Pastor's Corner

5 Jun
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Mid-Week Challenge

In 1 Timothy 2 Paul instructs the church to pray for our leaders.  Not just church leaders but all leaders in authority. He reminds us that it is God who places individuals into positions of authority and we are to trust Him and support leaders with our prayers.  So when well-known Southern Baptist pastor and writer David Platt was asked to pray over President Trump when he made an unscheduled stop at his Washington DC area church, Pastor Platt agreed.  Southern Baptists have always taken the lead in political issues of the day.  We even have our own Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (https://erlc.com/) based in the DC area to keep our denomination’s finger on the pulse and be the voice of reason for Bible believers.  Over the past few years there has been a noticeable shift in our denomination’s traditional support of leaders of political platforms that align with Biblical truth and SBC leadership support in general.  It’s one thing to disagree with the ethical choices of our leaders (we should) but something else to openly work against those whose political platform comes closest to Biblical truth (we should not).  With this shift in support of culture over Biblical teaching it came as no surprise when Pastor Platt issued an apology letter to his congregation after he prayed with President Trump.  

Platt wrote, “I know that some within our church, for a variety of valid reasons, are hurt that I made this decision. This weighs heavy on my heart. I love every member of this church, and I only want to lead us with God’s Word in a way that transcends political party and position, heals the hurts of racial division and injustice, and honors every man and woman made in the image of God.”  He added, “So while I am thankful that we had an opportunity to obey 1 Timothy 2 in a unique way today, I don’t want to purposely ever do anything that undermines the unity we have in Christ.”   https://www.mcleanbible.org/prayer-president  

A chorus of other SBC and former SBC leaders joined in to criticize Platt for his choice to follow the Bible and past SBC policy by praying for the President. https://news.yahoo.com/at-church-where-trump-dropped-by-after-golf-pastor-explains-his-prayer-181854224.html;_ylt=AwrJ61rR3_dcpIwA.KNXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyc2wxbzd0BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjcwMTJfMQRzZWMDc2M-

Our church has never had the honor of a Presidential drop in, but for as long as we have gathered, out of obedience to Scripture, we have openly prayed for our leaders, regardless of political party. No apology needed.  When pastors begin drawing attention to controversy outside the church they make their actions inside the church political.  There was nothing political about Platt’s actions until he wrote the letter and made it political.  There are enough Biblical differences in policy between the political parties that pastors should not have to mention a party by name.  Preach the Bible and the party platform speaks for itself.  

It is sad that some of our churches have grown so large that the celebrity pastors that lead them feel like they have to address the moaning’s of a lost world in response to what happens inside our worship services.  When we begin apologizing for doing the right thing what message are we sending? I guess we already know because this story already has a page on Snopes:  https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pastor-david-platt-donald-trump/ 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

 

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