And how’s it working out for you?
There’s a good reason we call God, Savior. Savior means somebody who saves us—the implication being that we need to be saved; saved from our sins and self-centeredness.
If I asked you to spell sin—you’d likely say, s-i-n.
Well I spell it S-E-L-F. Self. Self absorbed. Self-centered.
But God comes along and He says, “I want to be the epicenter of your life. I want to save you from your SELF.
What’s at the center of your life right now?
When Jesus died on the cross, He took your imperfections, assigned them to Himself and paid a dear price for it.
And He wants to be at the center.
And when He is—it makes all the difference!
And at my core, I’m an unabashed enthusiast for the Gospel of Christ.
Patriotism or the Cross of Christ? Mutually exclusive?
I don’t think so.
I will not extol a nation at the expense of not exalting the Cross of Christ. It’s as simple as that.
The key issue for me is Jesus. The key to meaning and purpose in this life is knowing God through Jesus Christ.
And the hope for a nation, in my opinion, is conformity to God’s ways.
It’s the greatest patriotic act you could ever do for your country.
The only thing that ultimately can save this nation is to share the Gospel in such a way, that the Gospel is so pervasive it impacts every bit of this country.
That’s true patriotism.
That’s exactly what’s taking place in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
March for Life, a pre-eminent the pro-life organization is challenging the mandate forcing employers, regardless of their moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. A pro-life group having to pay for abortion coverage?
But not complying can result in heavy financial penalties.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman argued in federal court on their behalf in their lawsuit against the abortion-pill mandate.
He said, “March for Life was founded to oppose the tragedy of abortion—the very thing the government is forcing the organization to provide through its health insurance plan.”
We must be free to exercise our beliefs without the fear of selective punishment!
Hardly a day that goes by that some group isn’t criticizing publicly what I say about biblical marriage.
I take a firm stand and will continue to do so.
And at every opportunity, I will let you know here, of progress being made.
Such as the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to uphold the freedom of several states to affirm traditional marriage.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Byron Babione said: “The people of every state should remain free to affirm marriage as the union of one man and woman in their laws.”
Progress is being made.
When a Texas school district canceled a voluntary anti-bullying, anti-drugs and character-building education program, because the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that it originated with a Christian ministry—Alliance Defending Freedom sent the school district a letter.
Essentially ADF Senior Legal Counsel said: “Freedom From Religion Foundation is incorrect that neutrality toward religion requires schools to discriminate against beneficial programs simply because they’re presented by Christians.”
The truth is, their demands aren’t based on law as they’d like you to believe. It’s blatant hostility to religion!
And know this—the program was only made available to students whose parents had consented to their attendance.
Alliance Defending Freedom is doing their job—let’s make sure as parents we do ours by staying informed, being aware and praying!
So what are we willing to do to see that happen?
I heard one preacher say with a degree of regret in his voice, 90% of God’s people are Unemployed in meaningful Kingdom service.
Throughout history, people who understood how to mobilize and equip God’s people, impacted the culture.
In the 1200’s it was Peter Waldo, who raised up a group of people called, “The Poor Men of Lyon.” They carried the Gospel all across Southern France. In the 1300’s it was John Wycliffe, who helped bring the Gospel to England by a group called The Lollards.
Later it was John Wesley and the lay preachers.
The Gospel, ultimately, isn’t spread primarily by pastors.
It’s spread by people who realize their calling and the contagious nature of the Gospel.
And my friend, that includes you!