As we reach the other side of the 2022 elections—our country as polarized as ever—I want to offer some suggestions for people to follow who offer a different way through these debates and divisions. These women and men are all Christians who take political stands, though they practice that faith in different ways and come to different political conclusions. (There are tons of other people to follow who span the progressive/conservative divides, and many who offer a third way, but I wanted to highlight some who are willing to speak very specifically within the political realm.)
Here are six I recommend:
Wear worked as a White House staffer for President Obama’s faith-based initiative. He recently founded the Center for Christianity and Public Life. Check out his newsletter and podcast.
French has written for conservative political outlets for years, served in the Iraq War, and routinely baffles conservatives and progressives alike for the ways he insists on a politics informed by faith that might lead to unexpected conclusions. Check out his French Press newsletter and Good Faith podcast (with Curtis Chang).
Tish Harrison Warren:
Warren writes weekly for the New York Times. She is pro-life and adamant about government support for women, children, immigrants, and the poor. Like the others on this list, her voice is both strong and gentle, and I’m grateful for her unflinching willingness to advocate for the marginalized.
Giboney co-founded the AND Campaign to cut through political divides that polarize fellow Christians. His podcast and writings offer ways to honor the goodness on both “sides” of the debates while connecting them back to a biblical understanding of justice and love.
Moore, Christianity Today’s editor-in-chief, maintains a consistently conservative view on various ethical issues while also exploring and exposing systemic racism and sexual abuse within the church.
I appreciate Tisby as a historian, teacher, and man of faith. He has alerted us (me) to the dangers of Christian nationalism for years and has continued to “love in public” through his work. Check out his podcast and newsletter.
To whom are you listening and learning from across political divides?
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