Marks of a Church Needing Revitalization


I am really enjoying Pastor Andy Davis’ new book “Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again.”

In it, he lists eleven marks of a dying or a dead church. I tend to agree with him. They are:

Low view of Scripture. The church question both the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture and get a steady diet of man-centered, topical messages or the congregation rejects and drives away pastors who preach God’s Word faithfully.

Man-centered rather than God centered. The church lives for its own glory, reputation, agenda or ideals more than for the glory of God.

Lax shepherding of members and no church discipline. The church has low standards regarding who joins the church and has a bloated membership roll full of unregenerate and non-attending members.

Little evangelistic fruit resulting in dwindling numbers. The church has little connection to the surrounding neighbors, and if they do, it is in a pattern of worldly “good works” with no real connection to the exclusive gospel of Jesus Christ.

Disunity and bitter factions. The church bites and devours one another (Galatians 5:15) rather than showing the love of Christ. The seeds of discord run deep in this church.

Disrespect for godly leaders, resulting in short pastorates. The church almost always fights godly leadership, refusing to submit to its authority (Heb. 13:17).

Disorderly polity. Instead of following the pattern of plural elders and deacons who meet the filtering criteria of 1 Timothy 3, they establish extra-biblical structures (like “church council” or “personnel committee”) to suit their own ideas.

Clinging to traditions, stubbornly unwilling to change. Clinging to “Heritage Days” or traditions, the church tends to be stuck remembering their old glory days.

Selfish spending patterns. These churches spend little on evangelism, missions, or relief of the poor.

Little zeal for corporate prayer. The things prayed for in public tend to be worldly or connected only with the physical health of dying members. Almost no emphasis on the lost or missions.

Increasingly worldly doctrines and behaviors. They especially stagger at controversial teachings in the Bible, namely, God’s sovereignty in salvation, the exclusivity of Christ, personal holiness, divorce/remarriage, homosexuality, abortion, et al.

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What is a Baptist (Really?) My Thoughts on Dr. Rainer’s Social Media Poll


Let me first say that I write this as both a fan of Thom Rainer. I have found Dr. Rainer’s articles, books and resources the be exceedingly helpful to me in my pastoral career and I pray that God continues to use His ministry to bless scores of other pastors and leaders. If there is any sort of tone of criticism towards Dr. Rainer, it is not intended in the least.

I also write this as a Baptist. I’ve been one since I was born (kind-of. I guess technically since I was baptized and joined my church. You’ll see more of this later.) I’ve never been a member of any other type of church, have always attended a Southern Baptist church, and am currently the pastor of a Southern Baptist Church. Having said that, there are many flavors of Baptists in the world and our theological and ecclesiological beliefs range all over the board. I write as a confessional Reformed Southern Baptist. You may have to look those terms up if you don’t know what they mean.


Dr. Rainer recently posted online the findings of a question he posted on Twitter a few weeks prior in which he asked, “What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Baptist?’” He notes how this is a unscientific and rather informal poll but nonetheless informative.

Here are the top 15 responses in order of frequency based on Dr. Rainer’s Twitter question “What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Baptist?’:

  1. Legalism
  2. Potluck
  3. Immersion
  4. John the Baptist
  5. Traditional
  6. Bible
  7. Outdated
  8. Southern
  9. Boring
  10. Conservative
  11. Sound theologically
  12. Fundamentalism
  13. Hymns
  14. Suits and ties
  15. Missions

Quite a list, wouldn’t you agree. Again, this is unscientific and informal. This was not done by a professional survey firm over a period of months. This was done by Dr. Rainer and his team on Twitter. But, I bet that if a professional survey company did a similar study over the frame of a few months, the results would be pretty stinkin’ close.


These results caused me to think about this list and the use of the name Baptist. There was a time when I was in the camp of doing away with the name Baptist in the name of a church. Back when I was planning and going through the church planting evaluation process I had anticipated not using the name Baptist in the church that we planted.

I was under the assumption that the word Baptist just brought too much baggage with it. That people think of Westboro Baptist or the crazy Baptist pastor in Jacksonville, FL who burns Qurans. I thought that Baptist left a bad taste in people’s mouth.

This is the same argument that many of the church leaders and pastors I know even in Southwest Florida have used in order to change the name of their churches or plant a church without using the word Baptist. In fact, my area Director of Missions unilaterally began using an unofficial nickname for our association by taking Baptist out of the title and adding “SBC” at the end of the name. SBC is short for Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Baptist denomination in the world. The argument is that people who are looking for a Southern Baptist church or group will automatically recognize SBC, and everyone else won’t be turned off by the word Baptist.

