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“By calling Christianity revolutionary, and saying it is dedicated to change, we are not siding with Progressives—just as, by conserving it, we are not siding with Conservatives. All political factions believe God is on their side—as Abraham Lincoln said of the Union and Confederacy, ‘Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other.’ The only side we take is that of our faith—which today may seem to land us in one political camp, tomorrow another—but in truth we are always and only in one camp, that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” –-Bartholomew I, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch

As followers of Jesus Christ, we find the simplest thing is often the hardest: to keep our focus on the main and plain things of Scripture, such as spreading the gospel, ministering to the poor & oppressed, healing the sick, standing for truth & justice, and declaring God’s love for a broken world. (Disclaimer: The opinions set forth in this blog are not necessarily those of any church, religious denomination, or political organization.)

About the author:  S.J. Munson has been a pastor, writer and Bible teacher for the past 25 years.  He received a B.A. in English from Princeton University, along with a prize for fiction. His call to full-time ministry came while he was working in Hollywood as a screenwriter. He went on to receive an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a concentration in New Testament Greek. His novel The Treasure of Israel (2011) tracks the fate of the ancient treasure of the Jerusalem Temple as well as the Evangelical response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His most recent book, Christ Held Hostage: The Hijacking of American Christianity (2013), describes how the church can move beyond partisan politics and narrow “hot-button” Christianity to a broader, more Christlike agenda that seeks a more just society for all.

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