I recently watched a conversation between Dr. Albert Mohler and Cal Thomas at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary called God & Politics. The conversation was both helpful and informative. You can watch the entire video recording here.
One of the things that has bothered me with the upcoming Presidential election is the apparent lack of clear and thorough thinking on the behalf of evangelicals in regards to who they will vote for when that time comes. It scares me that many 'evangelicals' are happily standing behind Trump and others like him who claim to be Christian, but clearly are not in what they believe and how they live. I agree with Dr. Mohler when he said, "I'm concerned that we are going to discover evangelicals don't know how to think carefully and faithfully about these questions (who should a Christian vote for, what is a Christian's commitment to politics, etc.)." Watch the video below to hear more about what Mohler said concerning Trump and the upcoming election:
What is the greatest tool for evangelism you and I have? Read the words of J.C. Ryle from his book Holiness:
"We must be holy, because this is the most likely way to do good to others. We cannot live to ourselves only in this world. Our lives will always be doing either good or harm to those who see them. They are a silent sermon which all can read. It is sad indeed when they are a sermon for the devil's cause, and not for God's. I believe that far more is done for Christ's Kingdom by the holy living of believers than we are at all aware of. There is a reality about such living which makes men feel, and obliges them to think. It carries a weight and influence with it which nothing else can give. It makes religion beautiful, and draws men to consider it, like a lighthouse seen afar off. The day of judgment will prove that many besides husbands have been won 'without the word' by a holy life (1 Pet. 3:1). You may talk to persons about the doctrines of the gospels, and few will listen, and still fewer understand. But your life is an argument that none can escape. There is a meaning about holiness which not even the most unlearned can help taking in. They may not understand justification, but they can understand charity. I believe there is far more harm done by unholy and inconsistent Christians than we are aware of."
In short, the greatest tool for evangelism you have is your personal holiness.
This past week I attended the Together for the Gospel conference that is held in Louisville, KY at the Yum! Center. Nearly 10,000 men and women packed the place to sing, hear preaching, and be mutually encouraged by the work of the Gospel (not to mention all of the free books!).
As I was standing and singing the songs being played, I was encouraged to look around and see 18-30 year olds rejoicing and singing the hymns that were being played. In an age of theologically-watered down music in the Christian music world, seeing some college guys with fitted caps on worship through hymns reminded me that people want to sing songs that express deep truths of the Bible that exalt Christ.
What were some of the hymns that were sung? Click here and get the complete list.
While you're at it, watch this video below for a little taste of what I experienced at T4G:
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