Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Reagan and the Pentecostals
A couple of weeks ago Assemblyman Miller hosted Michael Reagan prior to an anti-tax rally on the steps of the Capitol - and I had the honor of entertaining and escorting Mr. Reagan. I've posted a couple of photographs - and particularly enjoy the one taken beneath the official gubernatorial photo of his late father, former Governor of CA and President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Michael Reagan shared so many wonderful insights rgarding the dangers of compromise and tax negotiation with the Assemblymembers and legislative staff who gathered for a closed session meeting - but I'll never forget something he shared with me over coffee earlier in the morning. He said someone asked him to point out the difference between Republicans and Democrats. His answer, a sad reality laced with with humor and truth was, 'The only difference is that it takes Republicans a week longer to become Communists!'
Apply that political shoe, and put it on the feet of Pentecostals - amid the mainstream of Christianity where millions worldwide now claim Pentecost. What's the difference? What distinguishes us from the rest? Is the only difference between conservative and liberal, between WPF and UPC or ALJC a matter of time? In time will it be said that it only took us a little bit longer to compromise with the culture?
God forbid. I am Apostolic and the distinguishing characteristics that define my identity are neither inherited, nor emergent. They have been and are being born in me, simultaneously old and new - yet unchanged from the beginning, perpetually affording me the oppurtunity to be a part of something transcendent.
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