Paul Chappell’s Post-Election, Eight-fold Call to Baptist Pastors

By Guest Contributor

Establish Campus Ministries

The anti-God movement has had its foothold in our secular universities for decades. Politicians know what is being taught in the university. The Democratic Party ran busses from these campuses to polling places for the recent election. Perhaps we could run busses from the campuses to Bible-preaching churches. Perhaps we could establish Bible clubs on these campuses. As local churches, we must not take the attitude that, “Someone else will reach our Jerusalem.” It is our responsibility, and we must not abandon the spiritual destiny of the next generation to parachurch organizations.

There may be no life stage that faces stronger spiritual warfare than single adults. Satan wants to rule this time of life, yet God’s more abundant life must be shared with this generation with joy and energy. A recent study showed that religious “nones,” those who identified with no religion, has risen to 20% of Americans. Among adults ages 18–22, the proportion is 34%.

You can impress people from your office, but you can only impact them up close. If our churches will continue to be salt and light in our communities, we need teams who will impact college campuses for Christ.

Pray for National Leaders

I miss Jerry Falwell. Whether you agreed with all his actions or not, he had a national voice and was willing to speak as the prophets of old for righteousness sake. Men today with similar resources and a national voice often appear more concerned with self-preservation and avoiding offense than proclaiming the Bible truth.

Some attempts have been made to call men to righteousness, but we need God-anointed leaders. These will not be men who simply insert their opinion into the moment. They will be men like Moses and David who have dedicated themselves to service for God. God can raise them up. When God heard the prayers of Zacharias and Elisabeth, He gave them John the Baptist—the forerunner of Jesus Christ. God will still hear the prayer of righteous people calling for revival. He can even raise up leaders who will lift up the name of Jesus.

Republican Party leadership has proven their ineffectiveness, yet we see the same lack of leadership in church life. George Müller once observed, “The great fault of the children of God is, they do not continue in prayer; they do not go on praying; they do not persevere. If they desire anything for God’s glory, they should pray until they get it.” Pray that God would raise up men with convictions and courage for this hour.

Stand for Truth

Ephesians 6:13 teaches us, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

I truly am concerned about the America my children and grandchildren will grow up in. I may not be able to change the direction of large groups of people, but I can grow in grace and personally stand for the Lord. I can give the gift of a faithful example to my children and church family.

Our Christian friends in China have proven to us you don’t have to be in a democratic or Christian nation to be true to Christ, to evangelize, and to establish new churches. Our hope for America may pass, but our hope in Christ will always stand.

It is my prayer that pastors across America will evaluate this eight-fold call and determine to engage in each area for the cause of Christ. As one unknown author said it best, “Only one life will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Note:  A more extensive action plan will be given at the 2013 Spiritual Leadership Conference. June 10–12.

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