People Over Politics | Don’t Panic: Week 1

Despite what the news says, this is not the most important election of our lifetime. Here is what the bible has to say about navigating politics and winning no matter who gets elected.

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TV: -- full day of the impeachment --

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TOME: November is coming.

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That means our news feeds and our family gatherings

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are about to be hijacked by political pundits pushing their agendas.

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Is your anxiety growing yet?

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Do you find yourself asking the question:

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Should I be as angry as everyone else seems?

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Are you fed up with the rhetoric already?

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- ... are you kidding me?

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TOME: Election season is coming, but don't panic, you've got this.

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Together we've got this.

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We can rise above the rhetoric, push through the pandemonium,

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and clear out the noise to move forward together.

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And some of you are going to hate this.

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You can get through this year with less anxiety

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and you can leave this election cycle with confidence

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that the future is going to be good,

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not because the issues aren't real,

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but because there is a better way that always leads to life.

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Yes, we're going there.

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- Have you cried around the dinner table yet?

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No. Just me.

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OK, it might be coming for you.

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As we enter this election year, we're starting

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a brand new series today called Don't Panic: Take Heart 2020.

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Whether you're on the far right, far left,

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or somewhere in the exhausted middle,

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we all feel like we might just explode at some point this year.

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And I actually believe that Jesus has something good to say

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on the topic of politics.

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And we want to help you as a church, not just survive this year,

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but actually find hope in the midst of this election year,

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regardless of where you are on the political spectrum.

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We're going to turn our attention towards God

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and we're going to sing songs to God and about God.

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And this is an opportunity for us to ask God for hope

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through song right now.

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So go full screen, turn up the volume and sing with us.

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- That song that we sang Send Me

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is actually a Crossroads music original song.

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And there are all kinds of Crossroads music original songs

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that you could find on Spotify, i-Tunes, YouTube,

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wherever you normally listen to music

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for you to connect with God all week long through song.

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Now as we go into 2020, I have had the joy

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of getting to meet some of you who join us online

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week in and week out.

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Last week I spent some time with Josh.

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And Josh is leading an online group

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and he was in an online group previous to that

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where he traveled week in and week out for work.

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His online group was his only place of stability in the week

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where he made great friendships

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and got to grow spiritually and his relationship with God

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because of being in this group online consistently.

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And I want you to have stability in the midst of a crazy year

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where things are going to come at you from every angle.

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And I know that our schedules are always wild.

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But I want you to have friends that you can laugh with,

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that you can grow with, and we'll help you go after God this year.

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The way to do that is in the midst of a group at Crossroads.

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There are groups meeting in over 20 states, 5 countries,

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and online all week long.

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And if you don't find a group that works for you,

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you could sign up to be a leader

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and gather people around you to join your group.

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So Crossroads.net/groups

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is the place to find that.

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Another group that gathers regularly

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is this group called the Masters of Disaster.

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Now, I know, funny name, but go with me.

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When a disaster happens in our country

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or somewhere around the world, they rally together

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and they go to that place to provide relief and support

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and resources for people who are struggling and suffering.

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And so this Crossroads group, Masters of Disaster,

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headed to Puerto Rico last week and got to provide relief

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and support to people in Puerto Rico after the earthquake.

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And if you're a giver at Crossroads, I want you to know

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that you helped make this happen.

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As a church we supported the relief in Puerto Rico with $50,000.

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And when I say as a church, I mean, you did that.

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You were a hero as a giver to people in Puerto Rico

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who are struggling to just figure out what life will look like now.

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So you could give for the first time today

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at Crossroads.net/give

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and join the team

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that is making a difference all over the world.

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And today we start a brand new series

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called Don't Panic: Take Heart 2020.

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And we're going to be talking today

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about what it looks like to have a healthy perspective.

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- If you are experiencing a bit of heartburn

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after consuming heavy dose of

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polarizing political posts on social media

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with a side of inflammatory national news for breakfast,

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and you can feel your blood pressure rising

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and your anxiety skyrocketing, you are not alone.

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The good news is that we don't have to panic in 2020.

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This is not the first time in human history

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we faced a fractured and about to boil over political storm.

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About 2000 years ago things were looking pretty bleak

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for people who follow Jesus.

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You could say they had just lived through

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the most important election of their lives, and lost.

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Okay. So there were no elections back then,

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only hostile takeovers.

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And Jesus wasn't running for President.

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He was unjustly crucified.

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But you get the idea, these people were freaked out.

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The guy they thought was going to literally

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overthrow the Romans and the religious Jews

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and run the country was dead.

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Taxes were high. There was no health care.

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No one could agree about who should be in power.

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Sound familiar?

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Followers of Jesus were so scared they hid and huddled together.

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Not knowing what else to do,

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the women in their group went to the tomb.

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And you know what happened next: He had risen, just as he said.

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In Luke 24, it says two angels had to remind them

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of what Jesus had said to them just a few days before.

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They said, and I quote:

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Remember how He told you this would happen?

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It goes on to say: Then they remembered His words.

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If the people closest to Jesus were so freaked out

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by the political tension they ran that they panicked

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and forgot what He said, then it begs the question:

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did He say anything to us that would be helpful

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to remember during this election?

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Turns out, yes, yes, he did.

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This is the message that He gave to His followers

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about to venture out into a fractured political culture:

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Anyone who loves their father or mother,

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insert political party, more than me is not worthy of me.

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And anyone who loves their son or daughter,

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insert their beliefs about climate change or immigration,

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more than me is not worthy of me.

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Whoever does not take up their cross,

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insert forgive their Facebook and Twitter foes,

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and follow me is not worthy of me.

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Whoever finds their life,

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insert puts their faith in winning the election,

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will lose it, and whoever loses their life,

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insert puts their faith in the kingdom of God,

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for my sake, will find it.

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Jesus also said:

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I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.

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In this world you will have trouble.

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But take heart!

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I have overcome the world.

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So no matter who you are, your party affiliation.

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or growing fear over the outcome of the election,

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you can win no matter who gets elected.

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Because this is the promise of Don't Panic 2020: Take heart.

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[music: Break It Down Again, Tears for Fears]

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- Ladies, gentlemen, citizens, countrymen, lend me your ears.

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We as citizens of this nation are being force fed

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polarizing narratives and radicalizing us

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to the left or to the right.

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These radical narratives are keeping you from knowing

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the true freedom being offered to you by just King.

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So what do we do with the story of doom and fear of the future?

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I say let's meet radical with radical.

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Let us radically refused to be pulled to the side.

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Let us stand firm and sink deep root

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into the eternal, unchanging kingdom of God

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and refused to be moved to division, to fear, to hatred,

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to placing all of our hope in the fleeting empire of this earth.

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Let us band together in the radical middle.

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[music: Break It Down Again, Tears for Fears]

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- Now, today I'm going to break it down for us.

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I'm going to break down exactly what's been happening

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in our country,

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what is going to be happening in our country politically,

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I'm going to break it down spiritually for us.

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So let's pray before we get into this topic today.

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God, I thank You that You give us minds to use

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and You give us hearts to protect,

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and You give us forums like this in which we can be pushed.

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I pray that we'd be pushed to you.

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I pray that we'd be pushed deeper than others are willing to go.

