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Eugene Cho: Politics, the Fruits of the Spirit, and How Not to Be a Jerk

“We should not go to bed with political parties or with powerful politicians.”

“I believe that you can be fierce and contend for convictions and still hold to the values of the fruits of the Spirit.” 

“So many people in our country are having conversations, including in the church, but we’ve placed ourselves in echo chambers and silos and we actually hardly know anyone who believes in something different, so we end up speaking to ourselves.”

“We’re encouraged in Scripture to pray for our leaders. And this is really hard.”

“We owe it to ourselves to dive into subjects and policies and rulings and to understand the depth and complexities, rather than, I think at times, folks manipulating the currency of fear to somehow get to us.”

“Pastors are afraid to have this conversation.”

“Our church folks are being discipled by MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, or whatever it might be. They’re being discipled by other voices, and I would rather your church folks be informed by you [pastors] and how you prayerfully, thoughtfully, theologically wrestle with these things.”

“When we seek to embody the Kingdom of God, there are going to be responses all over the map.”

“Particularly in a consumeristic society, we’re very enamored by a gospel that comforts us. Now, that’s good because the gospel does comfort us. But the gospel doesn’t only comfort us. It also disrupts us.”

“We have to be both pastoral and to be prophetic. And when we hold these things in tension together, then we’re discipling our congregation in both comfort as well as disruption.”

“I think our most powerful sermons are the way we live our lives.”

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye