Children, Compassion, and DACA

I try not to spend too much time and effort in posting with political material.  Yet int he last couple of days, much has been said, and the faith of many Christians has been questioned in the political realm. What’s it all about?  

DACA –Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

DACA is a policy put into place by President Obama in June 2012 to try to deal with the growing issue of young people who were brought into this nation as children (minors), and who have no legal national identity and therefore were somewhat stuck in a very difficult position (and possibly eventually even be deported, though they have no connection to the country they came from as a child). Obviously, this is a pretty horrible position to be in! Few people on either side of the political isle argued that something needed to be done, but the President decided not to follow the Constitution and the rule of law, and instead chose to use an Executive Order to establish his “solution”.

President Trump campaigned on  many things, including ending the DACA policy. Therefore, once the official announcement was made yesterday (September 5), the vast majority of the media and every Progressive commentator has filled the airwaves and social media with amazingly ugly vitriol and renewed claims of racism.

Sadly, those posting and deriding the President in this case has nothing to do with what he has actually said or is doing, but is just another excuse to deride and defame the President. If they would pause and actually look at what he has said and challenged Congress to do.

According to the President himself, he specifically said that he wants to “help” these children and has no desire to deport or otherwise hurt families, but his intent is to handle this through LEGAL avenues – returning the issue to Congress who actually have the constitutional authority to deal with this.  He has never expressed a desire to deport those affected.  He specifically said he does not want to split up families or cause any harm. 

While I do not hold President Trump up as a bastion of morality, and indeed often get frustrated at his off-the-cuff, knee-jerk (and sometimes rather ugly) reactions and statements, in this particular case, I believe he is actually doing this correctly. And his words certainly seem to be sincere and right-minded. 

So – all of this to be said, we need to first of all pray for President Trump, for wisdom and guidance from God Himself, for protection, and even for a filter for his words!  But most importantly, pray for President Trump’s salvation. If the reports were true of his profession several months ago, I pray it was genuine.  If not, pray that the Lord would indeed regenerate his heart and call him to repentance, and that we would see incredible fruits of conversion even from the White House.

Pray that this nation would CHOOSE to step away from blind hate that only serves to stir the pot, not put to rest old wounds and divisions.

Pray for all of our leaders, both elected and appointed.

Pray that we would focus on what is right, not necessarily what is expedient or convenient, or just fits a certain agenda.

And particularly pray for Congress as they take up the DACA issue, that they would see beyond political posturing and actually seek a genuine, biblical, and compassionate solution. 

IGNITE!

I am truly excited! Tonight is the launch of FBC Cave Spring’s IGNITE Ministry.  What is IGNITE?IGNITE_FBCCS_LOGO1.png

IGNITE is First Baptist Church’s approach to Wednesday/mid-week ministry.  Year-round, we have Wednesday evening classes available for all ages, but during the school year, we have a special emphasis on children and youth.  Each Wednesday evening begins with a fellowship meal @6PM, followed by prayer, then dividing into age-appropriate groups for activities and Bible study.  At the end, there is a closing time for all children and youth to bring the evening all in to focus.

But why am I excited about tonight in particular?  Actually, there are several reasons for my excitement – the first being it is my first time since coming to FBC to participate in the launch of a ministry (even if it isn’t a totally new ministry). The second reason I am really pumped up about tonight is that we have worked together as a leadership team to really focus in on what we are going to do, and where we would like to go with this ministry.  This focus was much needed and gives us the opportunity to reach, accomplish, and grow as never before.  And one more reason I am truly looking forward to this all beginning: my own passion for discipleship.  As part of the changes made for this year, we have arranged for a great deal more relationship-building and interaction opportunities where older, more mature Christians will have the chance to invest in our younger participants and their lives. From sitting in mixed groups at the dining table, to visits from more seasoned Christians to to the classrooms where the younger groups will be meeting – to opportunities to see the Christian life actually lived out on mission, we have an opportunity to make a truly eternal difference in the lives of those who come.

As to the WHAT will be studied – The “IGNITE ADULTS (which actually meets year-round) is currently engaged in an Old Testament Survey, where we are looking at the tapestry of the Old Testament as God’s revelation of Himself and His plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.  It has already been amazing just in our walk through Genesis, Exodus, and the start of Leviticus, to see the Cross of Christ foreshadowed and demonstrated in so many miraculous ways!

The younger groups (K-2nd, 3rd-6th, 7th-8th)will begin with Creation and proceeding through several Old Testament Prophets, and will be investigating the idea of God’s creative working and provision, while always bringing it back home to how what the Bible has to say really does apply to us – giving us direction and reason to celebrate, serve, and worship God.

Our Student group (9th+), led by Ms Cheryl, will be progressing through several studies also with the focus on how what we study really is applicable to our lives today – and how we can draw from God’s Word help and direction to face life in the world – and how to make good decisions based on what we study.

With solid teachers in place, and a firm vision of making disciples and ultimately making a real difference in the lives of those we minister to, things are truly worth getting excited about!

Tonight is IGNITE Open House

Have some dinner, meet those who will be leading, teaching, and helping, and enjoy the evening as we get fired up for IGNITE!

Supper is at 6PM.  See you there!