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Looking for shalom after Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas
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The un-countable life: waiting for an Advent in Ferguson
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Pro Re Theologica et Salute Fratrum: Luther as Reformer of Pastoral Care
Another Reformation Day has come and gone. Each year the day gives us occasion to reflect on the significance of the upheavals of the Sixteenth Century—upheavals that changed the religious, social, and cultural landscape of the West, especially the western church. What was at stake? What was it...
alan turley July 4, 2013
I find it interesting and disturbing that it seems like a majority of those who oppose immigration reform and helping those less fortunate call themselves Christians. I’m afraid this includes many fellow Lutherans.
Can anyone explain this? Thanks
Travis Scholl July 5, 2013
I have sensed the same thing, Alan. I wish I had a good explanation myself, although it may be a part of the reality Robert Putnam describes when he says that politics often drives theology, and not the other way around.
Rick Strickert August 2, 2013
In discussing immigration and relating it to Independence Day, citizens, including Christians, need to distinguish between legal immigrants and illegal aliens (or whatever euphemism may be substituted).
Furthermore, citizens, including Christians, must recognize that regulations of legal immigration are to be established for the benefit and welfare of the United States. Unregulated or unrestricted immigration can harm the citizens of the United States, including those who are Christians. Such unrestricted immigration has been used to benefit a certain political regime within the United States.
In his book,The position of Christianity in the United States, in its relations with our political institutions,and specially with reference to religious instruction in the public schools (Lippincott, Grambo & Co., Philadelphia, 1854, p. 21), Stephen Colwell (1800-1871) explained:
“In offering these advantages of civil and religious liberty to the people of every creed and nation, they, our ancestors, did not concede any principle of the great work they had just finished; they did not propose to take down their fabric or fashion it to the taste of all who might take refuge within its walls; they did not propose to place the existence of Christianity and Christian civilization in our land at the mercy of those who should make their abode with us; they intended to extend a real Christian toleration to all people, but they did not mean that the idolators or pagans who might come among us should be regarded in their turn as tolerating Christians. They intended that it should remain a Christian land, and that the glory of its toleration should continue to be ascribed to its true origin, Christianity.”