Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bold Men of God

I saw a book title this morning. "God Built: Bold Men of God aren't Born, they're Built." That got me wondering whether it is possible any longer for bold men of God to be political. In saying that I'm not wondering if they can want power or success. That, in fact, seems to be all that they can want.

I'm wondering if bold men of God can be like the character examined in the book mentioned above. God Built is about Joseph. I haven't read the book so I can't write about its contents. I have read about Joseph.

Joseph didn't want power or success in Egypt. It literally fell into his lap after he fell ... was pushed actually ... into a hole in the desert by his brothers. We all know the story. When offered culturally acceptable sex with the wife of his boss he fled. She lied about him and he went to jail.

Anyway, Joseph wasn't politically correct. He was, however, spiritually powerful. It was, of course, possible to be religious in pagan Egypt. It isn't possible to be both religious and powerful in America anymore. We appear to occupy a nether world between cultural Christianity and rabid atheistic secularism. Many of us now believe that multiculturalism is the glue that will bind us together going forward.

I don't think it will.

Religion is what binds groups together. Shared values are what work. Pretending that a nation can hold opposite values in tension and survive is folly. Bold Christian men will either stand and be counted in a way that honors the Bible and Christian tradition, or the USA will continue to crumble.

President John Quincy Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Unfortunately I meet less and less bold Christian men as I travel. I do meet them, but almost none of them understand the cultural mandate. Many of them are interested in evangelism. Some are evangelizing.

Three men whose communications inspire and challenge me are Doug Giles, Dave Daubenmire and James Dobson. They are different from one another. Their styles are so divergent as to be completely disconnected and even contrary to one another. However, they share in common a passion for applying Biblical reasoning to unpopular ... non politically correct ... issues like sexuality, abortion, marriage and the family.

You can check them out at these websites:

Dr. James Dobson
Doug Giles
Coach Dave Daubenmire

These men are modern day Josephs.

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