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Red Cups, Chicken Sandwiches, & What Really Matters

Recently there has been some craziness going on in the Christian subculture. I know this might be hard for you to believe, but believe me the Christian bubble has entered into a whole new realm of kookiness. This year’s design of the red cups at Starbucks created this cray cray melee. If you are not familiar with the red cups at Starbucks they are a season thing that appear each year when they bring back the Christmas time seasonal beverages. To Starbucks addicts and lovers (which I am one) they are as anticipated as the much craved Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I don’t know if the red cup has its own Twitter and Instagram accounts, but it should. Anyways the cups this year are just red. They do not have any designs or words or anything other than the color red. Apparently this should be an affront to my Christian faith. Some dude was so offended he made an angry Facebook video saying Starbucks hates Jesus. I warned you the kookiness has gone bat crap cray cray this year.

Some people more eloquent and better positioned than I to take on the task of demolishing this line of thinking have already done so. I am not going to attempt to restate what they have already said. I will simply say Starbucks is a corporation and not a person. Corporations do not go to heaven or hell. People go to heaven or hell. With this premise being established here is what I do want to attempt to say on this matter. I want to use the rest of this space to point out how Christians should love going to both Starbucks and Chick-fil-A. We should feel comfortable spending money at both places because we love Jesus and we love people.

Until several months ago I had spent the last three and half years on the management/leadership team of a Chick-fil-A, the home of the greatest chicken nuggets, the inventor of the chicken sandwich, and the maker of waffle fries, sweet tea and fresh squeezed lemonade. Oh and Chick-fil-A is the Christian fast food mega star. Here is the thing about Chick-fil-A though: it is a business. Now the leadership of the company, they are Christians. They seek to bring God glory in all they do. However at the local level many of those owner/operators have one thing on their minds and that is making money. They will sell a #1 large sized with a Dr. Pepper to a heterosexual, open carrying, flag waving, Christian, tea party republican just as easily as they will sell a #5 8 count grilled with cole slaw and a medium unsweet tea to a transgender socialist atheist, or a cobb salad and a water to a radical suicide bomber. Just make sure and remember to hold the bacon on that salad for the radical terrorist. Some owners are very generous and giving and want to bless those around them and some just want more money in their own accounts. That is ok, they are business owners making a living.

Here is the other thing about Chick-fil-A. You may go there because you love Jesus and Tim Hawkins and Duck Dynasty but chances are the person serving you doesn’t. Chick-fil-A hires people. Not all of them are believers in Christ. Not all of them are republicans. Not all of them are heterosexual. That shouldn’t change your opinion of Chick-fil-A though. You should still go there. You should still support them. Why? Because people need Jesus!

The thing is, this should be our same attitude when it comes to Starbucks. I love coffee. I know there is better coffee at other places, but I love Starbucks because it is convenient and consistent. And well I am addicted to Pumpkin Spice Lattes. There was a Starbucks across the parking lot from my Chick-fil-A. I went there a lot. The workers all knew me by name, and I knew them by name. They ate a lot of Chick-fil-A too. Some of the workers there loved Jesus and some didn’t. They are people. Just like the people working at Chick-fil-A. Now the Chick-fil-A workers have less tattoos and piercings and facial hair (I have not shaved since leaving Chick-fil-A and it feels so good!), but they are all people. They are people that need Grace. They are people that need Jesus.

During my three and half years slinging chicken I was privileged to get to know some of my employees and co-workers well. I was able to pray with my boss as his wife went through a terminal illness. I got to celebrate engagements and graduations with some employees. I got to pray with some of the people there as they faced tough times in life. I also got to pray with some customers as they faced things in life and to celebrate with them as well. I also was able to get to do the same with some employees from Starbucks. I got to know them and got to model Jesus to them. If I avoided the place where they worked because of something as silly and arbitrary as a cup I would not have been able to build a relationship with those people. Now God might have sent someone else to fill that gap and to minister to those people, but I would have missed out on that.

