Before the End of Time: Religion and Politics in this Messy, Broken Age
Senator Ben Sasse
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Prince Conference Center (Great Hall) on the Calvin College campus
According to Senator Sasse, we live in a very disoriented time, with massive policy challenges, huge political disruptions, and daunting Constitutional questions. The economic changes surrounding us are monumental, and our culture is chaotic and confused. Within all of these stresses, what is our role as citizens and as Christians?
Senator Sasse was elected to office in a 2014 landslide, winning each of Nebraska's 93 counties and securing the second-largest margin for a new senator in the history of the state. He campaigned on a common-sense platform of restoring the Constitution to its rightful place and encouraging a more constructive politics, with term limits in Washington, and a federal government doing fewer -- but more important -- things in a manner that is more urgent, more transparent, and with less partisanship.
Sasse came to the Senate after spending five years as the President of Midland University, a 130-year -old Lutheran college that he took from the verge of bankruptcy when he arrived to one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in the country by the time of his departure. A fifth-generation Nebraskan, Ben grew up walking beans and detasseling corn -- experiences that, he notes, taught him the value of hard work. He attended Harvard and Oxford and later earned a Ph.D. in American history from Yale. His career has included work with companies and institutions through times of crisis, with straight talk about core issues and failing strategies.
The annual Paul B. Henry Lecture brings a prominent Christian political practitioner to Calvin to speak about the interplay of religion and politics. The event is intended to inspire the college and the community to actively seek to integrate a Christian worldview with practical politics and public life. Over the past eighteen years, the lecture has featured individuals from both political parties, speakers from liberal and conservative viewpoints, scholars who have examined current political issues and questions, and prominent leaders of non-profit organizations actively working in the public policy arena.