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Old 11-18-2016, 02:30 AM   #1
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American Christianity's Response to Donald Trump

I feel as through this topic might deserve its own post-election thread. There is definitely a process of theological reevaluation (or reiteration, as the case may be) by the American Christian community that has started in response to Donald Trump's victory.

Here's a few things to get this started.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/...ders-feel.html

http://www.christianpost.com/news/ch...idency-171468/

https://www.facebook.com/FranklinGra...04046609651517

Also, here is a useful bit of data from another thread:

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/sh...&postcount=127

I'm particularly interested in seeking out articles by black and Hispanic Christians.
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Old 11-18-2016, 02:58 AM   #2
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Re: American Christianity's Response to Donald Trump

One more article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...cal-community/
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Old 11-18-2016, 05:57 AM   #3
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Re: American Christianity's Response to Donald Trump

Interesting read. I would say the division mr. Trump creates both in the political spectrum and your country as a whole as apparent also in the religious communities.

I think your nation has some troubled years ahead. I think the promised "break with the establishment" will cause politicians to shift further to the poles and measure loyalty by "distance to the other side" and I think their rhetoric is going to influence how your citizens talk about each-other and to each-other.

And maybe ironically I think about the only way out that mess is to hope that the division mr. Trump is going to spread will be so brutal that it breaks up the traditional political blocs, perhaps those quotes you linked are an indication of that.
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Old 11-18-2016, 12:06 PM   #4
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Interesting read. I would say the division mr. Trump creates both in the political spectrum and your country as a whole as apparent also in the religious communities.
Yes. What's most telling about it is that the religious communities are splitting along racial lines. This is actually not a new phenomenon, but it's something that has now risen to a higher level in the American Evangelical consciousness. It's not something that can be ignored any longer.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/...ber2/1.34.html

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I think your nation has some troubled years ahead. I think the promised "break with the establishment" will cause politicians to shift further to the poles and measure loyalty by "distance to the other side" and I think their rhetoric is going to influence how your citizens talk about each-other and to each-other.

And maybe ironically I think about the only way out that mess is to hope that the division mr. Trump is going to spread will be so brutal that it breaks up the traditional political blocs, perhaps those quotes you linked are an indication of that.
Sadly, I agree with the assessment that we should expect problems moving forward. What types of problems remain to be seen. But I don't have much of a sense of optimism.

One of the areas I'm pushing the hardest right now in my own circles is trying to convince white Evangelicals that since "they" won the election that they really have to step up in their advocacy on behalf of minority and other vulnerable communities. Silence on some issues will be seen as tacit approval, and they are going to own the fallout from it. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how much progress will be made.
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Old 11-30-2016, 07:56 AM   #5
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Re: American Christianity's Response to Donald Trump

Semi-relevant: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.ef878c93d2cd

It seems the pope is calling out Donald Trump and Myron Ebell, though not directly, on the issue of climate change.

This is definitely interesting stuff, both theologically (the responsibilities of a Church) and politically (the influences of a Church). Personally I applaud this, too many religious leaders have tried to capitalize on anti-intellectual sentiments and this type of message is very refreshing. I also think it is very politically savvy in the long-term, though I'm not claiming that is somehow the intent.

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Old 02-11-2017, 03:51 PM   #6
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Re: American Christianity's Response to Donald Trump

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/...fugee-ban.html

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The open letter, published Wednesday as a full-page ad in The Washington Post with more than 100 of the signatories listed, was notable for two reasons. First, it contained only conservative evangelicals, instead of the mix of progressive names that usually sign such open letters. And second, topping the list were Tim Keller and Max Lucado—two well-known and well-respected pastors and authors who rarely speak out on political matters.

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Three key takeaways from the executive order’s implications and evangelical reactions so far:

1) Evangelical leaders overwhelmingly oppose the four-month refugee freeze and resettlement reduction.

2) American evangelicals at the grassroots are much more evenly split.

3) Regardless of the court fight, fewer persecuted Christians will find refuge in America under Trump’s plan.
Here's the open letter:

https://www.worldrelief.org/press-re...ee-resettlment
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:57 AM   #8
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https://www.worldvision.org/about-us...ign-assistance

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WASHINGTON, DC – More than 100 Christian leaders from across the United States are calling on Congress to avoid disproportionate cuts to America’s foreign assistance programs.

In a letter to the House and Senate leadership, the signers write: “It is our moral responsibility to urge you to support and protect the International Affairs Budget” noting “we cannot turn our back on those in desperate need.”

The signers – representing the Catholic and evangelical communities – include national leaders, pastors, heads of faith organizations, recording artists and authors. Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez – who spoke at the 2017 Inauguration – also are among the signers.

As the budget process moves to Capitol Hill, the leaders stress that America must remain that “shining city on a hill” that “brings hope to the poor, hungry, [and] the vulnerable.”
Full letter quoted in the link.
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