He who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (I John 4:20)
Luther Little was a pastor any modern preacher could admire and look up to. I became pastor of the church he had served early in the 20th century, some 40 years after he was off the scene. The more I learned about him, the more I admired him.
In the 1920’s, he became the first pastor in America, we’re told, to broadcast his church services over radio. For a time, millions of people up and down the East Coast considered Dr. Luther Little their radio pastor.
To my delight, I discovered this preacher was a novelist. Somewhere along the way–in a used bookstore, I think–I ran across Manse Dwellers, his novel about a pastor and his family. Clearly, he was following the number one dictum for novelists: write about what you know.
I confess I was disappointed to see that the pastor-author was strictly a man of his day with a glaring sin-problem he did not even know about.
Luther Little had a blind spot.
“Work for the welfare of the city where I have sent you…and pray on its behalf. For as it prospers, you will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7).
America is having a racial crisis. Again. Or, perhaps more accurately, the same crisis we have had for decades continues to the present day.
Here are some thoughts on the subject regarding the Lord’s people….
1) If you and I are of different races, we will see racial matters differently.
2) If your racial group is dominant and mine is in the minority, expecting us both to feel the same about racial matters is unrealistic.
3) When a racial incident breaks out, mature Christian people should measure their words and actions very carefully. None of us living hundred miles away know all the facts and anything we say is likely to be hurtful.
God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. –2 Timothy 1:7
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. –2 Timothy 2:1
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus…preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. –2 Timothy 4:1-2
“They’re almost to the point of giving me my walking papers. The animosity from some of our leaders is so thick you could cut it with a butter knife. What do I do now? How do I stand in the pulpit and preach? And what should I preach?”
If you’ve never preached the gospel while sitting throughout the congregation were people who hated you, arms folded and brows furrowed, you’ve missed out on one of the great experiences of the Christian life.
If you’ve never feared for your job for nothing more than preaching the whole counsel of God, you’re in a minority, pastor.
When I posted a cartoon on Facebook, even though it was innocuous and intended strictly for laughs, the barbs were quick in arriving. A friend said, “Your politics are showing.”
I should have expected it.
Some people see offense where none is intended. People will read meanings into artwork that the “real” artists never intended. Ugly as well as beauty seems to be in the eye of the beholder.
Some would say that I am naïve, that anyone who thinks he can make a statement involving the President or Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and not have it taken to the full extremity of meaning is not living in the real world.
If that’s the case, I hate that about us. Whatever happened to our sense of humor?
I have no trouble showing my politics.
In fact, I’ll tell you where I am at the moment.