There are Christians who are concerned that criticism will cause Trump to dump their issues

Trump and his core supporters see any criticism as betrayal. When the president is thin-skinned and lacks core convictions, there are Christians who are concerned that criticism will cause Trump to dump their issues. An enormous number of Christians — especially Christians in politics — suffer from a lack of faith [and] view the Left as presenting an existential threat to Christian faith. Trump has done a remarkable job at convincing conservative Christians that he’s the lesser evil compared to his enemies in the media and on the radical Left so they’ll find ways to rationalize their support for Trump.

Source: Understanding Conservative Christian Silence on Donald Trump’s Porngate | National Review

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There’s got to be a better way to engage Jesus’ teachings in the 21st century

We don’t have to push each other away. We can actually come together in our differences. We come together to practice connection, contemplation, critical thinking, creativity, and compassionate action for the common good. Our gatherings emphasize building friendships over a meal and having deep conversations about topics that transform the way we see the world while inspiring us all to live peacefully with more beauty, wholeness, passion, urgency, and love.

The Way Collective is a new movement in Santa Barbara, CA, and is a community for people looking to unite by living well for the common good in an increasingly divisive world.

Source: Way Collective

 

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On Christians Unable to Critique President Trump

“If you are unable to critique a president, you’ve lost your prophetic witness. Furthermore, if you can’t critique, but must also defend him against those who do critique him for obvious missteps, you might want to search your heart and consider the reason.” – Ed Stetzer

Source: On Christians Unable to Critique President Trump: Loyalty and the Rorschach Test | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

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We want freedom and we want it now

“Resist when they try and tell you who is and ain’t your neighbor. Resist when they tell you that the love of money’s your only goal. We want freedom and we want it now.” — Rev. Sekou, Resist (2017)

Rev. Sekou (Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou) is a third generation Pentecostal-Holiness Church minister from Zent, Arkansas, who stepped out of the pulpit, taking his motivational message to the streets with In Times Like These. As critical civil rights issues continue to be in the national spotlight, Sekou draws on the functional intent of music to chronicle the frustrations of a mistreated population.

See: Rev. Sekou: In Times Like These

From the album: In Times Like These

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Trump is fueling censorship in the Middle East

“After consistently attacking the press at home, U.S. President Donald Trump is now in many ways responsible for undermining it in a region where it is perhaps most critical. Trump accused Qatar of extremism in a series of tweets that ignored that the country is home to the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East. Trump has praised authoritarian leaders who have cracked down on their press, including but not limited to: Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Phillippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

Source: Trump is fueling censorship in the Middle East – ThinkProgress

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Trump Is Complicit In Saudi Arabia’s Extortion Of Qatar

“Saudi Arabia and its sycophant allies (Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt) have resorted to extortion in their dealings with Qatar. This internal dispute was joined by the United States when President Trump ignorantly supported Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of Qatar during and after his recent trip to Saudi Arabia. To deflect attention from their own longstanding funding of Muslim extremists in Mosques and Madrassas (with ample proof—Osama bin Laden, the creation of Al-Qaeda, 9/11 and funding of ISIS by Saudis, if not by the Al-Sauds) and to expunge all criticism of their oppressive rule (absence of any political rights, free press and representative government), the Al-Sauds falsely accused Qatar of being a main sponsor of terrorism. With his off-the-cuff comments and dangerous tweets, President Trump endorsed the Saudi position, a stand that now has global consequences. An emboldened Saudi Arabia has embargoed and threatened Qatar, a sovereign nation.”

Source: Trump Is Complicit In Saudi Arabia’s Extortion Of Qatar | HuffPost

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Emboldened by Trump, Saudi Arabia and four of its Arab allies severs all diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar

“Since taking office, Trump has shown little inclination to criticize the Saudis, despite his vitriol against the kingdom during the presidential campaign. After Trump’s visit and his pronouncements to firmly side with Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies against Iran, Salman and his son became even more emboldened. On June 5, two weeks after Trump’s visit, Saudi Arabia and four of its Arab allies severed all diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, accusing it of financing terrorism; supporting Islam.”

Source: Saudi Arabia’s Aggressive New Heir to the Throne – The Atlantic

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Embracing criticism gives us lots of chances to love our enemy

““When you embrace criticism instead of avoiding it, you get lots of chances to love your enemy.” — Brian D. McLaren

See: How to be a purple church in a red state

Brian D. McLaren is a prominent Christian pastor, author, activist and speaker. His latest book is The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian.

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Our lives are not divided into sacred and secular

“Our lives are not divided into two halves with one part being sacred and the other part secular.”

See: https://tifwe.org/

The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE) is a Christian organization advancing a free and flourishing society by revolutionizing the way people view their work. This video highlights the sacred importance of all work, not just that of pastors and missionaries, and points to the critical role that freedom plays in each person truly flourishing in their work.

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Catholic leaders in Syria criticize US missile strikes

“Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported April 4. Bishop Georges Khazen, who serves Latin-rite Catholics in Aleppo, told the Rome-based Fides news agency that he was baffled by ‘the speed with which it was decided and carried out, without any adequate investigation into the tragic massacre with chemical weapons which took place in Idlib province.’ He said the attack ‘opens new disturbing scenarios for all.’” — Catholic News Service

See: Catholic leaders in Syria criticize US missile strikes

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Nike to launch ‘Pro Hijab’ for Muslim women athletes

“It’s not just about making a product available for Muslim and Arab women but it is also giving a chance to those women who are putting off the idea of wearing the veil completely in order to compete. It means the world to have the leading sport brand in the world come up with a product like this. It’s not just speaking to athletes, but speaking to the whole word that Nike supports all athletes to literally go out there and Just Do It.” – Egyptian runner and mountaineer Manal Rostom

Such moves haven’t come without criticism from some Muslims, who feel their spirituality is being commodified. See: Nike to launch ‘Pro Hijab’ for Muslim women athletes

 

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Evangelical movement has forfeited moral authority

“The evangelical movement has, in my view, forfeited any future moral authority in American public life.” — Mark DeMoss

Mark DeMoss, a public relations executive with strong ties to the American evangelical community, resigned in the wake of disagreement with other executive committee members over his public criticism of President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s personal endorsement of Donald Trump. He had had been the chairman of the executive committee of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees. Liberty University is a private, non-profit Christian university affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and located in Lynchburg, Virginia. DeMoss also served as a senior advisor for Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

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