How Are You Waging War?

I have embedded a video below that has greatly convicted me.  It is about 9 minutes long and includes an excerpt from a sermon by Allistair Begg.  Begg’s incredible accent alone offers reason enough to watch all 9 minutes, not to mention the great beat in the background; but, it will be well worth your time for a number of reasons if you click play.

Before you watch it, though, please consider some of my thoughts…

I would consider myself a fairly political person.  Most of the time you will find my radio dial in my car set to talk radio!  I know, I’m boring.  I enjoy political banter more than most, probably, and am generally interested in the happenings of the day.  I consider myself a strong conservative, as well as someone who very much loves his country.  Why am I telling you this?  Because, as you watch the video below, you will understand my struggle with it.  Although I did struggle, I would consider it a very good struggle.  I am posting the video because I believe that many people like me need to experience this struggle.  I will also say that the conviction I experienced far outweighed any struggle I had.

All I would ask is that you would watch the video and listen to Begg’s words with an open heart and see if you do not experience some of the same conviction.  Struggle with his words, but in an introspective way.  Allow the questions he raises to penetrate your own heart and life.  Ask yourself, “How do I wage war in this culture?”  Perhaps you will discover that your waging looks more like the world and less like the Scriptures. I know that has been true for me as I listened and evaluated.

One last observation before you watch.  I do NOT believe that Begg advocates for a complete removal of the Christian from all things political.  I have never heard his stance on that, but that is my conclusion gleaned from this 9 minute clip.  In fact, at one point, he even suggests that ‘becoming an activist’ is ok.  I do think he challenges the way we would seek to *ultimately* view our culture, fight to transform our culture, and set our ultimate hope.  I would LOVE to both see and engage in some further dialogue concerning the thoughts presented here.  So, please comment below and share your reaction and let’s chat about this most important topic together!

I Married my bride, Erin, in 2003. We have 3 children: Emma, Elijah, and Lydia. I have served full-time on staff at Westwood Baptist Church, in Roxboro, NC, since summer of 2006 as Pastor of Students & Discipleship. I am currently enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing my Doctorate of Education.

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