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The Two Kingdoms of God

Posted by thethousandmarch on September 4, 2013 at 8:10 PM

With a military strike on Syria likely imminent I’ve seen a number of Christians saying that Christians should not support any military action because Jesus wouldn’t support military action. I however do not believe this is a good interpretation of Jesus’ teachings. But before I get going on this let me say that this is not a post on whether or not it is politically wise to attack Syria; this is a discussio...

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Is the Church a Sucker for Political Buzz Words - The Three Languages of Politics

Posted by thethousandmarch on August 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I often find myself having political, or even theological conversations where I make an argument which I think is irrefutable, but which seems to fall on deaf ears. And I must admit that I in my own turn sometimes dismiss the concerns of those I’m debating because I feel they are irrelevant, or invalid. Why is it that intelligent, generally kind and honest people can argue over an issue, but don’t even seem to be...

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Conservative Christians, Small Government, and Megachurches

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 27, 2012 at 1:00 AM

(Disclaimer: this post is not a criticism of megachurches in general, any megachurch in particular, or people who are politically conservative.)

It seems to me that Megachurches tend to be attended by people who are politically conservative. And these days those who are politically conservative seem to have a universal distrust of government and want to see its size diminished. So ...

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My Changing Views on Social Justice

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 8, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I was once a young idealist who believed that the U.S.A with our money and our power could solve the world’s ills. I believed that we in fact had a duty to protect the poor and oppressed, establishing justice wherever we went. (I was not so stupid as to think that is what we did, simply what we should do.) Since becoming aware of such things, I had a strong sense of moral outrage against whatever I perceived to be the ...

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A Political Miscellany

Posted by thethousandmarch on July 28, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Here are a few thoughts about politics and religion. I will, however, not offer conclusions. 

    It seems that most Americans believe - or at least act as if they believe -that those who are successful/rich, are blessed because they are virtuous. Likewise, those who have trouble making it through life are failures becaus...

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Evangelicals, Politics, and Me

Posted by thethousandmarch on May 26, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    I have decided that I will identify myself as an Evangelical. However, I cannot ignore the distaste with recent Evangelical political involvement, which I had previously mentioned. Though I believe religion can and must be part of the public sphere, I believe in pluralism, and I believe in a secular state. I do not agree with the way in which Evangelicals and other conservatives are attempting to 'take back America', trying to return us to our...

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Posted by thethousandmarch on April 18, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    We have been told to love our neighbor as ourselves. And who is our neighbor? After Jesus told the parable of the 'Good Samaritan' he asks, "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"(Luke 10:36). Now we usually think the point of the story is that we should be like the Samaritan and love ou...

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