We need to reform the political mindset of Christians with timeless Biblical truths, and not cede this task to today’s secular and partisan media. There’s hope. It’s not too late. We can transform our political imaginations. God has called us to point to the Kingdom of Jesus which transcends the divisions of our day. Indeed, the future Kingdom – which Scripture depicts as a grand “wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev. 19:6-9) – is the true hope that should unite Christians of all political stripes.
It’s time for us to go beyond party politics, and – as Christians – believe in the true “party” yet to come.
Evangelicals, which constitute 22.5% of the American population, comprise a key group in the political landscape. Unfortunately, for many evangelicals, the role of forming their political identity has been seized by partisan forces, not by true Biblical faith.
As a result, their politics have become deformed into hatred of political opponents, susceptibility to lies, and other practices that threaten the common good.
Church leaders seeking to counter this dangerous trend need help. If pastors preach about politics from the pulpit, they risk blowback from the most vocal and extreme voices within their congregations. Many local leaders feel like they lack the resources to deal with the political complexities of the day. Political tensions have already fractured many churches. And 2024 is right around the corner with a new wave of pressure.
The After Party does the heavy lifting to support local leaders. By presenting national trusted evangelical voices, local leaders do not have to take all the fire by themselves. They only need to sponsor this curriculum into their small group communities, and let us make the case. We directly engage people through our video-based and highly interactive video format.
The curriculum does the complex – but absolutely necessary – theological work of reframing Christian political identity from today’s divisive partisan options. Whereas the partisan identity defines political engagement in the “what” of ideologies, policies, parties, and politicians, The After Party redefines Christian politics around a Biblical emphasis on the “how” of virtues like mercy, humility, and justice (Micah 6:8). In today’s political environment, faithfulness to this Biblical “how” of political engagement will shine as a radical alternative to both the Right and the Left.
David French is a columnist at The New York Times. He’s the author most recently of Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.
Russell Moore is editor in chief and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project. He’s the author of Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel and The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear without Losing Your Soul. You can learn more by visiting his web page.
Curtis Chang is on the faculty at Duke Divinity School and Senior Fellow at Fuller Theological Seminary. He’s the author of The Anxiety Opportunity: How Worry Is the Doorway to Your Best Self. You can learn more by visiting our About page.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The After Party curriculum depends on partners to distribute the curriculum. Our growing collection of partners include:
- Christianity Today
- Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
- Matthew 5:9 Fellowship (One America Movement)
- The Trinity Forum
We also need your help with distribution. If The After Party could help your church, your school, your network, your family, sign up here and you’ll be the first to know when it’s available. In the meantime, please join our larger conversation around this message by listening to Curtis Chang talk to his friends (including regular guest David French) about the spiritual and cultural climate of the world today on Good Faith podcast.
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