Church Board Member Who Has Never Shared The Plan Of Salvation Spends Every Day Sharing Political Videos
Rafe Hollister has been going to Ardmore Bible Church since he was a baby. He's been political for about the same number of years. During that time he has served as everything from junior usher to Sunday School superintendent, to his current position as board member. He has nearly perfect attendance, and has an opinion on nearly every aspect of church life.
Hollister is an information sponge, and is culturally aware. One of his greatest passions is politics. While he wouldn't call himself an expert, he considers himself 'well-versed' in the issues of the day, and spends a good portion of every day posting links to articles, memes, and videos that support his political leanings. "I think it is important. There are too many politically illiterate people out there," says Rafe. "I sort of consider it my civic duty to put the word out there and inform people of what's going on in our culture, let them know the consequences of certain political positions, and what can be done to keep us from going off the rails as a nation." He chuckles and adds, "I'm kind of a political missionary."
Rafe's wife, Darlene understands her husbands passion. "I am proud of him for being so knowledgeable. But frankly, I wish he would spend that same passion on sharing his faith. He is very persuasive. I've told him he should use that ability to persuade people for eternal matters. I don't think he has ever shared the plan of salvation with a single person."
Rafe understands his wife's concerns, but says it isn't easy for him to talk about personal things. "I'm not the guy who goes out and asks people if they are right with God, or where they will spend eternity. I don't know... Maybe it is because I'm not that knowledgeable about the Bible. I've heard the preacher talk about various verses that help people understand how to get saved. But I'm just lost when it comes to the Bible. Give me a good political scandal or Immigration policy issue and I'm off to the races. Those things have more current value, and I can argue about them all day every day. But I'm not comfortable with trying to convince someone that they need a Savior. I wouldn't even know where to start. I'll leave that to the pastor."