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The word “evangelism” is a matter of perspective. There are the typical evangelists who preach the word of God within and beyond the confines of church. Then there are the media evangelists who sometimes look like televangelists who scream; preach; and march around a set of French provincial furniture; they cry crocodile tears and beg, dispense; and ask you to hold your beads to the screen. There are also political; business; and transactional evangelists; who preach a message of prosperity; self-worth; and self-actualization on issues like the environment; abortion; equal rights and the misconception of the meaning of the “separation of church and state.” They are more segregationists and dividers than the Democrats of the deep south who championed Jim Crow laws and were instrumental to the rise of the KKK during the 1950’s and early 1960’s.
Yet they hide their heritage well and through social programs have maintained their level of bigotry disguised as compassion. It is nothing more or less than social engineering. The sad truth of the “progressives: is that the progression is to separate church from influencing state; separate the rich from helping the poor; separate you and I from having an authentic conversation on marriage; a relationship with God; a denial of what Jesus Christ died for; and a separation of husband from wife; children from family; business from employees and truth from justice and legalism. And the cast of characters starts at the top and flows to the east; where politco-evangelists rule major cities with evangelical (albeit one dimensional) fervor.
Meet Andrew Cuomo politico-evangelist
The son of Mario and the brother of Chris, Andrew Cuomo shakes his index finger in boardrooms and at TV cameras. Cuomo backed two Republicans who voted for his “gay marriage” bill in 2011, and social agenda is the key to the silence of many who compromise on moral and Biblical Values. This is the “parable of lost words.” New York Magazine (April 22, 2013) calls Cuomo, “New York’s best politician and the country’s best politician since LBJ.” “the governor’s contempt for weaker people, and his paranoia about perceived enemies; suggests a less flattering kinship with Richard Nixon.” “Working for Andrew is not a mission,” New York mag quotes a former aide, “it’s not a cause. There’s no movement component to it, It’s businesslike, workmanlike.” Cuomo is similar to President Obama in that way, the constant campaigning and transactional behavior is done under the guise to “get things done,” without the forethought of the consequences of their actions. At the same time it is political figures like these who try to keep Biblical; Systematic and Evangelical Theology in check and behind the pulpit in exchange for tax exempt status. “If I support Democrats,” says Cuomo; “and Republicans have majority, I get nothing done;” Cuomo says, and like in Washington if getting things done hurts the economy; employment and legislates immorality at the same time, the long term ramifications are lethal. Politico-evangelism “is not healthy for children or other living things.”
Balanced-Evangelism-Mind and Heart
In examining evangelism in major cities like Denver and New York, there is the “parable of lost words.” In silencing Biblical truth; you condemn the actions of Christ like behavior in the community.” This behavior is to approach our cities with the “loving God with all your heart; soul and mind, and your neighbor as you would like to be loved.” This is the kind of love that is dispensed at Rescue Missions all over the country. At the church at Times Square in the heart of New York and the media world yesterday; the sermon was on the blind man who when he was partially healed by Jesus; “saw men like trees.” Carter Conlon preaches a message that balances involvement with ministry and relationship with community impact. “A message for New York City,” http://www.tscnyc.org/media_center.php?pg=sermons&ma=23702&size=audio, live from Times Square Church is a sermon that takes New Yorkers and embraces God’s correction; helps the congregation and the listener rise to the challenge; and the outcome may be; it should be; and it could be; change. Life change is one thing that politico-evangelists in New York have not caught yet. Yet in Queens, Manhattan; Staten Island, The Bronx and in Brooklyn these are the kind of messages that impact community. Meanwhile on the Number 7 line to Queens; men and women are glued to their devices, without looking up. We miss a lot when we choose to look down. But as Jesus told the man who he cured of his blindness, “Look up.” The call to look beyond our lives; our agendas; and our self-actualization is the call of evangelism. It is a call to follow and it is a call to lead.
Mission Fields–affiliates;alliances and associates
Pastor Steve Holt says it in his message at Mountain Springs about our common causes; not religious but relational. The balance of the true church who are in mind and heart a-kin to one another, affiliated by the blood of Christ. (Phil 2:25). Paul writes about Epaphroditius (no medical disclaimer at the end), “my brother,” Holt says, “We use family language when describing our church family members.” We also use business alliances, more than a partnership in a common alliance of the mind, the heart and the soul, side by side working for a common cause. “A co-worker in working toward a common goal.” When Brett Bixler started his new Mission Coffee Roasters business in Colorado Springs, he didn’t hire employees to work for him; he hired brothers and sisters “to work with him.” The third commonality in the description of this kinship is one of “fellow soldier.” “Paul uses military language for a common mission and a common cause.” “you should honor men like him; in Christ’s cause he came near to death, risking his life to render me the service you could not give.”
