Today, I was privileged to be on the National Pastors Call with President Obama. The President spoke to Pastors and Faith leaders from various beliefs.
Just a few days ago, Christian leaders were clearly divided on where or not it was “Christian-like” to vote for President Obama. We heard rhetoric from both sides of the Christian aisle. Pastor Robert Jeffress provided our Nation with an interesting, if not ominous prediction. He said, “The course he (President Obama) is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.” Yet other pastors stood behind the president and stated he must be re-elected in order for our Nation to be unified and for us to get through the problems we’re facing.
It’s obvious some Christians are still divided on whether or not we should support our re-elected President. Hopefully, that mindset is changing. Just after the election, Pastor Greg Laurie stated, “Now is the time to Pray for our President for the great challenges that he will face in the days ahead.” I agree with Pastor Laurie.
I’d like to share with you two simple things. First, as I listened to the selected speakers and the President speak, my mind drifted. I thought of 1 Tim 2:1-4. We must pray for those placed in authority above us. We must pray for the President whether or not we agree with all of his policies. I want to be clear. I did not say we should compromise our beliefs in order to support those appointed above us. We are still accountable to God.
I searched the web to find a picture to add to this blog post. I was disturbed by the vile depictions of President Obama. Please realize these negative presidential depictions aren’t a new thing. I recall seeing many purely evil depictions of Present George W. Bush. I supposed people post those things to vent their frustrations. The searched reinforced my belief that this Nation needs to hear the Christian voice more than ever. Like we did for President Bush, we need to pray that President Obama and all other leaders are led by their Christian beliefs. We must also realize that the Christian leader is the leader over everyone under their authority. As such, other ideas will be taken into consideration.
Second, if Christians disagree or want to challenge polices we disagree with, then we should take advantage of the avenues afforded to us. If we, as a collective body, band together…we can create the change we want. If we don’t stand strong together, we’ll fall separately. Take a look at some of the items that were passed during the elections. The people have spoken. But, has the Christian’s voice been heard? If not…now is the time for us to place a line in the stone. We must come together to help bring Christ’s message to the world. Remember, we can pray for all our leaders, at all the various levels but disagree with their polices. We’re praying for them to be guided by God’s direction, not their own.
I close with this simple thought: Pray for change and act to make change. If not, the Christian voice will remain unheard and we will have no one but ourselves to blame.
Update: Franklin Graham says something in line with what we’ve just discussed. Give my your thoughts an feeback.