In October, I was honored to join Coffee Party radio for a discussion about Faith, Culture and Politics. This is tricky.
Whereas just a few years ago Evangelical Christians resisted political involvement now, in less than fifty years, “Christian” = “Republican” = “Religious Right” in the conventional wisdom. These days there are so many conservative political figures and outspoken lobbying groups that wear the name “Christian” that we progressive Christians have been thrown into that same bathwater and nearly thrown out of the public conversation. But there is an appropriate place for the minority voice in our national discourse and for the advocacy of a different kind of Christian other than those who have grabbed center stage.
In our radio conversation, we began by discussing the First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
I take this very seriously because the protection of religious freedom is a huge gift our founding fathers gave to us. As a person of faith and a Christian minister, I come at the First Amendment from two different angles.