Set An Example

March 17, 2016

by Walker Moore
Founder & President of AweStar Ministries

For decades Walker Moore has trained and led thousands of teens on international missions trips, thus changing their lives as disciples and changing the eternities for others who became disciples as a result. Walker is gifted by God in preaching and leadership. Having spoken at state Baptist conventions, local associations, major churches and missions conferences across the SBC, he remains an influential voice for missions among pastors, church staff and members, and teens.

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Only twice in writing articles have I ever come under attack. It happened once when I said something about a dog and once when I made a comment about a politician. Out of more than 900 articles, that’s not a bad record. I guess you could say that most of the time, my articles aren’t controversial. But when those two topics come up, someone is always ready to rise out of the shadows and give you a piece of their mind.

As a citizen of this country, I have deep concerns about the conduct of this year’s presidential candidates. Putting aside all political philosophies, agendas and biases, I think there’s a bigger issue when we can’t tell the difference between a presidential debate and an episode of Jerry Springer. Have we lost the dignity of what the office of the president of the United States represents?

I’ve always been a patriotic person; I grew up in that type of environment. I stand at attention with my hand over my heart as I say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States. I get emotional when I hear “The Star-Spangled Banner.” I have served our country through the military, and many of my friends have given their lives to protect it. I fly the flag of the United States in front of my house during certain times of the year to demonstrate my patriotism. As I return from working around the world and go through customs, I tell the agent who greets me, “There’s no place like home.”

But I wonder what this generation of young people, the ones looking at the political candidates and watching the debates for the first time, is thinking. Has the race for the American presidency become just another reality show? They can flip through the TV channels and see the same kind of fighting and childish bickering repeated again and again.

As I take these young people overseas on their rite of passage journeys, I have a gauge to help me see how well they are transitioning from childhood into adulthood. Paul told young Timothy that he needed to measure up in five areas of his life. These areas should not only be applied to Timothy but to every man and woman who wants to be in leadership. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Tim. 4:12).

Paul instructs his student that if you want people to follow you and take you seriously, you need:

  1. Adult Speech: No longer do you use the language of your childhood, calling someone “poop head” or “stinky pants.” You use your words to build up, not tear down. The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truthfrom their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others” (Psalm 15:2-3).
  2. Adult Conduct: Not only do you talk like an adult, you walk like an adult. The way you behave and treat others will bring about dignity and respect from those who oppose you. “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31).
  3. Adult Love: As adults, we are to take the high road. You must remember that lost people are not the enemy; they are the victims of the enemy. Jesus died for every tribe, tongue and nations. And if God so loved the world, you need to follow suit. “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies,do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27).
  4. Adult Faithfulness: The word used here describes someone who can be counted on to carry out the task. A leader is not full of over-inflated promises but is known as a person of action. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10).
  5. Adult Purity: One of two things control a leader: heart or hormones. A leader who has mastered their hormones will be able to guide from a pure heart. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality” (1 Thess. 4:3).

If I can expect this kind of life from a thirteen-year-old serving with me on the mission field, should I not also expect it from those who are running for the highest office in our land?

I’ve got to run. I can hear the arguments coming my way. And besides, I need to get to my closet to pray for our nation.

What about you?

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JON

No arguments from me.

“I’ve always been a patriotic person; I grew up in that type of environment. I stand at attention with my hand over my heart as I say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States. I get emotional when I hear “The Star-Spangled Banner.” I have served our country through the military, and many of my friends have given their lives to protect it. I fly the flag of the United States in front of my house during certain times of the year to demonstrate my patriotism. As I return from working around the world and go through customs, I tell the agent who greets me, “There’s no place like home.””

What I am struggling with is that I must wake up each morning and realize we no longer live in the country where patriotism and God are important. These two things were a priority to our way of living, now they are a nuisance to the vocal majority and we have chosen to remain silent and be pushed to the land of no relevance.
It was not too many Presidents ago that the country said that character does not matter. Even an impeachment and confessed adultery were to be ignored if they can do the job we want them to do. We, as a country, are about to turn our back on a loud mouth candidate and swear in the wife of the President who took the issue of right character out of the conversation.
What do you expect?

