Jesus was fully man and fully God. His very existence demonstrated his desire to renew all things to himself, the sacred was not separated from the secular. The renewal of all things means as believers we are called to be aware and thoughtful in all areas of life, whether that be arts, environment, food, health, politics, and relationships. Christ is the head over all. Cross and Culture desires to provide opportunities to learn how we can engage with life under the headship of Christ.
Audio Clips from Cross and Culture:
Faith and Politics | “Rafting the Political Rapids”
Faith and Politics can be a scary endeavor to wade through. Marvin Olasky will discuss objectively the challenges Christians face in regards to politics. What happens when churches emphasize politics over the gospel? What happens when people are apathetic to politics. There will be a time for questions and answers as well. Join All Saints in a discussion about Faith and Politics.
Part I: Marvin will be speaking on how Christians can go wrong either by making an idol of politics or by being idle when one should be politically active. When those called to preaching wander into politics, or those called to politics abandon their calling, the same will result. He will provide a way to discern which issues to stress biblically and how to climb down the ladder of abstraction so as to deal with realities rather than ideological fictions.
Part II: He will also raise the question of whether there are only two choices the libertarian right or the collectivist left: Can Christians lead the way in showing how neighbors can work together in community to solve problems beyond the grasp of either lone rangers or governmental force? This is urgent, because if the only choice voters have is big government or individualism, half the country will end up in despair. He will describe a way that’s historically proven, politically viable, and helpful to the poor.
Marvin Olasky graduated from Yale University in 1971 with a B.A. in American Studies. in 1976 he earned his Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan. From 2007-2011 he served as the provost of The King’s College in New York City, prior to which he was a professor in the University of Texas at Austin journalism department. He joined World Magazine in 1990 and became its editor in 1994 and its editor-in-chief in 2001. Author of more than 20 books, Olasky’s most famous book is The Tragedy of American Compassion. He and his wife Susan are now living in Ashville, North Carolina. The Olasky’s were members of All Saints for many years and it is an honor to have him come and speak.