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:
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?