“If I can expect this kind of life from a thirteen-year-old serving with me on the mission field, should I not also expect it from those who are running for the highest office in our land?”

Not if the person running for the office does not know the Christ who helps them behave. I must remember that lost people do one thing well… Lost things.

    Tom

    Jon:

    Let me guess this morning. You are a Republican and Republicans = good and Democrats= bad. Surely it is not that simple.

      JON

      Tom – My point was on character and that lost people will always do lost things. Whether the” character doesn’t matter” position came from either side is not the issue… that it came and was supported is.

      Surely this is simple enough to understand.

      Let’s drop the good vs. bad stuff and deal with right vs. wrong.

      What both political front runners are doing is wrong. It is wrong to encite violence. It is wrong to lie. The list goes on for both sides.

      Now whether I am republican or democrat is not important to my statements. I was not thinking of such when I commented. If you think something I said was incorrect, let me know.

      Alan Atchison

      Tom,
      Well, one party is for wholesale murder of unborn babies and will appoint Supreme Court justices to continue the slaughter, and the other party is against that. So, in a shorthand way, you can easily say one is for justice and one is a tool of the evil one. Any attempt to justify support for the Democartic Party on grounds of social justice ignores the most fundamental requirement for justice–that we protect the life of the most vulnerable. If we fail that one simple test, then we are nothing more than citizens of a narcissistic state of nature where life is nasty, brutish and despite our best efforts still short.

        JON

        I respect your position but not your snide comments towards those who differ.

        We shall never reach a lost world by being abrasive. Not all democrats are pro choice.

        In a differnet reply you styate:

        “Who are the saved or lost candidates? Are you saying both Trump and Clinton are unsaved people?”

        I have no idea but some of their public behavior is not that which is described of a believer in scripture. I would share the gospel with them, if I ever had the chance, as if they were unsaved.

          Tom

          Jon:

          I do not know Clinton’s spiritual condition, but I did hear Trump say he had never done anything to ask God forgiveness. I would suggest you share the gospel with Trump first.

        Tom

        Alan:

        It must be nice to live in such a black and white world. You can certainly vote for whomever you want to and just ignore ignore those of us “democrats” in heaven. I agree with Jon not all democrats are pro choice. As I said earlier please go back to your black and white world.

        Gerry

        Alan,

        How can you say that one party is in favor of “wholesale murder of unborn babies?” Since Roe vs. Wade became a law there have been 5 republican presidents and we still have Roe vs. Wade. So if republicans are so opposed to Roe vs. Wade, why is it still a law?

          Lydia

          Not that I agree with any of the foundational arguments here but we are talking about overturning a SC decision. Even if you took the issue back through Congress, signed by the President, it would still wind up in the SC where many Republican appointees are more liberal today than 40 years ago.

          I will say this. One party had no problem electing a rapist. His wife, who protected him, is running now. As attorney general of Ark, Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broderick. She went public with what a naïve fool she was. His subsequent pattern of behavior lent credibility to that harrowing and tragic experience.

            Tom

            Lydia:

            I can not find anywhere were President Clinton was tried and convicted of rape? I believe you are very wrong to refer to him as a rapist!!

              Lydia

              Tom, She did not file a charge at the time …. so he is innocent?. (Who would believe it was not consensual anyway. He was the atty gen.)

              It is a he said/she said. Problem is his behavior as Gov and Pres made iher version plausible. By then, Hillary hired Betsy Wright to handle all the “bimbo eruptions”. And people think she is a feminist! :o)

            Les

            Tom,

            Do you think OJ was truly innocent? And do you think all that stuff alleged about Cosby is bogus? I mean neither has been tried and convicted.

              Tom

              Les:

              I Don’t know if OJ is guilty or innocent or Cosby is innocent or guilty? BTW I do remember OJ being tried and the jury found it him innocent.

              Les

              Tom, were you a Bill Clinton supporter…voted for him? Are you a Hillary or Bernie supporter…plan to vote for one of them (or maybe already have)?

