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Dorothy Burton is a conference and keynote speaker; and, workshop leader for various organizations across the country. As a writer and speaker, Dorothy speaks and writes about public servant leadership, American culture, politics and the role of faith in the public square. She uses her gift of communication, depth of study in theology and vast experiences in public service to help leaders learn and discover more effective ways to lead, communicate, work and serve together for the common good of their team, organization and the diverse communities they serve.
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Christians don't be so quick to criticize others if you're not willing to commit yourself to advancing the Kingdom. You do know that's your overarching purpose for being saved right?
It's not to cling to a political ideology, it's to cling to the cross. Politics and Christianity ARE NOT THE SAME! Politics is a world system under the influence of Satan. Christianity is God's system of GOVERNING and under the influence of the cross. Is there any wonder why Billy Graham expressed his deep concern about Christianity being overrun by the far right?
And he was right. Look - I USED to be a far right black conservative. Nobody, not my advisers, not my husband, not my friends, nobody could convince me otherwise.
Then God sat me down in seminary, did a LOOOONG work over a period of time in my heart and my mind. I've always been smart - had to be. God said he was going to use all that smartness and mouth and writing for HIS purposes.
I got spanked so bad and put back on that Potter's wheel so many times I ain't trying to go back to the woodshed.
God PREpares us for where He has already PRE-determined to place us on the battlefield. I so see it all now. I had to first learn the PLAYBOOK through higher education and from being IN the arena of politics for so long and serving as a government staff person, serving on boards then as a longtime elected and appointed official.
THEN I had to learn the STRATEGY through Him sending me to one of the most evangelical and conservative but EXCELLENT seminaries in the country.
THEN I had to follow his voice in founding an organization with NO money, no blueprint, no nothing but some good people he had PREordained because he told me exactly where to go and to whom.
And now here I am. No, I don't fit with women ministries, or conservative this or that. I don't. Not designed to. Others are, I'm not. My path is way different and it's an adventure with God every day.
I don't intend to offend as a matter of fact, I used to be SO careful not to offend white people and Republicans, after all, they I thought were my support. Then God hit me upside the head with a spiritual 2x4 to remind me that HE is my source. And it's Him I have to please, not people.
Why am I so bold and confident? Because I walk closely with Abba Father and He's guiding me.
Do I have concerns about losing friends, yep. But then I figure they weren' friends anyway, just political acquaintances. I don't know how all of this is going to play out, but I'm just going to trust God.
Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:39 PM CDT