A project born of friendship among Russell Moore, David French, and Curtis Chang, the After Party is a video-based curriculum that helps Christians overcome toxic polarization by advancing a Christ-centered political identity. The course is designed for small groups (i.e., church small groups, book clubs, seminars in Christian higher education, etc.), but will also include an option for individual engagement.
The program begins by challenging people to identify with one of the three common political identities: Combatant, Cynic, Exhausted. From there, the course encourages participants to move toward a Disciple identity. No matter the starting point, a key goal of the course is to encourage Christians to adopt the Disciple identity in politics, with Jesus as our Teacher.
The course presents three key Biblically-rooted truths about politics, inviting participants to continue their collective Disciple’s Journey:
1. How vs. What: Jesus teaches more clearly about the “how” of political engagement than the “what” of specific parties, policies, or politicians. The Jesus “how” is aptly summarized by the Micah 6:8 triad of virtues: humility, mercy, and justice.
2. The true Us vs. Them: The partisan mind divides humans with an “Us vs Them” mindset. This mentality opposes the “mind of Christ” that is rooted in the truth that Christ has created only an “Us” gathered around the cross. When we fall into the Us vs. Them mentality in politics, we’ve been defeated by our true spiritual enemy, the dark “powers and principalities” that seek to divide humanity.
3. The After Party: Other human beings are not our enemies and cannot be our saviors either. Our deepest fears and hopes will never be answered by the victory of any political party or politician, but rather only by the wedding feast of the Lamb, which marks the return of our King Jesus. This truth should radically humble all of our “flesh and blood” political allegiances.
What can participants expect?
You may preview the first session here, or review the Series Outline below.
The course can be experienced individually or with a small group. Note the following for small groups:
- Small group facilitators should expect less than 10 minutes of prep time per session.
- The course works well in person or remotely (via Zoom, etc.).
- Up to 20 participants will be provided free access to the materials (via coupon code).
Meet Your Instructors
Curtis Chang is the founding Executive Director of Redeeming Babel, host of the Good Faith podcast, and author of The Anxiety Opportunity: How Worry Is the Doorway to Your Best Self.
David French is a columnist at The New York Times and author of Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.
Russell Moore is Editor-in-Chief of Christianity Today, the Director of its Public Theology Project, and author of Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America.
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