Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1) This text by Paul is one of the most contentious in all history. It has been used by court jesters and regime apologists to justify unconditional obedience to government and government policies. At the height o

“Judgments of God?” Revisited: The 2016 US Presidential Election Four Years Later

“Judgments of God?” Revisited: The 2016 US Presidential Election Four Years Later

Earlier this year in the Brazilian Adventist theological journal, Kerygma, I published “A Moral History of the 2016 United States Presidential Election Campaigns” asking whether the elections that elevated Donald Trump to the presidency were “Judgments of God?” on the United States. In it, I compared and evaluated two sources with theologies of his

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 2

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 2

In the previous article, I addressed the biblical basis for the concept of the “Divine Right of Kings,” or the logic that people in positions of authority, such as a king or president, derive their authority from God and not from the people. Thus, kings are God’s “chosen ones” and ought to be respected as such. The two main passages buttressing thi

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 1

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 1

Donald Trump’s relationship with evangelicalism has been fascinating. On the one hand, they’ve formed arguably his largest support base,[1] hailing him as a hero “raised up by God”[2] to combat the “evils” of secularism, homosexuality, PC culture, immigration, and other perceived threats to American Christianity.[3] On the other hand, Christianity’

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

On October 17–19, 2019, Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, hosted Jesus & Politics. This conference sought to prompt Christians, especially Seventh-day Adventist Christians, to be reasonably aware of and active in the various goings-on within political, social, and economic realms, yet do so upon the bedrock of Christ’s character

It’s All About Worship

It’s All About Worship

I live in Georgia, and several weeks ago the Governor of our great state signed a very restrictive abortion bill that has made a lot of people very angry! So angry, in fact, that Netflix, Disney, and several other entertainment powerhouses clearly stated, that due to this new law, they would no longer be producing entertainment in Georgia—effective

October 17-19, 2019 Jesus and Politics Conference, Andrews University

October 17-19, 2019 Jesus and Politics Conference, Andrews University

On October 17-19, Andrews University will host a conference entitled Jesus and Politics: Christians, Liberty, and Justice Today, “featuring experts in church history, theology and activism, seeking to translate biblical teachings to our day through careful study, thought, and dialogue.” The following is an interview with Dr. Nicholas Miller, profes

January 12, 2019 – “Jesus and Politics”

January 12, 2019 – “Jesus and Politics”

On Sabbath afternoon of January 12, 2019 a presentation and panel discussion was held at Buller Hall located at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. The event was entitled “Jesus and Politics: Civic Lessons from the Sermons on the Mount.”   Even though the weather was quite uncooperative with heavy snow fall and freezing temperatures (ty

The Compass Headlines 06-16-2017

The Compass Headlines 06-16-2017

Southern Baptist Convention Rattled by Racism Throughout this past week, the Southern Baptist Convention was rattled this week with a resolution condemning white supremacy in the church.  However, by Thursday afternoon, a vote broke through that condemned the “anti-gospel, alt-right, white supremacy” movement. For more on race relations and the Chr