Reflections on How We Discuss Politics at Church

(Note: Below is a reflection on the problems with how we discuss politics at church. For context, I’ve noticed this pattern in the churches I either attend or am familiar with, which are largely evangelical, conservative, Asian American, and multi-generational with leadership over the age of 50.)

Shortly after the 2012 presidential elections, I engaged in an email discussion about the role of evangelical faith in American politics with a few older men from my church. Those involved in the discussion were not out to advertise their own political agendas nor did we see eye to eye with each other. We were simply concerned with the increasing polarization of opinions in American politics and how to have constructive dialogue in the church context.

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The Struggles of Discussing Race in the Asian American Evangelical Church

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Recently, while attending one of the most ethnically diverse evangelical seminaries in the nation, I found myself in an environment where I had to defend the argument that race still matters. Don’t get me wrong; students and faculty alike openly discussed ethnic and societal culture; and although all were unanimous that racial prejudice is wrong and diversity is good, when it came to America’s original (and continuing) sin of racism, there were choirs of crickets.

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