We all seem to be aware that terrible events are exploited for headlines and clicks, but when bad news is all you see, it’s really difficult to believe that good news exists. It’s for that reason that I love projects like The Good Newspaper, a quarterly newspaper filled with — you guessed it — good news. I’m subscribed to her sister project, The Goodnewsletter, which is a weekly e-newsletter focused on looking for the helpers in the world. (Both projects were started by Branden Harvey, who also hosts a hopeful podcast.)
You know that sad mini-fridge at the movie theatre in the concessions line with the hummus and junk? I’m the guy who hits that up. I watched Rogue One with a tiny packet of jerky, and I felt guilty about the sodium. I drank only water when I watched La La Land, and I cried both because that movie is amazing and because I’ll never be as good looking as Ryan Gosling, even with my diet. Go see La La Land.
Maybe you think the Clintons are corrupt or that Obama was trying to transform America. But they weren’t reckless and impulsive. They didn’t live in a cable-news fever dream of shadowy conspiracies, and they didn’t use the levers of power to punish all who defied them.
… heaven has come near” and then he proceeded to explain and demonstrate what that Kingdom was like. It is an upside-down Kingdom where the least are the greatest, the poor are blessed, the meek inherit the earth, and the best way to influence the world and defeat evil is to lay down your life.
My point in sharing this is that when I left my country behind, I was afforded the rare gift to be able to start to separate my faith from my culture. Leaving the influence of the spiritual forces at work in America enabled me to see more clearly how the church has been selling its soul for political power for years. But I don’t think you have to leave the country to come to this conclusion. God has indeed used Don…