More of Rev. Hunter’s thinking:

—Original Message—–
From: Northland, A Church Distributed []
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 4:04 PM
Subject: Thanksgiving Update From Pastor Joel C. Hunter

Dear Family:

Well, it is Thanksgiving Eve…and I was going to write to you today anyway
so that Becky and I could wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. In addition to
that, I have some news I want to share with you.

Yesterday, I resigned as president of the Christian Coalition of America.
When I accepted this role several months ago, I knew that my approach to
political involvement was different than the approach that the Coalition had
taken in the past. And during the transition, our differences of philosophy
became more apparent. I will be making a verbal announcement this weekend
about this.

There was nothing done wrong on either side. Really, this is reminiscent of
a “Saul and Barnabas” moment; sometimes differences cause Christians to go
in different directions for God’s purposes. In this case, I will focus on
building up the grassroots, challenging Christians to vote with our lives on
all issues that call for a biblical response. These include “compassion
issues” such as poverty, social justice, religious liberty and creation
care, as well as pro-life and marriage protection ones. The Christian
Coalition will focus on accomplishing their ongoing agenda in Washington via
elected officials. The end result is that there may be more accomplished for
the Kingdom.

I urge you to join me in praying for the Coalition. My heart for Northland
and for the church in America has been and continues to be that we would see
political involvement as an integral part of our spiritual growth.

God always works in these situations. What we see as twists and turns in
plan “A” God sees as the only plan He had all along. It will be exciting to
see what He has in store. It is always “more than we could ask or think.”

In His service,

Pastor Joel

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