The reports about Andrew Brunson’s release are just another example of how little the media know about evangelical churches.
We need to be discerning as to the aspects of our nation and culture that can be affirmed by us, and those that must be challenged in the light of the character of God.
The influence of the Bible on political thought, speech and action is unparalleled, and has provided the foundations for modernity upon which has been built the liberal democracy that we enjoy in the West today.
Four ideologies can become an intolerant and dangerous idol: secularisation, left-wing populism, nationalism and liberal values dogmatism.
Most Venezuelans are now ‘burned out’ as they basically just try to survive. An unprecedented exodus has ensued, some 1,642,400 left the country between 2015 and 2017.
“God is using these streams of immigrants to give us the opportunity to share the gospel with them”, says the new Swedish Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Olof Edsinger. “But our politicians were quite naïve”.
Prayer meetings were organised in churches and streets. “The church has to be a voice for values and respect”, a Christian politician in the city says.
Hungarian and Italian leaders meet in Milan with the 2019 EU Parliament elections in mind. “There are two sides at the moment in Europe”, Hungarian President Orbán said.
Let’s pray that Britain and her European neighbours will find a pathway for lasting reform that’s rooted in biblical revelation and wisdom.
Religious identity, nationalism, and violence.
The increase in diplomatic tensions between France and Italy reopen the debate about the future of the European Union. “Our ties are found in Christ and are so much stronger than these political games”, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance.
Europe holds its breath as emerging parties M5S and Lega announce a government deal. Italian Evangelical Alliance leader Giacomo Ciccone sees a “widespread dissatisfaction” in society.
The Eurosceptic party Fidesz gets two thirds of the parliament’s seats. The Prime Minister will now be able to make deep constitutional changes.
The political status quo has been broken with the victory of the 5 Star Movement, the Italian Evangelical Alliance says. The new political context could help to decrease corruption.
Talks to form a government are expected to be long and difficult. Anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right Lega are the big winners of the general election.
“In a country that has known no Reformation we are still grappling with the lack of pluralism and responsibility”, the Italian Evangelical Alliance says.
Decisions are increasingly influenced by the fleeting diktat of popular opinion
Party ANO (Yes) won 29.6% of the vote. His fraud charges will make it difficult for Babis to find the coalition partners he needs.
Kurz, 31, led the conservative People's Party (ÖVP) to get 31,6% of the vote, and he is expected to form a government with the far-right FPÖ.
The vote will show the real power of pro-European forces and far-right populists. “Pray for our politicians to speak truth, to act honestly”.
Coalition talks will be “tough”, the Chancellor admits. Concerns in Europe as AfD’s anti-migration party gets 94 seats in the Federal parliament.
The national election is on September, 24. “Evangelicals have the chance to help re-formulate basic principles of how we can live together peacefully”, says journalist Nicolai Franz.
The deepening partisan ideological divide in all sectors of US society will mean that governance will most likely lurch from one extreme to another. This will have major ramifications for the church and mission.
As Christians living in Europe, we have a unique opportunity to be salt and light in genuine, courageous and simple ways.
The far-right nationalism of Le Pen gets 34% of the vote. A legislative election in June will show if the inexpert President will have the support of the parliament.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron won first round with 23.9% of the votes. Defeated candidates publicly support Macron for the second round on May,7.