Quote of Note #80: Public Speech and Truth

"An appropriate response to the competing claims of pubic voices is to take these obligations personally.  We have been 'called by name'--not every one of us to public speaking, political activism in the streets and on telephones, or investigative journalism, but all of us to seek truth and follow after it, to do justice, to … Continue reading Quote of Note #80: Public Speech and Truth

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Quote of Note #74: Character and the Presidency

"As it turns out, character DOES matter. You can’t run a family, let alone a country, without it. How foolish to believe that a person who lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the world! Nevertheless, our people continue to say that the President is doing a good job even … Continue reading Quote of Note #74: Character and the Presidency

Quote of Note #70 — An Allegiance a Heavenly Kingdom

"In Philippians 3:20, Paul reminds these inhabitants of of the Roman colony that, as Christians, 'we are citizens of a heavenly commonwealth [politeuma].'  We are citizens of a different empire.  The church of Jesus Christ is an alternative city, a counter-empire.  We are the 'Messiah-people' who pledge allegiance to the Lamb.  We are subjects of … Continue reading Quote of Note #70 — An Allegiance a Heavenly Kingdom

Quote of Note #69 — Our Allegiance to our King not some Party

"The gospel that Paul preached was not a message about some private, interior transformation of the heart.  It is a message about a new allegiance to a King-in-waiting.  As such, there was something radically political about the gospel--which didn't mean, of course, that Christians sided with a particular political party.  In fact, there was a … Continue reading Quote of Note #69 — Our Allegiance to our King not some Party

Quote of Note #68 — “The World as an end, faith as a means”

{Advice from a senior devil to his apprentice tempter on the use of politics to ruin the faith of a Christian} "Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion.  Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part.  … Continue reading Quote of Note #68 — “The World as an end, faith as a means”

Quote of Note #66 — A Pastor’s Vision

"I’m one hundred times more passionate about creating Christians and churches that will be faithful, biblical, countercultural, and spiritually minded in a socialist America, in a Muslim America, in a communist America, than I am in preventing a Muslim America or a communist America. That puts me in a very different ballpark than many public … Continue reading Quote of Note #66 — A Pastor’s Vision

Quote of Note #65 — Integrity in Political Life

"We need to believe that both the dignity of our opponents, and the character we aim to model for our kids, require some basic rules for public debate.  We should stop holding the candidates on 'our side' to lower standards than we expect from our opponents.  This shouldn't be hard.  Lying matters, and truth matters.  … Continue reading Quote of Note #65 — Integrity in Political Life

Quote of Note #55 — Guarding Freedom and Dignity of All Americans

"Our Founders built democratic government as an alternative to monarchy, but they also intentionally built an anti-majoritarian government because the worst form of democracy -- mob rule -- is always a danger against which we must be on guard.  If we fail to preserve our anti-majoritarian guardrails against the mob, we will end up subjected … Continue reading Quote of Note #55 — Guarding Freedom and Dignity of All Americans

Quote of Note #46: Christ is Lord, Not Party or Nation

"The question to ask about such things -- the identification of the Bible with England in the nineteenth century or American foreign policy in the twenty-first -- is 'What does this do to the reach of the gospel and the church?'  The answer is simple:  It creates a dividing line in the church, which is … Continue reading Quote of Note #46: Christ is Lord, Not Party or Nation