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BP This Week: What's Next for America?

John Stonestreet interviews Dr. Hunter Baker, Reverend Samuel Rodriguez and Warren Smith on the aftermath of this week's election, and what it means for Christians in politics.

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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.

Warren Smith
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.

Learn More...

  • 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.


BP This Week: What's Next for America?
You are right about the Asian community. I became a citizen last year and proudly voted for the first time this year. Though my vote did not change the outcome, I completely understand what you said about there being something that we see fundamentally different.

Having spent a third of my life here in the USA, even as a born again Christian there were many questions that I (and other Indians too) had:
1. Why were there no female presidents?
2. Why was there no non-white president? (President Obama's win changed that)
3. Why did anything in politics automatically become a Christian/non-christian issue? Having come from a country where heads of states have been Hindu/Muslim/Parsi and male/female, we had both good and not-so good presidents and prime ministers. So clearly a non-Christian could also be a good head of state.
4. Why is global warming (and other issues) a religious issue?
5. Why is it that a kid in my Sunday School told me that her parents would not want her to go and study science as that would take her away from God?
6. Why is it that no one seems to talk about school education - the fact that K-12 education has fallen so much that we often gasp at the lack of knowledge of students in geography/math/science. Why is it that in an English speaking country, no one seems to care about proper grammar?

To us, often the political fights would be about the wrong issues. I came just before Y2K. I too am not in favor of the outsourcing of jobs. Yet no one asks the basic question - how is it that thousands of Indians came before Y2K and successfully did what was needed? Why is it that tech jobs can be outsourced - only because they are being outsourced to places where education has a high priority and there are plenty of techies. Every time I go to a tech seminar, I get a kick out of hearing speakers with global accents and realize that tech companies have done a much better job of understanding other communities that politicians have.

There are many questions for us. Instead of being born here and growing up inside the country, many of us have watched this wonderful country from the outside. We then came here, lived here and saw it from the inside. We loved this country and became citizens. However the fact that we had seen it from outside with a non-partisan view gives us a whole different perspective, one that we hope politicians will understand.

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