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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Connections: Cal Thomas
June 9, 2013

Finding a Mission Field

Cal Thomas has become the world’s most widely syndicated columnist, appearing in more than 500 newspapers. As a conservative Christian, he has little company in a profession dominated by liberal commentators. In 2002, Thomas spoke with
Pentecostal Evangel News Editor John W. Kennedy. His interview originally appeared in that year’s Aug. 11 issue.

evangel: How do you perceive your work?

CAL THOMAS: There was a time in my life when I saw the career as an end, supplying not only my physical needs but also my emotional wants. In the process of living and becoming a disciple of Jesus, I found that, like so many other things with God, our ways are not His ways, and my perception has turned around. Now I see career as the means and the credibility it gives me to share my faith among my colleagues in the news industry and also the entertainment industry. It is providing more contentment than I ever had when I was pursuing the elusive goals that the world offers.

evangel: How can laypeople be saltlike Christians in the workplace, wherever they are?

THOMAS: God wants us to be obedient, and He will take care of the results. That’s the great mystery of the movement of the Holy Spirit. I think we approach the gospel with an agenda. People only get saved through the work of the Holy Spirit in the individual heart, through the shed blood and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

There are lots of people hawking all kinds of religious wares, and people can hear a different gospel on every street corner. What they ought to see is how it works out in our lives. Do we stay married? Are we an example to our children? Are we honest in our financial dealings? Do we humble ourselves?

We need a new definition of what the mission field is and what full-time Christian service is. Every believer ought to see himself or herself as in full-time Christian service. The phrase implies there is an alternative — part-time, which is clearly unbiblical. The mission field is wherever God is calling you, in medicine, law, education, the media.

evangel: How are you able to balance being truthful with biblical themes, but still be on the cutting edge without being judgmental?

THOMAS: It’s very hard, because I’m called upon to make judgments. I’m a columnist; I write opinion pieces. That’s what pluralism and the First Amendment are all about; we each get to have our say.

Scripture says all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But there is a difference in being judgmental and judgment. But I can comment freely, as a believer and as a commentator, and make judgments without being in violation of scriptural mandates.

evangel: Any other advice?

THOMAS: A lot of believers don’t know Scripture. A lot of Protestant believers, especially, have allowed certain Christian leaders to tell them what the Bible says about redeeming America. So when another believer raises the possibility that this supernationalism may be an incorrect interpretation, they won’t look it up for themselves.

Go read what God has to say about nations and leaders. You’re allowing history to be reinterpreted according to a particular leader who needs you to send him money because you think he’s going to fix what’s wrong with America.

No human, fallen leader is going to save this country. Only Jesus Christ saves individuals. If America became a totalitarian state tomorrow it would not change one thing that I am commanded to do. We’ve equated money and power and bigness and greatness with the blessing of God.


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