by Steve Jones

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Outsiders Political Engagement (4 of 9)
Series: The Outsiders
Steve Jones
Hebrews 13:11-14

INTRODUCTION: The man said, ''Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. All I ever eat for lunch is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.'' His buddy replied, ''Why don't you ask your wife to pack you something different?'' ''My wife? I pack my own lunches.''

The irony of that joke is that the guy was suffering from an irritant he obviously could have done something about himself. My point today is that being pushed to the outside of our culture and society is something that we American Christians could have, and to some degree still can, do something about. But first, let's review.

If you are new to us this morning or if you missed the message last week you should know that we just started a new sermon series entitled ''The Outsiders.'' The premise for this series is that in the past to be a Christian in America was socially acceptable, admirable and advantageous, in other words, to be an insider. But the times they are a changing and now it is becoming more and more evident that the church is being pushed to the outside of the social, cultural and even legal mainstream.

Our theme scripture for this series is Hebrew 13:11-14

''Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.''

Jesus is the ultimate outsider and to follow him we must be willing to be labeled as ''outsiders'' by the cultural elite and powers that be.

Back to peanut butter and jelly. One of the outsider strategies that we learn from the Bible is to stay engaged with the culture. Do not withdraw. Do not isolate. ...

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