A bad bargain

Peter Wehner for The Atlantic: What many of us within the Christian faith need to do better than we have—what I can do better than I have—is assert less of myself and more of God. If more followers of Jesus did that, if I did that, it would…

“We have to act like citizens again”

George Packer: [A]n ambitious legislative agenda isn’t enough, because the problem extends far beyond Washington, deep into the republic. Americans have lost faith in institutions, in one another, in democracy itself. Everything conspires against our role as citizens—big money, indifferent officials, byzantine election rules, mutual hatred, mutual…

“A document from a lost civilization”

Stuart Stevens 30-year veteran strategist for the Republican Party on the Ezra Klein podcast: I went back and I re-read George Bush's acceptance speech in 2000, and it reads like a document from a lost civilization. It's all about humility, service, compassion. That person couldn't win 15% with that message…

"Every Christian in America is political"

Every Christian in America is political. This is unavoidable. It is the privilege and burden of citizenship. We can choose to not exercise the duties of citizenship, but that does not mean we do not have them. —Compassion & Conviction, p. 3…

“Why Americans hate the media”

Source » James Fallows writing for The Atlantic in 1996: The limited curiosity that elite reporters display in their questions is also evident in the stories they write once they have received answers. They are interested mainly in pure politics and can be coerced into examining the substance of an issue…

Election complicity and write-in candidates

Election complicity and write-in candidates Here’s a tidbit from Eric Metaxas (via a much-too-long email exchange with Jon Ward): We will be complicit in the election of whoever is elected unless we vote for the only person who can defeat them. Metaxas’s argument is reasonable in the short-term:…

Weakened spirit of sacrifice

Weakened spirit of sacrifice Tim Keller, citing Christopher Lasch and others on the inherent limitations of secular progressivism: “Progressive ideology weakens the spirit of sacrifice,” Lasch writes. It cannot provide any effective antidote to despair, because the immediate pleasures are the whole point of history.1 From “Making Sense of…

Politics, power, and evangelical orphans

Source » Sharply written piece from Jared Wilson: The evangelical generations are divided. That much is clear. It is a sad situation to see so many orphans. They’re reading all the old dead guys, because they can see how those guys finished. They can see who held the line all…

The politicalization of everything

Source » Trevin Wax on why even mundane things like going out to eat have become politicized: Put those two developments together: (1) the idea that your consumer choices express your identity and (2) the idea that your political views are the essence of who you are. What happens next? Everything…