(not so) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

I want to share what I posted on Facebook, Friday, to all my friends who identify themselves as Christ followers. I asked them to listen to a message by Andy Stanley and then reflect on the Scripture below. I shared that this is not a political post, this is a discipleship post, and that I was not looking for responses. Click the image below to watch Andy's message.




Here are a few quotes from Andy’s message:

“Moreover, those who condemn the church for its blind spots do so by gospel principles, arguing for the very moral values that the gospel originally set loose in the world. Human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, minority rights, gay rights, disability rights, animal rights—the success of these modern movements reflect a widespread empathy for the oppressed that has no precedent in the ancient world. The classical philosopher considered mercy and pity to be character defects, contrary to justice. Not until Jesus did that attitude change.”
Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey

“One of the greatest things about being an American is this: We don’t have to know what we are talking about to talk about it. We don’t have to have informed opinions to inform people of our opinions.” – Andy Stanley

“We are a nation of immigrants who while maintaining cultural distinctives, embrace the culture, values and constitution of the United States of American.” – Andy Stanley

The U.S. Constitution grants us the freedom to believe whatever we choose to believe. The U.S. Constitution does not grant us the freedom to behave however we choose to behave.

You need to know that at NewPointe we have been serving and helping refuges for over 15 years. Along with Blake Wood we helped start what is now known as IMPACT Middle East. We were serving people in these countries before it was the popular or politically correct thing to do: Jordan, Israel, North Africa, Iraq, and Egypt.If you have specifically given to missions here at NewPointeover that past 15 years, you have been a part of giving over a million dollars.

A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Proverbs 29:11 NKJV

It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices. Proverbs 19:2 NET

When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable, but he who controls his lips and keeps thoughtful silence is wise. Proverbs 10:9 AMP

Jesus: “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.John 17:21 NLT

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