Mission Fields: Message-Mission and Music
Each one of us have five influences that God wants us to use in service. For Christ-followers we influence our communities through evangelistic service. Evangelism is a choice in what we are most passionate about. The cause is central to the gospel message for Christians and it is three dimensional in it’s scope. The church planter, the ministry leader and the communications professional may be creative; productive and be full of contacts and connections where the message is communicated. It could be one on one; it could be through counseling couples; leading studies, building relationships and participating in outreach. This is “living out the mission” that promotes and compells “evangelical lifestyle.”
Common Cause-Cause Central
Our common cause is the mission of ministering, leading and communicating the message to what the politico-evangelists might call; “the weak.” The weak are the “special needs community,” the people who would be considered “the least of these.” They don’t aggressively demand “their civil rights,” but they are the ones who so often do not receive the invitation. Then there is the media that feeds a hungry culture. The responsibility of speaking “truth in journalism;” reaching out through the radio; the internet; through music that builds up and does not tear down, through worship and through traditional, and original songs. Then there is visual media. Pictures, art, sculpture, television and film; books and authors and cinema. It boils down to the RLV number which tracks who is reading, listening and viewing your content.
The pureness of evangelism is to make sure that you are covering your city with prayer. Any mission field must be backed up by men and women who are willing to pray together; on their own and through regular prayer walking the city blocks in which they are ministering; leading and communicating. Prayer points are organized evangelists who plan active work but always start planning by active prayer. It goes beyond business planning, it cuts through political and legalistic enforcement, it takes truth finding measures and people state what they are really seeing and the reality of seeking truth and justice in the community. “When we see human trafficking, we don’t walk past it without praying for the women and not asking God for their freedom,” a man tells me in Flushing Queens. “When we pray at the bus station at Port Authority on 8th Avenue, we pray for the runaway and we pray that the pimp who lays in wait is thwarted by truth and justice that only God can bring.” Prayer points are the most impact-full ministry of awareness and care that true evangelicals can be part of.
Common Trust in Community Building
Politico evangelists and at times business evangelists shy away from letting Truth Evangelists speak truth in the lives of the community. “It is why so many communities are not as influential and impact-full as they were half a century ago. The church which was the community center in so many neighborhoods are now empty shells. “Churches that once helped community thrive are now night clubs; galleries or condominiums in our great cities.” The churches that use to be open 24/7 are long closed during the week and open only for Sunday services,” an elder at one church tells me in Brooklyn. At Friendship Fellowship, special churches for people with special needs; their families and their caregivers, there is an attempt to give people with intellectual disabilities a community experience and full participation in the church. A digital publisher is partnering with Mission Coffee for Wednesday marriage night where couples can come together to study, develop relationships and participate in weekly outreach activities in their neighborhood. “It strengthens marriages to be involved with other couples in the neighborhood, and then the active study and outreach component galvanizes the couple as leaders who influence the community,” Dr. Greg Smalley tells DEE.
Competitive Analysis and Cat Scans
The difference between evangelists are the dimensions. Politico- evangelists are one dimensional and are more willing to work for a “self fulfilling legacy” that puts their names on bridges and works toward social change. A one dimensional business evangelist only looks to getting the job done and bottom line. They take on the role of “project manager.” The three dimensional evangelist is the community leader that thinks strategy through the big Biblical world-view with God’s motive. The 3-D leader approaches people the way that Jesus did with ‘love for God and love for neighbor as he or she would like to be loved.” The 3-D evangelical leader speaks in power and finds the words that were lost in a culture that buries its relationship with God; and speaks in the power from the Holy Spirit. Like the prodigal; like the lost sheep and the lost coin, the words are found and joy is shared in what was once lost and now found, shared by an evangelists near you.
Call and Response
The Denver Evangelical Examiner examines the word evangelism and reports on how far it reaches from Denver and beyond. The five points of influence of evangelism; special needs and least of these ministries; a media that feeds a hungry culture; prayer points and community building are all accessible to readers; listeners and viewers at firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading. If you would like to start a community coffee house at your church, a special needs ministry; a media ministry group with your churches message, mission and music in New York, Denver or any place in between please e-mail Pastor Rich at email@example.com.