In Episode 19 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with Christopher Stroop, creator of the viral hashtag #EmptyThePews.
If you feel disappointed with the Christian Right's response (or lack thereof) to Charlottesville, this episode is for you. If you're sick over Evangelical Christianity's love-affair with Donald Trump, don't miss this one. If you have been sickened over the recent Nashville Statement, this is a conversation you do not want to miss!
This Episode Includes:
Growing up Evangelical
Are you in the “None & Done” category of the American Church?
“Evangelicals are dangerous - they’re the single-largest threat we have in this country to democracy and human rights.”
“The 81% of white evangelicals who voted for Trump are without excuse.”
Trump is a fake Christian.
Evangelical complicity in Charlottesville
Approximately 20% of the population has no religious affiliation.
Neighborhood Liturgies - "I’m a Millennial. This is the kind of church I need."
Losing the community of church is hard.
Cycles of religious abuse
“We can’t just gloss over these decades of harm.”
Generational culture wars
Stepping away from a church that doesn’t look like Jesus is a moral choice.
Calling for a rebuke of churches who support this President
The ends do not justify the means.
“I’m allergic to dogma.”
Is American Democracy effectively over?
“Jerry Falwell, Jr. is a huge, corrupt charlatan.”
“The Christian Right broke America.”
This week’s music? “The Bear” by Act of Congress