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I have always been a fan of Darrell Waltrip, the champion NASCAR driver who now broadcasts the races for Fox-TV. He was somewhat flamboyant as a winning driver. But years ago he committed his life to Christ, and he was one of the three drivers who asked the late Max Helton to start the fabulously successful Motor Racing Outreach ministry to the Nascar community.
Well, a couple of weeks ago, good ol’ DW was asked to speak at the national prayer breakfast. In fact, he was the keynote speaker — speaking at the breakfast right in front of everyone from President Obama to the Dalai Lama.
DW pulled no punches. He is an evangelical Christian who believes the Bible. At the breakfast, he said publicly, “If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, if you don’t have a relationship, if He’s not the Master of your life, if you’ve never gotten on your knees and asked Him to forgive you of your sins, or if you are just a pretty good guy or a pretty good gal, you’re going to hell.” He gave clear testimony about his personal conversion to Christ and the transformation it brought in his life.
He succeeded in turning a pretty ecumenical gathering into a powerful proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Good for Darrell Waltrip!
The mayor of Atlanta has dismissed the fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, for the simple reason that Cochran published a book which the mayor found offensive because the book cites Scripture in describing marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Heaven help us! What is American coming to?
Fortunately, a Christian legal defense team is assisting Cochran in suing the mayor, Kasim Reed, and the city of Atlanta for violating his constitutional rights to free speech and free exercise of religion.
Obviously, Cochran’s book had nothing to do with his job. He is guilty of discriminating against no one. Cochran, an African-American, is a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta, affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention – of which I used to be a member.
Cochran is such an outstanding fireman that he was appointed U.S. fire administrator by President Obama before Atlanta’s leadership pleaded with him to come back to Atlanta.
Fortunately, this issue is taking hold in Georgia. Several of the state’s delegation members to Congress are alarmed. Protest against the city of Atlanta is gaining steam. As it should.
Cochran’s book is entitled, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” (The title is taken from the Bible in Genesis, chapter 3.) Obviously, Cochran should be entitled to his personal biblical views. Attorney David Cortman of the Alliance Defending Freedom, says, “…In America, a religious test cannot be used to fire a public servant.”
You can read more about this online at The Florida Baptist Witness website.
Wow, we are sold out for Tim Hawkins for Saturday night at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, FL! Who woulda thunk it? Our sanctuary seating is over 1,500 — and it is sold out! Unbelievable!