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I pray, God, You help us to Not Panic and to Take Heart

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in Your presence in our country and Your presence in our life.

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Help me to be clear and helpful, I pray

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according to the character and identity of Jesus, Amen.

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Well, I've called myself,

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we call ourselves equal opportunity offenders.

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And yes, it's going to happen.

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You are going to get offended today.

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Who's ready to be offended?

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[cheers]

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Yeah. Yeah, it is.

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You know, talking politics is a pretty difficult thing.

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It's one of the reasons why we've, for the most part,

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have not talk politics over 23 years.

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We did a single talk on it a while ago called the Radical Middle.

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But we wanted Crossroads to be a political free zone.

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We've done that pretty well for 23 years.

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But we're looking at where we are this year

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and what's happening in our culture, we're realizing

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in the midst of all of the cacophony of sounds

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and all of what's spiraling out of control,

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we want to be a voice of hopefully spiritual reason for all of us.

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But just to get us used to being offended,

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because all of us are going to be offended at some point here,

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let's just like in the next two minutes,

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make sure we offend everybody just with some basic terms

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that you might not know of,

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but put it in the language that you understand,

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like a dictatorship.

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What is a dictatorship?

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That's what dictatorship is.

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So when we understand there are things,

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some of these other things might say, I don't know what that is.

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I'm gonna try to help you understand what it is.

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What is socialism?

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It's this

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That's socialism.

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Capitalism.

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And you are surprised when she drops dead.

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That's capitalism.

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American democracy.

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Democracy, Democrat-style.

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or Katy Perry if you're younger or Katy Perry sings for you.

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Democracy, Republican-style.

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My, my, my, my.

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There's so many things that we believe that are just not true.

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And I'm not try to strip away some of those today.

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And we have other speakers from different perspectives

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that are going to try doing that over the next few weeks as well.

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Let's talk about things that we believe

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that actually are just myths.

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It's things that are myths. Here's one.

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It is not, specifically men wearing leggings

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who have shorts over their leggings,

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who are doing bench presses at L.A.

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fitness.

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There is no place for that at all.

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That is a myth.

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Let's take a look at another one here.

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Not true. Not true.

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One more. One more myth.

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Not true. It's not true.

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I've been hearing that every election since I was 18.

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Every single one.

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This is not the most important election your life

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unless you're 4

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or unless you're 18 and it's the first time you can vote.

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It's the most divisive election of our life for sure.

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And I'm not looking to minimize at all

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the decisions that are facing our country at all.

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I'm just looking to minimize the rhetoric

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that's trying to hype us in the feverish stress mode pitch

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and make us feel like unless our candidate

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or our party gets the winning nod,

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we're going to be going to hell in a handbasket.

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6% of Americans are on the extreme left.

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6% of Americans are on the extreme right.

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When I say extreme, I don't mean extreme opinions

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and views necessarily.

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I mean extreme, utterly unwilling to listen

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to anybody who isn't in their camp.

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The rest of us, the rest of us

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are in what David Brooks calls the exhausted majority.

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61% of us look at ourselves someplace in the middle.

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David Welsh from The New York Times says this:

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Threat narratives.

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Now you're going to spend most your time today,

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to those of you who don't know me, or who do know me,

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trying to figure out where am I.

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Do you lean right?

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Do you lean left?

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Brian Tome, where is you?

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Where are you at Crossroads?

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And that's what we tend to do:

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All we're looking for is somebody

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to validate what we believe or somebody to hate

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that doesn't believe what we believe.

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And there are things that I feel strongly about

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and I'm actually all over the map and that's a healthy thing.

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And we'll talk about that in one of our weeks.

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Those of us who are somewhere in what I've called before

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the radical middle are there and we can't be categorized

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because we're playing a different play,

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we're following a different constitution.

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We're in a different group.

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And my hope here is not to change your perspective.

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In fact, if you're somebody who doesn't want

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to change your perspectives, you're probably

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not going to enjoy today or this series at all.

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I'm trying to speak and help those of us

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who are frustrated with the narratives that are there

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and wondering, is there a better way?

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Is there a better way for our country to go to?

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The problem is, whenever I talk about

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something like politics I have to recognize

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that I have virtually nothing to work from that's in the Bible,

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which is important me because I'm a preacher.

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Because the Bible knows nothing about democracy.

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You know what I might not do, what I might not do?

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I might not vote at all.

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Man, I talked to some people in church, it's like,

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"Oh, it's your American duty to vote."

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It's not -- no,

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"It's your Christian duty to vote."

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It is not my Christian duty to vote.

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My Christian duty is to do what Christ tells me to do.

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And democracy wasn't invented when He was around.

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He knows nothing about voting or democracy.

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There is not -- There's only one election in the entire Bible.

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Only one and it's even one

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that God wasn't all that excited about.

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It happened when there were 12 guys

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who were the early followers of Jesus.

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And one of them killed himself, his name was Judas.

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And the rest of these guys had the idea of, "Hey,

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we need to get back to 12.

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Let's elect somebody to come in and be the twelfth."

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And so down to two people, they weren't sure who to do

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so they actually did a game of chance.

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They drew straws.

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They gambled, basically, and Matthias won.

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It records what's in the Bible.

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It doesn't say that God wanted them to do this

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or they should have done this.

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So if you think that democracy is God's way,

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you're going to have to say well it has to be that way,

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then I better go to Vegas before I cast my vote,

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because gambling is the only form of democracy God understands.

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There is neither party nor neither candidate,

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nor neither extreme that I believe is one that

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God has said, "You're the one who I want to win."

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Think about this. Last week in the Super Bowl,

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were people in the San Francisco 49ers locker room

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praying that God would make them win?

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Maybe there were, but that's a stupid thing

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because there was people praying over in

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the Chief's locker room that God would make them win.

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This idea of thinking that it always goes this way

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is like thinking that God is on my side.

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He's actually for my party.

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Now, I recognize that there are real consequences

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in this election, and I don't want to minimize those at all.

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I recognize that there are better choices than other choices.

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And I recognize that not all beliefs are equal.

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I recognize that not all political viewpoints

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are equally true before God.

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I'm not trying to minimize that at all.

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I want to speak to the culture that's in our country

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right now as relates to politics.

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I want to speak to you and ask you to identify

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exactly what camp you want to be in.

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And there's more than two camps.

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The Book of Joshua Chapter 5, we see how Joshua

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is dividing people up between those who are with me

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and those who are against me.

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That's what Republicans and Democrats are always doing,

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those who are with us and those who are against us.

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Those on our side, those on your side.

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And Joshua is in a similar way.

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He has brought the Nation of Israel out of slavery,

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or least the next leg of slavery after Moses has died.

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They have crossed the Jordan River

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and now they're on the eve of their first major battle.

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And he's getting a little nervous.

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He goes off to be by himself.

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And there's this huge guy who comes to be around him.

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And let's take a look at what happens in Joshua 5:13:

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Joshua encounters an angel and he doesn't know it.

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It's very possible that you've seen an angel

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and you haven't known it.

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He sees this guy that's huge and he's got this sword.

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Joshua in his paradigm it's us/they, good guys/bad guys.

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those on God's side/those on the other side.

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He says, "Who are you with?

