Have we all been napping? How did we get here? How is it that the children of light seem always to be in the dark, blind to what is happening in culture and in our congregations?
I was expecting backlash from my recent article “Why the Pulpit Must Be Political.” But I didn’t expect that the backlash would be so reasonable as to change my mind.
As millions are feeling the real pain from their transgression, let us be quick to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to them rather than our condemnation. The liberating power of forgiveness will feel warm and comforting to those steeped in darkness. It will be alluring if we can get out of our own self-righouess way.
I don’t know how a society that wants to put the emotional fulfillment of adults ahead of the well being of its children can survive. And that is what troubles me most about Same-Sex Marriage; children are the afterthought.
Opportunities to share the gospel abound if one is looking. In every situation with nonbelievers, ask yourself what about our immediate context and conversation points to God. Then be brave and steer your conversation to the cross.
To be American was to be a Christian. Whether a person actually trusted in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and regardless if they followed his teachings, living in America meant you were a Christian. Is was part of our culture. It was part of our national identity. This was both good and bad.
There is always work to be done. There is always a pressing need. And we easily and readily neglect the important for the urgent. And in doing so, we finish tasks while never truly accomplishing anything. Looking to God’s word and seeking wisdom, here are but two things to help us in this tension...