Here we are, Tuesday evening, March 1st, 2016. Super Tuesday, as it is designated in the political realm. The results from a dozen states have been pouring in to the webpage on my iPhone (which is being manually reloaded every few minutes) for over the past hour. I can honestly say what I see disgusts me. I have been hoping and praying that America would wake up from their stupor and somehow vote according to the same Christian convictions that I have. Instead, it appears from all angles that the vast majority of conservative voters in our nation have abandoned morality, honesty, integrity, and just plain good common sense to cast votes for a man who, if elected, could very well be the most tyrannical president our nation has ever seen.
I’m angered by what appears to be the blind and emotional following of those who support this man. His supporters value him as someone who is “outside the political system,” and so doesn’t have to play by the rules of politicians. Regardless of his moral values (or lack thereof) many will support him simply because he is a strong voice who will not relent his opinions nor ask forgiveness (even of God, as he has said). They have fallen prey to the “might makes right” mentality of the middle-ages which has refashioned itself and resurfaced in the guise of a Republican candidate.
I’m also angered by the hypocrisy of those who would claim the name of Christ and yet support such a morally depraved candidate. It is very revealing of the true nature of American “Christianity” broadly and perhaps even Evangelicalism as nominal and surface. It’s also incredibly disheartening to think about the negative direction that our country is destined to take with either this Republican man or his Democratic counterpart at the helm.
This past hour I’ve been wallowing in disgust, sorrow, fear for the future of my children, helplessness. And I’ve realized that I’ve been taken over by emotions that boiled over from a heart that’s been hoping in the wrong things. I’ve been putting my hope, even my faith, in the wrong things. As a follower of Jesus Christ, my hope is not found in human leaders or lawmakers or the American public that would elect them. My hope is found in Jesus Christ, who is perfectly revealed in God’s word. Likewise my faith and trust cannot be centered in the election of a man or woman, no matter how great or moral a leader, as if somehow that act would right all the wrongs of this world. Even if a conservative Evangelical Christian were elected to our country’s highest office it would not be the end of immorality and injustice. Only the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior can accomplish that end. Continue reading
(This message was recently preached at Warrenville Bible Chapel in Warrenville, IL.)
Working in the construction world for ten years one of the skills that I picked up over time was the ability to read a blueprint. Reading a blueprint for a residential home is one thing, but reading a print for a large scale commercial project is another thing entirely. There are special instructions and specifications that are spelled out on multiple pages, and if you’re not careful to follow the instructions the architect’s design can quickly change into something it was not intended to be. Continue reading
We are living in a world filled with fear. Last year the Islamic extremist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, invaded Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, and cut off transportation, power and water to the city, releasing over a thousand prisoners, and causing thousands to flee. After the conquest the terrorist group proclaimed itself “The Islamic State,” or “The Caliphate,” a term meant to link their organization to memories of the great Muslim era of the prophet Muhammad. Their leader was declared caliph, a term meaning “successor to Muhammad.” As caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi now claims the allegiance of all Muslims worldwide, and has called upon all Muslims to come and defend the Islamic State. Continue reading
(Continued from previous post. This is the second half of an EBC Chapel message that was omitted for time.) We are not to rely on our own ability as we live as Christians from day to day, but to trust fully in and depend upon the Holy Spirit’s working in our lives, and to assist in His work rather than seek to accomplish our own. Continue reading
If I had only one final sermon to preach, I would preach from a much neglected and often misunderstood book of the Old Testament, the book of Zechariah.
4 Then the angel who was speaking with me returned and roused me, as a man who is awakened from his sleep. 2 He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it; 3 also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side.” 4 Then I said to the angel who was speaking with me saying, “What are these, my lord?” 5 So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” 6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” (Zechariah 4:1-7, NASB)
I want you to imagine that you, as a young child, were kidnapped, taken from your family, your country, the city that you loved and the only one you ever knew, into a strange and scary land. Forced to work for the ruler of that land you became enslaved and stayed that way for the vast majority of your life. A life of oppression and injustice in a land of brutality and cruelty—this was your life. Continue reading