Engaging in the political discussion and taking advantage of our privileged to vote is important for Christians. We need to add our voice to the discussion and since as Christians we know God who is the ultimate answer to the problems we face as people and as a nation we should be involved in public life.
But it is no secret that this year’s political climate has gotten a bit…well…to put it bluntly, nasty. While this isn’t a new thing, it is a new thing for me as a father. For the first time my son is listening to the news and I find myself needing to talk to him about what he is hearing and seeing.
I have to admit I would rather have “the talk” than try to explain what is happening in the presidential race this year. You see, I have a goal with him that goes beyond simply trying to get him on my side about who to vote for. I want to help him to grow up to be a person who can be a voice of reason and change so maybe the political discourse that his children see will be different.
Here are my goals:
Teach my children that God has ordained governments.
Since they are God ordained instruments governments and public officials should be respected.
While respecting the laws and governments in place we must remember that we always have a higher law to follow and that is the laws of God.
We must remember that this world is not our home and that while we will work to make our country great, ultimately our goal is to bring God glory.
We must remember that our mission is to take the love of Christ to the world. Our mission is to make disciples and to reach out with the love of Christ. We must be sure that what we say and do in defense of our political ideals will not interfere with our ultimate mission.
We disagree with ideas and actions, not with people.
We will listen to what others have to say even if we are opposed to their opinions.
Governments require compromise. When people get more concerned about winning than they do helping others they create a culture of fighting and stagnation. In order to move forward we must be willing to listen, compromise, and adapt.
On a personal note I also want to teach my children than if you are going to argue against someone make sure that you are at least arguing against facts and not false half arguments. For instance I get frustrated when I hear Christians arguing that they didn’t evolve from monkeys. No one is arguing that you evolved from a monkey. People say that you and that monkey have a common ancestor. That is different. When you make an assumption and then argue against the assumption your argument loses weight. Be truthful if you want to create a bigger impact.
If you would like some ideas on how to talk to your kids about politics. Here is a really good aritical.
I am re-teaching Faithcraft at our church so while I am doing that I am redoing the videos and such and making them a little more useful for you guys. I am adding 2 more weeks and changing the order of the weeks a bit. I am also making 3 video devotions for each week that will be online. I will try to include a copy of the script when I finish the full package. Until then check out these 3 new videos below. Also, I am wondering if people would be willing to donate some money to help me finish putting this package together. I have fixed the donate link in the sidebar and I have in my head a way that people who want to get the study for free can have it and those who are willing to pay can have it too. Please let me know in the comments if you would like to pay now to have the final process sped up.
To check up what we have so far you can get the rough drafts here
I know many people have been asking for the outline of Friendship Faithcraft. I have been meaning to make it one of my complete series for a while now, but I can’t seem to find the time. So in the interim here are my notes and a few files that should help you get started. It isn’t the pick up and go option that I would like, but it may help some of you in your plans this summer. If you have any questions let me know.
Please see the link above to purchase Faithcraft. I will get these links working again after I fix our virus issues.
It has been over 4 months since I have posted here. That is by far the longest I have ever gone without a post in the almost 15 years of Nailsars.com. Even in the times when I have “quit” and decided that I wouldn’t post anymore I have posted more often than this. The lack of posts hasn’t been because I am done with Nailscars.com. I still pay to keep this site open and still check the stats regularly. The lack of posts isn’t because I haven’t had any creative ideas, in fact I have a whole slew of things that I could post about, things that I am quite proud of, actually. The lack of posts may have something to do with Facebook and Twitter which let me post banal things and feel like my voice is out there. I would like to think that the lack of post was because wordpress was doing some weird over memory thing that wouldn’t let me post, but that would just be an excuse. I think, actually I know that the main reason that I haven’t posted is a lack of time. I am working right now as a youth and children’s pastor and I just haven’t had the time (and by time I mean mindshare time) to come back to Nailscars.com.
It has been a year since I stepped into this new role as youth and children’s pastor here. During that time I have been trying to get a handle on just how much time and effort I put into each place. I feel like when I focus on the children’s ministry I am neglecting the youth side, and when I focus on the youth side I feel like the children side is on its own.
This really isn’t an issue of time, although like most people finding time is never an easy thing to do. It really is more of an issue of budgeting my focus, mind, and energy. I can’t seem to find a way to put the mindshare into each of them as much as I would like.
As the year has progressed I have gotten a better handle on things. I now know where the ministries are and have a vision for where both of them are headed. I also know better who I can rely on to help out, what things need my attention, and what things I can delegate to others.
But I am still trying to find what I consider to be the perfect balance between the two in my mind.
So I guess what I am asking is if there is anyone out there who has these two jobs like I do, and if so do you have any ideas that might help me out.