Last night David Platt brought a powerful, God-glorifying message calling us to worship and serve God. This AM we heard from Johnny Hunt, a message about our need to seek souls and reach the lost. The guy following Johnny Hunt (Clayton King?) Is wearing jeans and a t-shirt and preaching powerfully. Eric Mason followed him with a distinct African-American style. Great message.
I sit here while we sing “How Great Thou Art” after we just sang some loud, driving, contemporary music.
Across the aisle from me is a man in a suit, a traditional Baptist from the good old days. Behind him, a young man in shorts, t-shirt, hands lifted in the air to praise God.
We are young. Old. Middle-aged.
Today, I’ve seen Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and a lot of us white guys. Bless God the proportion is changing.
We are diverse. We have Calvinists, Traditionalists, other non-Calvinists.
This diversity leads to a lot of argument, misunderstanding, and even schism. I hate that. It is unnecessary.
We can learn from David Platt to focus on the glory of God. We can learn from Johnny Hunt’s passion for souls. We can have traditional old fogeys, casual, bearded young whippersnappers, hipsters and hopelessly uncool like me.
We are a diverse group and I think it’s pretty cool. It causes us a lot of difficulty at times. But I don’t want Johnny Hunt on the outside. I want a place for David Platt. I want the traditionalists in their ties and coats and the hipsters in all their coolness.
If they proclaim the biblical gospel and hold to distinctive Baptist doctrine, we are stronger together than splintered.