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.

4 comments:

Graceful Threads said...

Is the only difference between conservative and liberal, sleeve length and pride at this point?

Many of our standards are just an attempt to earn His favor rather than an act of love and service for God and man.....God is looking for a heart change in Pentecost.

Rachel said...

Amen amen! Give me that old time religion and please don't ever take it away! I am a pure breed Apostolic, Holy Ghost filled, Holiness believing Christian.

Ann said...

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus within himself, God, I thank Thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house counted righteous rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Which are you??? Why must we announce how proud we are to be so holy, when the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Yet we want to quibble over being conservative and liberal. God help us all, is this what Christ is about??? What church does GOD go to? I hope I am the publican and have a true RELATIONSHIP with Christ, not focused on what other people think about whether I'm UPC or WPF.

-Ann

e-luminations said...

Sadly, you missed the point of the past two posts. We are not wise when we compare ourselves with eachother - these posts are not about organizations and fellowships, but about separation that requires a distinction between the Church and the culture. An argument that is solely superficial will naturally focus first on the outward standard of Holiness. The Transcendent Church Movement realizes that visible Holiness, and separation is a progressive outgrowth of that which is first born (and borne) within.

The righteous shall scarcely be saved - our 'righteousness', the self-proclaimed righteousness of the Pharisee and the righteous sincereity of the Publican alike- are but filthy rags. So, here's to working out our salvation with fear and trembling.