Yesterday, I had the incredible opportunity to speak at CenterPoint Church in Atlee. I'm good friends with the Pastor there, Mike Cauthorne, and I'm extremely grateful he invited me to speak to his congregation.
I spoke a little bit about the organization I help lead, Hanover Cares, which tries to rally our community around this belief that our kids should grow up drug and alcohol-free. In doing so, I got to address an issue that many Christians like those I talked to yesterday are facing these days. How much time and energy should I devote to a "secular" - or non-religious - organization. Should I devote any at all.
We live in a world where the media, both traditional and social, would like us to believe that the Christian or religious and secular worlds are from two different planets, completely incapable of existing together, let alone loving one another. I'm afraid many of my Christian brothers and sisters have bought into that. I know of many who insist we should go out of our way to stay out of the secular world, and while we're at it put up a few southern Texas and Arizona like fences to keep the secular world out of us.
Let me just say I disagree. And I believe God disagrees. If you are interested in hearing why, I invite you to listen to the message I presented yesterday. The beginning is a little broken where Pastor Mike introduced me and said an opening prayer, but the rest is clear. Would love to hear your thoughts, fully understanding we don't always agree.