Pastor Dale Thomas
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Pastor Thomas has served First Baptist since 1996. He participates in the Keokuk Christian Ministerial Association as well as the Mid-American Baptist Ministers Council.
Previous sermons in synopsis can be found on the Sermon Archive page (under Pastor)
Below is the most recent sermon synopsis for our Worship message.
Sunday June 24, 2018
Morality and the Law
Jude 14 – 23
The news of recent days has come with a great focus upon the issues surrounding immigration and families. There have been many statements made, whether intentional or not, regarding what is law, policy, interpretation of either, who created what, and opinion. The conflict comes before us when there are shadows within the law, policies that have been previously made that do not address the issues of family and actions of morality. Without definitive law, we are left with opinions and actions reflective of what may be personal opinion.
. Additionally, we, as Christians, are faced with the dilemma of the priorities of law. Are we to follow each and every law of the land without regard for God’s Law? The founding fathers of this nation may have written the laws with an understanding of Christian principles and law, but those who have come afterwards may not be carrying the mindset and beliefs of the authors.
As a nation, we need to continue to influence the laws of the land with Christian morality. It must be away from the principles of sharia laws which carry no separation of church and state, but it must adhere to the intent of past where the government would have no infringement upon the church, but the church can bring as much influence upon government without creating the legislation. The Christian loyalty is first to Christ, without undue influence by government.
We, as the Christian non-majority, must find and develop for ourselves an integration of faith, practice and which laws will supersede each other. Will it be love and mercy? Will it be the Law of God, first and foremost? Or will it be a blend of this?