Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Controversy Over Steve Bannon—Trump’s White House Chief Strategist—Explained

Any thought that President-elect Trump would be less controversial than Republican-nominee Trump disappeared this week with the appointment of Steve Bannon as chief White House strategist and senior counselor. This appointment doubles down on the tenor of the Trump candidacy, delighting his most ardent supporters and horrifying his detractors.

The biggest charge leveled against Bannon is that he’s a racist, a claim the Trump campaign has faced since its inception. It’s easy for those bothered by Trump to parrot this accusation, just as it is easy for Trump supporters to write it off as “mainstream media” bias; however, for church leaders wanting to be a voice of unity and hope it’s helpful to take a step back from either reaction and attempt to look at the issue with fresh eyes.

The truth about who Steve Bannon is—and how he has shaped Trump’s ascension—is intimately connected to ideas of race, identity and what the concept of “America” even means. All this plays out in ways vitally important for the church to understand and reveals important points about racial perspective, and how the church engages with these ideas. Understanding what is politically happening right now could be crucially important for the unity of the church moving forward. Read More

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