Stephen Mattson

Stephen Mattson is a writer who currently resides in the Twin Cities, Minn. You can follow him on Twitter (@mikta) or on Facebook.

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Conservative Christianity Is Now Everything It Once Hated: Post-Modern, Morally Relative, and Post-Truth

by Stephen Mattson 05-12-2017

Truth is promoted within every facet of the Christian religion. Yet large segments of American Christianity couldn’t care less about whether it’s found within the political system it helped put into power.

The Spiritual Tyranny of ‘Religious Liberty’

by Stephen Mattson 05-05-2017

U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to sign the Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty. May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

The Christian faith shouldn’t be defined by presidential orders and government mandates. Instead, it’s perfectly represented by the person of Jesus Christ, who told us to love our neighbors as ourselves and do unto others as we would have done to us.

Why Is It Difficult to Get Christians to Care About the Earth?

by Stephen Mattson 03-28-2017

As presidential orders and administrative policies continue to scale back environmental protections, it’s important for Christians to realize that this is a vitally important spiritual issue. Many Christians ignore environmental issues because they don’t view it as an important faith-related concern — but what if environmentalism was essential to evangelism? In many ways, taking care of our environment is a direct form of evangelism, but many Christians have yet to realize — and even reject — this truth.

Exploiting Scripture in the Name of Jesus

by Stephen Mattson 03-24-2017

The problem for many Christians is that instead of asking themselves, “What would Jesus Do?” they ask, “What does the Bible say is permissible?” At first glance these two questions don’t seem radically different, but the applications are often contradictory to each other.

‘Ban Your Neighbor as I Have Banned You’

by Stephen Mattson 03-20-2017

Christians who refuse to break rank from their political tribes and social circles at the expense of refugees, immigrants, the sick, the poor, the uneducated, the maligned, and the outcast are prioritizing carnal hopes rather than divine promises.

Dear Christians, Please Recuse Yourself

by Stephen Mattson 03-08-2017
Chicago marks the one-month anniversary of the Donald Trump administration on Feb. 19.Marie Kanger Born / Shutterstock.com

While the LGBTQ community, the pro-choice community, the liberal community, the environmentalist community, the science community, the atheist community, the Muslim community, and many other communities have been harshly and relentlessly judged, condemned, and even abused by the American church, this same church will remain silent toward Trump — refusing to condemn this idol it continues to worship.

The Sin of ‘Just Doing Our Job’

by Stephen Mattson 02-27-2017

Any time a government enacts new legislation or a president signs an executive order, Christians must decide how it aligns with their ultimate mission, and choose to follow the example of Jesus accordingly.

We’re Not Anti-American. We’re Following Christ

by Stephen Mattson 02-23-2017

Image via JP Keenan/ Sojourners 

The simple standard for Christianity is how well we’re emulating Christ. So how Christ-like are we? Right now, American Christianity isn’t doing so great, which is why non-Christians can be—and often are—even more Christ-like than many self-professed Christians. 

For Christians Who Feel Betrayed By Christianity

by Stephen Mattson 02-17-2017

Since the election of President Donald Trump, many Christians are asking: How could so many Christ-followers agree with actions that are so decisively un-Christlike? Many Christians are struggling to understand how two things that are diametrically opposed to one another — Trump’s policies versus following the gospel of Christ — can be possibly reconciled.

Christ, Not America, First

by Stephen Mattson 02-06-2017

Instead of classifying people as refugees, immigrants, “illegal” immigrants, Muslims, Iranians, or whatever other association we use to judge people, God wants us to see humanity as fellow loved ones, children of God.

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