Summary: I preached this sermon while filling the pulpit of a church seeking a pastor. It (the sermon) discusses how the Body of Christ is responsible for the state of our nation, but from a different angle than one might expect.

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This is How We Blew It

Texts: Luke 18:8; 2nd Cor. 13:5; James 2:14-26 (and others)

By: Kenny McKinley

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As I was praying and considering what to preach here today, I considered the fact that I was going to be in a church where I didn’t know any of the congregants, and so initially I thought, “Well maybe I’ll preach an evangelistic sermon.” But then I thought, well I’m not some great, well known evangelist, so most if not everyone who is here today is probably a regular church goer, most if not all of you are probably members of this church and so I continued to pray and think about what I should preach. And then I thought, “What does the church in America, as a whole need?” because after all; the whole, is simply made up of its parts, and this church is definitely one of the parts.

And so the title of my sermon this morning is, “This is how we blew it.” I have a lot of Christian friends; conservative Christian friends, who are wringing their hands about the upcoming election. I get the AFA online newsletter as well as mailings from Coral Ridge Ministries, the Eagle Forum, and others, and they are all upset with the three leading candidates that are running for our nation’s highest office. Because all three of the leading candidates, whether republican or democrat, all three of them have track records of being either for, or not against abortion and same sex marriage. Then you look at the other things that are going on in our world, and in our nation, and all of these things are a cause of concern for Christians. And so what I see Christians doing is mobilizing, sending money to this organization, or that organization, so that the Christian agenda can fight against the secularist agenda in the courtrooms and in the halls of government. And I’m here to tell you this morning… this is how we blew it.

No where in the Bible does it say that Christians are to change the culture through legislation. You don’t change a culture through politics and the court system.

And I’ve heard countless pastors, evangelists, and teachers stand behind pulpits, before congregations, and crowds, and classrooms and they say something like, “It all began in 1963 when Madalyn Murray O’Hair had prayer banned in public schools. Then it got worse in 1973 when Roe V. Wade legalized abortion, and now something like 50 million babies have been aborted. And now congress is discussing whether or not to legalize same sex marriage.” And they say, “The ACLU, liberal judges, homosexual activists, and atheists are destroying our nation from within, and so we have to rise up against them and fight them in the courts and elect politicians who are Christians, and stop this godless agenda from progressing any further.” I’ve heard Christian leaders say these sorts of things over and over, you probably have as well. Heck, I’ve even said them myself. And this is how we blew it. Because for the past 45 years we’ve had Christian leaders saying these things and advocating these things, but where does the Bible teach these things?

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