Outsiders Security (7 of 9) by Steve Jones

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Outsiders Security (7 of 9)
Series: The Outsiders
Steve Jones
Hebrews 13:11-14

Introduction: I want to thank you for the positive way in which you have received this sermon series so far, especially last Sunday's message. I've received affirmative phone calls, emails, Facebook messages, texts and communication cards. Look at all of these communication cards from last Sunday. And then there's this one. This communication card takes a dramatically different tone...but more about that later. First let's review.

This is the seventh message in this series and whenever you go that long it's wise to circle back around and remind everyone of what in the world we're talking about. Why have I entitled this series ''The Outsiders''? As American Christians, up until fairly recently, we have been blessed to be people of faith during a time and in a place wherein to be a Christian was to belong to the inner ring of societal favor. For most of our country's history, the American government has smiled upon the church. Churches received tax-exempt status because it was understood that churches produced Christians and Christians were good citizens. When you and I grew up it was advantageous to be a Christian. Businesses wanted to hire Christians. Church membership was associated with respectability. You wanted Christians for your neighbors, Christians running for public office, in the PTA, and as scoutmasters. Church was as American as mom, baseball and apple pie. But the times they are a changing. Now the church is being marginalized in our society and it's becoming disadvantageous to be seen as a Christian. It is disadvantageous socially, legally and financially. This is only going to get worse.

On June 26, 2015, in light of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, Rod Dreher of the American Conservative wrote: ''LGBT activists and their fellow travelers really will be coming after social conservatives. The Supreme Court has now, in consti ...


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