So instead of getting mad over really silly things we need to have a heart that loves people and seeks to get to know them because they need Jesus too!

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2015 in Culture, Current Events

 

Burger King, John Piper, & Worldview

I honestly thought about titling this post “Goodbye John Piper” but wisdom and an already nervous state about the reaction as to what I am about to write convinced me otherwise. You see through the rest of the post I am going to be calling out and correcting someone that has influenced and impacted my theology and preaching more than just about anyone. I also highly suspect he will continue to positively influence and impact my life and ministry after this. However a recent tweet by John Piper showed just how badly we as Christians don’t get it at times.

The tweet in question simply said “Goodbye Burger King” and included a link to an article about a new Whopper burger and its wrapping. The tweet echoed a similar tweet from Dr. Piper that almost crashed the internet, at least for evangelicals. The tweet “Farewell Rob Bell” was posted in late February 2011 and caused a firestorm in blogs, sermons, books, articles, interviews and others that centered on a response or reaction to Bell’s book Love Wins. I weighed in on that issue on this blog and in sermons at the time. It was a big deal. Bell was attempting to rewrite the history of Christian thought and theology and challenging the very nature of what we believe about God and eternity. But is the issue with Burger King as serious.

Well what is the issue? Burger King is releasing the Proud Whopper which will feature rainbow colored packaging and promote the LGBT agenda. I am not sure this is a good business move by the fast food chain, however I live in the Bible Belt South and this move will play worse here than in other parts of the country. Whether you should eat that particular burger or any food from the chain is between you, God, how you read 1 Corinthians, and your cardiologist. My issue and where I think Piper misses it is in response to the tagline that the Burger chain is attaching to this promotion. That tag line is “we are all the same inside”. Their focus is that no matter the wrapper, their whopper is the same inside, and then the associated extrapolating of that thought onto humans.   You know what, they are right! We are all the same inside. We are all totally depraved humans in desperate need of God to save us. I think this is where we should focus our efforts in response to this news. Instead of weeping or calling for boycotts or doing any of the other silly things we do as Christians, how about we respond with love, tell them they are right in what they are saying, and then tell them how they are right about it.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Culture, Current Events, Theology

 

Moral Managers Or Moral Monsters

I am hesitant to write this post.  I fear it could damage me and my level of influence.  However I fear not doing something I sense I am called to even more.  So I have to write this.  I will try to be as soft as possible and pull punches where I can yet I feel many things here must be said and inserted into a current national cultural conversation.

From the start of Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against the federal government over some provisions in the health care bill or Obamacare if you will, I have had quite a few uneasy feelings and a sense that something is not just right.  In the past few days I have seen an onslaught of tweets, status updates, and blog posts concerning the Hobby Lobby issue.  This social media barrage coupled with the regular news coverage of the story has escalated those uneasy feelings.  Those uneasy feelings as unpacked and explored have revealed three areas where I have concerns with what has been said and argued.

The initial area of concern is that of the Green family’s general attitude about the whole thing.  Every time I have read about their desire to willingly subject themselves to the over $1.3 million daily fine I have been stunned by their level of defiance.  A Shakespearean phrase rolls through mind every time I read about or think about this.  “Me thinks ‘they” doth protest too much.”  As believers we are to obey the civil governments set before us.  Paul writes to the believers in Rome who were under a government far more hostile to Christianity than our own:

1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.  Romans 13:1-7

Again I want to point out that this was written to those living under a government that openly sought to eradicate Christianity.  They saw the followers of Christ as enemies to the good of the state and wanted them gone.  Now there are those who make their money yelling at cameras on certain right leaning TV stations and into microphones filling conservative radio air waves that would try to convince you that our government is even worse.  I am going to leave the absurdity of those claims alone and assume that you can decipher that for yourself.  We are explicitly called to follow our government as we follow God.

