“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27:17, NLT)
As the pastor of a local church, I do my fair share of talking. Often, that happens on a Sunday morning, in a classroom setting, or in one-on-one sessions with people. Occasionally, I get the honor of speaking in a community service amidst a larger gathering of others. Whatever the occasion, I try to select my words carefully and deliberately in order to clearly convey the messages on my heart. Even so, sometimes I later discover that what I think is clear is not necessarily so. Sometimes I misspeak, and other times I inadvertently stir up controversy. This week I was kindly confronted by another area pastor over some concepts I shared during a recent community service. We had a brief, ten to fifteen minute phone conversation which I think ended with a greater sense of connection between us than when it started, but it nevertheless behooves me to work on clarity. To that end, I will attempt to reveal my intention and understanding a little better through this writing. Here’s hoping, anyway!
The issue: is God out to judge America for her sins?
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