Inspiring Christians in Contemporary Public Life

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Robin
It seems that a lot of people on this forum are at a point in their lives when they are searching for some kind of deeper spiritual meaning. For many of us, this will mean attaining greater proximity to God and a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

However, many Christians that enjoy a (relatively) high media profile are far from inspiring in this regard. From mammon-obsessed televangelists to culture 'warriors' who are often not even nominally Christian, the panoply of Christians presented to us rarely sparks anything more positive than indifference. Meanwhile, much of the world – particularly, it seems, the US, Canada and slabs of Western Europe – becomes ever-more atomised and distant from their Creator.

In this context, what I thought would be of genuine use would be a thread devoted to Christians in public life who do not fit into any of the standard media caricatures (alt-right ideologue, prosperity gospel preacher, racialist, unhinged fanatic, fervent same-sex marriage advocate, etc.). Instead, these people are clearly animated in some way by a love of God which has a discernible effect on the way they live their lives.

I'll kick this thread off with a contemporary European soccer icon: Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp. As well as being fabulously successful, he is a Protestant Christian who is open about his faith.

A. Klopp: Only God will judge me (be IN Sports Asia, 16/03/2019)


B. EMOTIONAL: Jurgen Klopp's message of faith in Christ to dying fan (05/06/2019)

 

gework

Ostrich
Gold Member
Peter Hitchens is more of a nationalist-traditionalist than anything else. Not sure he falls into this category.

I think him and Mogg between them are the most prominent people who recommend Christianity in Britain. The actual religious leaders are too busy promoting mass immigration, surrendering to international institutions and crippling climate change taxes.

I did look into other videos on a channel that interviewed Hitchens, a Christian channel. They interviewed a Scottish Presbyterian clergyman. So I thought it would be the same old stuff Pope Francis promotes, but it was actually very good. But I have been unable to find that channel again. The clergyman in question also did some work in America, Tennessee if I remember correctly.
 

Wutang

Hummingbird
Gold Member
I glanced through Peter Hitchen's book "The Rage Against God" about a decade ago. He wrote about exploring a castle with his girlfriend at the time and coming across a fresco that depicted The Last Judgement. Upon viewing this piece of art, he immediately started to think about what if he was one day to be judged after his death. That's what caused him to come around to the faith even though he was a militant atheist like his more famous brother - in his book he recalls how as a schoolboy at a Anglican boarding school he once burned a Bible as an act of rebellion.
 

Aboulia

Robin
Peter Hitchens is more of a nationalist-traditionalist than anything else. Not sure he falls into this category.

You might not like this, but all properly believing Christians are "nationalist-traditionalists"

Traditionalist insofar that they hold beliefs that have been passed down, there would be no sense in having disciples and apostles if not to hand down the teaching to others.

Nationalist in the sense that all people are born in a place, time, speaking a specific language and having an ethnic background. Jesus Christ himself legitimized nations when he said "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". Another example of nations remaining separate is when he encountered the Canaanite woman.

Matthew 15:21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

This example, and the example of Ruth in the Old Testament show how to incorporate outsiders, if the outsiders sufficiently humble themselves, they can be incorporated into the group. The problem with the modern world, is that it tries to elevate the outsiders and cater to them, which is satanic.
 
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