Well, apparently, he might be correct. It appears that the first thing people think of when they hear the word Baptist is legalism followed by potlucks. People, probably both inside and outside the church, do not think of evangelism or inerrancy or cooperation when they think of Baptists. They think of hell-fire and brimstone and, of course, fried chicken.


Let’s be fair, shall we? We’ve done this to ourselves. I’m a Baptist so I’m allowed to say this: we are legalistic chicken graveyards. Too many Baptist preach and teach about all the “Thou shall nots” of the Bible and too many Baptist eat all the casseroles at the church potluck.

But is this really who Baptists are? Are we really just a bunch of boring (#9,) traditional (#5,) fundamental (#12,) stiffs wearing suits and ties (#14) who sing outdated (#7) hymns (#13) in the southern states (#8)? I don’t think so. I mean, sure, some of us are. And some of us are proud to be that. There is a Baptist church 5 minutes from my house with a sign on the front of the church that proudly displays the fact that they are independent, fundamental King James-only, friend chicken lovers. Okay, maybe not the fried chicken part, but I’m sure that is implied along with the legalism and the suits and ties.

So, yes, to some degree we are those things. Baptists have a traditionally been legalistic in the areas of cards, movies, dancing and alcohol (all secondary and tertiary issues.) And yes, even my church has a monthly potluck meal (or is it pot-blessings since luck is an unbiblical idea?).

But there are plenty of Baptists who don’t wear suit and ties (even though I usually do), who don’t sing hymns (even though they should), and who aren’t in the south (though most of them are!)


But what about the other words. Take out John the Baptist. He has nothing to do with what we know as Baptist today. What about immersion (#3), Bible (#6), sound theologically (#11) and missions (#15). Those are the words that I like to hear because those are the words that I think about when I think about what a real Baptist is.


Let’s start with the Bible and sound theology. These two go hand-in-hand. Baptists have long been considered people of the Book. We love the Bible and dive deep into the treasure trove of the infallible, inerrant and completely sufficient Word of God. The result: sound theology. Now, again, we have theological differences in the Baptist camp, but by in large most Baptists agree on the central tenants of the orthodox Christian faith. To quote Tom Hicks, “Baptists, along with all orthodox Christians, believe in the Trinity, that God is one in essence and three in person. We also believe in biblical Christology, that the incarnate Christ is two natures, a divine nature and a human nature, united in one person. We believe that Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners through His death and resurrection. This means that it’s impossible for liberal theologians, who deny the deity of Christ but affirm the immersion of believers, to be considered Baptists. Orthodoxy has been an indispensably interconnected part of Baptist identity from the beginning.” (Hicks 2016)

In other words, Baptists usually believe what Baptists have always believed; and this comes from a robust understanding of sound doctrine and theology.


This leads directly to the other two words that I think of when I heard the word Baptist; immersion and missions. Immersion is related to what we call credo- or believer’s baptism. This is following the teaching that baptism is reserved only for those who make a credible testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and are then baptized by immersion. It is in opposition to what is called paedo- or infant baptism. Christians who practice infant baptism do so because they understand infant baptism as the new covenant equivalent of circumcision. In this view, just as circumcision joined a Hebrew to the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants, so baptism joined a person to the New Covenant of salvation through Jesus Christ.

I am not here to defend my position on baptism. If you want to look up some resources, the internet has plenty of them.

What this belief in credo-baptism does is separates Baptists from other orthodox, Bible-loving, Jesus-honoring Christians like Methodists and Presbyterians, among others. This belief shapes our ecclesiology and how we view our church membership, church government and even church discipline.

If only people who can faithfully attest to the gospel of Jesus Christ with any sort of certainty can be baptized, then only regenerate Christians can be baptized and thus become true church members. If the members of the church are truly regenerated and converted, then they posses the Holy Spirit and have the spiritual capability to vote on important matters of the church such as leadership, membership and discipline.

True converted church members possess the keys to the kingdom given to us by Christ to bind and loosen the gates in order to accept members into the local church based on their testimony and witness and also discipline sinning members who are living in unrepentant, habitual sin (see Matthew 18 and 1 Corinthians 5.)

