Monday, November 17, 2008

God is the Issue

I recently read a book by Brad Bright, the son of Bill Bright (founder of Campus Crusade for Christ) and it really impacted and reinforced my way of thinking and especially as it relates to missions.  Let me explain.  One thing that Pastor Danny makes very clear and as a result, has implanted into my Calvary DNA is his heart for the word of God and his love for seeing churches planted.  This book indirectly pushes me further in that direction. Brad Bright is obviously a thinking man, gifted in debating his faith but he also has a very clear vision that he passionately pursues singlemindedly.  "The basic premise is that we spend too much time emphasizing the battles and might end up losing the war because we are focused on the wrong issues.  "The question we must ask ourselves is whether or not we are content to merely suppress cultural symptoms such as abortion, with varying degreees of succes, or whether we really wish to cure the underlying disease. How we answer this question has major implications implications for how we expend our time, energies and resources".  In other words, when we fight against cultural moral issues such as abortion, homosexuality, AIDS, divorce, racism, crime, etc, we might win some of the battles but ultimately, we are not going to win the war.  The only way to win the war is to make God the issue and by extension of that thinking, establishing the word of God as our benchmark for life. 

How does that apply to missions? Thank God for the committed people working in Christian humanitarian work, fighting against the tragedy of abortion, and other injustices in this world. I am thankful for their calling, however, unless we make God the central issue, we may win one battle, only to lose in another area.  That is why it is absolutely imperative that we take every opportunity to put God into every issue and into every forum and into every home and one of the most effective ways of doing that is through YOU! With the objective of planting churches.  God is the answer to every dysfunction that we face as individuals and if there is one string on our guitars, it needs to be passion for application of the word of God in our lives to direct our choices, our morality and our view of God and only then are we going to change society. It will happen one person at a time but this is how we will regain America for God! And that is the prime objective of missions!  

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