President’s Day

It’s president’s day and the kids are out of school and banks closed  in honor of our presidents. We are truly blessed to live in a country were we can worship Jesus as our savior freely. I normally try to stay a way from political issues and I’m not intending on getting involved in one now, but I did want to write something today about what the bible says about Christians and there relationship to our leaders. Romans 13:1 tells us to be subject to our governing authorities. because they get their authority from God. No matter who you voted for in the last election God chose to put Obama in office. So we need to look at president Obama as the man that fit into God’s will at the moment.

 The bible also tells us to pray for Obama. (First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior, since he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at his appointed time. 1 Timothy 2:1-6 ESV) So in light of that we need to pray today and thank God that he is in control. We also need to pray that God will guide our country, protect us and call us to repentance. Our Country has turned from being a country based on a belief in God to one that denies we ever did believe.

We also should pray for Obama and that he will learn who Jesus truly is and that He died on a cross and rose so that we may rise from death to an eternal life with the Father. I’m going to link to an article from Cathleen Falsani. I recommend you read it. She was the religion editor for the Chicago Sun Times and several years back she interviewed the then Senator Obama. Remember that this is a man who has been “saved” for sixteen years and developed a friendship  with the pastor, believes that he is saved and still does not understand that Jesus is the only way we can gain salvation.

He states immediately that He is a Christian. That he has deep faith and he believes there are many ways to the same place. He even explains that when Jesus said that “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me,” can be heard wrong. He says that all faiths; Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, everyone  know the same God. Obama believes that he nor anyone else will go to Hell.

My point is not so much in what Obama believes but that he had a had two pastors and a friend that feel he understands the gospel. How many people in our churches have this same understanding of the gospel. I’ve heard that around 49 % of evangelical Christians believe that Jesus is not the only way to salvation. If the church is going to succeed in the great commission we must first educate our members on what the bible truly says. This requires hard preaching. Yes people will get offended. People will threaten to quit coming. Some of them may stop coming and you may even be asked to resign, but we must be able to answer before God that we did everything we could to make sure not one sheep was lost. Remember as you pray that God wants everyone to come to acknowledge of the truth. That includes the church.

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