WOW! Twenty-five years, a quarter of a century. When I think about it, it’s really hard to believe. I’m writing this before the appreciation and celebration evening you’ve planned, but let me say in advance, the honor has been all mine. What a privilege it’s been to serve our Lord and His church for these 25 years -- and it’s not over yet!
When my children were born, I thought no matter what I do, it will never be enough. As a pastor, I’ve constantly struggled with the same thought. When I think about all that Christ has done for me and given to me, I’m embarrassed and ashamed of how little I’ve done and accomplished for Him. I’ve been blessed -- especially serving this great church, but when I think about how divided our nation is, how powerless many churches are and how our children are being indoctrinated by perversion masquerading as education, it breaks my heart.
When I arrived in Greensboro 25 years ago, we stretched a gigantic banner across our 1600 seat worship center that said, “Reaching the City for the Savior.” We began to step out by faith, seeing hundreds of people receiving Christ. Times have changed, but God hasn’t. God always has His remnant, and I want to be a part of that remnant. I believe you do, too!
But we can’t be satisfied with the status quo. We must be burdened over a lost world. I don’t want to finish the race where I am right now or where God’s church is right now. I don’t want to leave my children and grandchildren in a crazy, confused culture that says “You can decide whether you’re a boy or a girl, you can love and marry a boy or a girl or you can dress like a boy or girl - it’s your choice."
If you think I’m overreacting, listen to what actress Kate Hudson said when asked if she was raising her three-month old daughter differently than her two sons now 15 and 7. She answered, “I think you just raise your kids individually regardless, like a genderless approach. We still don’t know what she’s going to identify as.”
May we identify as compassionate and courageous followers of Jesus Christ, always respecting others while balancing grace and truth. The future of God’s Church and our nation will be determined by those acting on what they say they believe, boldly stepping out by faith, sharing the love of Christ, and reaching a lost and hurting world through the glorious gospel of our soon returning King!
For the King and His Kingdom,