Prominent televangelist and Trump supporter Pat Robertson said Thursday that God will “stop the theft of our election” and perform a miracle. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin this week over the 2020 election.
The Supreme Court unanimously voted this week in favor of a case that could have a lasting positive impact for the church and various faith communities. They ruled that the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for lawsuits seeking monetary damages when the federal government violates a person’s religious liberty.
Pastor Andrew Brunson, a missionary to Turkey who was unjustly imprisoned for two years, said recently that American Christians need to be prepared for imminent persecution. Brunson said that he feels “an urgency for this country” that has been growing over the last few years.
Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. has dropped a lawsuit in which he claimed the school he once led defamed him after he resigned this summer in the wake of a sex scandal.
A pastor in India was beaten unconcious and left for dead in a locked room by Hindu extremists.
A government report raises concerns that Nazi theology may not be a thing of the past.
Baptists didn’t talk about the Holocaust. Germans in general didn’t talk about it after World War II, and Christians weren’t any different. It didn’t come up in churches, and even pastors and theologians didn’t discuss what had happened.
“There was no ‘theology after Auschwitz’ until the 1970s or ’80s,” said Dirk Sager, an Old Testament professor at a Baptist theological seminary outside of Berlin. “It was a black hole.”
The Baptists missed an opportunity to confront the truth, Sager thinks. They didn’t take a stand against the antisemitism that had swept the country into Nazi horror. They didn’t lead the way to a reckoning with the nation’s sins.
“Baptists weren’t much different than normal Germans,” he said. “They repressed these memories or really didn’t see their own guilt.”
Today, Baptists and other evangelicals have made a range of efforts to oppose antisemitism, including “Israel Sundays,” formal confessions, official statements condemning antisemitism, theological reflections on the relationship between Jews and Christians, and educational events.
Many German Christians are concerned, though, that they need to do more. A new government report indicates that a small percentage of the rising number of antisemitic attacks in 2020 were committed because of Christlicher Fundamentalismus, or “Christian fundamentalism.”
Twenty-eight percent of attacks are committed by far-right extremists, some of whom invoke Christian imagery and claim to be fighting for family values. But a small portion is committed by people with no connection to nationalist groups, who act “based on their …