Jonathan Leeman says there are six job responsibilities for every church member: help preserve the gospel message, help affirm gospel citizens, attend member’s meetings (where presumably members will be voted on), disciple other church members, share the gospel with outsiders and follow your leaders. (Leeman 2016)

This belief also leads us to a robust theology of missions. It is not coincidence that Baptist (the Southern Baptist Convention, more specifically) has the largest missions force in the world. The approximately 47,000 SBC churches care for almost 3,000 international missionaries and their families and nearly 6,000 missionaries in North America in many different contexts and categories. Now, obviously, with nearly 47,000 churches and 15 million people on our church rolls (though only about 5 million show up to church any given Sunday) those numbers should be higher. But, nevertheless, Baptists are missions-minded, Great Commission-focused people.

We believe that the church always has been and always will be God’s “Plan A” to reach the nations and there is no “Plan B.” We take the Great Commission seriously: we go to all nations and make disciples. And yes, we baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And, hopefully, we are teaching the converts to obey all that Christ has commanded us through His Scriptures with the promise of Jesus’ presence until the end of time.


So, yes, Baptists eat too many potlucks. And yes, some have a tendency to be stuffy and Pharisaical. But a true Baptist loves God and His Word, loves people enough to tell them about Jesus and protect and defend their gospel witness, and loves the world enough to go and send missionaries to every corner of the globe for the sake of the gospel.

If that is what a Baptist is, then count me in.


Hicks, Tom. What is a Baptist. June 23, 2016. (accessed January 11, 2017).

Leeman, Jonathan. Don’t Fire Your Church Members. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016.

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Why Add a Catechism to Our Worship Service?

The numbers are in; self-professing Christians don’t really believe what Christians have always believed. If that sentence doesn’t make any sense to you, it shouldn’t. Christians have believed certain foundational truths throughout church history, and yet today, we see more and more Christians know less and less about God, Jesus, the Bible and salvation.

Part of the blame is to fall on individual Christians, but corporate church bodies are not innocent in this digression of Biblical truth in our world today. Churches have steered clear of doctrine, theology and Biblical, expositional preaching for many years in the 20th and 21st centuries. And now we are reaping what we have sown.

This is part of the reason why we are introducing a new element to our Sunday morning worship services. Starting this Sunday (January 1, 2017) we will be adding a time of catechesis to our worship liturgy. A catechism is simply a way of teaching truth in a question and answer form. Catechisms have been around for hundreds of years and have been used by thousands of Christian brothers and sisters throughout history. It has only been recently when Protestant churches began to move away from times of corporate catechism

The catechism we will be using is called the New City Catechism. It was produced by The Gospel Coalition (which our church has partnered with) and developed and adapted by Timothy Keller and Sam Shammas from the Reformation-period catechisms. It comprises 52 questions and answers—therefore there is only one question and answer for each week of the year, making it simple to fit into church calendars and achievable even for people with demanding schedules.

Because parents who teach their kids a children’s catechism, and then try to learn an adult one for themselves often find the process confusing (the children are learning one set of questions and answers and the parents are learning another completely different set), New City Catechism is a joint adult and children’s catechism. In other words, the same questions are asked of both children and adults, and the children’s answer is always part of the adult answer.

Each service we will read the question, answer and accompanying Bible verse for that week. There are many online resources available for families to learn the question and answers during the week and thereby have a rich time of discipleship that takes no more than 5 minutes a day.

You can download family resources at:

Here are several ways to access the New City Catechism:



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Good riddance 2016! Really?!

I get it! 2016 has kind of sucked. Really. Tragedy after tragedy. Death after death. Casualty after casualty. Despair, destruction and depravity run amok. I cannot even begin to list all of the headline making news because I’m sure I would forget something. Too many people have died. Too many tragedies have occurred. Too much! Good bye 2016! Hello 2017!


But, let me pause. Take a breath. Hang on a second. I agree that 2016 was hard. But here is the foundational truth that Bible-believing Christians should remember: God was indeed sovereign over 2016.  Jesus never left the throne in 2016. The Holy Spirit did not take a nap in 2016. All of that stuff happened on God’s watch. And not only did it happen while He was watching, He was actually actively involved in the day-to-day activities of 2016.

That is crazy to think about, I admit. But if you believe in the total sovereignty of God, then it must be true. If Romans 8:28 and Psalm 115:3 and Proverbs 16:9 and Genesis 50:20 and scores of other verses are true, then God’s absolute sovereignty over 2016 must be true as well.