Now I know the natural response and push back to the preceding paragraph is what about civil disobedience?  That is a valid claim.  There are instances in the Bible where people openly defy the government as they follow God.  Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego, John & Peter are just a few examples of this.  The concept though is never explicitly laid out as a direct command in scripture; rather we are given the principles of it in these and other examples.  What constitutes a valid case for civil disobedience?  An instance where we are told to do something that would directly lead to us not following God in that instance.  The Green’s claim that is what Hobby Lobby is being asked to do.  They say that providing health insurance that covers all classes of birth control violates their conscience as followers of God.

I want to strongly push back at this point.  But before I do I want to unequivocally state that I am anti-abortion.  As I write this I am sitting on the couch with my almost 4 week old daughter in my lap.  Babies are such a precious gift and the thought of killing one while in the womb is a horrific thought.  However I do not think that providing the type of insurance that is in question should violate the moral conscience of the Green’s.  Here is why.  They are a for-profit business.  What ultimately drives their decisions is their bottom line.  (If this were not the case they wouldn’t carry so many crack pot end times and prosperity gospel books in the Mardel division of the company, they carry them because they sell and make them money.)   This leads to a culture where decisions are based fiscally and not always by faith.  This is why they have truck drivers working on Sunday and a non-air conditioned warehouse that routinely exceeds 125 degrees or more during the work day in the summers.  This also means they hire the best person for the job, not the best Christian for each job.  There are potentially scores of non-Christians currently employed in the Green family line of businesses: Hobby Lobby, Mardel, & Hemispheres.  It is safe to say that many of these employees are also women and that many do not share the same convictions that the Green’s or you or I do when it comes to abortion.  Now here is the ultimate question to decide whether or not the Green’s are facing a valid case for civil disobedience.  Is it their place to make the moral decision for each and every one of their employees?  If they followed the law and allowed for the type of insurance coverage called for by Obamacare to be in place would they be forcing their female employees to take abortifacient contraceptives?  No they would not be.  That decision would still be left to each individual employed by Hobby Lobby.  Who has the right to make that decision, the individual or their company owners?  As you consider that question I want to illustrate my answer in two ways.  I have two children, an 18 month old son and a newborn daughter.  Right now I have covers on all of our exposed outlets and we are in the process of putting locks on our cabinets.  We do this to protect them at this stage of their lives.  As they get older we will remove the outlet covers and the cabinets will no longer have the child locks on them.  We will teach them and expect them to make good and right decisions.  God did a similar thing in the Garden of Eden.  He put the tree of life there and told Adam & Eve not to eat of it.  Have you ever wondered why He put it there in the first place?  Why not just remove the temptation?  I won’t go into a full-blown extended theological treatise here (my daughter will be hungry shortly), however I will simply say that without the ability to choose wrong, we would be following God robotically and not out of love and true commitment.  So is it the Green’s place to make moral decisions for unbelievers?  I would say no.  Rather as business owners their duty is to provide a safe and friendly work environment that allows their employees to be productive yet also be strongly connected to their families while providing a fair and sufficient salary.

The final and sometimes loudest objection is that the government is infringing on the rights of the Green family to practice their religious beliefs.  Is the government coming to the Green family and saying they can no longer attend their church, or even that they themselves have to be a family that routinely gets abortions?  No, that would be absurd and would be a direct full-on assault of their right to practice religion.  Nonetheless, is instituting laws and mandates for their businesses to follow an attack on their religious freedom?  I think there are several ways to look at this question.  The first revolves around the question of whether or not a for-profit business is afforded the same level of religious liberty as an individual or religious institution.  I would say no.  This is the first line of the government’s attack of the lawsuit and one with which I personally agree.  Hobby Lobby and the other Green family businesses are for-profit companies.  They are established to make money.  Fiduciary concerns drive their business decisions.  If this were not the case their products would be free or close to it, or they would give away 100% of their profits to various charitable causes (I know, I know, the Green’s give away a lot, but not 100% of their company’s profits).  I would say as long as they are a fiscally led company (as are all businesses) they are a secular business and not privy to the rights of religious freedom that we as individuals are.

