By Michael Hernandez
NEWBURY PARK—“We are called to do good works and not just be moral people but to be people of character and to measure ourselves by what we do,” said Pastor Rob McCoy Sunday at Godspeak Calvary Chapel. “We Identify ourselves by our morality—not doing what is wrong.” According to McCoy, we have to go beyond morality toward character—“doing what is right.
“Our great experiment in liberty is starting to struggle. The foundations of the American constitutional republic are being destroyed. If our foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?
“The Lord equates righteousness with a foundation built on a rock. What does righteousness mean: ‘acting in accord with divine and moral law.’ Proverbs 14:34 says: ‘Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.’
Pastor McCoy’s sermon introduction recounted his role as emcee at the Salt and Light Council “Shaping The Future of California” Content of Character Series on Saturday at the Bellflower International Pentecostal Church. Seven of the nine speakers were African Americans addressing a mostly white audience about the pain of racial discrimination that they had suffered.
Pastor McCoy used his introduction to share Luke 6:37-49 which recounts two parables (a type of analogy that uses human characters to illustrate a principle): a parable of the blind leading the blind; and a parable of the two foundations.
“The church in California is watching everything implode. We have more churches, more radio stations, more assets but our foundations are crumbling. We need to engage the culture. This is how to cause a nation to rise…how to bless communities.”
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 24 years as a middle school teacher. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at: [email protected].