I love Fall weather. I just wish we had more trees so that we could see the wonderful spectacle of Autumn in all its beauty and wonder. Today’s weather is exceptional and the crisp air is invigorating and should remind us all of how good it is to be alive. We need to stop and thank God for the very breath in our lungs today!
With the election now less than a month away I feel the need to at least devote a short amount of space to it here. Let me preface this to say that I hate politics. The only time I hate politics more than politics in America, is politics in the church. But that’s a topic for another day. The best news about the election being only a month away is that at least the constant noise will lessen a little afterwards. But we seem to have come to the point in America where getting elected is an all-the-time-year-round endeavor. It never stops. Imagine if our leaders spent as much time and energy on working to make this country (I won’t use the word “great” here, for obvious reasons) all that it should be. Instead of spending virtually all their time trying to figure out how to get elected, it would be nice if they would do something worthwhile with the time they have in office. Politics has become (and probably has been this way for a long time) ruled by selfishness in the ones seeking to be elected and in the ones who are voting. We don’t ask who is the person most likely to do the best job and defend the values that I support. Instead we often ask which candidate will make life better and easier for me. This same mentality of self rears its ugly head in many walks of life and often so in many churches as well. Notice this passage . . . “For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:2-4 ESV). Sounds a little too familiar doesn’t it? This year’s election is historic in many ways. Many would probably say that there have never been two worse candidates in the history of American politics. I don’t know if that is true or not but it’s hard to make an argument against it. Candidates are always flawed and less than ideal. They are human. But these two seem to be more than just flawed. It feels like someone is asking us to make a choice between jumping out of a plane or jumping off a 500-foot cliff. And we would say No, thank you, and yet we know in America it is our civic duty to vote. Let me suggest another article for you to read from Albert Mohler. Dr. Mohler is President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He is a brilliant man and is staunchly evangelical and biblical in his theology. His article will not tell you who to vote for and neither will I. But like Dr. Mohler I believe we have to be very careful in who we support. There are no good candidates. And I for one, cannot wait for election day. Maybe then we can start talking about something else.
I want to say a big word of thanks to Stephen Trainer for coming and sharing with us yesterday. His message was powerful and insightful and challenging to me. It was challenging as he reminded us that we are to be like the man who sold everything he had to buy the field with the treasure that was far greater than could be imagined. We are called to give up all that we have to serve a God who has already given His all for us and promises us a treasure far beyond anything we could attain on our own. And yet, why do we hang onto the silly things in this life? I hope that you will pray about helping to support Stephen and his ministry there in NYC. Pray about giving over and above your tithe to help what God is doing there.
Don’t forget that Missions Month continues this coming Sunday as IMB missionary, Danny Moore, shares with us about how God is using them in East Asia. Come join us in the Welcome Center at 9:15am as we greet them with food and handshakes and warm smiles. I am excited to hear what God is doing through them on the Mission field. I know God wants to use each of us on the Mission field right where we are and around the world!