Therefore, and read this carefully and know I say this with all the best intentions, when we complain about 2016, we are complaining against God. When we say good riddance to 2016 we are actually saying that we wish to rid the world of God’s plans for the past 12 months. And I don’t think we really intend on doing that, but when the sentiment is followed through to the final conclusion, that is ultimately what we are saying.

As Christians we must be armed with this truth when we are in answering our non-Christian friend’s and neighbor’s questions about the past year. We must have a robust understanding of God’s goodness as well as man’s depravity and the reality of the cloud of sin we currently live in. That God intends for harmony and peace and beauty and tranquility and a flourishing, productive, God-honoring society, and has actually promised one in the future. But right now, for the past however-many-thousand years, God’s plans are still the best plans. 2o16 was literally “Your Best Life Now” because it was God’s year and He doesn’t get any better.

I do look back at 2016 and wonder, “Why this, God?” But then I remember that no plan of God will ever be thwarted (Job 42:2.) So I look forward to 2017, with all the ups and downs, ins and outs, peaks and valleys, and trust that God is still in control.

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How do I treat my gay friend/family member this Christmas?

First, you should know that I am a Christian and believe that the LGBTQ lifestyle is opposed to the teaching of the Christian Scriptures. That is my starting point; so you may already disagree with me.

Secondly, I am writing as a pastor of a small congregation who has been forced to deal with issue of culture drastically changing at high velocity right before their eyes. Let’s face it, the world is different today than it was five years ago. I would argue that most Christians are not equipped emotionally and some spiritually for the rapid change in our culture. Many people in my own congregation are having to deal with these sensitive issues in their own families and social circles. And it has not been easy on them.

So the question is this: how do I treat my “LGBTQ” family member or friend this Christmas season? Do I buy them and their spouse/significant other a present? Do I invite them over for Christmas meal? Do I let them stay at my house when they visit for a few days? Do I simply ignore them?

Let me say this: I get it. I get the feelings of anxiety and the hopelessness that you may be feeling when you find out a loved one is living in a lifestyle that you do not agree with. This is not easy for you to understand and I get that you don’t know what to do next.

But, you and I both need to understand that your loved one has had similar feelings. They likely did not come to this decision very easily. There was heartache. There was struggle. There was probably torment, especially if they are coming from a Christian background, whatever the degree of spirituality they have experienced.

It is important for us to open our hearts and show a little empathy for our loved one. This new lifestyle has been hard on them as well. So as much grief and anguish you are feeling, times that by a couple million, and that is likely the feeling your friend or family member felt at one point during their decision-making process.

I think the answer to your question comes down to answering these two questions: 1. How much do you love this person? 2. How much does God say we should love this person?

Chances are if you are a person who finds yourself coming from an older generation where “sex” was a four-lettered word and not to be talked about in polite company and  are coming from a Christian background that believes that homosexuality is an abomination, then you are having a very difficult time loving that person.

Again, I get it. But here’s the deal: we are called to love. Love God above all else (thereby love his Holy Scriptures and keep them) and love others as much as we love ourselves (that includes every flavor of sinner). Those two commands are not at odds. Jesus said them in the same breath and declared that the two commands combined make the Greatest Commandment (Matt. 22:34-40). We can love God perfectly and His word as well as love our neighbors as we love ourselves without negating one or the other.

The problem is that this new lifestyle has come into society so rapidly that it has caught many of us off guard. In our minds it is unusual, perverse and just downright “icky.” And we don’t know how to handle it. And that’s the problem. We don’t know how to handle it when a sinner sins in a fashion that we’re totally not comfortable with. The fact of the matter is we should be just as “disgusted” with our friends and family who choose to live in sexually pervasive heterosexual relationships. Or our loved ones who choose to cheat on their wives, fudge their income tax sheet, watch porn at night when no one is looking, drink too much on Saturday afternoon or are domineering to their children. We are walking a fine line when we distinguish between which sin is less deplorable in our own eyes.

As uncomfortable as it makes us, we cannot claim any sort of love for that person if we are not willing to meet them where they are, sin in hand, even if that sin is repulsive to us. All sin is repulsive to God. Their sin. My sin. Your sin.

That is where Christians live; as ambassadors of Christ in a foreign land called Earth. We are missionaries in our own backyard. We no longer live in our version of Mayberry. We no longer have to travel under the shroud of darkness to Las Vegas to visit Sin City. Sin City is your city and Sin City is my city.

If we truly do love that person, we want them in our homes so that they can be exposed to our salt and light. Should there be rules and understanding? Of course. House rules always apply. And if they love you they will comply. If they are combative, calmly ask them to leave. I bet they won’t be, if you truly show them the love of Christ.

