Cal Thomas: Christian Columnist

briancal.jpgIn four short days, I will have the privilege of being reacquainted with nationally-syndicated columnist Cal Thomas.  He is coming to speak at our school's development banquet this weekend.  It's been just over a year since I first interacted with Cal in a SharperIron interview.  Although I prepared for that interview to meet a famous journalist, I came away from the meeting having come to know a dear brother in Christ.  Cal is a dedicated Christian as was evidenced by many of his statements in that SI interview.  One question he was asked was "You've been a columnist for years, talk show host, an author, a Fox News host—do you have dreams and aspirations that are yet unfulfilled and what would that be?"  Cal's reply was precious:

Yes, more of my colleagues to come to Christ.  We've seen—this is why I exist.  Some years ago, this began to change in my mind: that my career is not an end.  It is a means.  God has given me this platform, not to change the world to my point of view or to entertain those who already believe as I do as gratifying as it is to hear things from them.  God has appointed me as a missionary to my colleagues in the media; and everybody I meet, whether it's in show business or in the news business, I see as a potential child of the King.  And I want to build the kinds of relationships with them so that they can say and see the person of Christ in me—not me, not my personality, not my accomplishments, not any external things—but I want them to be able to say, whether they accept Him or not, that "I saw Jesus Christ in Cal Thomas."  That's my aspiration.  And if I do that, then I'll get the only award that matters: "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Statements like these immediately endeared me to this brother.  Another encouraging statement came when Cal was asked "…if you could give a message to every pastor in America, what would you say to them?"  Cal hit a home run with this answer:

You are doing the greatest work in a fallen world that can ever be done.  You are the coach.  I played basketball for a while.  I loved my coaches.  They instructed me on how to play the game, but I had to go out and execute.  I had to play the game.  Today, we put the pastors on the court and too many of the players are in the stands.  The pastors are the equippers.  The lay people are the players.  The pastors can't go where the lay people go: into business, into schools, into the neighborhoods.  And if we get—if this switch clicks in the minds of the laity, that Christ in you—you are carrying Christ around inside you and are taking Him where He wants to go on a single day.  Pastors are the equippers.  They are the coaches.  We are the players.  We get that in our heads again, I think we're going to see some wonderful results of more souls coming to Christ.

I can't really say I know Cal as a friend–we only spent about an hour together–but I am thankful for the time he gave to encourage us particularly and the SI membership.  As you can see from the picture, I really look up to Cal–he's 6'6" and I'm 5'10."  I look forward to his fellowship again this weekend.

You know, sometimes, we in ministry get the "Elijah Syndrome."  We think we're all alone, that no one else cares, woe is me, etc.  But, the reality is that God has placed his witnesses in strategic places all over the world to bear His light and truth to a dark and wicked society.  Just this morning, I heard that Tony Snow, another committed Christian, has been named as President Bush's new press secretary.  So, whether it's in the White House or your house, God has His witnesses.  It's good to be reminded that we're not alone–that we're part of a royal priesthood, a called-out assembly, a part of a divine team.  It's not all about us; it's about Him.  And I, for one, am glad to be a part of something like that!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Brian ,

    Is there a list of religious beliefs/convictions of our politicans? Where could one go to find out if they are a Baptist, RC, Presy. etc.?


  2. I’m not aware of any list like that, although it may exist. Most of the time I learn it through personal experiences or through reading up on someone’s bio.


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