An Open Letter to Christians Upset About the Phil Robertson Brouhaha

Dear Christian, I know it’s very upsetting to hear that Phil Robertson was suspended from Duck Dynasty for his controversial anti-homosexuality comments. A&E should know better than to risk the wrath of red-blooded American conservatives. If you're upset about all this, here's what I'd like to say to you: A&E is a privately owned company that can do whatever they want. If they want to suspend Phil, they can. If they want to cancel Duck Dynasty, they can. It’s not like Read more

A Conversation With Jesus

Have you ever stopped and really imagined what it would be like to sit down, one-on-one with Jesus? Imagine sitting at the breakfast table before you head out to work, drinking your coffee; you hear a knock at the door and Jesus Christ is standing there: He doesn’t even have to say, “Hi, I’m Jesus” because I already knew who he was the moment I saw Him. There’s something about those eyes, they’re not what I expected. They’re so full Read more

Whose Body Is It Anyway?

My last blog post “All God’s Daughters Wear Bikinis?” has stirred up quite a reaction. It seems that modesty is an issue that needs to be addressed more often. I believe part of the reason for this longing is that there’s been a lack of teaching and instruction. I can honestly say that, as a man, it’s awkward to address the issue of modesty to a woman, but I believe it’s necessary. I truly believe that most young women Read more

All God's Daughters Wear Bikinis?

Let me ask a question to all the God-fearing, Jesus-loving, Christian women out there: Would you post a picture of yourself on Facebook in just your bra and panties? Would you let your daughter? A question to the God-fearing, Jesus-loving, Christian men: What would you think and feel if a woman walked up to you in the mall and took off her shirt and shorts and started talking to you in her underwear? Would you tell her to stop? Would Read more

The Worst Christian Tradition

I know this will upset some people, but it’s time to stop the worst tradition in the Christian Church. What could that be, you ask? The practice of washing people’s feet. In case you don’t know, Jesus washed the disciple’s feet before the Last Supper (John 13). Jesus even said, “And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.” (John 13:14) Some church denominations have made this an ordinance. Other Read more

Media Feeding Frenzy & Racism

Why do we get so consistently played by the media? I sometimes feel like we’re living in an episode of “Punk’d” and Ashton Kutcher is going to run out laughing at us for getting caught up in another media feeding frenzy. The media and news outlets would have us believe that America is on the brink of race riots and civil war. Really? Interviewed after the trial, juror B37 told Anderson Cooper that the jurors had no idea the trial Read more

Today I Did Not Meet Jesus

Churches attract all kinds of interesting characters. Today, Jesus showed up. I don’t mean that in a spiritual “I found Jesus” way, I mean a guy calling himself “Jesus” actually came to our church. I tried to greet him even though he had headphones in, but when he saw me sticking my hand out to shake his hand, he only held up his palm and pointed at it. At first, I wondered if he was deaf and mute and Read more

Confession and Repentance

Throughout our entire lives, we will sin. This is a fact. Maybe if you’re a really righteous, super spiritual Christian, you might string together an amazing streak of two or three whole days without sinning! Congratulations. This is why we have to live in an ongoing state of confessing our sins and repenting before God. Confession and repentance is not a prayer you prayed one time, this is a lifestyle choice. This ongoing cycle does not reflect flakiness, but the opposite: Read more

The Bible Loves Science: Part 2

The Bible was inspired by God. It's obvious because it reveals scientific facts hundreds and sometimes thousands of years before men discovered these facts for themselves. It could have only been inspired by an all-knowing God who loves us. God and Medicine. 9. God told Abraham to circumcise male children on the eighth day of life. Circumcision is the only surgery described in the bible. “It is only in the last few decades that it has been found that the eighth day Read more

The Bible Loves Science

One might think that with scientific advances, the Bible would be ripped to shreds by opponents and secular academia. The Bible is a compilation of scripture that was written between about 4000 and 2000 years ago. Think of all the scientific misinformation that has been corrected in recent history. Not long ago scientists believed whole-heartedly that: the world was flat, blood-letting cured disease, the sun revolved around the earth, and that black people and women were less intelligent. Based on how Read more

Christians, Politics, and Panic

This Tuesday, our nation will elect the next president. People are fired up! I want to remind Christians of a few basic truths to keep in mind as the election comes to its grand finale.

Electing one candidate or the other is not going to usher in the apocalypse or cause God to speed up His plans for the end of days. From the way some people talk, it seems they believe that our future actually hinges on the outcome of this election. That’s it…God’s sitting up in heaven saying, “Ok, if Obama wins, I’m gonna nuke the whole planet, but if Romney wins, I’ll let things slide for another decade.” Look at what God says:

“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

God’s plans are established and He will do what He wants to do. He doesn’t need us to elect one candidate or the other. Scripture says not to worry about the future! We don’t get to exercise selective memory loss and ignore scripture during election season. Yet, so many Christians have panic in their hearts and fear in their eyes. God is sovereign and His plans are going to be carried out. Period.

I’ve also talked to Christians who can barely contain their disdain for people on the other side of the political spectrum. It’s sad to see Americans demonize and slander those who don’t agree with their political convictions. We allow each other freedom of conviction on many personal issues, but when it comes to politics, we start sharpening our daggers.

When scripture says, “love your enemy…” that includes the way you talk. If you’ve been spewing hate about people who disagree with you, you’re sinning and you need to confess. Some people are immature and uneducated and may be lacking wisdom. Since when did this surprise us, Church? We open our doors to the spiritually lost and welcome them into our services each week. We’re not shocked when people lack wisdom except during election season, when instead of loving the immature, we slam them for their opinions.

God is not a member of your political party. There are people in both major parties that love God. At the same time, neither party is waving the banner of the gospel or aiming to further the kingdom of God. This is not a struggle of Good vs. Evil, so don’t exaggerate the stakes. Regardless of which candidate wins, we’ll still be living in a fallen world. We’ll still need “hope and change,” and that hope and change will still only come through Christ.

After you vote on Tuesday, you should feel good that you exercised your right. Voting is a privilege and an important responsibility. As you sit at home and watch the results come in, try to resist the urge to be discouraged or elated based on the results. Just as you shouldn’t live in fear of an unfavorable outcome, you shouldn’t place false hope in a preferred outcome.

Here’s what’s concerning: we can’t help but notice the emotional and financial output of Christians during election season. We see bumper stickers in our church parking lots, volunteering, social media posts, and heated debate. I can’t help but wonder, “Where does all this energy go in between election seasons?” What would happen if Christians lived out the Great Commission with the same level of intensity? Why are we not equally passionate about spreading the gospel and making disciples of Jesus!?

Do you care more about who gets elected president than the fact that people are lost and alienated from God? Do your actions reflect this? Would you put a Jesus sign in your front yard? Would you give your money to God’s campaign? Would you passionately talk about God’s love with your lost co-workers in the break room? After the election, let’s refocus this energy where it belongs…

Breathe deeply, hug your family, and relax…because God is in control. His plans will come to pass today, tomorrow, and forevermore.

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