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Are you with us or them?

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And if anybody could have asked this question,

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it would have been Joshua,

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because he was on the side of God it appeared.

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God had given him the vision to come out of slavery.

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God had enabled them to cross the Jordan River.

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God had cast a vision for them

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to get into the Promised Land

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and are trying to win through victor right now.

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God had told them to defeat the Canaanites

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that are in the Promised Land.

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So if anybody could have had more clarity than Joshua

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that the question was God was on their side,

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it would have been Joshua.

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No one else would've.

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Yet even here, the Angel of the Lord takes offense at this,

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and he says, "I'm not on your side.

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I'm not on the other side.

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I'm on the side of God, that's who's side I'm on."

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As soon as you start to co-op your agenda, your goals,

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your purposes, and you start to co-op God,

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to wedge Him into things that you want to have happen immediately,

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you're outside the side of God.

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It says right here, "What does my lord say to his servant?"

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There was a turning point for Joshua.

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I'll tell you a turning point for you.

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A turning point for you is when you stop trying

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to judge and evaluate whether people on the right side

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or the wrong side.

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A turning point for you will be when you go before God

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and you say to Him, "What do you want from me, your servant?

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What do you want from me, your servant?

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Instead of me evaluating and judging other people

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based on their votes or their party affiliations,

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what do you want from me?"

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Not all people are equally right.

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Not all people are going to be equally

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as productive as a President.

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Not all views on a political platform are equally right before God.

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But we need to be able to see other people in a different way

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and interact in a way that people around our world

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or our country are not acting right now.

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Jesus interacted with a politician once.

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His name was Pilot.

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Pilot became a politician or he got his position,

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which was overseeing the trial of Jesus,

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which led to his execution.

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You get to that way, that position in ancient Rome,

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or modern America by pandering to people,

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by catering to people, by doing things that get you noticed.

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And this is how Pontius Pilot got his position.

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He was catering and pandering to whoever his peers were.

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He got this position as a result of his political influence.

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And now Jesus is going before this politician.

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Here's what they what the interaction says:

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Pilot doesn't understand the level Jesus talking about.

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Pilot is only concerned about this political realm

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with his position, Rome,

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are the Jews going to do what's right?

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Us Rome, you Jews, are you, Jesus, going to subvert the peace?

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And he says, "Are you a king then?"

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He's not understanding Jesus saying,

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"My kingdom isn't in this political realm

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that you're interested in.

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My kingdom isn't even this landmass where Israel is and Rome.

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My kingdom is the kingdom of God.

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It's a kingdom that exists before Rome and after Rome.

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It's a kingdom that exists right now here in our country.

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It's a realm that you can tap into.

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It's a kingdom it's ever expanding

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and its citizens have a peace.

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Its citizens have a perspective.

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It's citizens have a walk with God.

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The people who are looking for power out of politics

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will never be able to have.

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This is the thing that Jesus was having wit Pilot.

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Pilot kept being here and Jesus was here.

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And you should feel that, the closer you come to God

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and the more you understand the kingdom,

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the more this level.

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When people want to do this to you,

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you're going to be doing this

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because you're gonna be seeing things

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and you're gonna have a different passion for a different realm.

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Don't Panic 2020 isn't saying,

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"Hey, don't worry, everything's gonna work out OK."

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It's saying Take Heart.

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Take heart. Where do we want our heart to be?

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Do we want our heart to be in the political systems of our day

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and of a President or of a Congress or a Senate?

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Or do we want our heart to be in and understand that

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God in His kingdom is working in and through

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all of our political frailties

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and all of the problems that we have here in America.

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This is why Jesus says and John 16:33:

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Take heart; I've ever come the world.

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In me you will have peace.

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Are we to believe that the person --

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do you really believe,

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unless the person that you want to be President

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gets elected, you can't have peace?

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That doesn't make any sense.

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Are we to believe that no followers of Christ

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had any peace at all until their President came in?

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What about the followers of Christ who had no President,

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who lived under a dictator?

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Jesus saying Take heart,

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we can operate on a different level

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while we try to improve our country at the same time.

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See this different thing I'm talking about.

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There's a way that those in the right see America.

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There's a way that those on the left see America.

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And then there's a whole different way

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that those who are in the kingdom of God

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that Jesus talks about sees America.

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Let me give you a couple examples of this.

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We'll share more of these later on,

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but just three of them today.

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Let's talk, for example, what is it to be an American?

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What is the identity of America?

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The American identity?

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Well, if you're on the right,

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if you're a bit more conservative, you'd say:

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If you're on the left,

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if you're a bit more liberal, you may say,

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If you're the Kingdom of God, you would say:

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Followers of Christ are to be

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a shining example to the world.

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Now, I'm not saying which one of these three

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you want to adhere to.

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I am saying that these are three

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distinct ways to view the world,

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three distinct ways for you to filter information

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during this political system,

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three distinct ways for you to interact with God on.

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Let's look at another example.

514
00:37:24.400 --> 00:37:28.260
Another example would be not the most important election of your life

515
00:37:28.260 --> 00:37:29.970
Would be government.

516
00:37:30.010 --> 00:37:31.150
What is the role of government?

517
00:37:31.420 --> 00:37:32.120
If you're on the right:

518
00:37:38.130 --> 00:37:39.300
If you're on the left, you may say:

519
00:37:45.100 --> 00:37:46.620
And the kingdom of God, we say:

520
00:37:55.920 --> 00:38:00.720
Government is not the source of power and the source of peace.

521
00:38:01.170 --> 00:38:01.890
One more example.

522
00:38:02.220 --> 00:38:04.320
There's others we'll share later on in the series.

523
00:38:04.500 --> 00:38:06.060
The problem. What is the problem we have right here?

524
00:38:06.270 --> 00:38:06.990
If you're conservative:

525
00:38:19.970 --> 00:38:20.720
If you're on the left:

526
00:38:30.290 --> 00:38:32.210
Can you see how we're at odds with one another

527
00:38:32.410 --> 00:38:34.550
when we see the world and our country so differently?

528
00:38:35.150 --> 00:38:36.530
And finally, in the Kingdom of God:

529
00:38:52.650 --> 00:38:55.200
I choose to be part of the Kingdom of God.

530
00:38:55.500 --> 00:38:58.760
I choose as my king to be Jesus.

531
00:38:58.910 --> 00:39:02.340
I found that there's things that He tells me

532
00:39:02.730 --> 00:39:04.620
that are very, very clear.

533
00:39:04.770 --> 00:39:08.100
He tells us that make our political process

534
00:39:08.100 --> 00:39:10.800
and how we function politically, emotionally

535
00:39:10.800 --> 00:39:12.210
and spiritually during this time

536
00:39:12.210 --> 00:39:14.210
when everybody else is losing their mayonnaise,

537
00:39:14.210 --> 00:39:17.790
everyone else is just stressed out and freaked out.

538
00:39:17.820 --> 00:39:20.550
It enables me and us to be a bit different.

539
00:39:20.550 --> 00:39:22.300
Let me just articulate three of those things.

540
00:39:22.320 --> 00:39:26.120
One is this: People over politics.

541
00:39:27.620 --> 00:39:29.960
God didn't come to die for Republicans.

