Things that Matter

We had a very interesting meeting at our local minister’s association meeting this week. We began an important discussion by watching a short video called “The Pulpit Initiative” which is on YouTube (see links below). We then proceeded to present a couple of important issues.

The issues discussed included the Montana Personhood amendment, which will be on the Montana ballot in November. This amendment is designed to amend the Montana constitution in order to clarify that inalienable rights belong to every person, and defines a person as a human being at all stages of human development or life.

We also opened up discussion on what is known as the Manhattan Declaration. Our meeting consisted of representatives of the leaders from the fifty or so churches and ministries in our local Network. This brought a good mix of people and views to the discussion.

We began by discussing each topic at our individual tables, each table having five or so people. After open discussion the consensus of each table was brought forward to the larger group. The discussions were good and something we’ll continue next month. I believe this type of interchange and discourse should be encouraged, and I suspect people will be encouraged to hear that these types of discussions have been happening.

It may be true that church and ministry leadership has been AWOL for far too long in the area of public discourse and this has left a void that is being filled by evil perspectives. One of the points of the Manhattan Declaration is that when laws become contrary to God’s mandates they must be disobeyed (with all due respect). This seems shocking to many Christians today, but Christianity has a long history of saying “no” to Caesar when Caesar (Nebuchadnezzar, Herod, etc) sets himself up as God. Perhaps it is fitting that we began these discussions on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Perhaps that same spirit that said through him, “Enough” is speaking to others.

It might also make you happy to know that the guys in my discussion group all agreed to come visit me in prison – nice guys :) . I wonder if I could send e-mail from prison?

Dan 3:16-18, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

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