1/21/2009 4:57 PM
As I watched the National Prayer Service for President Barack Obama, I was reminded of our responsibilities as Christians, ministers and pastors. As we all know, the scriptures tells us that “Righteousness exalts a nation,” and we are “the light of world” and “the salt of the earth.”
As Christians, it is not our job to advise the President on foreign policies, defense or the economy. But it is our job to do as other leaders of faith have done in the past, and that is to advise him on issues that do not line up with the Word of God. It is not enough for us to preach to our congregations about right and wrong, it is our responsibility to speak to the leadership of the nation as did several biblical patriots.
Esther spoke to the King
Nehemiah spoke to the King
Elijah spoke to the King
Jeremiah spoke to the King
Daniel spoke to the King
John the Baptist spoke Herod
Jesus spoke to the leaders of his day
Paul spoke to King Aggrippa
(Example: Read Daniel 4th chapter)
In his book, The Audacity of Hope, President Obama indicates that preachers are “gay bashing” when they preach against homosexuality. He also says (on page 222), that the scripture in “Romans” regarding homosexuality is “obscure.” We know that President Obama is currently considering issuing two Executive Orders: one that will favor gay rights, and another to rescind President’s Bush’s Executive Order which limits federal funding for Abortions.
If we are silent, who will advise our president on the “righteousness that will exalt our nation.” If we fail to speak up, who will speak for us? If the “gospel is hid, it is hid to them that are lost.” If we really love the President and want him to succeed, we must do more than merely pray, we must write him and advise him on issues that will give our nation favor with the Lord.
Copyright ©2009 Wayne Perryman