542
00:39:29.990 --> 00:39:32.060
God didn't come to die for Democrats.

543
00:39:32.210 --> 00:39:35.360
God didn't come to die for the United States of America.

544
00:39:35.780 --> 00:39:37.550
God came to die for people.

545
00:39:38.240 --> 00:39:39.860
God lays down His life for people.

546
00:39:39.860 --> 00:39:43.790
And every person who has an opposite view of me

547
00:39:44.090 --> 00:39:46.280
is as equally loved by God

548
00:39:46.310 --> 00:39:48.830
as somebody who has an equal view of me.

549
00:39:49.730 --> 00:39:51.560
Those of us in the Kingdom of God, we're always

550
00:39:51.560 --> 00:39:55.550
for people more than we are for positions and politics.

551
00:39:56.690 --> 00:39:58.820
God's not interested in us trying to figure out

552
00:39:58.820 --> 00:40:01.580
how to take sides and how to prove that somebody else is wrong.

553
00:40:01.610 --> 00:40:04.050
God is much more interested in us figuring out

554
00:40:04.070 --> 00:40:06.230
how to come together with other people,

555
00:40:06.230 --> 00:40:08.680
how to link with other people.

556
00:40:10.450 --> 00:40:14.170
The book of 1 Peter 5:6 says this:

557
00:40:26.260 --> 00:40:27.160
Why does He care for you?

558
00:40:28.030 --> 00:40:30.070
He doesn't care for you because you're political pundit.

559
00:40:30.830 --> 00:40:31.960
He doesn't care for you because

560
00:40:31.960 --> 00:40:34.400
you're of potential voter of what could be right.

561
00:40:35.080 --> 00:40:36.760
He cares for you because you're a person.

562
00:40:37.500 --> 00:40:39.100
He cares for you because you're created

563
00:40:39.100 --> 00:40:43.370
in the image of God and Jesus died for you.

564
00:40:44.430 --> 00:40:46.740
And he dies for the person who thinks

565
00:40:46.810 --> 00:40:52.500
100% different from you as well, that's His person as well.

566
00:40:52.770 --> 00:40:56.250
And what this verse tells us is to humble ourselves.

567
00:40:58.320 --> 00:40:59.610
The Republican Party will never tell you

568
00:40:59.610 --> 00:41:00.420
to humble yourself.

569
00:41:01.510 --> 00:41:03.470
The Democratic Party will never tell you to humble --

570
00:41:03.520 --> 00:41:05.800
I can never recall a single time

571
00:41:05.800 --> 00:41:07.150
where I've heard that from either party.

572
00:41:07.180 --> 00:41:07.560
Never.

573
00:41:07.840 --> 00:41:09.820
They'll never tell you to go to somebody in

574
00:41:09.820 --> 00:41:14.410
the other party and love them and to listen to them.

575
00:41:15.100 --> 00:41:16.480
That would take humility.

576
00:41:16.810 --> 00:41:20.110
Humility isn't thinking less of yourself

577
00:41:20.110 --> 00:41:22.270
and convincing yourself to have low self-esteem.

578
00:41:22.330 --> 00:41:24.190
Humility isn't thinking less of yourself.

579
00:41:24.580 --> 00:41:26.230
It's thinking of yourself less.

580
00:41:27.520 --> 00:41:29.050
It's thinking of God more.

581
00:41:29.050 --> 00:41:30.300
It's thinking of others more.

582
00:41:30.300 --> 00:41:31.780
That's why humble people,

583
00:41:31.780 --> 00:41:33.340
they're not thinking about themselves that much.

584
00:41:33.340 --> 00:41:34.600
They're thinking about other people.

585
00:41:34.780 --> 00:41:36.550
They're thinking about God.

586
00:41:36.940 --> 00:41:39.250
Now, let's take a look at our current

587
00:41:39.250 --> 00:41:42.340
political culture right here just to help us see

588
00:41:43.300 --> 00:41:45.100
we don't have much humility there, friends.

589
00:41:45.220 --> 00:41:50.110
And we're being unduly influenced by either party,

590
00:41:50.110 --> 00:41:51.910
people on the extremes who are trying to

591
00:41:51.910 --> 00:41:55.240
extremely divide us and extremely take our joy.

592
00:41:55.250 --> 00:41:58.930
I'll just just give a couple examples just from this last week.

593
00:41:59.290 --> 00:42:03.100
Let's talk about the State of the Union Address.

594
00:42:03.820 --> 00:42:08.050
It starts off with Nancy Pelosi offering Donald Trump her hand

595
00:42:08.560 --> 00:42:11.230
and Donald Trump refuses to shake her hand.

596
00:42:12.250 --> 00:42:15.410
It ends Donald Trump, President Trump being done

597
00:42:15.430 --> 00:42:17.980
and Nancy Pelosi ripping up his speech

598
00:42:18.010 --> 00:42:19.600
right behind his back in front of people.

599
00:42:20.230 --> 00:42:25.050
Now, I just ask you, what kind of man

600
00:42:25.050 --> 00:42:26.900
denies a woman's hand when she wants to shake it?

601
00:42:28.080 --> 00:42:29.310
A man who isn't humble, that's who.

602
00:42:30.570 --> 00:42:36.100
What kind of woman rips up a guy's words behind his back?

603
00:42:37.240 --> 00:42:39.450
The kind of woman who isn't humble, that's who.

604
00:42:43.080 --> 00:42:43.920
Then right after that,

605
00:42:43.920 --> 00:42:45.400
we have the National Prayer Breakfast.

606
00:42:45.420 --> 00:42:46.320
I went to that a few years ago.

607
00:42:46.410 --> 00:42:47.530
It's actually a very, very cool thing.

608
00:42:47.550 --> 00:42:49.680
I was actually touched a number of years ago when I went,

609
00:42:49.680 --> 00:42:51.510
I saw people in the right, people on the left

610
00:42:51.510 --> 00:42:52.980
praying and come together in unity.

611
00:42:52.980 --> 00:42:54.240
It's really, really awesome.

612
00:42:54.690 --> 00:42:55.860
It was awesome when I was there.

613
00:42:56.260 --> 00:42:57.990
That didn't happen this year.

614
00:42:59.250 --> 00:43:00.420
That didn't happen this year.

615
00:43:00.890 --> 00:43:03.420
At the National Prayer Breakfast we had

616
00:43:03.600 --> 00:43:05.940
the opportunity hear from, again,

617
00:43:06.630 --> 00:43:08.220
President Trump and Speaker Pelosi.

618
00:43:08.270 --> 00:43:10.500
And here's how the USA Today reports it:

619
00:43:32.140 --> 00:43:35.520
Man, whatever happened to praying for your enemies?

620
00:43:36.090 --> 00:43:37.440
Loving your enemies?

621
00:43:38.250 --> 00:43:39.420
That's Kingdom values.

622
00:43:40.350 --> 00:43:45.240
Let me just say this: If your hope for peace,

623
00:43:45.690 --> 00:43:51.420
if your hope for prosperity is in either one of these two people

624
00:43:51.930 --> 00:43:53.760
and the parties they represent,

625
00:43:54.060 --> 00:43:56.640
you have no hope because they're miserable.

626
00:43:57.120 --> 00:43:58.860
They're both miserable people.

