The Gospel or the Government?


In this week’s episode of the political soap opera, the star seems to be Anthony Kennedy.  The famously middle-of-the-road Supreme Court justice announced his retirement, provoking giddy speculation among evangelical Republicans that his Trump-appointed replacement would be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.  My ears also detect an undertone of, “See???  This is why we’re putting up with the guy!”  Democrats, on the other hand, are rallying the troops to do whatever they can to keep the court from going conservative.

Last week, the momentum was flip-flopped, with progressives using the spectacle of parents separated from children to argue for immigration reform.  The week before that, another political crisis seized the imagination of the nation.  Next week, it will be something else still. Continue reading

Pro-Life and Politics

As any longtime reader of my blog knows, I am passionately opposed to abortion.  My views on the matter crystalized about 10 years ago, when my daughter Macy was stillborn.  As I struggled to come to terms with my loss, one thing became clear to me.  Life is a gift from God.  He is the One who holds the power to kill and make alive in His hands.  When we take that power upon ourselves, we put ourselves in the place of God and usurp His authority.  We wade in waters that are too deep for us.

I’ve also written a considerable amount (though with less passion) about my concerns with making political action (particularly on a national stage) a substitute for discipleship.  I don’t have any problem with Christians taking pro-life political positions.  In fact, if I believed that political efforts to defeat abortion in America had any likelihood of success, I would join them.  Continue reading

Islam, Abortion, and Other Hot Topics


The calendar year has changed but challenges to the gospel remain. By God’s grace we have entered 2016 but it is surely so He may work in us according to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). A new year means fresh opportunities to be “instruments of righteousness” (Romans 6:13), “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14), and examples to others (1 Timothy 4:12). Such biblical mandates compel us to bring biblical truth to bear on the pressing issues of our time.

So many of the WithGodsWord followers live in Middle Tennessee that we tend to think of all of our readers as neighbors. Jackson Heights Church of Christ (Columbia, TN) makes this blog possible and we sure appreciate all who read and comment on the posts. Our desire is to continue to send you a weekly, insightful, encouraging Bible message – free.

But today is a little different. We want you to know about something special going on at Jackson Heights Church and invite you to be part of it. At the beginning of each month we are going to have a sermon addressing the Hot Topics of our times. Here are the first three:

  1. January 10, 10:15 AM – “Answering Islam’s Challenges”
  2. February 7, 10:15 AM – Racism
  3. March 6, 10:15 AM – Abortion

Would you consider attending one Sunday morning to worship God and explore what the Bible says regarding the pressing issues of our time? We would love to meet more of our readers and these are great opportunities.

People have genuine questions, anxieties, experiences, and opinions about all of the subjects we wish to address throughout the series. Our goal will be to share Book, Chapter, and Verse from the Bible so you can see God’s Word on these matters for yourself. Whether these kinds of topics stir up anger, shame, sorrow, or fear, we can know that there is grace in the gospel and the power of God to redeem us, transform us, and fill us with hope and peace about tomorrow. With God’s Word we can know what is right and how to live it righteously (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16).

We hope to see you this Sunday.

By Andrew Roberts