- - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

(1) Over 500 Pastors Will Run for Office in 2016, by Tyler O’Neil (PJ Media)

“Evangelical culture…has a particular fondness for the idea of the history-altering individual, the hope that ‘one person can stand at the crossroads and change things for good,’” Douthat explains. Cultural and political change does not work like this, however. “Instead, it comes from networks, institutions, interest groups, and it requires strategy, alliance-building and steady pressure.”

Organizers like Lane seem to have learned this lesson. Rather than champion one presidential candidate, in hopes that the right leader can bring a cultural revolution on his own, Lane calls on pastors to run for office at smaller levels — building a long-term political movement.

“This is a fundamental shift in strategy,” explained John Fea, a history professor at Christian Messiah College. “Rather than forcing this from the top down, this is about a grassroots approach to changing the culture by embedding ministers in local politics from the ground up.”

(2) Alabama’s Roy Moore says probate judges have duty to enforce same-sex marriage ban (AL.com)

(3) Texas churches grapple with open-carry firearms policies (Baptist News)

(4) How Pentecostals Can Swing This Election, by Steve Strang (Charisma Magazine)

This is my point: Christians can make a difference. In fact, there are enough Pentecostals to make a difference. So, here’s what I’m proposing to the readers of Charisma and those who come to our websites:

Let’s wake up and see we must get to the polls!

Pastors and leaders, speak to your sphere of influence.

Turn out for the primaries and caucuses and encourage others to do the same. The first is Feb. 1 in Iowa. By mid-March, one of the candidates will have the momentum to go all the way.

Let’s coalesce around one candidate who shares our values and worldview and who can win.

(5) SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign, by Brian Kaylor (EthicsDaily)


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