Every now and then I like to post a standout email that I believe has broader relevance. A guest blogger, if you will. Today I'd like to share an email that Mike Berry, New Life Midway's location pastor, sent out to our preaching team at New Life. I think Mike has some great insight in this post:
However, the Lord has made us so that we are moved by the human voice. There is something inside of us that dreams of a better life and hearing someone speak with conviction in line with our deepest desires connects with us. Politicians are offering hope.
I read that one political consultant says that voters sub-consciously ask 3 questions when choosing a candidate:
1) Is this person strong?
2) Can I trust them?
3) Do they care about people like me?
The implications for preaching are obvious. People long for hope and are willing to listen to, support, and follow someone who is convincing. Although these 3 questions aren’t directly from the Bible I think it’s a good challenge to ask if our leadership and preaching is Strong, Trustworthy/Full of Integrity, and Compassionate/Loving.
We are so blessed to communicate the Word of God. Unlike politicians, we don’t have to offer half-truths and hide evidence. We don’t need to be popular with 51% of the people and we are not pointing to a set of ideas or policies but to the living God. And our efforts, if we are truly walking with God, are empowered by the Holy Spirit. So if you are preaching this Sunday, take it more seriously than the major candidates, know that God is tuned in to hear what you have to say, and that your words can be used to change lives more significantly than all the human promises made at both conventions.