627
00:43:59.430 --> 00:44:00.510
They are.

628
00:44:00.600 --> 00:44:02.700
God loves them, and they're miserable.

629
00:44:03.540 --> 00:44:07.080
They do not have the ability to take you

630
00:44:07.080 --> 00:44:10.320
or anybody else to place to find heart,

631
00:44:10.770 --> 00:44:11.910
to place to find peace.

632
00:44:12.210 --> 00:44:15.930
Because they're playing in a kingdom where God doesn't reside.

633
00:44:16.470 --> 00:44:18.360
God resides in the kingdom of God.

634
00:44:18.390 --> 00:44:19.890
He's got a different constitution,

635
00:44:19.890 --> 00:44:21.720
a constitution of humility.

636
00:44:21.930 --> 00:44:23.760
Matthew 5:16 Jesus says this:

637
00:44:31.440 --> 00:44:33.360
This includes those of us who in our church

638
00:44:33.530 --> 00:44:35.250
who are politicians, who God needs

639
00:44:35.250 --> 00:44:38.090
God-honoring humble politicians, it includes us.

640
00:44:39.150 --> 00:44:40.020
Every one of us, no matter what job you're in,

641
00:44:40.110 --> 00:44:44.380
no matter what you're doing we have the ability,

642
00:44:44.710 --> 00:44:48.460
opportunity and responsibility to be humble,

643
00:44:49.330 --> 00:44:53.270
to get underneath people and to let our light shine bright.

644
00:44:54.200 --> 00:44:56.090
Not be miserable when we're not --

645
00:44:56.090 --> 00:44:56.630
things aren't going our

646
00:44:56.630 --> 00:45:01.340
way. Not be unable to hear and to listen.

647
00:45:01.390 --> 00:45:01.590
No.

648
00:45:03.590 --> 00:45:04.940
I know I'm asking for it.

649
00:45:05.600 --> 00:45:07.000
I know the emails are coming.

650
00:45:07.160 --> 00:45:09.370
I know I'm playing all sides of the fence.

651
00:45:09.380 --> 00:45:09.920
I am.

652
00:45:10.130 --> 00:45:11.610
I'm trying to equally poke at those

653
00:45:11.610 --> 00:45:13.210
on the left and right and poke them, I am.

654
00:45:13.580 --> 00:45:17.600
And I know no matter how I'm trying to caveat things,

655
00:45:17.600 --> 00:45:20.510
I know that bad emails are coming because

656
00:45:20.510 --> 00:45:22.390
I'm treading on your Wheaties and you're not happy.

657
00:45:22.390 --> 00:45:25.060
I know they're coming. Send me anything you want,

658
00:45:25.060 --> 00:45:27.430
anthing you want btome@Crossroads.net.

659
00:45:28.270 --> 00:45:29.390
Send me anything you want.

660
00:45:29.430 --> 00:45:30.020
It's fine.

661
00:45:30.500 --> 00:45:31.750
Just on the p.s.

662
00:45:31.750 --> 00:45:32.960
you must put:

663
00:45:33.260 --> 00:45:35.750
and I don't care about the words of Jesus.

664
00:45:37.460 --> 00:45:38.690
So as long as you put that in the bottom --

665
00:45:38.900 --> 00:45:40.310
Let me make sure you get that right.

666
00:45:40.370 --> 00:45:42.710
As you criticize what I'm saying,

667
00:45:42.710 --> 00:45:45.230
"And I don't care about the words of Jesus."

668
00:45:45.290 --> 00:45:47.750
Okay, good. I understand where you're coming from, good, fine.

669
00:45:49.300 --> 00:45:50.590
This is not even debatable.

670
00:45:50.680 --> 00:45:54.100
Friends, I'm not even getting into anything that's,

671
00:45:54.100 --> 00:45:54.670
"Well, that's just your opinion."

672
00:45:54.880 --> 00:45:57.340
This is basic historic Bible stuff.

673
00:45:57.700 --> 00:46:02.470
This is basic historic Jesus stuff and it works.

674
00:46:02.680 --> 00:46:07.060
Second thing to think about if you're on the Kingdom of God

675
00:46:07.570 --> 00:46:11.520
is that we want personal impact over the power of parties.

676
00:46:12.160 --> 00:46:16.540
Personal impact over the power of parties.

677
00:46:18.550 --> 00:46:21.190
The political parties are corporations.

678
00:46:22.000 --> 00:46:24.310
They're set up to get resources and get power.

679
00:46:24.340 --> 00:46:25.770
That's what they're there for.

680
00:46:25.780 --> 00:46:29.050
They pick what they pick opposite of the others

681
00:46:29.050 --> 00:46:31.660
because they're on opposite then they can't get resources.

682
00:46:32.260 --> 00:46:33.400
They're not going to start a party that's the same,

683
00:46:33.400 --> 00:46:36.730
so they intentionally look to be opposite each other.

684
00:46:36.760 --> 00:46:37.930
That's why they're so different.

685
00:46:38.210 --> 00:46:39.460
If they're not, then they don't need it.

686
00:46:39.500 --> 00:46:40.840
Everyone's looking for their own power,

687
00:46:40.840 --> 00:46:42.090
their own slice of pie.

688
00:46:44.290 --> 00:46:47.110
So what those of us in the Kingdom choose

689
00:46:47.110 --> 00:46:49.230
is we choose over political power,

690
00:46:49.230 --> 00:46:51.180
over the power of parties, personal impact,

691
00:46:51.480 --> 00:46:52.890
my ability to impact people,

692
00:46:52.890 --> 00:46:56.130
my ability to impact the world.

693
00:46:56.910 --> 00:47:01.020
I know it really bothers people when I say

694
00:47:01.020 --> 00:47:03.630
that I might not vote this year at all.

695
00:47:03.700 --> 00:47:05.700
I know it really bothers you.

696
00:47:05.700 --> 00:47:08.730
Part of why I might not vote is because

697
00:47:09.180 --> 00:47:10.710
it just doesn't matter much.

698
00:47:10.770 --> 00:47:12.720
I know you democracy people, you're real, "What!?!

699
00:47:12.720 --> 00:47:15.030
Every vote counts!"

700
00:47:16.040 --> 00:47:18.070
Yes, I know. I know, I know.

701
00:47:18.380 --> 00:47:19.040
But here's thing,

702
00:47:19.040 --> 00:47:21.710
whatever you vote for, it's not even going to be

703
00:47:21.710 --> 00:47:24.080
in your top 100 most important decisions.

704
00:47:25.220 --> 00:47:25.790
It's not.

705
00:47:26.810 --> 00:47:28.370
Your top 100 most important decisions

706
00:47:28.370 --> 00:47:31.460
are going to be things like: am I gonna stop drinking too much?

707
00:47:32.680 --> 00:47:36.430
Am I going to turn to - insert vice -

708
00:47:36.430 --> 00:47:38.170
to comfort me instead of God?

709
00:47:38.800 --> 00:47:40.690
Am I going to actually pray?

710
00:47:41.910 --> 00:47:43.860
Am I going to tithe this year?

711
00:47:44.610 --> 00:47:47.100
Am I going to stay with my spouse?

712
00:47:47.940 --> 00:47:50.460
Am I going to have a child?

