Religious hypocrisy

Jun 29, 2020 by

President Trump’s recent action using tear gas on citizens so that he could have a picture of himself holding a Bible (“Scripture Sacrilege,” Editorial, June 15) was a classic example of God vs. empire....

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Pray for the president

Jun 29, 2020 by

For any president to become God’s servant for the people’s good is a high calling. That’s even more the case for those who claim to be Bible-believing Christians, as the current U.S. president does....

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Quakers, Catholics share a call to protect our common home

Jun 26, 2020 by , and

The phrase “love thy neighbor” captures a call to see our shared humanity with a call to action. As Jesus taught, we should understand “neighbor” broadly to include the historically forgotten. Quakers...

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Scripture sacrilege

Jun 15, 2020 by

As dozens of cities burned across the United States June 1, the president needed a distraction. Donald Trump put down his twittering device, left his bunker and ordered police and military forces to use rubber...

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Washington Witness: ‘A mortal blow’

Jun 15, 2020 by

When I visited the West Bank in 2018, staff from a local organization that receives support from Mennonite Central Committee took us on a tour of the Jordan Valley. The valley is strategically located and...

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Powell: The other ‘F word’

Mar 9, 2020 by

Several words are known by their first letter. Most stand for a racially offensive term or an obscenity. The letter “F” is one of them. When you hear someone refer to the “F word,” I suggest...

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Pray for deliverance

Feb 24, 2020 by

I am pained and bewildered to see fellow Mennonites who are followers of Jesus and also follow Donald Trump. Both Trump and his policies are antithetical to biblical teaching. He has violated each of the Ten...

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The price of war

Jan 27, 2020 by

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California tweeted on Jan. 5, “While Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office, the president is focused on removing terrorists from the face of the earth.” How...

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Our peace theology

Jan 27, 2020 by

The Mennonites of Hong Kong have a question for us: What is Mennonite peace theology? The query arises from a generational split. Young people believe the church ought to support them in taking to the streets...

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The temptation of political power

Jan 20, 2020 by

Of the brutal Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt is supposed to have commented: “He may be a bastard, but he’s our bastard.” This quote sums up the dominant political...

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Kriss: Saturday night at Chick-Fil-A

Jan 13, 2020 by

I turned around to see a young woman with a blue hijab trying to stop a girl squealing loudly and running. It’s a Saturday night in Lancaster County, Pa. The Route 30 Chick-Fil-A is filled with those of us...

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‘Unholy collusion’

Jan 13, 2020 by

The fate of Donald Trump’s presidency transcends politics. Moral and ethical concerns about the president pose a test of religious principles for people of faith. The soul of American evangelicalism is at...

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Courageous witness

Jan 13, 2020 by

I commend Christianity Today’s courageous and prophetic editorial concerning President Trump. Franklin Graham challenged Christians to pray, fast and vote. I agree and believe righteousness will rule when...

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Silent on abortion

Dec 9, 2019 by

Thank you, Eldon Claassen, for your Nov. 11 letter condemning the murder of the unborn child. Followers of Jesus Christ must speak out in behalf of those who do not have a voice. The Mennonite church has been...

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Yes, facts matter

Nov 25, 2019 by

Contrasting letters in the Nov. 11 issue stated reasons why people should or should not support the Trump administration. All of these issues are real and should be discussed, but I am not sure how you can...

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Immorality of Trumpism killing our planet

Nov 11, 2019 by

Stoesz bravely points out that “the moral darkness of Trumpism . . . is seasoned with unsavory ingredients of immorality, race-hating, mistreatment of children, greed and lawlessness” and notes the anomaly...

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Trump defends lives of innocent babies

Nov 11, 2019 by

An Oct. 14 MWR editorial states, “Moral clarity . . . would consist of holding President Trump to a high standard of ethics and integrity.” It goes on to characterize the president with “abuse of power,...

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Bewitched

Oct 28, 2019 by

If the Apostle Paul were to write to “evangelicals” (such as Franklin Graham) who seem to find President Trump’s behavior, decisions and values not only tolerable but righteous, perhaps he might say...

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Lack of truth defines moral darkness of Trumpism

Oct 14, 2019 by

Donald Trump did not invent Trumpism. He merely exploited it. One hallmark of Trumpism is a lack of truthfulness. Presidents have lied before. My memory only goes back to Frank­lin Roosevelt, who assured the...

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Humility, moral clarity

Oct 14, 2019 by

God’s word to Solomon after the dedication of Israel’s temple offered a remedy for a wayward nation. A time of judgment will come, God says, and then “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble...

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Telling the ‘king’ the truth

Aug 5, 2019 by

I have I felt at times that someone had to speak truth to “the king,” as the Old Testament prophets did. I saw the political and religious communities quietly accepting behaviors that violate the message...

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Love it or leave?

Aug 5, 2019 by

Mennonites once knew what it was like to be told to love America or leave it. They heard the phrase during wars they refused to fight or pay for. In the days when they still spoke German, neighbors taunted...

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Christian nationalism, the border and Fourth of July church in Dallas

Jul 12, 2019 by and

I first became aware of the power of Christian nationalism last year, during an interview at the Evangelicals for Life Conference in Washington, D.C., a gathering that coincided with the March for Life, a...

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Trumping up a war

May 27, 2019 by

It looks like the Trump administration might trigger war on Iran. Venezuela and North Korea are also possibilities. We are on the precipice of a war that could be used to shore up President Trump’s poll...

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Dovish Trump

Feb 4, 2019 by

Many thanks to Paul Schrag and Mennonite Central Committee for welcoming President Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from Syria. Trump backed away from the decision, but it was telling. Compared to our...

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