpartisan.” Many of the evangelical leaders surveyed noted that with the …

Christians in a Politically Divided Country

December 15, 2018 ...

In this podcast, Galen Carey, NAE’s policy expert and advocate on Capitol Hill, covers: What the proper place of politics is for the Christian’s mind and experience; How to work in Washington when there is palpable division; Practical ideas to model civility; and What evangelical policy issues are most countercultural. Read a Portion of the …

Civility From Above

October 16, 2018 ...

These days there is little need to make that case. Evangelicals are active in the public square — even notoriously so. But we have not engaged in our activism in a manner that has endeared us to others. Some polls show that even our own younger generation of evangelicals see the white evangelical movement as …