Activist Faith: a pastor, a teacher, a social media dude & you

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Even though I’m a politically conservative activist who writes a lot of social opinion pieces on topics like the definition of marriage, the sanctity of human life, American patriotism, and the works of our founding forefathers (most recently, the Second Amendment and its impact on our right to bear arms), it does not mean that I function only as a cog in the political machine.

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“Those hotly debated issues are often being met head-on by quiet acts of service, born out of the hearts transformed by God’s grace through the work of the church.”

(Burroughs, Dillon, Darling (2013). Activist Faith. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.)

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As a believer, I am first and foremost a child of God who serves the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the Jesus of my eternal salvation. And even though I fall way short of giving God all the glory due Him, I try to shine His light into this ever-darkening world, even if that means I mount a soapbox in the public square.

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To me, things are black or white. Right or wrong. Good or bad. And it would be more rare than purple frog hair for you to find me puling off my cowgirl boots and frolicking about in the mamby-pamby, dim, and gray areas of the day. No siree, I’ll leave the middle ground to the politicians, thank you very much.

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.Speaking of politics, too often I’ve seen Christians spar off on the shadowy battlefields of social topics, only to bloody one another in their zeal; and in doing so, they oftentimes expand the wedge between those who’ve accepted their heritage as children of God and those who deny His kingdom. Personally I think it is okay to take a stance, or to honorably disagree with your brother/sister in Christ, or to respectfully agree to disagree with someone of a differing opinion, but one constant must stay forefront, center stage no matter our spin on earthly things: Real live people, with real live souls that have been built for eternity, are at the crux of every single social issue.

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People.

Humankind.

Those who’ve been made in His image.

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“This is why we believe that the greatest agent of change in our world isn’t in the power centers of Washington D.C., or New York; it’s in the hearts of ordinary believers transformed by the power of Christ.”

(Burroughs, Dillon, Darling; 2013)

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And whaddaya know, it’s because of my eternal family heritage that I try to shine God’s light on the hot topics of the day. But on the other hand, when the keys don’t plunk and the screen stays off, I must be as purposeful, as hands-on, and as active with my faith as I’ve been with my opinionated attitude.

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As we all know, one’s actions usually speak louder than words. God doesn’t call us to accept Him as our Lord and then partake in a collective bumm-diddly flop whilst the world spins ‘round. No ma’am, I believe He calls each of us to pull on our Nehemiah-esque gloves and rebuild the wall, one section at a time… in front of our own homes, our neighborhoods and our towns.

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So they said, “Let us rise up and build.”

Then they set their hands to this good work.

(Nehemiah 2:18 NKJV)

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And that there is what the new book, Activist Faith: From Him and For Him, by Burroughs, Darling, and King does – it helps us to better rise up and build right here and right now. Not later. Not when you have more money. Not when you have more free time. Not when you have more seminary training. Right. Now.

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Together, these three men cover twelve topics, among them modern-day slavery, immigration, disaster relief, homelessness, prisons, and orphan care.

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“My challenge to you is this: Learn all you can. Discover what is causing the problem and the underlying factors involved … Then act. Do something. The world is waiting for you to do as my friend Charles says: ‘Don’t watch the news. Do something that makes the news.’”

(Burroughs, Dillon, Darling; 2013)

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Yes, yes, each chapter of Activist Faith gives its readers excellent resources and practical tips on how you, me, and everyone from sea to shining sea, can put the rubber to the road in our journey as Christians. But wait, there is more! Much, much more. Each chapter unfolds as if you, the reader, sat across the dinner table from the authors… clanking forks, passing ‘round the bread basket, ya know, supping with friends, all while listening to each man as he tells his tale.

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And shares the individual cries of his heart.

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And reminds us of what the Word of God says about not only the least of these among us, but of our duties, from Him and for Him.

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“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying,

‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You,

or thirsty and give You drink?

When did we see You a stranger and take You in,

or naked and clothe You?

 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you,

inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren,you did it to Me.’

(Matthew 35: 37-40 NKJV)

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Even though you may not have been called to stand up and speak out, I believe that I have so I will continue my attempts at not only making sense of the commands of God, but discussing how His directives fit into the marketplace of today’s ideas. Yes, indeedily-do, I shall climb atop my political activist, conservative soap box and speak Truth into a world fraught with the devil’s darkness and despair, but I’m gonna do more. And quite frankly, you should too.

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So, now that I’ve got this heaven-slanted, treasure-trove of a book in my grubby little paws, I’m better prepared to be an actual-factual woman of Activist Faith. What are you gonna do today as kinfolk of the the Man upstairs?  Buckaroos, it’s time to get off our collective bum-diddlies and get to it! I reckon each of us has some unique and irreplaceable moves for His kingdom.

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“And, like Jesus, we must view the brokenness of our culture as an opportunity to demonstrate God’s grace.”

(Burroughs, Dillon, Darling; 2013)

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* You can find out more about:

the Activist Faith of ordinary folks and how they move as the hands and feet of Jesus;

the authors of this book (& other books they’ve each written);

and how you can join the movement at ActivistFaith.

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* To buy the book, please go right here.

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2 thoughts on “Activist Faith: a pastor, a teacher, a social media dude & you”

    • Thank you, miss Susie, for the encouragement.

      It is a most terrifical book with so much to offer its readers!

      Blessings.

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