December 2, 2019

The Core Values of NPE

These are the Core Values the power the Non-Partisan Evangelical. They are summarized in three phrases: Challenging Mindsets, Building Community, and Moving People to Action.

  • The Non-Partisan Evangelical (NPE) is a Christian endeavor. We believe there was a real person in the first century known as Jesus, who was called “Christ.” Jesus Christ was a true representation of God, the creator of the universe, come to earth in the flesh (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:20-23.)
  • Christianity is the representation of our faith. However, that faith is not exclusive of relationship with others who profess their faith in different ways (Jonah 4:11, Luke 19:10.)

CHALLENGING MINDSETS:

  • God is NOT mad at you! God is not a cosmic Santa Claus with an ever-changing “Naughty or Nice List” based upon our behavior. The act of God coming to earth in the flesh and taking the punishment for all wrong thinking on earth was so powerful a sacrifice, nothing we do, or nothing anyone else does to us, can keep us from the Love of God and God’s best plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 5:18-19, Romans 8:31-39.)
  • The Christian Bible is the best representation available of God, the creative one, and of God’s character. The Bible is not a rulebook with a list of do’s and dont’s. It’s also not a book simply about a pathway to eternal heaven, but rather serves to demonstrate the best ways to live in relationship with God and with each other. We can live, as Jesus prayed, in ways that make it “on earth as it is in heaven.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Matthew 6:10.)
  • We are created to be constant learners, unafraid to have our belief systems challenged so that we can know what’s best for a given season in history (Romans 12:2.)
  • Religious Partisanship is a mindset prevalent in the evangelical Church that presses against God’s true character. This mindset is a belief that the legislative enforcement of biblical law can bring God’s blessing onto a city, state or country. This mindset is similar to the mindset of the first century religious leaders of the Bible. Jesus commanded his followers to avoid the “leaven” of this mindset (John 11:48, Luke 20:21-25, Matthew 16:6.)
  • Nearly fifty years of partnership with right-leaning, conservative politics has produced a mindset/spirit over the right-wing, evangelical Church that has blinded its understanding to God’s purpose for this time in history. The “fruit” of these efforts is not good. It has harmed people, culture and the ability of the Church to share the message of Heaven (Isaiah 6:9-12, Matthew 13:13-15.)
  • Religion is a man-made effort of man to be good enough to earn God’s preference. God’s displeasure is displayed more often around religious activities in the Bible than any “sin” on which the Church’s focus rests today (John 8:1-11, John 8:37-47, Hebrews 8:6-13.)
  • Amazing changes are coming to culture when the Church decides to repent of its current path and changes its mindset. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

BUILDING COMMUNITY:

  • There are two commands of the Bible – Love God and Love Your Neighbor as yourself. Our “neighbor” is then defined as the poor, the outcast, the marginalized, the foreigner. The way we relate to “our neighbor” is the display of the fruit of God’s Spirit in us (Luke 10:25-37.)
  • Although the cause of some pain in our culture, we still see gathering together, as a church/faith community to have great value in inspiring one another and for doing good works in our culture (Acts 2:42-45, Hebrews 10:24-25)

MOVING PEOPLE TO ACTION:

  • We call people to truly learn the meaning of the Bible. The Bible was not written by Americans specifically for Americans, therefore, reading the Bible from a Western understanding has been the basis for much misinterpretation of God’s character and God’s demands for those who follow the Bible’s teachings. True followers of God should seek out the true meanings of the narrative being shared in the Christian Bible (Proverbs 25:2.)
  • We call people to live out the message of Matthew 5 that the meek and peacemakers are truly partners with God in a better way of life. The proof of the full Christian life is in a person’s humbling of themselves to serve culture and true righteousness is proven when a person prizes caring for marginalized more than right-standing or reputation (Matthew 25:31-46, Mark 10:45, John 4:4-42, Luke 19:1-10, Matthew 9:10-13.)
  • We call people to be civically informed and culturally engaged. The promises of God are often expressed in blessings for a city. Our goal is the cities in which we live to have “shalom.” The shalom of a cities is expressed in the availability of justice and well-being to all people. Electing people from a particularly party and standing for particular laws is not alignment with God’s heart for this time in history (Isaiah 58:1-12, Isaiah 62:4, Isaiah 65:20-23, Matthew 11:20-25.)

At NPE, we believe the Church and Christians CAN do better. We can hear the pain our staunchness has caused in our culture and ask if there is a mindset shift to which God is calling us in this season. I believe there will be a transition and repentance (change of mind) in the Church, either in this generation or through the transition to the next, that will once again pull the Church to be a positive, unifying force in our culture! – Amen.

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