I think there is a deeper way to look at this question of whether or not their religious liberty is being attacked though.  It revolves around the concern of who holds and guarantee’s our religious freedom?  Are we free to worship and follow God because of the United States Constitution or because of the Cross?  I would argue it is always the latter.  It is the truth of the Gospel that has set us free and nothing can ever trump that.  No law or decree of man can ever jeopardize or infringe upon the freedom we have in the Gospel.  When we look to anything other than Christ to protect our freedom’s in Him we are looking at the wrong place.

I know many people disagree with the things I have said here and that is ok.  I hope I have caused you to think deeper and to look at this issue from a much broader and a much deeper level.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Culture, Current Events, Life

 

Christmas Story

1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.  Luke 2:1-21

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Bible, Current Events

 

Thankful

Today is Thanksgiving.  It is a day set aside to give thanks.  I am spending this day with family and friends.  I want to list the people and things I am thankful this year.

  • Salvation in Christ.
  • Stephanie, my wife.
  • Bo, my son.
  • Lorelai, my soon to be daughter.
  • My Parents.
  • My Mother-in-law.
  • My Sister and her family.
  • My Sister-in-law and family.
  • My extended family.
  • Worm and family.
  • Ben L. and family.
  • Andrew K. and family.
  • Greg R. and family.
  • Scott T. and family.
  • Jeff L. and family.
  • Thomas B. and family.
  • My other friends.
  • My Chick-fil-A family.
  • My friends and co-laborers of the Gospel through Acts 29 & The Gospel Coalition.
  • Good health.
  • Ability to worship.
  • Good books.
  • Good music.
  • Good food.
  • Good brewed beverages (coffee and beer).
 
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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Culture, Current Events, Family, Friends, Life

 

The 2012 Presidential Election, The Secularization of America, & The Gospel

Well, for those of you that have been in complete hibernation recently, Barack Obama was reelected as President of the United States.  I want to reflect on this fact and deal with a lot of the Evangelical doomsayers and disheartened prognosticators inside the church.  In doing so I am going to share some personal history with my political leanings and the reaction I have gotten from fellow Christians.  Also I am going to examine what this means for the church in America and lay out why I believe this could be the best possible result for the spread of the Gospel in the United States which just so happens to be the third largest unreached country in the world.

Four years ago, on Tuesday, November 04, 2008, I was in line at 6:30 AM at my local polling place to proudly and excitedly cast my vote for Barack Obama to be the 44th President of the USA.  It was the culmination of over two years of anticipation and longing for me.  You see, those mantras of “Hope & Change” and “Yes We Can”, had been music to my ears for almost 24 months.  I remember watching my former high school play their annual football game against our arch rival in the fall of 2006 and sitting in the stands talking to one of my best friends since the 7th grade.  The previous Tuesday the Democratic Party had celebrated a massive victory in the mid-term elections, taking both the Senate and the House as well as gaining a majority of the Governorships in the country.  My friend and I were talking about that and wondering who might be the candidate in two years.  I told him to keep his eyes out for this brand new Senator from Illinois.  I had been familiar with Obama since his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and had been casually studying him and learning more about him since then.  To understand the significance of this I need to compress 26 years of personal political history into a few short sentences.

I grew up in Southeastern Oklahoma, commonly known as Little Dixie, a veritable Democratic stronghold in the middle of the Republican south.  Local elections were always decided in the August primaries because there were just no Republicans around to run in the general election.  I honestly doubt my grandfathers ever voted for a single Republican candidate in any election in their lifetime.  It was just not something someone did unless you were extremely wealthy.  So that is the political climate in which I was raised.  Then came my learning of the Religious Right and the Christian Coalition around the time of the 1994 Republican resurgence.  I was attracted to this because I bought into the lie that this is the Christian thing to do.  So in my first Presidential election, I broke family tradition and voted for Bob Dole.  Then, in 2000, I voted for Bush because I believed his plans made the most sense.  In 2004, I again voted for Bush because I believed we needed to stay the course in our war on terror and I was unsure of John Kerry’s ability to lead in that way.  However, during the course of that election, something changed inside of me.  I noticed that while Bush talked a lot about his faith (I believe his faith in Christ to be real and genuine), the things Kerry said lined up more with what the Bible says about caring for the poor and the needy.

