Message of the Week: The Political Elephant, Mark Batterson

17 11 2008
Today I was listening to a bunch of podcasts for inspiration and ideas as I brainstormed message series for 2009 at Epic. The message Mark Batterson from National Community Church gave the week before the election was dead on about politics and our mission in the local church. Being a church in the heart of Washington D.C., National is uniquely positioned with people across the political spectrum. I know some of you will be challenged by what he has to say, but if we are going to be the church that Christ is calling us to be and the world desperately needs, we must hit this one head on.
Links – The Political Elephant, Mark Batterson

What do you think? In what way did this challenge your thinking?

30/30: Election. History. Hope.

6 11 2008

As I watched history in the making last night, it was an incredibly moving celebration for America. Even though every American may not agree on Obama’s stance the issues or his approach to solving America’s problems (I personally disagree with him on a number of issues), we should as country unite together in this monumental moment of the election of an African American as president of the United States. This week was a moment for our country to stand up tall and rejoice in how far we’ve come.

It was only a generation ago the Civil Rights movement was just a dream. It was only a generation ago that the journey began to become a country where “all men were both created equal and treated equal.” It was only a generation ago that overt racism, segregation and discrimination as the norm in many parts of the United States. It was only a generation ago on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a courageous Rosa Parks decided to not get up and not give in. It was only an generation ago that the great Martin Luther King Jr. inspired a nation to view others “not by the color of one’s skin to the content of one’s character.

on Rosa Parks Bus

on Rosa Parks Bus

There were many who believed that an African American president was not possible in this generation. Having been born after the Civil Rights Movement, I never was one who thought that. Why? I’ve seen first hand Martin Luther’s dream becoming a reality. Last spring, my daughter’s 4th grade class visited The Henry Ford museum. It was just an ordinary school field trip until one extraordinary moment.

We walked inside the bus where Rosa Parks refused to move and inspired a nation to change. Hannah and her best friend Tanesha sat down together in the EXACT SEAT where Mrs. Parks made a bold statement on equality. In that moment, tears welled up inside me. A generation ago this was only dream, but now these kids are living the dream. Words like discrimination, integrated pools and segregation are foreign to them. They don’t see color…they only see their friend. What was so amazing is that they didn’t even grasp the enormity of this picture. That is how far we have come as a nation.

So even if you didn’t vote for Barack Obama, this week is a week to celebrate, to walk a little taller as an American and to be inspired again by the great words of Martin Luther King Jr…

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”

“Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”