I am not suggesting that you should disengage from politics. Advocate for religious liberty for all people. Urge believers to be good citizens who participate in the political process and vote according to their conscience. Advocate for biblical values, regardless of which candidates or parties support those values.
Courage that does not rest on Christ’s presence is audacity rather than courage, and sure to collapse.
The very suggestion that we could be proud of our faith should immediately raise a red flag in the mind of any believer. It fails the smell test. Now, granted, there may be a sense in which we might use the term “proud’ in an appropriate context.
It has been my experience that many pastors without seminary training see no need for training, and some even see those with training as sub-spiritual. On the opposite side, those who have been blessed to receive the training see it as indispensable.
As I see it, the big issue in Baptist life today is that for too long, key leaders, and leaders at all levels, have been unable to say, “Do as I do,” or “Do as I did.” We are now seeing the fruit of this in the staff reduction at the International Mission Board (IMB).