Seeing that truth broke me from following lock step with the Republicans on everything.  I really began to examine what both parties said and how that lined up with the Bible. You know what?  I found some things really good in both parties and some really bad in both.  As this was going on, I was looking more and more into this firestorm state senator that had wowed the DNC with his speech in 2004.  Also, during this time, I was becoming more and more frustrated, almost to the point of disgruntlement, with President Bush.  My stance has since softened, but at the time, I wanted a change.

That is what led me to extol the potential of Barack Obama to my friend that 2006 November Friday night.  And I didn’t stop there.  I continued to talk him up to friends and family for the next 2 years.  I told everyone I knew to vote for him until that November 2008 day when I watched the election returns on my couch.  when the clock turned to 9:00 PM local time and the polls closed on the west coast I celebrated with a glass of wine as the networks declared Obama the winner.

Election Day 2012 was a very different day for me.  I was not in line to vote before the polls opened.  I went in mid-day and had no clue which candidate I was going to vote for as I took my ballot from the election volunteer and went to mark it.  I filled out the rest of the ballot before finally voting for President, praying the entire time.  As I left the polling place, I wondered if I had voted correctly and realized if I voted again and again throughout the day it might be different every time.

What changed?  What took me from being wildly enthusiastic about the initial victory of Barack Obama to be completely ambivalent and nonchalant about his potential reelection?  Well life has changed greatly in the past four years.  I have a wife, a beautiful almost 17 month old son, and a baby girl on the way.  I now own a house.  I am in a higher tax bracket.  I drive a large SUV that was given to us and it works great for our family but gets very low gas mileage.  My voting is now more influenced by what puts more money in my pocket and taxes me less.  I will admit that.  If that makes me a typical greedy old miser, then ok.  I am fine with that.

Am I upset Obama won?  No.  Do I think this is the death nail for America? Not hardly.  Do I think he is an anti-West, anti-colonialist, socialist, communist, Muslim in disguise from Kenya?  No.  I think he is just not on the same side of the aisle as those making those ludicrous claims.

So why do we demonize him? Why do we do it?  I think part of it is because the Protestant Evangelical church is so intertwined with the Republican Party that is unhealthy.  But let’s call a spade a spade here; the Republican Party is not the party of God or Christians or the Church.  All I have to say to point this out is remind you that they just ran Mitt Romney, a faithful Mormon, as their candidate.   Let me rephrase that.  They just ran a member of a non-Christian cult as their candidate.  And as I look at the Republican candidates in my lifetime, I see almost all non-believers.  Ronald Regan was more than likely an agnostic.  George H.W. Bush never wanted to talk about his faith or beliefs.  Bob Dole was the same.  George W. Bush was a dedicated believer.  John McCain could not ever talk about a conversion experience just a guardian angel his mom prayed for and sent him during his time as a P.O.W. in Vietnam.  Mitt Romney, as previously stated, is a Mormon.   With that being their past 30 plus years of candidates ,please tell me how they are the party of Christians?   Now there is some good in the GOP.  They care about moral issues.  But their economic policies are heavily influenced by greed and covetousness, and they as a party neglect the poor and needy.

The Democratic Party is the same in the sense as being both good and bad  They do support abortion, gay marriage, and a host of other ideas that cause believers to cringe.  However they tend to really care about the poor.  They are a political party that wants to help those less fortunate unless the less fortunate happens to be living in their mother’s womb at the time.

So where does this leave us?  What does all of this mean for us post election 2012?

