In the wake of one of the most contentious and costly elections in many of our lifetimes, a lot of Christians are wondering, "what happened?" Why did the country vote the way it did? What did the candidates have to do with it? And why did America choose to reelect a president whose policies many within the Church consider detrimental and discordant with our values?
Dr. Hunter Baker
In this edition of "BreakPoint This Week," we answer these and other tough questions, offering insights from some of the sharpest Christian minds in politics, and drawing a roadmap for how religious conservatives must move forward in the future by reaching out to untapped demographics, expressing our values in more effective terms, and adapting to a culture which has in many ways rejected what previous generations took for granted.
To do this, we turn to Dr. Hunter Baker, Dean of Instruction and Associate Professor of Political Science at Union University, Reverend Samuel Rodriguez who has been called "one of the seven most influential Hispanic leaders in America" and who serves as President of the National Hispanic Christian Conference, and Warren Smith who is the Vice President of World News Group.
These three men, equipped with insights from a broad range of perspectives, seek to explain what happened last Tuesday, what it means, and how Christians who feel concern for the direction of our country can work to change the political landscape.
Among the narratives circulating through punditry the last few days, our guests consider several particularly valid. First, conservatives have relied too heavily on the support of older, white Americans to propel their candidates of choice to victory in elections. In many ways, the conservative social platform, though it lines up wonderfully with the values of many minority groups (particularly Hispanics and Latinos) has been overshadowed by harsh rhetoric, or has been communicated in ways which alienate other groups (especially young voters). This, agree our guests, has to change.
During the course of today's program, John and our guests also speak candidly about what the future of Christian involvement with political parties looks like, and how we can still make our voices heard on issues as increasingly volatile as same-sex marriage, immigration and the sanctity of human life, not by watering down traditional Christian stances on these issues, but by expressing them in the language of our culture, which primarily thinks in terms of human and civil rights.
Reverend Samuel Rodriguez
We hope this week's interview provides a great deal of help for you, your family and your church in processing and learning from the results of the recent election. We also hope you'll share it, and check out the other resources below, which tie intimately into this week's Broadcast.
Explore this week's Colson Center "Theme of the Week," in which we discuss political disillusionment, and the heart of why Christians must continue to involve ourselves in public life. >>CLICK HERE.
Watch part one of John Stonestreet's two-part video series on Christians in politics, in which he discusses the political illusion. >>CLICK HERE.
Watch part two of John Stonestreet's two-part video series on Christians in politics, in which he discusses political disillusionment. >>CLICK HERE.