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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A welcome disruption

Jan 21, 2019 by and

To Americans who’ve grown accustomed to long wars with no end in sight, it came as a shock when President Trump said on Dec. 19 that U.S. forces would leave Syria within 30 days. His advisers seemed as...

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Where is Christianity headed? The view from 2019

Jan 14, 2019 by and

Two decades into the 21st century, the world is becoming more religious, not less. Faith from diverse traditions grows as population expands throughout most of the Global South. Last year, nearly 50 million...

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Longhurst: Evangelical evolution

Oct 29, 2018 by

An American friend asked me if Canadians were watching the Supreme Court nomination process Brett M. Kavanaugh in September. The answer was yes, I said. Partly because, living so close to the U.S., news about...

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Washington Witness: Today’s scapegoats

Oct 22, 2018 by

We have a long history in the United States of blaming immigrants — whether German, Irish, Catholic, Chinese or, more recently, Hispanic and Muslim — for society’s ills. Immigrants are called criminal...

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Book review: ‘Believe Me’

Sep 24, 2018 by

Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election surprised almost everyone. How did it happen? Evangelical Christians had a lot to do with it. In Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald...

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Evangelical values?

Sep 10, 2018 by

Words have meaning. Words can change meaning. To give perspective, context is important. The theological identity statement by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer (Aug. 13) shows a breathtaking lack of...

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When Christians sell out Christians for political power

Sep 3, 2018 by , and

There’s a story in the Old Testament about the king of Babylon, Belshazzar, who hosted a dinner for his religious leaders and royal elites. The blindingly arrogant king, surrounded by adoring sycophants,...

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Americans, this is who you are

Jul 20, 2018 by

My American friends have been apologizing for how their president is behaving on the international stage — castigating Canada, undermining NATO, praising dictators, starting trade wars. “This is not who we...

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Where’s the evidence?

Jul 16, 2018 by

Christians have come up with various ways to determine who truly is a part of Christ’s kingdom and who may be a pretender. Gene C. Rhodes would accept the testimony of a trusted pastor (Letters &...

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