Pastor's Corner

13 Mar
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Mid-Week Challenge

We have heard some pretty harsh critiques of our spiritual and political leaders recently.  Tune into any broadcast, read any print media and it will not take long before it begins to attack the other side.  I remember the day when one could watch the news and receive just that, the news. We could listen to a preacher and determine immediately the point of the message.  A political leader's speech told us the direction they were going.  In each case you agreed or disagreed but you felt confident as to where they stood and you could get behind them at some level because of the position of leadership they held in the community.  But in the world today that seems to be changing.  Writer Shane Idleman believes it has to do with the breakdown of our spiritual foundation.  He writes, "many early political leaders were not ashamed to admit the true source of America’s strength—they were biblically correct, rather than politically correct. They were statesmen, not politicians. A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation."  I think he makes a great point and it helps me understand why so many young leaders today seem so angry and bent on changing things but have a great deal of difficulty explaining why or how. 

Thanks to the attention Bernie Sanders received in the last election, socialism has received more attention by the younger generation. These young leaders lack the experience or ability to explain how or why they support a radical change to our governmental system so they choose to attack previous and present leaders not on their leadership methods or ideas but on their morals and ethics. Just this week we witnessed leaders make statements in support their political causes but they did not seem to have anything to do with government.  Freshman AOC accuses Reagan of being a racist; President Trump attacks Democrats for being anti-Semitic. Biden takes back his statements praising Pence for being a good leader he says due to their religious differences. We even have the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana calling himself the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate questioning VP Pence's support of the President not based on politics but on faith.

Back to Shane Idleman's theory, I believe we all have gotten away from thinking about our responsibility of leading the next generation and we have moved to self-preservation.  The Bible calls us to be influencers and shapers of the next generation but we cannot do that if we are not engaged in the culture.  If we don't train up or children and teach them how to think critically about their world we leave them to make up their own minds and methods. Without tools of rational deduction, in frustration, they rely on emotion.  Emotion leads to religious feelings. Every young person is passionate about something and that passion misdirected can lead to unintended conclusions.  When these young people are in positions of leadership these conclusions have lasting ramifications.   No matter your political party if you call yourself a Christian you have a duty to equip the next generation with tools that help them discover truth.  The Believer's first and greatest tool is the Bible.  If you do not know your Bible you cannot engage the culture.  Emotion leads us to turn to religion and an ill prepared individual will be forced to concede to another who appears to be "more spiritual."  As adults our inaction with them is setting our young people up to fail.  We are beginning to see it in every avenue of culture but it is never too late to make a difference in those whom the Lord has entrusted you with.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and [or even] when he is old he will not depart from it” - Proverbs 22:6 

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan


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