Two things. First, I've already deleted this post twice because I don't want to sound bitter as I'm writing extemporaneously. Second, I don't want to further derail this thread. As you can probably guess, I'm not a "topical" preacher. I'm an exegetical preacher. For those that don't know what that means, it means to pull the meaning out of the text rather than using the text to fit our argument or describing the text via our preconceptions. We pick a book and go through it, word by word, pulling the meaning, context, and author's intent as best we can understand it with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This has been our pattern for the last ten years. For the past three years, we've been proceeding word by word through the Acts of the Apostles. Because I'm not a topical preacher, the chances of me using the pulpit ministry of the local church as a bully pulpit is greatly reduced. We cover contemporary issues as they come up in the text and only when they come up in the text. For those who have studied the book of Acts, you can imagine how many of the concepts and practices of the first century church would go over like a lead balloon in 21st Century rural Alabama. Personally, I blame Dispensationalism, specifically Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Millennial Dispensationalism. For those playing the home game, the Left Behind books. Dispensationalism is the key to American exceptionalism within the American church. It's taught its adherents to engage in headline eisegesis. To look in the headlines for signs of the coming return of Christ. Modern Dispensationalism is a direct result of the Schofield Bible. No Schofield Bible, no Dispensationalism. No Dispensationalism, no Christian Nationalism in the White Evangelical Church. No Christian Nationalism in the White Evangelic Church, no Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. I'll give you three guesses which bible my Head Deacon uses and the first two don't count.