New York Times columnist David French grew up in the Church of Christ, graduated from Lipscomb University (a school with deep roots and strong ties in the Church of Christ tradition), and shaped his political mind in the conservative Republicanism of the 1980s and 1990s. He began and built his legal career litigating institutions that threatened religious liberties, mostly of Christians. His experience serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq began a slow but sure maturation of his conservative ideals. For the last ten years, he has spoken and written more about how certain kinds of politics might corrupt the integrity and mission of Christians and the church…and how Christians, in the long run, may be the biggest threat to their own religious liberties. In this episode, Christian Chronicle CEO Erik Tryggestad and host BT Irwin ask David for his take on Christians and politics at this moment in the history of the church and the country.
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