Primaries, presidents, principles

Jan 27, 2020 by

Twelve years ago, I was excited for Barack Obama’s leadership. But he bitterly disappointed me. He deported over 3 million people, more than the previous three presidents combined. He took only token steps...

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What do we want?

Jan 27, 2020 by

Did the Mennonites really want Hillary Clinton to win the presidency? Do they really want abortion on demand up to nine months? Do they really want Christians brought to court and bankrupted for standing...

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Room in the middle

Nov 11, 2019 by

The candidate’s photo seemed irrefutable evidence. A neatly trimmed, white beard hugged the jawline, never close to the upper or lower lip. He had to be Mennonite. After running for Congress last year in the...

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Moving forward together

Jun 25, 2019 by

Have you ever made a decision when you were for the idea and the other person was against it? Or, been on a board when a vote went five in favor and four against? It’s not fun to move ahead that way. Which...

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A better way to vote

Mar 4, 2019 by

Tired of voting for the lesser of two evils? Is an election where most people’s preferred candidate loses a good thing? The number of candidates vying for the U.S. presidency means most voters will likely...

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Political group seeks Amish vote

Oct 1, 2018 by and

A political action committee working in Lancaster, Pa., believes more can be done to mobilize Amish people to vote for Republican candidates this fall, though the traditionally nonvoting group continues to be...

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Is voting a Christian obligation?

Feb 21, 2018 by

At the age of 18, with the upcoming 2000 U.S. presidential election between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore, I did not register to vote. To this day, I still haven’t registered, even with the...

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Inspiring editorials

Jan 15, 2018 by

“True Evangelical Faith” by Paul Schrag and “Convictional Inaction” by Rachel Stella were inspiring, challenging and based on sound Anabaptist theology. As evangelical Christians, our first allegiance...

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Convictional inaction

Jan 1, 2018 by

Since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016, the role white evangelical Christians played in his victory has been thoroughly analyzed — and puzzled over. Christians and non-Christians alike...

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Washington Witness: Votes reveal divisions

Dec 19, 2016 by

During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile...

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Last-minute exam for Christians who vote

Nov 8, 2016 by

Between 1890 and 1960, many states in the South imposed a literacy test for would-be voters, effectively denying most African Americans the right to cast a ballot. This was anything but a good idea, but...

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History: Who can get the Amish vote?

Nov 7, 2016 by

Despite a drive to garner Old Order Amish votes this year, historical evidence suggests Donald Trump won’t get them as tries to become the 45th president of the United States. Two Republican operatives...

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Why, in the end, I can’t vote for Hillary Clinton

Nov 4, 2016 by

Few of the people I know, even those who strongly supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, are agonizing about their presidential vote next week. It is clear to just about everyone in my circles, it seems,...

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To vote or not to vote?

Oct 12, 2016 by

I have never voted in an election. Not because I don’t care about my country. I care very much. I love this country where I live. I love its beauty; love the broad sweep of its land, the diversity of its...

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Christian voter guide

Oct 10, 2016 by

Alarms are sounding in the media and national leadership, both from the right and the left, in regard to qualifications for the presidency. There is an eerie feeling of history repeating itself. It is...

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Outside the perfection

Oct 10, 2016 by

Presidential elections test the conscience of two-kingdom Christians. We belong to God’s kingdom but live in the world’s. Every worldly state operates “outside the perfection of Christ,” as the...

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Politically aloof

Aug 29, 2016 by

The Amish have never become involved in politics nor voted, and it’s not likely they will now (“Ads Introduce Trump to the Amish,” Aug. 1). They are aloof from the affairs of government. Newspaper ads...

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Amish: potential Trump voters?

Aug 23, 2016 by and

An effort to mobilize potential Amish voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio to support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is continuing in spite of a decision by one nationally read newspaper to drop a...

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Trump PAC reaches out to Amish voters

May 31, 2016 by and

Will the bearded, the bonneted, the barn-building Amish vote for the clean-shaven, combed-over, casino-building Donald Trump? A new political action committee is betting $41,000 they will. Called Amish PAC,...

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Palm Sunday, partisan politics and the power of the cross

Mar 18, 2016 by

We remember it in the church as Palm Sunday. This is the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. It’s the day when Jesus of Nazareth pre-planned a comical, yet prophetic event, in order to fulfill...

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Engaging with the political system

Oct 15, 2015 by

With less than a week to go until the election, I’m going to try to summarize my general approach to faith and the political system. The caveats for this post: I’m talking about my context of a developed...

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Don’t throw in the towel on politics yet

Nov 4, 2014 by

There are plenty of reasons for cynicism or disillusionment with government in general, and electoral politics in particular. However, before throwing in the towel, I recommend reading, “Ten Things You...

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How would Jesus vote on hot topics?

Jul 28, 2014 by

I read an article on Huffington Post about a new survey by a nonpartisan organization called YouGov of self-identified Christians. Asked how they believe Jesus would vote on various hot current topics,...

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Religion and politics

May 29, 2014 by

“Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:15-22). I had written about the parable of the Good Shepherd, and focusing on final...

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