In my Philosophy of Education course tonight, my teacher went on a brief tangent in which he took a pot-shot at “Chistian Evangelical Fundamentalists”. I’m not sure whether or not he used the term “right-wing”.
I usually don’t speak up when my teacher goes on these little rants. He’s generally a nice guy and we’ve had reasonable conversations about my faith before.
But for some reason, this evening I slowly raised a fist (a la Tiger Woods) and left it in the air a few seconds as my teacher continued this irrelevant course of lecture. I am proud to be a Christian Evangelical Fundamentalist Separatist Baptist Premillenialist. I’m glad that Dr. Falwell was too!
Heck, add on “right-wing” for all the votes I’ve cast purely based on the candidate’s view on abortion.
The thing I love about Jerry Falwell is that as hard-core as he was about politics and dispensationalism, the guy proved his conviction through a life lived with integrity. And no matter what kind of position a political talking head would put him in, he would always present the gospel clearly, while demonstrating a charitable and loving attitude as he did it.
Most importantly, he placed his faith in the surest possible place: the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I still have a file on my computer from a message Dr. Falwell gave at TMC in the 80’s. It’s called “Dealing with Trials”. It’s a sermon on 2 Corinthians 1, one the chapters in God’s word which I treasure most. I still listen to it sometimes when I begin to feel the weight of the world on my heart.
Only three kinds of people in this room today:
Those who were in serious trouble yesterday,
Those who are in serious trouble today,
Or those who will get the phone call tomorrow,
Some are in all three at the same time all the time.
And wherever you identify yourself,
the fact is you will never live long enough,
become smart enough, wealthy,
or powerful enough to get out of trouble.
The bottom line in the Christian life is not learning how to get out of trouble;
the bottom line is learning how to live in trouble!
I love these older men of God who know how to stand firm on hard issues and in hard times. It brings me a lot of heartache to learn of their passing. I hope my generation has a few guys who compare.