The Lesser Kingdom

A prophetic, eclectic, and humble take on current issues, public policy, and political events with thoughts on faithful engagement.
Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian is a columnist at Christianity Today, a contributing editor at The Week, a fellow at Defense Priorities, and the author of A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (Hachette).

Let Cubans Come to America, by Land or Sea
Let Cubans Come to America, by Land or Sea
The need for asylum seekers’ religious (and other) freedom is as urgent as ever.
On Answering with Gentleness and Respect
On Answering with Gentleness and Respect
Christians are called to good-faith interactions online.
Why We Don’t Dump Friends Who Disagree
Why We Don’t Dump Friends Who Disagree
Affection can keep us together, even if ideas don’t.
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Act as if You Are Staying in a Community Forever—Even When You’re Not
Act as if You Are Staying in a Community Forever—Even When You’re Not
In "Uprooted," Grace Olmstead makes the argument that we should stick around.
How to Have Patriotism Without Nationalism
How to Have Patriotism Without Nationalism
Christians have always been called to love place and neighbor over the power of state.
What Do Americans Actually Think About the Equality Act and Religious Liberty?
What Do Americans Actually Think About the Equality Act and Religious Liberty?
As with much polling, the devil is in the conveniently omitted details.
The Scales of Justice Teeter in Human Hands
The Scales of Justice Teeter in Human Hands
Human justice may achieve accountability, and perhaps even recompense, but rarely real restoration.
Diplomacy with Iran Requires Biblical Wisdom. The US Has Chosen Foolishness.
Diplomacy with Iran Requires Biblical Wisdom. The US Has Chosen Foolishness.
“The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.” (Proverbs 18:7)
Is Religious Liberty Really a Dance With the Devil?
Is Religious Liberty Really a Dance With the Devil?
Tertullian, Roger Williams, and John MacArthur debate the perils of freedom.
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The Digital Devil Looks to Devour
The Digital Devil Looks to Devour
Scripture and sermon can hardly compete with the charms (‘prelest’) of cable news and Twitter.
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The Church Can Stand in the Breach Against Chaos
The Church Can Stand in the Breach Against Chaos
Society is increasingly fragile. We need the best of Christian progressiveness and conservatism working together to strengthen it.
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Being Samaritans to Those Brutalized by Beijing
Being Samaritans to Those Brutalized by Beijing
The American church must not pass by the chance to welcome and help Hong Kongers and Uighurs.
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Are Christian Schools Training Christians or Americans?
Are Christian Schools Training Christians or Americans?
Jesus made clear that we pledge allegiance only to God. But some Christian education pledges allegiance to the world too.
Dispelling the Smog of Falsehood and ‘Fake News’
Dispelling the Smog of Falsehood and ‘Fake News’
Old-fashioned preaching and discipleship can confront the conspiracies that threaten how we know truth.
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Humoring the President Was Not Harmless
Humoring the President Was Not Harmless
As a little leaven works through a loaf, indulging deceit led to disaster at the Capitol last Wednesday.
Are the 81 Percent Evangelicals?
Are the 81 Percent Evangelicals?
Just because people claim the name shouldn’t automatically imply they heed what it means.
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Trump and Afghanistan: Bad Character Wages a Never Ending War
Trump and Afghanistan: Bad Character Wages a Never Ending War
Promises to bring troops home by Christmas fail because the lack of character impedes practical accomplishments.
Search Me, O God, and Know My Political Heart
Search Me, O God, and Know My Political Heart
St. Ignatius’ examen provides a test of our political theology, positions, and engagement.
Christian Political Exile Persists No Matter the President
Christian Political Exile Persists No Matter the President
The Trump era was not a new Babylon, and the Biden era will be no new Jerusalem. (And vice versa.)
Christians Like Me Believe We Must End the Drug War to Win It
Christians Like Me Believe We Must End the Drug War to Win It
Ballot initiatives decriminalizing drug use may be the best way to fight sinful drug abuse.

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How Colleges Specialize Training for Young Worship Leaders
How Colleges Are Specializing Training for the Next Generation of Worship Leaders
More Christian music programs are accommodating students who want to play sanctuaries rather than concert halls.

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