In this episode of As in Heaven, hosts Jim Davis and Michael Aitcheson welcome guest David Platt to discuss the role of political syncretism (taking political positions of neutrality) in dechurching in America. In their conversation, they unpack the ways political syncretism has diminished trust among many in their local church and the broader evangelical church.

Episode time stamps:

  • What does it mean to leave the church by politics? (0:55)
  • Idolatry in the church (6:52)
  • Praying for the president (16:50)
  • Make sure the Word is clear and the message is proclaimed (22:26)
  • How can pastors promote unity around the gospel during an election? (27:07)
  • We live in a different kingdom (32:24)
  • The power of love and compassion (35:43)
  • Love God and others (41:45)
Editors’ note: 

This episode is part of As in Heaven’s third season, devoted to The Great Dechurching—the largest and fastest religious shift in U.S. history. To learn more about this phenomenon on which the episodes of this season are based, preorder The Great Dechurching by Michael Graham and Jim Davis.

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