713
00:47:50.760 --> 00:47:52.790
Am I going to love my neighbor?

714
00:47:52.800 --> 00:47:54.840
Not like metaphorically, sort of.

715
00:47:55.000 --> 00:48:00.330
No, literally love my neighbor who has a sign in their yard

716
00:48:00.330 --> 00:48:02.100
that's one that I wouldn't put in my yard.

717
00:48:03.390 --> 00:48:05.370
Am I going -- I can go on and on.

718
00:48:05.640 --> 00:48:07.140
Those are the choices, those are decisions

719
00:48:07.140 --> 00:48:09.450
for personal impact that you get to make

720
00:48:09.660 --> 00:48:11.010
that will really change your life.

721
00:48:11.520 --> 00:48:13.170
Who you vote for will not change your life.

722
00:48:13.230 --> 00:48:16.620
I'm not saying that there isn't serious consequences

723
00:48:16.620 --> 00:48:19.320
over who is or who isn't in the P

724
00:48:19.320 --> 00:48:21.600
residency, but I'm saying the consequences to your life

725
00:48:22.110 --> 00:48:25.560
will be far greater and greater impacted

726
00:48:26.310 --> 00:48:28.380
on any number of other fronts that.

727
00:48:28.380 --> 00:48:31.590
Do not feel, do not be deluded thinking

728
00:48:31.590 --> 00:48:34.200
that if one party gets in, your life is going to change.

729
00:48:34.250 --> 00:48:36.700
It's not. (indiscernible)

730
00:48:36.840 --> 00:48:40.890
One party gets in you're all of a sudden going to feel great.

731
00:48:40.950 --> 00:48:42.150
You'll feel good that night.

732
00:48:42.450 --> 00:48:46.470
Now, I recognize that I'm in a unique position

733
00:48:47.160 --> 00:48:47.970
because the stakes are --

734
00:48:48.000 --> 00:48:49.510
There are some high stakes on the election.

735
00:48:49.530 --> 00:48:51.180
There are some significant issues

736
00:48:51.180 --> 00:48:52.680
that we're at odds with one another.

737
00:48:52.680 --> 00:48:53.730
I don't want to belittle that.

738
00:48:54.300 --> 00:48:55.290
And I also want to say,

739
00:48:55.320 --> 00:48:59.100
I recognize that I'm a 54 year old white guy

740
00:48:59.130 --> 00:49:02.010
who is at his prime income earning years,

741
00:49:02.220 --> 00:49:03.750
who is an empty nester.

742
00:49:03.960 --> 00:49:05.640
My life is pretty darn good right now.

743
00:49:06.600 --> 00:49:07.110
Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, it's wonderful.

744
00:49:07.140 --> 00:49:08.820
Empty nest thing is awesome.

745
00:49:10.660 --> 00:49:13.020
And I understand that I'm concerned about poverty,

746
00:49:13.020 --> 00:49:15.890
but for some of you, poverty is personal to you.

747
00:49:15.900 --> 00:49:17.070
It's not philosophical.

748
00:49:17.730 --> 00:49:21.080
I understand that I'm concerned about racism,

749
00:49:21.420 --> 00:49:23.760
but I'm not the object of racism.

750
00:49:24.300 --> 00:49:28.970
I understand that country of origin is a significant issue,

751
00:49:28.970 --> 00:49:32.390
but I'm not of a country of origin

752
00:49:32.450 --> 00:49:33.770
other than America and our country.

753
00:49:33.830 --> 00:49:36.380
I understand that sexism is a problem,

754
00:49:36.410 --> 00:49:39.980
but I'm not victimized by my sex.

755
00:49:42.930 --> 00:49:44.730
I just know this is much more personal

756
00:49:45.510 --> 00:49:47.280
for some of us than it is for me.

757
00:49:48.480 --> 00:49:52.320
But I still have to make the choice of whether or not

758
00:49:52.390 --> 00:49:55.290
I'm going to look for peace someplace else.

759
00:49:55.350 --> 00:49:59.220
Whether or not I'm going to put my energy

760
00:49:59.790 --> 00:50:02.980
into changing people's lives or changing politics.

761
00:50:03.030 --> 00:50:05.250
The Book of Colossians 1:28 says this:

762
00:50:05.580 --> 00:50:07.950
him we proclaim warning everyone

763
00:50:07.950 --> 00:50:10.050
and teaching everyone with all wisdom

764
00:50:10.320 --> 00:50:11.590
that we may present.

765
00:50:11.600 --> 00:50:13.380
Every everyone mature in Christ.

766
00:50:13.860 --> 00:50:17.130
For this, I toil, struggling with all his energy

767
00:50:17.430 --> 00:50:18.930
that powerfully works within me,

768
00:50:19.260 --> 00:50:20.670
toiling, struggling,

769
00:50:20.670 --> 00:50:23.310
What kind of toil, struggle, and energy

770
00:50:23.310 --> 00:50:26.460
do you have towards bringing people into the Kingdom of God?

771
00:50:26.640 --> 00:50:29.040
What kind of toil and energy do you have

772
00:50:29.240 --> 00:50:30.870
into growing your faith in Christ

773
00:50:30.870 --> 00:50:34.020
versus the toil and energy that's going into

774
00:50:34.020 --> 00:50:37.500
an election to get somebody into a position of power?

775
00:50:37.500 --> 00:50:40.290
Your personal impact, friends, is going to be defined

776
00:50:40.290 --> 00:50:43.160
by all the other choices you make,

777
00:50:43.160 --> 00:50:45.950
not necessary by the one this made in November.

778
00:50:45.950 --> 00:50:46.160
Last one.

779
00:50:46.730 --> 00:50:49.550
Last issue of the Kingdom of God is

780
00:50:49.550 --> 00:50:53.000
we get to have peace, no matter who the President is.

781
00:50:54.200 --> 00:50:56.090
Yes, peace, no matter who the president is.

782
00:50:56.510 --> 00:50:58.850
Are we to believe that no followers of Christ

783
00:50:58.850 --> 00:51:01.400
were able to find peace before democracy came along?

784
00:51:02.290 --> 00:51:05.240
Are we to believe that no citizens of the Kingdom of God

785
00:51:05.240 --> 00:51:07.100
ever found peace until there was a P

786
00:51:07.100 --> 00:51:09.200
resident that believed all the right things

787
00:51:09.200 --> 00:51:10.090
and did the right things?

788
00:51:10.090 --> 00:51:11.960
Are we to believe that? No, of course not.

789
00:51:12.740 --> 00:51:15.260
Followers of Christ have been finding amazing peace

790
00:51:15.260 --> 00:51:18.200
when they've been under dictators being burned at the stake.

791
00:51:18.680 --> 00:51:20.510
And we should not want that to happen.

792
00:51:20.960 --> 00:51:22.600
We should fight to not have that happen.

793
00:51:22.600 --> 00:51:26.650
I'm just saying you can have a peace

794
00:51:26.650 --> 00:51:30.320
that is not influenced one iota

795
00:51:30.320 --> 00:51:32.480
by what happens in America politically.

796
00:51:32.780 --> 00:51:34.880
This is actually a biblical promise.

