If you’re so inclined, use the hashtag code #youngcons on Twitter while Tweeting in Twitteresque ways about the second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
A bunch of, well, young conservatives used this hashtag for the VP debate and saw a major response. It may just crack the Twitter top ten tonight, and that might inspire visions of global domination. You never know (not that one wants to aim too high or anything).
Here are a couple of Christianity Today pieces I wrote recently on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, by the way. And here’s a very good one from my buddy Denny Burk on the importance of bringing pro-life convictions to bear on voting. Evangelical conservatives are of course “whole life” advocates–we wish for holistic human flourishing at all stages of life. But to get to all the stages of life, of course, one has to exist, and not be killed in the womb.
Reuters has called Values Voters Summit, staged by the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, “a ‘must attend’ on the political calendar of any serious candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.” This year’s event started yesterday and continues through today. Heavy hitters like Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, Bill Bennett, and Eric Cantor will speak at this year’s gathering.
Some of you are aware of the passionate debate that has taken place in the blogosphere on millennials and political engagement. Folks like Tim Dalrymple, David French, Matthew Anderson and myself have weighed in, among others. Today at 3:15pm EST at VVS, Anderson, Eric Teetsel of the Manhattan Declaration, and Andrew Walker of the Kentucky Family Foundation will speak on a panel about “Millennials and the Future of Political Engagement.” Chris Marlink of Family Research Council will moderate.
I’m excited for this panel and would direct you here for more info. Pray for this discussion if you can, particularly that the church might figure out a way to be gospel-flavored salt and light even as we hold fast to our central mission, the promotion of Christ’s gospel.
I just had the opportunity to write a Christianity Today piece on whether the American president is a pastor or not. Judd Birdsall and I wrote point-counterpoint essays for the site. As with our previous exchange, I enjoyed the experience and thought Judd made some good points in his article. It’s interesting to think this through in light of the fact that the Republican ticket is led by a Mormon and a Catholic.
Here’s the core of my argument from “Our American President: The ‘Almost Pastor’ of an ‘Almost Chosen’ Land”:
What of the upcoming election, which features a Mormon candidate for the presidency? However charitable and even constructive in certain ways, recent Mormon-Christian dialogues have not necessarily assuaged the doctrinal concerns of many evangelicals. The President, however, is not a pastor. As recent books like Could I Vote for a Mormon as President? argue, it is conscionable to support and vote for a Mormon.
…America is a unique country, one that has accomplished tremendous good in its relatively short life. The “almost pastor,” the President of this nation, seemingly an “almost chosen” land, has the opportunity to extend this legacy or to quash it. Christians have a chance to play a role in this great matter, even as we remember that our disappointment in even the best of leaders is only temporary. Soon, a figure will rule the world who gives us far more than telegenic looks and searing oratory.
Here’s the whole piece.
1. I have to confess, I’m a little surprised that Mitt Romney dropped out of the race for President yesterday. I thought that he had a change to take the Republican nomination, and I wasn’t opposed to that happening. Now it looks like McCain will get the nod (or, already has gotten it, sort of). I’m not terribly excited about this (shades of Bob Dole, anyone?), but McCain should draw moderates, and that should help him if Hillary wins the Democratic bid.
2. A treasure trove of Tim Keller sermons. If you have some free time, take a couple of hours and listen to as much Keller as you can. He is textually insightful, eminently interesting to listen to, and culturally aware. There are few preachers out today who are more interesting and edifying to listen to. (HT: Justin Taylor)
3. This post by CJ Mahaney covers the Super Bowl, but it represents a great resource for men struggling to keep sports in proper perspective. After a number of years in a community dominated by men, I can readily say that this is one of the primary struggles of young men today. We live in a sports-saturated society, and many of us struggle to keep sports in the category of “hobby” or “occasional pastime,” instead situating them in “almost-constant diversion.” Read CJ and be informed, instructed, and edified. He is a great example of a normal Christian person who nonetheless thinks theologically about everything. I love that. (HT: Josh Harris)
4. More material on thinking theologically about sports. Why is it the Covenant Life guys (from Maryland) are the only ones doing this? Why do so many Christians write about the same things, things that people know something about, and neglect the things that people struggle hugely with? There’s a massive imbalance in our contemporary literature–it’s far too skewed to theological rehearsal and out of touch with the issues many Christians struggle with, things like sports. I seek to address this imbalance on this humble little blog, and I’m glad others are doing the same. We need more! (HT: Sovereign Grace)
Have a great weekend, everyone.
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