The Evangelical Brand Lost in Iowa By Wes Granberg-Michaelson – See more at: – So who was the real loser in Iowa last night? The “evangelical” brand. For weeks now the nation has heard the media talk about “evangelicals” — by which they actually mean white, highly conservative, older, mostly male voters motivated by their faith. Last night one pundit after another analyzed who this “evangelical” vote supported, with data showing Ted Cruz winning significant backing.
This stereotype now has become the public face of “evangelicals.” Yet abundant evidence shows this is simply not an accurate description of this group. Like all of Christianity in the U.S., evangelicals are becoming less white, more ethnically diverse, and more “wholistic” in their view of the gospel, especially among those who are younger. Surveys show that 25 percent of evangelicals are now non-white, and growing. Further, those in historic black churches meet theological definitions of being “evangelical,” but are never included in the media’s description of this group. And the demographics of Iowa reveal that this expanding ethnic diversity of evangelicals is vastly under-represented.
Should Christians be Socialists? By Danny Duncan Collum – See more at: – WE NEED TO overthrow…this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system.”
So wrote Dorothy Day, the Catholic Worker co-founder whom Pope Francis recently held up to the U.S. Congress as a great exemplar of the American spirit. In the centuries since the rise of capitalism, millions of Christians, like Day, have sought not only to bind up the wounds of the poor, but also to create a world in which people will not be impoverished by low wages, unemployment, discrimination, or plain bad luck. Day ended up advocating a sort of communitarian anarchism.
But for many other Christians—from Mother Jones to Dom Hélder Câmara to Martin Luther King Jr.—the name for that alternate system has been “socialism.” And, after long decades during which acceptance of the existing economic order seemed inevitable, in 2016 the question of socialism is not only on the agenda again but, in the Democratic presidential primaries, on the ballot.
WATCH: Colbert Interviews Television Preacher Joel Osteen By – Joel Osteen may believe in the “power of positive vision,” but prominent Roman Catholic Stephen Colbert had something else to offer him Feb. 2 during Osteen’s appearance on The Late Show.
“Have you tried the power of crippling guilt?”
Osteen laughed, but Colbert assured him, tongue firmly in cheek: “It works for me, man. It works for me.”– Joel Osteen and his wife are heretics, and that’s why America loves them – – Video surfaced a few days ago of Victoria Osteen, wife of famed “pastor” Joel Osteen, saying some rather heretical things to the “congregation” at Lakewood “Church.” – Right-wing pastor Mark Creech accuses Pat Robertson of “blasphemy” for rejecting young-earth creationism!!!
Pastor Perry Noble Is Wrong About Pastors in Politics Read more at http: – “You’re an ordained minister, aren’t you?” The question came to me from a staffer in a congressional office where I worked fifteen years ago.
I was the congressman’s district director and briefly acting chief of staff. Years before I had been a White House aide.The congressional staff member’s rhetorical question inferred another, unspoken: “If you are a pastor what are you doing here?”
I could have replied, “For the same reason the pastors who made up seven percent of the nation’s first Congress were there … For the same reason Pastor Frederick Muhlenberg was the first Speaker of the House of Representatives … For the same reason — as listed by the Pew Research Center — that Pastors Benjamin Contee, Abiel Foster, James Manning, Joseph Montgomery, Jesse Root, Paine Wingate, John Witherspoon, and John Joachim Zubly were there … For the same reason Mississippi AME Pastor Hiram Rhodes Revels became, in 1870, the first black man to serve in the Senate (despite the opposition of Democrats who argued that, as a former slave, he had not been a citizen until the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted).”
Rev. Graham: ‘America Is Being Systematically Stripped of its Christian Heritage’ By Politicians ‘Hostile to Christianity’ By Michael W. Chapman – Secularism has infiltrated our government, schools, and society to such a vast extent that it is stripping America of its “Christian heritage,” and replacing it with “a worldview that embraces atheistic humanism and is devoid of biblical values,” said Rev. Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned preacher Billy Graham.
This godless agenda is being pushed by “government, politicians, and judges who are openly hostile to Christianity,” said the reverend, who added that our nation needs to repent and “to pray,” and support “leaders who fear and follow God.”
Theodore Shoebat Says Jesus Would Personally Beat Gays To Death BY Kyle Mantyla – See more at: – In his most recent video, extremist anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat declared that Jesus Christ would personally beat gay people to death.