797
00:51:35.510 --> 00:51:37.400
And for you to think that you can't have peace

798
00:51:37.400 --> 00:51:38.960
unless things go politically the way you want

799
00:51:39.470 --> 00:51:41.750
shows how shallow your world is,

800
00:51:42.650 --> 00:51:47.180
shows how shallow your depth of understanding of God

801
00:51:48.560 --> 00:51:52.670
and how needing you are for a fresh filling of His grace.

802
00:51:53.330 --> 00:51:56.510
Book of John 14:27, Jesus says this:

803
00:52:06.410 --> 00:52:07.700
Don't let your heart be afraid.

804
00:52:07.700 --> 00:52:08.570
Don't let it be afraid.

805
00:52:08.750 --> 00:52:10.520
How does the world give us peace?

806
00:52:10.730 --> 00:52:12.020
The world gives us peace the way

807
00:52:12.020 --> 00:52:13.460
the Republicans and the Democrats give us peace:

808
00:52:13.850 --> 00:52:16.640
If we get this done, then you will have peace.

809
00:52:17.390 --> 00:52:19.790
If this election happens, then you will have peace.

810
00:52:20.000 --> 00:52:23.090
If we can fix this -- If Social Security -- then you'll --

811
00:52:24.170 --> 00:52:25.220
That's how the world gives.

812
00:52:25.250 --> 00:52:26.990
Jesus says, "I don't give as the world gives."

813
00:52:27.440 --> 00:52:30.620
That's what world gives, if these things one work out

814
00:52:30.830 --> 00:52:31.970
the way they should, then you can have peace.

815
00:52:31.970 --> 00:52:34.560
He says, no, things don't have to work out

816
00:52:34.560 --> 00:52:36.740
for me to give you peace. I can just give you peace.

817
00:52:37.440 --> 00:52:40.310
I can enable you to have your eyes set on me

818
00:52:40.580 --> 00:52:43.490
and your eyes to be set on a Savior who loves you

819
00:52:43.790 --> 00:52:46.250
and transcends every problem in your life

820
00:52:46.490 --> 00:52:49.760
and give you a spiritual power that you can't comprehend

821
00:52:50.180 --> 00:52:53.300
and can fill you with His very presence, the Holy Spirit.

822
00:52:53.330 --> 00:52:55.190
And that is what brings us peace.

823
00:52:55.800 --> 00:52:58.220
And it doesn't matter what happens any place else in life,

824
00:52:58.850 --> 00:53:03.410
that peace is only forfeited when we choose to forfeit it,

825
00:53:03.920 --> 00:53:05.620
not somebody else taking it.

826
00:53:05.630 --> 00:53:07.720
Nobody can take my peace.

827
00:53:08.000 --> 00:53:11.180
No President, no political party can take my peace.

828
00:53:11.210 --> 00:53:12.230
It's not possible.

829
00:53:13.100 --> 00:53:15.980
In fact, I want to be one who gives peace.

830
00:53:16.100 --> 00:53:16.610
Jesus says:

831
00:53:22.760 --> 00:53:24.020
Blessed are the peacemakers.

832
00:53:24.020 --> 00:53:25.430
I'm trying to make peace here, friends.

833
00:53:25.460 --> 00:53:25.680
Why?

834
00:53:25.740 --> 00:53:27.710
Because someone can call me the son of God.

835
00:53:28.720 --> 00:53:29.950
If you're not trying to make peace,

836
00:53:30.220 --> 00:53:31.540
you can't be called a child of God.

837
00:53:32.050 --> 00:53:34.030
Jesus says blessed are the peacemakers.

838
00:53:34.240 --> 00:53:37.720
Blessed are those who try to bring people together on the extremes.

839
00:53:37.750 --> 00:53:40.660
Blessed are the people who step over the aisle

840
00:53:40.870 --> 00:53:44.170
to understand why somebody thinks this way and feels this way.

841
00:53:44.470 --> 00:53:46.600
Blessed is the person that will shake the hand

842
00:53:46.600 --> 00:53:48.850
of somebody who votes differently than them.

843
00:53:49.180 --> 00:53:51.150
Blessed, Jesus says, are the peace --

844
00:53:51.310 --> 00:53:53.590
Where are the peacemakers?

845
00:53:53.890 --> 00:53:54.670
Where are they?

846
00:53:54.760 --> 00:53:57.280
I expect atheists to not be peaceful.

847
00:53:57.280 --> 00:53:59.250
Actually atheists sometimes are very, very peaceful.

848
00:53:59.250 --> 00:54:02.020
I would accept them, but why in the world

849
00:54:02.020 --> 00:54:04.630
can we not get this inside the church?

850
00:54:05.230 --> 00:54:07.090
Why the world is this difficult for us?

851
00:54:07.120 --> 00:54:08.590
No, I can't, no.

852
00:54:08.770 --> 00:54:09.490
I can view you, you're like,

853
00:54:09.490 --> 00:54:11.810
"No, but Brian, you're not talking about the real issues."

854
00:54:11.860 --> 00:54:13.180
I am talking about the real issues.

855
00:54:13.600 --> 00:54:15.640
Why are you so cranky? That's the real issue.

856
00:54:17.350 --> 00:54:18.670
I'm talking about the real issues.

857
00:54:18.910 --> 00:54:20.880
Why is your heart set on different kingdom

858
00:54:20.880 --> 00:54:21.730
than the kingdom of God?

859
00:54:22.200 --> 00:54:23.680
I am talking about the real issues.

860
00:54:23.890 --> 00:54:27.100
Why are you more excited about a president than you are Jesus?

861
00:54:27.460 --> 00:54:30.250
I am talking about the real issues.

862
00:54:31.190 --> 00:54:31.950
It's critical.

863
00:54:33.740 --> 00:54:37.850
Hebrews 12:14 says: "Strive for peace with everyone."

864
00:54:38.820 --> 00:54:40.920
That means people on the opposite side.

865
00:54:54.500 --> 00:54:57.610
The roots of bitterness have sprung up in our political system,

866
00:54:57.700 --> 00:55:01.680
they've sprung up in our country and we're being defiled.

867
00:55:01.920 --> 00:55:05.270
And where are the peacemakers?

868
00:55:06.180 --> 00:55:07.650
You have to be commissioned.

869
00:55:07.920 --> 00:55:09.480
You have to feel the commission of God

870
00:55:09.510 --> 00:55:11.280
on your life to be a peacemaker.

871
00:55:12.000 --> 00:55:14.970
And we're doing four weeks on this and then we're done,

872
00:55:15.300 --> 00:55:15.930
then we're done.

873
00:55:16.470 --> 00:55:19.080
There's not Crossroads politics all the time.

874
00:55:19.110 --> 00:55:20.190
And we're not going to be having on

875
00:55:20.190 --> 00:55:22.560
our social media feeds, Crossroads social feeds,

876
00:55:22.740 --> 00:55:24.480
politics from now until November.

877
00:55:24.660 --> 00:55:27.540
We do have a separate social media account

878
00:55:27.540 --> 00:55:29.730
we're gonna set up that's gonna give us perspective

879
00:55:30.000 --> 00:55:32.280
now all the way through to November if you want it.

880
00:55:32.610 --> 00:55:34.470
It's about the radical middle.

