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Should Christians Identify with Political Parties? Which One?

Air Date November 1, 2014


Should Christians identify with political parties—and if so, which one? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with Randy Hultgren, a Republican Congressman and devout Christian from Illinois. Challenging his perspective will be Ellen Painter Dollar, a Christian blogger whose article on “Why I am a Christian Democrat” went viral. With the elections just a few days away, you won’t want to miss this important and informative discussion. That’s this Saturday at 8 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate.


Randy Hultgren

Congressman Randy Hultgren (Republican)
Congressman Randy Hultgren has represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District for the last 15 years. In Washington, Congressman Hultgren has committed himself to working for fiscal sanity, real healthcare reform, and pro-growth policies. In the current 113th Congress, Randy serves on the Financial Services and Space, Science & Technology Committees. Randy was born March 1, 1966 in Park Ridge, Illinois. He graduated from Bethel College in 1988 and later attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating in 1993. He currently resides in Plano with his wife, Christy, and four children.

Ellen Painter Dollar

Ellen Painter Dollar (Democrat)

Ellen Painter Dollar is the author of No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction (Westminster John Knox, 2012). Her articles, blog posts, book chapters, and books have been published by the Christian Century, GeneWatch Magazine, the New York Times's Motherlode blog, OnFaith, Brain, Child Magazine, the Episcopal Cafe, Christianity Today, the Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Foundation, Virtual Mentor (the American Medical Association's online journal of ethics), and more. She blogs about faith, family, disability, and ethics at Patheos. Dollar also serves on a working group sponsored by the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center on Bioethics, exploring bioethical issues related to health care and people with disabilities.


Roys, Julie (SM)

Julie Roys

Julie Roys has become a trusted voice of biblical wisdom on Moody Radio, earning an audience through her weekly commentaries and appearances on The Morning Ride. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a newswriter for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.

Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.