Thanks to the people of Captivate we have seen over 220 people trust Christ as Lord and Savior and we’ve baptized 80. Last week and this week we’ve seen two more salvations. As I reflect on all of those lives we’ve seen changed by the Lord I can only think of all of the many people who serve on a weekly basis. Here are a few of the faces of the great servants of Captivate! (click pics to enlarge)
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
The election is finished but our time to serve the Lord is not.
Let us all take a deep breath. That feels better, doesn’t it?
17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction,their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Philippians 3:20-21)
As Christians, we are to understand that our citizenship is in Heaven. This world is not our home. This world is broken and hurting to the point that creation itself cries out with groans for a Savior. (Romans 8:19-27) For as long as we live, whether we call ourselves Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Green, or any other party… we remain God’s Ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:16-21) and a royal priesthood called to take the message of His name, His fame and His love to the far reaches of the globe.
The most challenging aspect of representing the gospel around the world is being able to effectively represent the gospel around the block. Whatever political party we claim, our neighbors claim a different one. While this particular battle is now over, a new one will brew tomorrow. There will be people at your office who love the results and people who will hate them. You and I have a responsibility to love them both equally and honestly.
When it comes to the political parties in this election season I see the cause of Christ becoming less and less relevant to our neighbors and that concerns me. I’m blessed to lead a church that loves Jesus. We are a diverse church with Democrats and Republicans as well as people who do not express loyalty to any party. As we move forward we must all demonstrate love in such a way that it reflects Jesus’ prayer found in John 17:20-21:
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
If we are to come to some type of unity we must begin by acknowledging that we will never gain unity through a system that is designed to divide. At some point we must stop and ask ourselves who we have become. As I assess the current state of political affairs I do not see either party lining up completely with biblical values. What I do see however is sincere Christians who place different levels of weight on different issues. These issues are usually deeply personal to the individual. It is my desire to see Christians (Republican and Democrat alike) turn away from their political ideologies and seek the Lord for answers. We are not to be defined by party but rather by God and His Word. Here then is my take on how both parties could seek the Lord and grow to more closely reflect the glory of God on this earth.
I would encourage you to seek scripture with regard to issues of abortion and God’s design for the family. As I read scripture, abortion cannot be an alternative to life. A compassionate Christian position cannot be to take life but to help and sustain life. Abortion disproportionally affects the poor and the minority and I find it troubling that taking the life of the unborn has become so normal that it gets cheers of support at the Democratic National Convention. This should break your heart for your party and our nation. Millions of people just like you have not been given the opportunity to live. My mother was pregnant with me at 16 years of age and she was advised to abort me. I am so thankful that she refused. In the area of human sexuality and the family, God’s design is a right and just design. The Democrat party is a party that openly seeks to redefine what God has created. In addition to homosexuality I believe the family is under attack due to the lack of fathers in the home and the number of unwed mothers who give birth to children. I read recently that in 2011 a full 40% of all babies were born to unwed mothers. We must raise the value of the family.
I ask you too if you would humbly consider the consequence of voting for a man who has denied the deity of Jesus Christ. After this election the evangelical wing of the Republican party is much more weak and less trusted than ever. Mitt Romney has spent his life trying convert people away from the Savior and many evangelicals lined up to help him become the most powerful man in the world. Please understand that the world now has every right to be skeptical and even cynical for evangelical Christians speaking on behalf of Christ. Listen, I understand that to you, your vote was about ‘lesser of two evils’ or a vote for ‘biblical values’ or a vote in favor of life and against abortion. From the world’s perspective however, your vote was for power, financial prosperity and inequality. To the world, Republicans care more about people in the uterus than people in the inner city. To the world, Republicans care more about Mexican borders than theological ones. The world wonders why the GOP would seek first financial prosperity when scripture tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God. To be honest, this has made me wonder as well.
I could spend many posts talking about various positions where each party needs to seek the Lord and read the scriptures but my goal is simply to get us to pause, read scripture and to pray. Republicans, let us get unified around candidates who love Christ as Lord, are concerned for the plight of minorities and have plans to help the poor. Democrats, let us get unified around candidates who love Christ as Lord, are concerned about reducing abortion and are prepared to honor God’s design for the family unit.
Ultimately let us all take a step back from yelling at one another about who has God on their side and let us pray for and with one another that we may be on God’s side.
We have much to learn from one another. Most of all we have much to learn about humility. I pray that I will grow over the next four years so that by the time I go back into the voting booth and vote for President I will do so with a more biblical understanding of all of the issues.
While we cannot do much today to ensure future candidates honor the Lord, we can certainly work to honor Him ourselves.
Like it, Share it & Tweet it.
It was my honor to be invited to appear on Huff Post Live to discuss the Presidential election. In a newspaper interview last week I was quoted in regards to my decision not to vote for Mitt Romney, thus making me an undecided voter. Huffington Post called and invited me to appear to discuss my stand farther. It was an honor. The team at Huff Post Live was very professional and kind the whole way. I look forward to joining them again in the future. Check out my segment below by click. Thank you Dena Takruri , Mike Sacks and Jessica Sanoh for the opportunity.