October 28, 2020

 

A Word from Walker

When you receive this newsletter you will have already voted or are getting ready to vote. This has been an intense battle to say the least. Because of that, it can probably be said by most that at some level they will feel a degree of relief when this political season is finally over. As I have said before, I don’t remember a time in my life when there has been so much angst and anger displayed over who should be the next president. It seems that from an emotional investment perspective people are “betting the family farm” on who they really want for their next leader. I can appreciate that fervor and sincere commitment to making sure that whoever they vote for reflects their worldview. But what if their guy doesn’t get elected? How should a follower of Jesus respond then?

If COVID-19 has taught us anything it is that what we ultimately value becomes what we seek to protect and preserve, sometimes at the cost of ignoring other important things. If, for instance, you value assembling together for worship above everything else, then you will do whatever you can to get back to your view of normal as quickly as possible. This means that the longer you have to wait to go back to gathering for worship without restrictions, the more frustration and incompleteness you will feel. Our frustration over not meeting together in regular corporate worship will then reveal that we have unconsciously defined our faith by one aspect of followership. As important as public worship is, it is not the only priority of a disciple of Jesus.

The same can be said about this election cycle. By all means, every Christian should vote their conscience. But doing this does not guarantee that what you believe to be right will prevail. What is your plan if your very worst fears are confirmed? Do you retreat or do you retool? I would respond that because the Bible tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ we should make adjustments so that we can remain faithful to the call to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. I was talking with a ministry veteran about this very thing and he reminded me that after all the unrest of the 60’s the Jesus Movement came on the scene and a revival swept through colleges and high schools. What if God is preparing us for the very same kind of thing for this generation of believers?

I pray that no matter what the outcome you will be ready to adapt and improvise your approach to ministry. God has gifted his church with resources we will need to Kingdom work no matter who sits in the Oval Office. I look forward to working with you in the coming months to see the name of Jesus made famous.

Your fellow servant,
Walker