"You can't choose how the mainstream portrays you," says Sam Adams, former mayor of Portland, Oregon, "but I was desperate and impressed with how evangelicals offered to help."
But desperation doesn't always drive cooperation, especially when the two parties disagree on abortion and gay marriage. Adams, in fact, is openly gay. Nevertheless, Adams and Kevin Palau, president of the Luis Palau Association, developed a partnership between churches and schools in the Portland area. They offer a model for how we can work together for the common good despite religious and political differences. Their examples gives us hope as Christians seeks to love our neighbors in settings increasingly hostile to the church.
This presentation was given to an audience of pastors in New York City. For all related videos and resources, go to centerchurch.com.
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John Starke is lead pastor of All Souls Church in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. You can follow him on Twitter.