Monday Morning Leadership Devo
Leading From Darkness Into Light
Last week, our church hosted James Walker as our special guest speaker for both of our morning worship services. James is the president of Watchman Fellowship out of the D/FW region of Texas. Watchman Fellowship is an apologetics ministry specializing in world religions, cults, and the occult. We had booked James back in the summer and I had been looking forward to his coming for many months. I knew it would be good, but man, it was really good. James has such a passion and heart for the gospel and has given his whole life to sharing the Truth of Jesus in a world where people believe any and everything. James is actually a former 4thgeneration Mormon, so he understands more than most what it is like to step from darkness and confusion into the Light.
James’ topic for the Sunday was the prevalence of the occult in mainstream America. If you don’t believe me, just listen to his sermon here. Everything James shared was excellent, but one particular point he made really struck me. He pointed out that around 20 years ago, the experts were decrying the coming demise of Christianity. They postulated that in the next 20 years or so, people in America would become more Atheistic and that there would be this very clear divide of two camps in our country: Christian and Atheist.
But that is not what has happened. America has not become more atheistic, but instead it has become more spiritual than ever. Not more Christian, but more spiritual. People believe all kinds of things today. The variety of belief can be overwhelming at times for the Christian.
I was reminded of my freshmen year at Oklahoma Baptist University. It was the first day in my required Intro to Philosophy class. Philosophy classes are not necessarily the favorite of students and many Christians in general don’t trust philosophy at all. They see it as a waste of time, and some Christians see philosophy as dangerous. They equate philosophy with strange thoughts that lead Christian minds away from Jesus. So I was on my guard when I entered the classroom as a new freshman in college. I’ll never forget how the aging Dr. Wester began the course. As if knowing there was a propensity of distrust in having to take a “philosophy” course, Dr. Wester opened his Bible and read us a verse:
Passage for Reflection:
Colossians 2:8 (NLT)
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
I will never forget the next words out of Dr. Wester’s mouth, “The Bible tells us to avoid empty philosophies. So let me ask: how are you to avoid them if you don’t know what they are?”
He had me hooked. In fact, I would go on to become a philosophy major, Dr. Wester would become my mentor and advisor, and my senior year, I was awarded the Senior Achievement Award in Christian Philosophy. And it all began with a challenge to study and know the empty philosophies of this world.
Listen, my friend, empty philosophies and spiritualities are everywhere… yes, even in our own hometown. People are looking for answers and they are looking in many, many places. As Christians, we need to be armed with the enemy’s playbook. We must know what others believe so that as we love people, we can also share with them the Truth of Jesus and the error of their worldview.
That is why I love and appreciate Watchman Fellowship. And that is why I was so enthused as James Walker shared with our people last week.
“Lord, may I lead with knowledge and wisdom those who are in darkness to the Light. Amen.”
PS – I highly recommend that every Christian bookmark and frequently visit the Watchman Fellowship website. You will find it an invaluable treasure house of free resources on all the various belief systems in our world.