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).

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.
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.
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.
The Civil War in Our Hearts
The Civil War in Our Hearts
Political division finds fuel in sin that separates us from each other. Only peacemakers win the title “children of God.”
Say a Prayer for the President
Say a Prayer for the President
Politics don’t matter when it comes to lifting up our leaders.
The Supreme Court Isn’t All Powerful
The Supreme Court Isn’t All Powerful
When it comes to religious liberty, culture matters more than judicial rulings.
In Christ, It’s ‘Yes In My Backyard’
In Christ, It’s ‘Yes In My Backyard’
Cyprian of Carthage offers caution against the “suburban lifestyle dream.”
Seven Deadly Sins, One Presidential Election
Seven Deadly Sins, One Presidential Election
Pride, envy, greed, and the rest all rear their heads for 2020.
QAnon Is a Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing
QAnon Is a Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing
There’s nothing sheepish about this insidious internet demon.
Confessing Complicity in Systemic Sin
Confessing Complicity in Systemic Sin
Why do I repent if it’s not my fault?
Little Christs or Little Caesars
Little Christs or Little Caesars
Faithfulness is not easy for the politically powerful.

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The Splintering of the Evangelical Soul
The Splintering of the Evangelical Soul
Why we’re coming apart, and how we might come together again.

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