It leaves me hopeful for the future.  I really believe the best days for the Gospel in America are in front of us, and it excites me.  I shared my twisting quixotic political journey at the beginning of this piece so you would know that I am not writing as one fully entrenched in either party.  I have voted for mixed party tickets, as in this just held election, straight Republican Party tickets, and for straight Democratic Party tickets.  I believe I may be indefinable politically, and I am ok with that.  I have been called the most conservative Democrat around, a typical white southern Christian Republican, too in love with the Democratic Party to be a pastor, and a spokesperson for all things Republican.  I don’t land anywhere.  I am a fiscal conservative that believes in progressive politics on a local level that wants my rights to own and carry a gun protected and believes that my Biblical moral beliefs cannot be forced on those outside the body of Christ through legislation.  Tell me what political party that lands me in, and I will say thank you.  You just answered a long held question for me.  Maybe that is why I am so hopeful for the Gospel today because I don’t see either Party as the savior of our country.  I know and follow the Saviour and whatever happens the first Tuesday of November every four years in my lifetime will never alter that.

I am also hopeful because I see the continued secularization of America not as a bad thing and perhaps even as a good thing.  Let us become more like Western Europe.  Bring it on!  Maybe if we are more like England our music in this country will get better.  Wow that is a very ill timed and ill placed shot at bad pop music.  I need to get back on track here.  Or is there something to be learned from the differences in music between England and America that can apply to what the church can become during this time of secularization in our culture.  I think it is the latter.

Music that sells here is driven by glitz and glamour.  You have to look the part and have just the right sound.  And if you have the perfect marketable look but the sound is not quite right, don’t worry!  We have auto tune.  British music is much more about the artistry and creativity of music.  In that sense it is more authentic and real and for my taste better.

Let’s compare this to the church.  By and large the church in America is also all about the look and sex appeal.  I mean, just look at how convoluted our doctrine has become.  Orthodox theology is an absolute quagmire here.  And why is that?  I think in part because in our effort to be more marketable than the next church we have slowly compromised on issue after issue and auto tuned anything controversial or hard right out of the church.  Being a Christian here is much much more about the cultural and social aspect than it is about allowing the Gospel to work deep into your life and transform you into Godly righteousness.  I pastored a church once where I preached week after week about the transforming power of the Gospel with little result or effect, but let someone sing a patriotic song and there was nary a dry eye in the congregation.  They were ready to rise, fight, and draw arms to defend ‘Merica, but when the local food pantry lost their lease, no one was willing to offer money or help.  Or when someone wanted to start a bus ministry to kids that came to VBS, they faced immediate and fierce pushback that the church didn’t want to deal with kids in service without their parents.  Are these church members and the millions like them all around these United States real and authentic or more about the glitz and the glamour?

I am not going to pretend that ministry is easier in England or Western Europe.  The secularization of a culture does make ministry very hard and very different.  The percentage of house churches in those contexts is astronomically higher than it is here in America.  Churches are typically smaller than they are here.  Churches are less protected legally, and religious freedoms are increasingly threatened.

So why am I hopeful if this is what may be in the offing of the further secularization of our country?  I am hopeful because I believe it is easier to draw a clear demarcation between the Gospel and everything else when portions of culture are not masqueraded as the Gospel.  When the Republican Party or America in general cease to be the functional savior for people, it will be easier to point them to the real Saviour.  You see when we are able to stand and proclaim the Gospel as truth and hope and not have that blurred by cultural misconceptions or patriotism impersonating the Gospel, we will be able to call people to real authentic faith in Christ alone.

Are they days ahead going to be easy?  No.  America is $16 trillion dollars in debt.  That is $16,000,000,000,000 to make it easier to see the enormity of it.  Both parties have misspent and mishandled their fiduciary responsibilities and we the electorate have allowed it to happen.  Soon we are going to face the consequences of it, and it might just be very painful.

So how do we face these possibly trying coming days in the light of the hopeful truth of the Gospel?  What do we do?  We pray, genuinely and sincerely pray, for our President and other leaders.  We seek to end the divisive and harsh rhetoric between different camps.   And finally, and most importantly, we lovingly share the truth of the Gospel at every turn knowing that this is the greatest thing we can do in life.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Current Events, Gospel, Life

 

Go Vote

Today is Election day in the United States, so I urge you to please pray then go vote!

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2012 in Culture, Current Events