Pastors Shouldn’t Endorse Politicians

March 29, 2017 ...

“Evangelicals emphasize evangelism, and pastors often avoid controversies that might take priority over the gospel message,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “Most pastors I know don’t want to endorse politicians. They want to focus on teaching the Bible.” William Bohline, founding pastor of Hosanna! Lutheran Church, said, “The pulpit …

Christian Leaders Call for Unity After Election

November 8, 2016 ...

The statement reads, in part: Having a common commitment to our Christian Faith, as well as a shared love for our country, we, the undersigned recognizing the deeply divisive nature of this election cycle, seek the beginning of the healing of our nation. Above our Democratic, Republican, and Independent political affiliations, we are believers in …

A Brief History of NAE Advocacy

October 10, 2016 ...

An early concern was protecting access to the airwaves for evangelical radio broadcasters. Delegates to the annual conventions also approved resolutions on public policy issues ranging from confronting communism to promoting racial justice to banning smoking on airplanes. In 1953, newly elected President Dwight D. Eisenhower met with NAE leaders in the White House to …

Citizens of the Kingdom

October 3, 2016 ...

Jesus promised his followers they would be strangers in the world. Many of us feel less and less at home in our nation, which serves as a good reminder that we are citizens of another kingdom. It’s true that our primary allegiance is to the kingdom of God. It is also true that politics is, …

Why Local Politics Matter

October 3, 2016 ...

Something changed on my way to the state legislature though. God had a bigger plan — a plan that mattered to the 300 residents who helped craft the town’s vision statement. They were being disregarded by the current city council. They wanted a champion, and I reluctantly volunteered to serve. There was a big lawsuit …

Humpty Dumpty Politics

September 26, 2016 ...

You already know the nursery rhyme by heart — it is one of the most popular and best known in the English language: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again. What do these words mean? Well, …

How to Pick a President

September 19, 2016 ...

As Anderson and Stetzer say, “Many pollsters and journalists assume that evangelicals are white, suburban, American, Southern, and Republican, when millions of self-identifying evangelicals fit none of these descriptions.” “How to Pick a President: Clinton, Trump or ?” offers other articles from recent elections to help you think more deeply and wisely about your political …

Evangelicals and Politics

September 19, 2016 ...

Since the 1980s, evangelicals have been a key Republican voting bloc in presidential elections. Yet this active political engagement and strong Republican partisanship is relatively new, and it masks the smaller — but still substantial — minority of evangelicals who align with Democrats. To appreciate the contemporary context requires briefly tracing the roots of evangelical …

Faith in the Voting Booth?

June 30, 2016 ...

While disagreements on the issues are expected, and indeed helpful in stimulating debate, policy differences have not been the center of attention in this year’s campaigns. Rather, the campaigns have highlighted the character flaws of the opposing candidates. In turn, some candidates’ appeals to fear, anger, and prejudice have tested the character of the voters. …