Some Lessons for Conservative Christians

When it comes to politics, I’m a moderate (for more on this, read here and here).  I’ll admit that to anyone.  However, on most issues, I’m conservative, but not an ultra-conservative, fundamental, homeschooling-denim-jump-suit-wearing Christian conservative (unless I get credited with putting the “fun” back in fundamentalism).  Still, I’ve made it clear on this blog that I cannot, nor will not, vote for Obama.  You all know that.

As much as I enjoy conservative values and worldview, a greater joy than being conservative is that I’m a Christian.  I love Jesus.  If I die, Ronald Regan isn’t getting me into heaven.  Jesus is.

This election might not go as I hope.  In fact, it probably will not.  It’s not looking good if you vote red.  I have a friend who works for the Nebraska GOP.  She said, without a doubt, Obama will win this election and there’s nothing McCain can do. I think that, if Obama wins the election, God will teach conservative American Christians three lessons, among many others, in the election and throughout the next four years:

  • A President can’t save you (see 1 Samuel 8).
  • Christians (republican ones) do not always get what they want just because they ask for it — God isn’t a genie.
  • We do not live for this world, but for the one to come (see 1 Cor. 7:31; Jn. 2:17).

I do not think that Obama’s presidency will go well.  I’m not saying McCain’s, if elected, would.  But if you love Jesus and are reading this blog, pray over these things and trust the Lord to learn these lessons.  I will.

Lord willing, those who support Obama (especially Christians), will see learn these lessons well.  If we do not hope in Christ, we are lost.  There has never been, and never will be, a Savior on Capitol Hill.  Praise God for that.

Church Tour

Church is fascinating to me.  The way a church service is run especially catches my attention.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Church (God’s people).  I love (mostly) every aspect about a local church (fellowship, evangelism, small groups, etc), but I think Sunday morning says a lot about what a church represents, believes, teaches, and treasures.

In the next six weeks, I am going to visit local churches in my city (Lincoln, Nebraska).  There’s three immediate goals I have in mind.  One, I want to see what God is doing in the larger picture of Lincoln, instead of my own church.  I hope to grow my appreciation and love for other denominations and brothers/sisters — even if my theology is different than theirs.  Two, I want to observe how each local body does church.  What do they do that I like?  What do they do that I don’t like?  As someone who wants to plant churches someday, I need to formulate a philosophy of how a service should be run and it’s never too early to start.  Third, I want to see how much a single visit to a church service reveals about a church’s beliefs through the sermon, music, announcements, etc.  What is important to them will implicitly and explicitly come out during the service.

There will be objective and subjective parts of the posts during this “church tour.”  There’s really not much structure though.  I’ll simply be blogging my thoughts and observations.  My point isn’t to criticize or offend anyone — it’s just to observe.  I’ll be visiting six churches of different demoninations, sizes, styles of worship, and theological beliefs.  Each week I post, I won’t name the church, but I’ll let you know the denomination and size.  We’ll start the church tour blog posts next week.  I hope this will be as fun for you all to read as it will be for me to write!