We must be willing to, not put aside our Christian beliefs and Biblical standards, but to step outside our safety bubble of Christianity and approach our loved ones as unreached peoples on the mission field of planet earth. And that can be uncomfortable, painful and dirty.

I love this quote by Rosaria Butterfield, “If you want to put the hand of the lost into the hand of the Savior, you need to get close enough to get hurt.”

Ultimately the gospel is at stake in how we treat our friends and family who share views and lifestyles we do not agree with.

This, of course, will take much prayer, much seeking after God, much studying in His Word in order to have Biblical answers to life’s questions. I am not saying it will be easy or fun. Nor do I think that anyone who just isn’t there yet is less of a Christian. We are all being conformed into the image of Christ and some of us aren’t at that point of our conformity yet. But that should be our goal: to love our friends and family the way that Christ loved us. In that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)

For more information on how to relate to gay friends and family members, I recommend the following resources:

Watch this video of former atheist lesbian-turned-pastor’s wife Rosaria Butterfield on Understanding and Loving Our Gay and Lesbian Friends

Watch these short videos of same sex-attracted pastor Sam Allberry on Ministering to Gay Family and Friends

Here are some links to some helpful articles:

Jonathan Leeman from 9Marks answers the question “Should Christians disown gay sons and daughters?

John Piper answers the question “How should I relate to a gay family member?”

Got Questions: How should Christians respond if one of their children comes out as gay?

Christianity Today: How do I treat my gay friends? 

Focus on the Family: Responding to a “gay Christian” in the family


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My Favorite Books from 2016

I try to keep a healthy reading diet, but I feel that I fail more often than I succeed. I set a lofty goal for the number of books that I wanted to read in 2016, but fell well short. I still read more than I read last year, but I will aim for more next year. books-education-school-literature-48126

Here are a few of the favorite that I read in 2016. Note, they were not necessarily published in 2016, but I read them this past year.

Thoughts For Young Men, JC Ryle: I know, I know, I should have read this a long time ago. It was totally worth it. I really, really liked it.  Short, pithy and convicting. All men should read this book at least once a year. I recommend you buy it for any young man, teenager, graduate or even middle-aged man.

Praying the Bible, Don Whitney:  Another short and easy read but just as powerful. Dr. Whitney gives very practical tips about praying through passages of the Bible and making it a part of your every day prayer life. How many times have you sat at your desk or in your chair to pray and your mind has wandered down every rabbit trail there is. This book will surely help you with this. I would recommend this as a gift as well.

Evangelism, Mack Stiles: Apparently I like short but powerful and convicting books! This book is part of the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series and it is super practical but also super convicting. Man, I wish all churches could get a grasp of the evangelistic culture that Mack talks about in this book. A healthy church is an evangelistic church. And not just having evangelistic services or “revival” services, but rather an ethos and culture of evangelism from the members. I pray this for my own church and the American church as a whole.

The Conviction to Lead, Al Mohler:  Dr. Mohler has quickly become one of my spiritual heroes (you know we were born in the same town in Central Florida, right?) Dr. Mohler speaks with authority and clarity as one of the top leaders in our day. Just a side not, because I respect Dr. Mohler so much, I would have loved to hear some more personal anecdotes about the struggles of reforming SBTS back in the 1990’s. I hope that one day Dr. Mohler publishes his memoirs so that generations to come will know how hard he and so many others fought to keep Biblical Inerrancy alive in the SBC. If you have never seen this short film published in honor of Dr. Mohler’s 20th anniversary at SBTS, you should watch it.

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9 Thoughts on the Presidential Election

I do not consider myself a political expert. I barely keep up with politics and I rarely watch the news. But, every four years, every Tom, Dick and Harry becomes their party’s political analysis on Facebook, Twitter or at the grocery store; freely offering their views and support to anyone who will listen. It’s part of the American process and part of what living in a Democratic Republic is all about.

