What Are We Here For?

If you’re a Christian you’re a sojourner. If you’re a sojournerĀ it begs the question, “What am I doing here?” When people sojourn somewhere they are there for a purpose. They go to that place to do something.

What are we Christians, us sojourners, here to do?

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Aliens Are Real

I have spent the last two weeks on vacation. During that time I watched the world spin. I saw the culture war explode. I saw people writing and thinking and whining. I saw a lot of hand wringing and worry from my tribe.

There is great concern that we, Christians, are losing our rights and standing in the world. We are becoming a religious minority in a rising secular culture. The secularists are coming for us and relegating us to the sidelines.

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Eternity, It’s Bigger Than Us

I think I’ve always wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. Haven’t you? When my brothers and I would play in the back yard we imagined being warriors for some great cause. Or, when we were older we would set up back yard Olympics and compete for our country. There’s an allure to being a part of something outside of ourselves, something important, something bigger.

“What we do in life, echoes in eternity.”
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Speaking Truth

There’s a lot of talk in my circles about “speaking truth.” This is tightly connected with the need to “call people to repentance.” Along with that we also have the call to “receive forgiveness and grace.”

These are all really good things. I really appreciate that these concepts and ideas are coming to the front of our conversations. Repentance and belief are core components to what it means to follow Jesus. Both require us to set aside ourselves and move towards someone outside ourselves.

So how do we do it?

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Give to Caesar

One of the things that continues to surface in conversations about our culture is that of the tax exempt status of churches and Christian institutions. Earlier this spring I was sitting at a dinner where a colleague was bemoaning this coming reality. Others around the table shared the concern. They were worried that this change would significantly decrease giving and put churches out of business.

They were also worried about the property taxes that many churches would have to pay on buildings if they lost their exemption. Most church buildings are on the best property in a town. The taxes on those locations would typically be significant. However, it was decided early on in our history as a nation that churches would be exempt from paying those taxes because of their communal good. To be sure, churches still provide very good things to the community within which they exist. They probably break even with their communities.

But why all this worry? Why all this fear?

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