An Open Letter to President David Wright (Indiana Wesleyan University)

Christian Colleges have historically been the “seed-bed” for cultural challenges. Unfortunately, they have also been notorious for drifting from their original mission. The following is a kind and gentle attempt to draw an influential Christian school back to the front-lines of cultural engagement.

 

Greetings Dr. Wright:

I am not a fan of “open letters”. My reasons are numerous, but on this occasion I find myself unable to chart another course of discussion concerning your recent testimony to the Indiana Senate Committee on SB100/344. Your remarks have been public and influential both at the committee hearing as well as the forum that we both participated in hosted by the Indy Star several weeks ago. Due to the public nature and what I believe to be the leavening effect of your influence, I am seeing no other way to help the broader Body of Christ (The Church) sift through the various opinions it’s leaders advocate. Let me be clear at this point. I am not questioning your Christian Faith or your genuine sincerity to espouse what you understand to be Biblical. I have found you to be a thoughtful and good-spirited Christian leader. I am not “judging” you, however I am weighing and judging your thoughts and ideas with regards to public policy and Religious Liberty. This issue (SOGI) is quickly becoming a national quagmire and transcends your university and my local church.Continue Reading

Why We Keep Getting Poor Candidate Choices (Part 1)

The word “compartmentalization” is the separation of what is perceived to be secular and what is sacred. It is the greatest singular heresy currently propagated in the Church. Yes, you heard me right on this one. I used the word, “heresy” (and I don’t use that word flippantly). Pastors are the greatest culprits because they are the primary teachers of the Church. We hear taught from our pulpits certain errors which we receive as truth without appropriate Biblical study. For example…

~ Jesus and the early Church was never involved in “politics”. (False)
~ The Bible teaches us about the way to salvation and nothing else. (False)
~ Government and Christianity should be completely separated. (False)
~ The Church shouldn’t be involved in public policy. (False)
~ Scripture speaks about our relationship with God and not public policy. (False)
~ The Church deals with the spiritual and politicians deal with the nation. (False)
~ We will lose out tax-exempt status if we breach the “separation”. (False)Continue Reading

Why We Keep Getting Poor Candidate Choices (Intro)

I recently posted in a Facebook thread and on my wall the quick 6-question outline of how a Christian should vet a potential candidate for civil office. I posted it without much explanation or elaboration as the clock was ticking towards the South Carolina primary. Yes, I am leaning towards a specific candidate (full disclosure) and yes, I think Donald Trump is a serious mistake. I understand that statement alone will be enough for some to cheer or jeer; however, I want to explore beyond personal preference and emotion. I especially want to put some thoughts on the Facebook table for the Christian community at large and the clergy community in particular to chew on. This is going to be a multiple post thread which will eventually post on my upcoming blog page for future reference. It is currently under construction so stay tuned.

Donald Trump’s candidacy, if it has provided no other good thing, has revealed what some of us have suspected for some time. The Church has become amazingly secular and compartmentalized when it comes to casting a vote and participating in public policy debates and elections. South Carolina, the proverbial “buckle” of the Bible Belt, not only gave Trump the primary victory, but evangelical Christians were the reason for his coronation. Evangelicals broke, some say, 2 to 1 in favor of Trump. Whether that number is accurate, the point remains…Trump swayed “Bible-believing” Christian people. In fact, Trump is being heralded by pastors and Christian leaders in both South Carolina and across our nation as the one who can not only help America, but is providentially ordained by God to be THE ONE. Jerry Falwell, Jr., while not specifically endorsing Trump, illustrates this trend. Falwell certainly sent him away from Liberty with a glowing affirmation. His reasoning? He states, “We need a businessman for this moment”.Continue Reading