“God don’t mean people to own people.” That simple statement, uttered by Cynthia Erivo in the title role of “Harriet,” a new movie about Harriet Tubman, reveals a truth long known by scholars of the woman dubbed “Moses.” Tubman’s lived religion has been well recorded and used to explain how in 1849 a Maryland 20-something slave (her exact birthdate is not known) set out for the North to freedom, then over the next 10 years helped dozens of others gain liberty from enslavement. She embraced faith instead of fear, said Kate Clifford Larson, a historical consultant for the movie.
Editor's Note: This article (publication date: October 28, 2019) is part of a series leading up to the 2020 presidential election highlighting the professed faith of several of the primary candidates, including Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Christian Headlines offers these faith summaries as a way of informing voters about the religious beliefs of the candidates.
A self-described secular Jew, Bernie Sanders has been described by some election watchers as one of the least religious presidential candidates since Abraham Lincoln, an ardent Bible reader who shunned organized religion. But trying to pigeon hole Sanders’ religious beliefs would be a mistake as his views—and messaging—are complicated, in part by his own hesitancy to discuss the matter.
Much of what we do know emanated from the 2016 election, in which he challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
Here are 5 things to know about Bernie Sanders’ faith:
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There are reasons that religious freedom is the called the “first freedom.” Of course, it’s listed first in the Bill of Rights, but more importantly, it is a freedom on which all other freedoms depend. Chuck Colson once said it this way: “Our founding fathers ... believed, as I do, that without freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, all of our other freedoms aren’t worth the paper they are written on. If government can dictate what we may or may not believe, or how we may or may not live out our beliefs, then we are no longer a free people.”
Anne Graham Lotz’s journey has been a tough one lately: A year ago, three years after the death of her husband and six months after the funeral of her famous evangelist father, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
But the 71-year-old Bible teacher and daughter of Billy Graham says she has refused to give up hope and her faith remains a constant.