August Newsletter from Pastor Doug

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In this politically charged season in our nation’s life, the impression is often given that our elected officials are the key to the future life of our nation. The reality is that political decisions and leaders are down stream from the life of the nation. Only when a majority of people are persuaded and convinced of the truth of a position will they then seek a candidate who will uphold that view.

For example, the 1960’s civil rights movement with all its achievements is considered primarily a spiritual renewal not a political one. The politics followed the changes taking place through the churches and its teaching which many embraced.

For this reason, the Bible asserts that the church is the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Timothy 3:15). The next verse is a creed or confession of truth foundation to Christian living.

This in no way is to minimize the calling and vocation of those in political service. We need godly state and national senators, representatives, judges and president. But to expect our governmental officials to transform the nation to provide for the people of the nation is to have an idolatrous view of government.

The church is to provide both the model and the motive for self-government. So when churches are focused primarily on either moving people to certain emotional experiences or towards entertainment rather than worship in submission to Almighty God there is a fault line in the foundation of the nation.

Fifty years ago, seventy percent of Americans were actively involved in worship and discipleship in Christian churches. Today in our community about 35% are involved in church at all and actual attendance in our community is about 20%. And that includes any kind of church, or worship center. Few churches engage their members in governing the church as it is left to paid staff and professionals. Many have no church membership so there is no meaningful accountability before the Lord.

As a result, most Christians think of their faith in terms of personal growth and satisfaction not in terms of belonging to a covenant community and bearing responsibility for each other’s character. So when it comes time to choose secular political leaders they have very little idea what the purpose of the government is in the purposes of God.

For this reason, our commitment by God’s grace is to work under the leadership of our Savior who said He would build His church (Matt. 16:18). We need gospel churches that are graciously providing the care and love of Christ to people in our community. The church will then gradually transform the community.

Both political leaders with God-given courage will be raised up as well as many people with discernment to support such candidates. I do not intend to imply this is not taking place now as God has provided many leaders in our community and nation.

Our God is providentially leading our nation. We have the opportunity to be a gospel centered church built by Jesus Christ and to plant many new gospel churches that will result in Christ ruling as king in our community and the nation.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”

May the lord richly bless you.

Faithfully yours in Christ,
Pastor Doug