I’m so glad you asked!
Some people say to me, “Oh pastor, don’t talk about political things.” And my response is that political issues are usually not simply political. They’re moral issues. Ethical issues. All biblical issues.
If I were the evil one, I’d try to convince God’s people that Jesus’ command for us to go into all the world—does not include the political realm. Abandon that realm; that’s what I’d try to convince you.
We talk about church versus state. It does not mean God versus government. For Christians it means God is over all three types of government—the home, civil government and government in the church. God over all.
God’s Word is emphatic: go into all the world.
Guess what? It includes the political realm!
The truth is, the allowance many churches provide to pastors is church money, not government money.
Recently the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit threw out an attack on nontaxable housing assistance from churches to pastors. Rightfully so since the government isn’t subsidizing something when its money isn’t even involved!
Alliance Defending Freedom stood up on behalf of more than 600 churches stating just that!
And as the Court found, the atheist group that filed the lawsuit has no standing to challenge a tax benefit for which the churches had never applied.
Pray for our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom.
Their advocacy for the right of people like you and me, is done so that we can freely live out our faith.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts, impress them on your children; talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road; when you lie down and when you get up. . .write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
This Scripture reminds us of God’s desire for us, it reminds us of His commands that we raise children who will honor Him.
You don’t hear much about that in today’s culture.
Honoring God is to be done in the context of your family—in the everyday ordinariness of living your life.
How diligent are you in impressing the commandments of God on your children?
It’s a good question to ask yourself!
The Good News Community Church rents space in temporary locations, so they use discreet signs to direct the community to services.
However, the Town of Gilbert Sign Code puts strict limits on the size, location, number and duration of the church signs.
And if the church violates the code, the pastor could be fined and possibly jailed.
It’s an outrage that the town does not impose such restrictions for political or other group signs.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit against the town’s unconstitutional restrictions. The case has made it to the United States Supreme Court.
The ADF attorney who’ll argue the case to the Court said, “No law should treat the speech of churches worse than the speech of other similar speakers.”
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing seven California churches who’re objecting to being forced to pay for elective abortions in their employee health insurance plans.
California is flagrantly violating federal law that protects employers from being forced into having abortion in their health insurance plans.
If we’re going to impact the world for Christ, we need to engage yet transcend culture. What do I mean by that?
You might be engaged with culture, be very relevant to it around you. But in the process, not transcend its values.
The result is you compromise your Christian values.
Or you might transcend the culture, meaning you don’t compromise your values, but you’re not relevant. You’re disconnected from the culture around you.
If you engage but don’t transcend, you’re like salt that has lost its savor.
If you engage but don’t transcend, then who’s going to even know who you are—much less care about what you believe?
The goal is both: engage the culture but transcend its values.