HOW FAR WILL YOU GO?
There is a book recently published that highlights Evangelical Christians in various roles in the United States. It is called Faith in the Halls of Power and it is bringing concern from many circles about what "Christians" will do as they gain more significant status among America's elite power brokers. The author Michael Lindsay conducted more than 360 interviews with various people who claimed their status also included their belief system that had faith in Jesus Christ as a central theme to their character.
I find this type of concern pretty amazing since it seems we were reminded just in the past week that our country's founders and heroes were predominately men and women of faith in Christ and their motives and hidden agendas were rarely called into question because of their faith. Is it a question that is prompted by Christians who are particularly inclined to share their faith in such a way as to urge non-believers to repent and turn their lives over to Christ? Is it because the political and social system of Christians is so repugnant that people are afraid that we will try to establish a theocracy similar to Muslim sharia laws that are part of Muslim countries?
If only I could bring all of the doubters to see what I have seen and experienced in the last 50 years since I accepted Christ as my personal Savior. If only they could see the passion, love, and caring in the lives of my pastors, from Gordon to my present brothers in the Lord, Rick and Brad, they would know what great potential this country has if we would get more people like that in positions of authority. And then, my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord like Tom, Joe, Sergei, Ron, Paul, Jes, Tony, Rob, Bob, Jeff, Mary, Allison, Jeff & Darla, John, Bill, David, Art, and if you are reading this, (add your name), encourage me to know they are feeding the hungry, and serving those in need all over the world.
Am I concerned that Christians will go too far if they attain more positions of authority? I am more afraid that Christians will be intimidated by the political correctness crowd and not keep their eyes on the prize. That is, the high calling of serving in this world comes from following God's call in our lives. Galatians 5: 13 sums this up for all to see and for us to follow:
"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. ...love your neighbor as yourself."
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