Picking our battles?
I have been a evangelical Christian since I was 5 years old. My dad was on staff with YFC/Campus Life for 30 + years and now with Campus Crusade's Military Ministry. I have been a member of a Southern Baptist Church for most of my life. I am even a North American Mission Board Missionary. Recent events make me embarrassed to be to be labeled either. In fact events since I was in seminary have made me want to hide. While at Southwestern the seminary trustees fired our President Russell Dilday. He is a fine man. He was 62 at the time and would retire soon but because they wanted to show their power. Tom Brokaw hosted a show on NBC last night about evangelical Christians. The show made us all look like we were right-wing Republican zealots! I am as conservative as they come but politics and government are not going to change the world. Only Jesus can! We can't legislate morality and no law is going to make this a Christian country. I am glad our President is a follower of Christ. But I don't think Jesus is a member of any political party. Then Joe Kennedy posted this article. Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about alcohol. You can put all of the alcohol I have ever had in a small cup. The only time I have ever drank alcohol is at an Episcopal church communion. I have never even tasted beer. I'm not being a prude, its just my Grandfather was an alcoholic and I don't want to end up like Jim on TAXI. Anyway, I don't believe drinking alcohol is a sin, BUT I do believe it is a bad testimony in today's society. Back when Jesus was on earth the worst think that could happen if you go drunk is you could fall off a camel. Today, you can kill someone if you drive drunk or fly drunk! Too many people in my opinion in the "emergent" movement think that they can flaunt their "freedom" in Christ by drinking alcohol. On the ooze I converse with people who put beer as their avatar. I don't think Jesus died for that. However, I can't believe that some SBC leaders decided not to hand out free water just because it came from Anheuser-Busch. Do you think Jesus really cares? Maybe Anheuser-Busch supplied the water to Jesus to change into wine. Maybe not. However, we need to choose our battles a little more carefully. Boycotting Disney? Please! It makes us look like we hate Mickey Mouse. I'm for being for stuff rather than against it! Jesus was pro people. He loved sinners and I am one! Lets pick our battles a little better in the future.
posted by Kevin Bussey at 10/29/2005 11:36:00 PM