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The Scarlet Thread of Rahab by Randy Thomas

For years, even after becoming a Christian, I was dead set against Christians being involved in public policy. Today, I have to confess with Francis Schaeffer that “true spirituality covers all of reality.” If I am truly to be salt and light to the world, unsavory and dark, then I am compelled to be politically engaged — from the basics of voting, to the extended calling of engagement with civic leaders.

And so I’ve found myself, formerly a rabid liberal, in recent years looking more like a pawn for the vast right wing conspiracy.

Shortly after marriage was redefined in Massachusetts in 2004 I was invited by the New Jersey Family Policy Council (NJFPC) to share my testimony of overcoming homosexuality, and to give my public support for their efforts to pass a constitutional amendment affirming marriage as only between a man and a woman. The group was going to sponsor four meetings in four different New Jersey cities. It was an honor to be invited as one of the speakers.

As I spoke over the phone with Len Deo, director of NJFPC, I could tell that his heart for those of us who have or have had same-sex attractions was very rich with compassionate grace. As we finished our conversation, he mentioned that they were using the biblical story of Jericho as a metaphor to help inspire people to “battle” for marriage.

As you may know, the wandering nation of Israel was eventually commanded by the Lord to take the Promised Land one battle at a time. In the case of Jericho, God commanded Israel to march around the heavily fortified city walls for seven days. On the seventh day they were to blast their horns and the walls of the city would fall. Because of the direction of God, the obedience of Israel and the miracle of God’s intervention, Jericho was conquered.

When I hung up the phone with Len I found myself praying, “Lord, I don’t want to do this in that context. I know they have a great heart, but why does it always come down to ‘battle’ language? I don’t want to talk battle language. Should I even go?”

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For those following my postings, you know I was part of a small pastor retreat a couple weeks back in the Smokies. One of the six pastors there was a great man by the name of Jay. I felt a quick connection with him and already consider him a mentor.

Last night, his little town of Magee, MS was hit by a tornado and his church building was leveled accept for the sanctuary doors. He is ok but his house has substained some damage. When I spoke to him on the phone, he was pretty rattled of course and seemed to have many around him.

Their goal is to have the church parking lot cleaned to the point of holding services this Sunday in the parking lot.

Please keep Jay and his church family in prayer. They would really appreciate it!

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I was watching the movie “Milk” the other day which is a powerful film with many things to be taken from it. One thing that captured my attention was his catch phrase, “Hello, I’m Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you!” I pondered on that statement and had to come to a hard realization that I have been trying not to admit for a long time, I am lousy at recruiting others.

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Pastor Retreat Pics

I’ll write more later but wanted to put some pics up from the pastor retreat for my new friends……

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Just a few pics from the cabin that the Church of the Cove put me up in for a couple nights. The couple who own it our out of town and were nice enough to let me crash there. (Below are also pics from the Cove)

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Well, I’m back in our second home which is Townsend, Tennessee! I have a buddy named Darren who pastor’s a church here called “Church of the Cove”. We first came across the church about 7 years ago when we were visiting the area and they had just started. At the time they were a handful of folks in a school gym. Today, they are about 250 meeting a building on some property they bought on faith about 4 years ago.

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I got this last night from home. It’s the first time I have heard my daughter say I love you to me…..

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