881
00:55:34.470 --> 00:55:35.550
What is the radical middle?

882
00:55:35.550 --> 00:55:37.140
Radical means roots.

883
00:55:37.620 --> 00:55:39.000
It means there's something that's root --

884
00:55:39.000 --> 00:55:41.850
You have roots in something that's deep beyond opinions.

885
00:55:42.120 --> 00:55:45.720
And those roots can spring forth to see things

886
00:55:45.720 --> 00:55:47.400
on either side of the

887
00:55:47.400 --> 00:55:48.990
perspective and bring people together.

888
00:55:48.990 --> 00:55:50.430
I'm part of the radical middle.

889
00:55:50.820 --> 00:55:51.600
That's where I am.

890
00:55:52.050 --> 00:55:53.390
And I would love for you to join the radical middle.

891
00:55:53.470 --> 00:55:56.370
You can go to one of our accounts called the Radical Middle

892
00:55:56.370 --> 00:55:58.500
if you'd like more encouragement with this kind

893
00:55:58.500 --> 00:56:01.410
of thinking for the next several months running on.

894
00:56:01.410 --> 00:56:02.750
Joshua 5:14.

895
00:56:02.790 --> 00:56:04.140
Let's figure out where Joshua,

896
00:56:04.140 --> 00:56:07.680
where he finishes out after this angel

897
00:56:08.370 --> 00:56:11.340
basically calls him a tack saying, "No, I 'm not on your side,

898
00:56:11.370 --> 00:56:13.530
I'm not on their side, I'm on God's side."

899
00:56:14.010 --> 00:56:14.820
Here's what happens.

900
00:56:28.910 --> 00:56:30.500
The place where you're standing is holy.

901
00:56:30.920 --> 00:56:31.880
What's going on there?

902
00:56:32.480 --> 00:56:35.000
Take off your shoes, the place you're standing is holy.

903
00:56:35.390 --> 00:56:37.340
This idea is still present in the Middle East

904
00:56:37.340 --> 00:56:39.980
where your shoes are something that is unclean.

905
00:56:40.850 --> 00:56:43.790
Unclean is what keeps you from being close to God.

906
00:56:44.060 --> 00:56:46.880
This is why it's an insult the Middle East.

907
00:56:46.880 --> 00:56:49.790
You might remember when Saddam Hussein's statue was torn down,

908
00:56:49.970 --> 00:56:51.020
people took off their shoes

909
00:56:51.020 --> 00:56:52.760
and were smacking the face with their shoes.

910
00:56:52.760 --> 00:56:55.430
It was this idea of shoes are unclean and I'm insulting you.

911
00:56:55.850 --> 00:56:57.650
So when you want to --

912
00:56:57.650 --> 00:56:59.300
when you're getting to a different place,

913
00:56:59.720 --> 00:57:02.170
a place of holiness, you take your shoes off.

914
00:57:02.180 --> 00:57:03.220
So he takes it -- why is this?

915
00:57:03.230 --> 00:57:09.920
Well, what what what why is this is is the place where stank
has this little piece of real estate is kind of God real estate.

916
00:57:09.920 --> 00:57:13.520
So it's holy ground is a holy ground because I is an angel.

917
00:57:13.520 --> 00:57:15.680
I'm here commander of the Lord, eight armies.

918
00:57:15.820 --> 00:57:18.040
And Priam, it's holy ground or.

919
00:57:18.660 --> 00:57:19.430
Or is it?

920
00:57:21.140 --> 00:57:25.830
Joshua may have just made this holy ground, holy ground means something.

921
00:57:25.880 --> 00:57:29.370
It is distinct. It's other it's set apart.

922
00:57:29.390 --> 00:57:31.250
Doesn't mean to be holy, is it?

923
00:57:31.280 --> 00:57:42.290
Now that Joshua sees these been dividing us and we, we and they and he
now gets on the God page only and now becomes holy ground to what?

924
00:57:42.530 --> 00:57:52.880
Whenever there's a person who takes his eyes off a poly part PA party politics and puts
it on the kingdom of God, the seat where you're sitting right now, it's holy ground.

925
00:57:54.060 --> 00:57:55.920
The CVR enough because there's a change.

926
00:57:55.920 --> 00:58:03.290
There's a turn for you to operate on a different level
under a different king, with different peace and for different heart.

927
00:58:04.320 --> 00:58:14.490
That is holy ground because spiritual change has taken place and
we're spiritual change takes place, true lasting change takes place.

928
00:58:15.540 --> 00:58:19.560
God, I thank you for giving us perspective.

929
00:58:19.590 --> 00:58:25.260
That's in your scriptures. That's timeless, as relevant
now as it has been for ever.

930
00:58:25.590 --> 00:58:46.680
I pray for our political process here in our country that things would calm down, that we would be able to listen, that the peacemakers would come up before
us, the peacemakers in Congress and Senate and city councils, the peacemakers would do their job and that more of us would join the ranks of the peacemakers.

931
00:58:47.250 --> 00:58:49.790
Jesus, I just say to you, you're my king.

932
00:58:50.190 --> 00:58:53.070
I'm thankful for you. And so are many of us in this place right now.

933
00:58:53.130 --> 00:58:58.500
I pray these things according to the character
identity and according to your name, Jesus.

934
00:58:58.780 --> 00:58:59.100
And.

935
00:59:01.370 --> 00:59:06.770
I know for me to take heart this year,
I have to change my perspective in some places.

936
00:59:07.100 --> 00:59:12.680
And if you want to experience some more hope, this
week ditched the news and download the Crossroads app.

937
00:59:13.040 --> 00:59:21.170
And in the midst of that app, you'll actually get to connect with God,
connect with other people and have some hopeful content in the midst of it.

938
00:59:21.410 --> 00:59:24.350
It'll be a great thing to add to your week this week.

939
00:59:24.650 --> 00:59:29.030
And if you participated in the Bigfoot Yeti challenge from last series.

940
00:59:29.270 --> 00:59:35.090
Follow us on social media to see who the
winner is and just stay connected throughout the week.

941
00:59:35.350 --> 00:59:44.540
You can follow us on all of the major social platforms and hopefully you get
a little more hope in your feed through our posts on social media as well.

942
00:59:44.960 --> 00:59:49.430
We hope you have a great week. We'll see you
back next week for week 2 of Don't Panic.

943
00:59:49.490 --> 00:59:51.060
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Welcome to the Weekend Follow Up.

  1. Didn’t someone say we shouldn’t talk politics or religion at the dinner table? Well we’re doing both. In 2 mins or less go around and share how much or little politics plays a role in your day to day.

  2. Jesus invites us to trust him. Read John 16:33. You may be in great trouble or suffering today or can recall a time when you were. Discuss how you could or did “take heart” during this time of trials.

  3. Our personal impact will be made by the decisions we make every day, not necessarily with one vote on a single day, in an election year. Read Colossians 1:29. What rhythms do you have or could you introduce that allow Jesus to work powerfully within you?

  4. The Bible shows us there is a distinct and specific way to live—to live in peace. Read Hebrews 12:14-15. Do you strive for peace? How?

  5. Jesus promises a life of peace, not a life of anxiety. Declare where you need God to bring you peace and a focus on people. Then pray for one another.

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