With that in mind, not that anyone is asking, but here are a few thoughts I have about the upcoming presidential election (just pretend you standing behind me at the Walmart check out line):

  1. Neither of the candidates from the top parties are any good. I think anyone with any set of conservative (and certainly Christian) values would agree with this. All the people in the Trump camp that I have talked to agree that he is not an ideal choice, but he is better than the alternative. All the people in the Clinton camp admit that they can’t defend many of her positions, but she’s better than Trump. Either way, it sounds like a lose-lose situation to me.
  1. Character and values still matter. This is the latest platform I have heard from the “Trumpets”: We’re not voting based on character; we’re voting to keep “her” out. I could not disagree more. Every Christian leader in my lifetime has “preached” on the fact that we must vote based on character. The same Christian leaders (or their dads in the case of Jerry Falwell, Jr.) who are supporting Trump in spite of his vile character, are the same leaders who were calling for Bill Clinton’s resignation and impeachment due to his revolting character. It appears to me that someone has changed their mind.

Character is the most important factor of my voting decision. In the last election I voted for a man who I do not believe is a Christian (he doesn’t claim to be nor pretend to be) because I believed at the time that his values and morals and character matched more closely than the alternative. Why would I vote for a man who is so wicked and vile that I would not want him to be a resident in my neighborhood, much less the President of the United States.

We cannot compartmentalize our lives into one special box of sound, Christian judgment and morals and then another box based on social prudence based on who may or may not win an election. I must vote my conscience. I believe we will all be held accountable one day when we stand before the One and True King and give an account for the decisions I made here on earth. What can I possibly say to King Jesus about the 2016 election? “But, you don’t understand, Lord. Hilary is really, really bad! I have to compromise my character and vote for a vile human being, you know, for your sake!” That will not fly.

  1. But what about abortion and the unborn? That is a great point. One that I have struggled with. That and the appointment of supreme court justices weigh heavily on me. But, I must consider this fact, I cannot trade one evil for another. Is abortion morally and Biblically reprehensible? Absolutely. No doubt about it! But aren’t pornography, sexual assault and blatant racism (just to name a few) just as morally and Biblically reprehensible? I’m afraid I cannot vote for either.

I care about the unborn. They are made in the image of God, and they should be protected and fought for. But you know what, so are my daughters who are alive. I do not want a sexual predator in the White House. Our sisters-in-Christ deserve better than that. Our daughters deserve better. Our wives deserve better. Our sons should want to emulate at least one characteristic of their President, and I can’t think of even one way I want my sons to grow up and be like Trump.

  1. We cannot forget our social responsibility and secular witness as Christians. What does it say to a lost and dying world to see so many Christians not simply begrudgingly vote for a candidate they don’t really like, but wholeheartedly support and praise a candidate who is so anti-gospel, anti-Christian in his actions and anti-Biblical in any of his dealings? What about voting for Trump brings glory to God to a lost and dying world? What about supporting a vile, womanizing, pervert says that my total allegiance is to a self-sacrificing, humble holy God whose gospel is grand and worth dying for. If I can’t live out the gospel with my ballot, then I will never die for the gospel I say I believe in. Our lost neighbors deserve better than from us.
  1. If all the conservative Christians had felt the same passion and enthusiasm for Romney four years ago as they do for Trump this year, we may not be in this mess.
  1. Calling one candidate evil is not endorsing the other candidate. Both are evil. Both are no good. I wish we could pick two new ones. I am sick of the “Oh, so Candidate X did abc but what about when Candidate Y did 123! #MERICA” It is not either/or; in this case it is both/and!
  1. Whoever wins the election, I will still recognize them as the God-ordained leader of the country I choose to live in. I will support them and I will pray for them. It’s pretty simple, really. Scripture says to pray for the leaders who have authority over us (1 Timothy 2:2) because ultimately it was God who put him there (Romans 13:1). If you don’t like the person who wins you have two options: vote for someone else in four years or move out of the country. I do not say that tongue-in-cheek. Could things get so bad in America that we should move? Yes. Many of the Reformers of the 1500’s moved away from their homeland that was under authority of an abusive church and found safety in Geneva. However, many of them, once they were comforted with the gospel and trained in the Scriptures, moved back home as missionaries to their own countrymen. We may need to adopt the same tactics in the near future.
  1. Whoever wins the election, God is still on the throne. God is not wringing His Holy Hands in Heaven, wondering if we’re going to make the right choice. History has already been written in His book. He is not bound by time, space or presidential elections. He is still sovereign over all. He is still in control. The fate of America will not be decided by Trump vs. Clinton. The fate of America has already been decided. The fate of the world has already been decided. I know, because I’ve read the end of the Book.
  1. If you made it this far, congratulations! I didn’t think you would make it. That being said: “Go Dodgers! Beat the Cubs!”

For some really good, original thoughts from men I truly respect, Dr. Al Mohler and Dr. Russell Moore, you can check out these videos.

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