Using Religion to Bag Votes or, The Observant Trump Misses Because His Evangelical Supporters Miss Jesus

Who is surprised Donald Trump knows little about Adventism? Most do not know much about it. Trump’s recent recall of his Presbyterian connections, not the degree of his adherence to that branch of the Christian Tree, illustrates how influential Evangelical discipleship has been on elections since Reagan. Read More

The Great Divorce: The Church and the GOP

After a long, frustrating courtship with the GOP, Richard Land, then President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention declared, ”The go-along, get-along strategy is dead. ‘No more engagement. We [conservative Christians] want a wedding ring, we want a ceremony, we want a consummation of the marriage.” That was 1998.

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Poverty, American Christianity, and The Church, An Interview with Ryan Abernathy

Seniors receiving assistance from the U.S. Government compare to animals in the wild. Stop feeding the animals, as the analogy goes, and you won’t have dependent human beings. Thank you, Oklahoma State GOP. Read More

So the RNC Finds It Hard to Reign in The Donald or, Reality TV’s Presidential Nomination Edition

Some despise Reality TV. Survivor. Big Brother. The Biggest Loser. The Amazing Race. The (Celebrity) Apprentice. The repetitive complaint is, “But this is not real.” However, the number of seasons these shows are in suggests they still make networks money. Survivor – 30. Big Brother – 16. Biggest Loser – 16. The Amazing Race – 26. The Apprentice – 14. Lots of money. Welcome to Reality TV the Presidential Nomination Edition. Read More

Weaver on Land, his Legacy, and the SBC

Aaron Weaver challenges the self-perception of Richard Land, the evaluation of Land’s good friend Paige Patterson, and suggests Dr. land will continue to wage  an inconsistent culture war.

On Land’s record of racial reconciliation Weaver concludes,

Despite the wishful thinking of devoted friend Paige Patterson, Land will not be remembered as a great racial reconciler—his record on race issues will be forever sullied. If Southern Baptists are honest with themselves they will recognize that racial reconciliation is not his legacy and never has been. In his 2005 study of Land, Andrew Hogue politely pointed out that not one of Land’s twenty employees was African-American—as late as 2009, the highest ranking African-American at the SBC headquarters in Nashville was the head janitor. While passing a racial reconciliation resolution was clearly a top priority for Land, there is little proof that actual racial justice was anywhere near the top of his agenda.

What will the future of the ERLC hold? Time will tell.