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Discussion in 'Politics' started by NaasPreacher (C4K), Nov 9, 2012.
It is only about a 5 minute audio link. Worth your time IMHO.
I suspect the American Christian voter had better get used the fact that, like most of the rest of the world, their voting bloc is no longer one that needs to be courted by national politicians.
Thanks for the link. This was an excellent interview with a message many will not want to hear and some will refuse to accept. Those who reject it do so at their own peril.
There was good advice in the interview. Christians have to become more flexible and be willing to give up demanding 'my way or the highway'. Perhaps learning to live as a minority will give us more sympathy toward those who have always been a minority.
This interview is an example of why I believe NPR is an excellent source of news and opinions. They will interview people on all sides of an issue.
Like you I have the experience of living in a country where the 'Christian voting bloc' means nothing. Those of us who live in those cultures soon realise that the church still exists and carries on its work. I think it makes for a deeper church in general when we understand that we are not going to be able to trust in the State to support us, cater to us, appreciate us, or even tolerate us.
I agree. There are percentage wise fewer Christians in Europe and especially in the Czech Republic than in the States, but overall my feeling is they are deeper in their faith and in their understanding that following Christ may incur costs, but also understand the rewards outweigh the costs. The European Christians I have met seem happier than American Christians, especially evangelical Christians, and are much less prone to confuse politics and culture with religious beliefs. This is not a criticism of American Christians or evangelicals, just my observation.
Frankly I am not in favor of a "Christian" voting block as such. However, it is very sad that we have a major political party, the democrats, whose platform is immoral, championing the slaughter of the unborn and advocating homosexual marriage. Given this truth it is incumbent that Christians speak with one voice against such immorality. Sadly as long as there are Christians like <"some around here" - edited> that will not happen! It is certain that were it not for Christians like <edited "those"> Obama would not be presidenr
I do agree that the Church in this country may grow stronger as Christians experience what "true believers" have experienced throughout time. Jesus Christ told the Church: John 16:33, In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
In the early Church during Roman persecution some writings of Tertullian were apparently paraphrased as: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” I am reminded of stories of the strength of the Church in Romania after communism was defeated.