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5.07.2006    |    The Senator
A United States senator worships at our church. He's elderly, and belongs to the political party for which I never vote for. He's liberal, politically, and, at least to me, has an unsavory reputation. In short, he's the sort of man that I was predisposed to dislike. Intensely.

The Senator is, as am I, a Baptist. He's been one much longer than I, and, he's an old-school Southern Baptist. What this means is that he's an enthusiastic "Amen!" praise-giver. In a way that is unique in our white-bread, affluent suburban Baptist congregation.

Here's what's important: I now love this man. Anyone who can confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and do so, unapologetically, and without care that he's the only one shouting out his "Amens!", is my brother in Christ.

I still don't agree with him politically. But that is just not important. Jesus Christ, and His cross that atones for our sins, are. My sins. The Senator's sins. He and I are one in Christ Jesus.

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About this site and the author

Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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