                Tom

                Les:

                I will tell you what I tell all of my Christian friends-I will not ask you who you vote for so please do not ask me who I vote for. I have seen first hand what politics and religion does to people and churches. IMO it is not worth the divisiveness. My point to Lydia is it was IMO opinion extremely wrong to call Clinton what she called him is her choice.

                Les

                Tom, fair enough that you don’t want to say who you have or will vote for. As for what she called him, I think most unbiased people thinks he is deserving of at least that moniker, if not much more via the legal system.

                  Lydia

                  “Tom, fair enough that you don’t want to say who you have or will vote for. As for what she called him, I think most unbiased people thinks he is deserving of at least that moniker, if not much more via the legal system.”

                  A CEO would have been in huge trouble in a Lewinsky workplace situation when caught….. even if consensual. Not to mention the moral and ethical choices he made in the workplace.

                  Tom

                  Les:

                  We will certainly just have to disagree. It is a very serious charge to call someone that word and I am not confident that had he been formally charged that he would have been found guilty–we will just never know. BTW–those unbiased folks you speak of are very likely REPUBLICANS.

                    Lydia

                    Tom, see. Even liberals don’t believe a victim who had the courage to come forward….even after all the disgusting sexual escapades of one man with power. “Put some ice on that lip” . The same liberals who love to play the victim card for voting blocks.

                    My litmus test for Clinton fans is Jack Palladino. If they don’t know who he is, they prefer to be willfully ignorant.

Dennis Lee Dabney

Walker

What is truly sad at this present hour is the support from evangelicals who have put their vote where their mouth is by getting behind bad actors in this political reality show.

Please spare us any more debates, enough already.

This reminds me of the pastoral search process in the so called black Church where I grew up and served. Many a good men were purposely overlooked because they couldn’t “move” the congregation emotionally. They couldn’t sing, or “hoop”. Yes I said “hoop”.lol

Those fellowships which went in for all of the rhetoric, who fell for the performance and production, who just had to have a king, “WILL NEVER BE THE SAME”. Do you hear me?

These Churches will never be the same! And what is so sad, they will be the last one to know it.

What a picture of the state of affairs in our beloved nation. What a contrast here in the home of the brave and land of the free?

I once told an influential member of a certain local New Testament who were once again filling the pastorate, that based on all their other previous choices for pastor, they couldn’t pick “Secretariat” out of a herd of cattle. Guess what they did this time around? You guessed it! They cast their vote and selected a heifer.

I’m ashamed of the my party, the party of Frederick Douglas, which has gone away from Biblical principles in the direction of social relevance.

Yet our hope is still in the God of Hope. I join you Walker in prayer. I pray our God will raise up men whose voice will drown out the political chatter, will hush the religious bickering and bring the segment of the Church here in America to her knees in Repentance for our Sins, and then offer prayers on behalf of our nation before it is everlasting too late.

PreachBlackManPreach!

    Dennis

    You got me with the “heifer” comment. I learned to preach in an African American Church. I use to hear them shout from the congregation “Fix it brother!, Fit it!” That is what we need God to do in our generation…fix it. Don’t stop praying my friend!

      Dennis Lee Dabney

      Amen Brother Walker,

      Thanks you for the all the articles which minister grace to the hearer.

      May the presence of God continue to sustain you in all things, Christ.

      Preach!

Tom

Who are the saved or lost candidates? Are you saying both Trump and Clinton are unsaved people?

Dennis Lee Dabney

Whatever happened to, “You shall KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUIT”?

All of these candidates on both sides of the aisle either have fruit or thorns. There happens to be a noticeable difference.

Now we are all guilty of tending to see what we want to see. We all have our own personal bias when it comes to politics. For some of us, including myself, the formation years of this great nation, along with those necessary “amendments” and subsequent history has shaped my political view point. However the greatest influence has been the Word of God.

However at the end of the day it still comes down to fruit or thorns, Truth or Consequences.

We had better follow our Lord’s instructions given to His own disciplines rather than continue to be political “pioneers” in this arena and reap the repercussions of “Thorns”.

Preach!

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