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One of the trending words today, especially on America's campuses, is "socialism." As Christians, what do we know about socialism and how should we approach its claims moving forward, especially in an election year?
Welcome to the TRINICY Roundtable, one of our initiatives to cultivate conversation among conservative Christians on and off campus on relevant topics of the day. The vide above contains the FULL Roundtable discussion on these questions. The videos below will offer shorter segments of the talk if you would much rather head straight towards certain topics.
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Moderator: Mattea Merta (Canada)
Panelists: Monica Evans (Arizona, U.S.A.), Garrett Smith (North Carolina, U.S.A.), & Ruxandra Ionce (Denmark)
#1: What is socialism?!?!
We start our first segment with defining the word "Socialism." What is it? Let's hear from our panelists! Did we miss anything? Please share in the comments - here or on YouTube!
#2: What are our top concerns?
What are our top concerns as citizens and as Christians when it comes to socialism? Listen in! Do you have concerns that are not represented by the views of the panel? Please share them with us in the comments!
#3: Why is socialism so appealing to the youth?
Why is Socialism SO Appealing to Youth? This is a serious question! Our panelists provide serious answers. Listen in.
#4: Favorite products from capitalism?
What are some of YOUR favorite products produced by capitalism? Share them in the comments below!
#5: Is "christian socialism" a thing?
Is Christian Socialism a THING? Where did this notion even come from? What Scriptures from the Bible purportedly support this?
#6: How does socialism affect the family?
What is the reality and fate of the family unit under socialism? Why is even the family a threat to socialism?
#7: Where did we go wrong & how can we fix it?
Where have we gone wrong as a Church? What hope is there moving forward? Our panelists don't linger on the negatives. They provide a biblical worldview to help our audience keep marching on as soldiers for Christ!
We hope you enjoyed watching or listening in to this discussion between some of our most outspoken conservative Christian members and leaders in TRINICY. If you are a conservative Christian and would love to join this movement, please reach out to us at email@example.com. We are looking for you and we would love to finally connect! If you enjoyed this discussion, please share the content with your friends and family, especially those who are currently on secular or secularized campuses.
Questions or comments?
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By Monica Evans | @many_hats_monica_ | TRINICY.org
TRINICY: What spiritual habits and disciplines do you follow on a daily basis?
MONICA: Pray, read the Bible, read a book, meditate on God's word.
TRINICY: Out of all God’s attributes, which one amazes you most? Why?
MONICA: His balance between Mercy and Justice. As humans we cannot comprehend His timing; He is full of mercy; at the same time he is just at the right time and in His time.
TRINICY: Who led you to Christ? Who are you leading or hope to lead to Christ?
MONICA: The Holy Spirit and the believers that God placed in my journey. It is my desire to lead the Children God has given me and the people that I get to know.
TRINICY: What primary talents and gift(s) has God given you? How are you using them for the kingdom?
MONICA: I would say that I have the gift of discernment, exhortation, and serving. Currently at home I get to share the gifts God has given me, also in the community in the different roles and opportunities given.
TRINICY: Which person from the Bible do you resonate with the most? Why?
MONICA: Between Moses and Peter. Moses because I don't think I am equipped. Peter because sometimes I am fast to act or respond.
TRINICY: What social issue do you care most about? Why?
MONICA: Three come to mind: The revision of the family structure; Gender (hot topic for today's environment); Education disparity (bringing topics to school that are not really necessary and taking out topics that are necessary).
TRINICY: What does being a Christian mean to you? Why Are you a Christian?
MONICA: Love the Lord God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself.
TRINICY: What does being a Conservative mean to you? Why Are you a Conservative?
MONICA: To abide by God’s word.
TRINICY: What has your experience been like as a Conservative Christian on and/or off campus?
MONICA: I feel to be the minority, also it is like swimming against the current. The Biblical stance is not really on fashion and, oftentimes, there is a preconception that, if you are a Christian, and to top it of a Conservative Christian, then you are a bigot, oppressor, etc.
TRINICY: What were your first thoughts when you heard about TRINICY?
MONICA: What does it means? And I also like the IG posts and some of the "conversations" with people questioning certain stances.
TRINICY: What book(s) do you recommend conservative Christians read to help strengthen their faith in a secular and/or liberal setting?
MONICA: Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt; You Who: Why You Matter and How to Deal With It by Rachel Jankovic
TRINICY: What advice or resource would you offer to fellow conservative Christians today?
MONICA: Trust in the Lord; the way is narrow; times may become more difficult. Let's remember the Apostles and how the remained strong because Christ conquered death. This life is a glimpse when compared to eternity; let's continue running the good race until we meet our Creator.
TRINICY: What is an interesting/unusual fact most people don’t know about you?
MONICA: Most people don't know that I have a sister with mental disabilities. She is forty one years old, mentally she is three. When I was in high school we had a debate about abortion and I was on the side of keeping the baby alive regardless of the challenges - I kept my sister in mind the entire debate.
TRINICY: What passion or dream keeps you up at night or wakes you up in the morning?
MONICA: The idea that each day is a day full of opportunities. There is something unique about enjoying God's creation early morning. I am often in awe by His creation and by how faithful and slow to anger God is.
TRINICY: If Jesus were physically here now, what would you want to ask Him or talk about?
MONICA: I would ask him to touch the heart of the many people I know and to change their desires, for them to surrender to His love.
TRINICY: What are the three greatest life lessons you’ve learned thus far?
MONICA: 1. Death is not the end | 2. The Christian walk is a daily walk | 3. The way is surely narrow
TRINICY: Which Christian song best connects with you?
MONICA: There are two: "Beautiful Eulogy"; "Build My Life"
TRINICY: What legacy do you want to leave as a Christian?
MONICA: To show the goodness of Christ through my actions and words.
TRINICY: Which teacher has impacted you most? How?
MONICA: My father, mother, husband. I was able to witness firsthand their obedience to Christ rather than following their own desires. They walk the talk and continue to do so.
TRINICY: What is your life verse? Why?
MONICA: Joshua 1:9 because that verse has become real in my journey, time and time again. In difficult times to remember that Christ is with me wherever I go, at the mountain tops because Christ is with me wherever I go.
TRINICY: Which world events have influenced, changed, or shaped your life?
MONICA: Anytime I hear of war or issues in the culture, the word of God becomes super real.
TRINICY: What is the most difficult thing for you about being a Christian?
MONICA: To balance Truth and Grace, to not be so hypercritical.
TRINICY: What, thus far, has been your greatest "praise report"?
MONICA: There are many: My parents reuniting after seven years. My husband overcoming alcohol addiction. The sons given to us making a decision to walk with Christ.
TRINICY: What is a question you wish we had asked but didn't? What is your response to this self-selected question?
MONICA: How do you deal when it seems that God is not changing the heart and desires of a person you care for? I trust God is in control. He is God and I am not.
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