We should vote and work at all times that the righteousness of heaven would be reflected in the laws of men. But we must be ever mindful of these fluctuant waves that compose the shifting terrain of our Christian politic. Our hope is not in a political party, a political candidate, or a political system. The governance of men could never comprehensively reflect the righteousness of heaven. And there is our citizenship—beyond the waves, beyond the horizon. Ours is an onward and upward call. A relentless pursuit of the personal and corporate perfection that will be ours to claim “when the Son of Man comes in his glory.”
“No spirit is more destructive than the spirit of censorious or belittling criticism… Ridicule is a poor weapon in religious warfare.”
– I.J. Van Ness, The Baptist Spirit (1914)
Southern Baptist cooperation, especially through seasons of crisis, is evidence of that “spiritual harmony” by which the churches endeavor to secure “the great objects of the Kingdom of God.” Perhaps one thing we need, through the refinement of our day, is a resurgence of Great Commission cooperation: hearts and minds attuned anew to God’s world-wide will, arms locked together for the advancement of the gospel, and feet in rhythmic union marching forward to advance upon on the gates of hell.
“If Southern Baptist Great Commission cooperation dissolves, the whole world loses… We need a resurgence of Great Commission cooperation.” – @drtonywolfe