Let’s Talk About Jesus

If you ever move to a small town like Denison, Texas you will be asked three questions, where did you move from, what brought you here, and where do you go to church?  The first two questions are normal icebreakers, but the last question gives a little more insight on a person’s core values. Like any small town in the Bible Belt, the church denomination question plays an important part of the town’s culture.  It’s a polite way for the locals to find out where someone stands religiously and politically.

If you are slow to find a church home, you will be invited to just about every church in town.  With all the church invitations you might be led to believe that your area is the crux of Christendom.  However, if you understand the Gospel, and you pay close attention to where most of the conversations land, you will begin to realize that everyone might be talking about church or religious rights, but no one is talking about Jesus.

Almost two years ago I moved my family and ministry into the Traveler’s Hotel.  There I run a transitional home for troubled young men while pastoring a small church downtown.  Although our mission is to provide food, clothes, and shelter for our residents, we work hard to not forsake our  primary commission to preach Christ crucified.  This is a perspective we must all hold on to.  With all that is going on in our country it’s easy to forget that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness.” (Ephesians 6:12) 

It’s for this very reason we cannot let ourselves, as ambassadors of Christ, become so emotionally invested with the state of our country that we lose interest in the state of those around us who are currently lost, hurting, and hell bound.  Our King has taken His throne and has fortified His kingdom and He has recruited us to the front lines of the good fight. 

Yes, I know our country is a mess, and yes, we cannot bury our heads in the sand when it comes to our current affairs, but we need to keep our eyes fixed on the judgement seat of Christ.  We need to cast our political votes and get back out on the battlefield.  For we were told by our heavenly Commander and Chief that “no soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:4)  This means that we, the church, should not be baited by political propaganda, but remain “fishers of men”.

In Christ,

Pete Orta

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