Does Time Fly?
When I was younger, I told my Dad, that I arrived at the point that I could think through events of 5 to 10 years ago with increasing clarity. My Dad replied that this is a good thing. He went on to exclaim that when he reflects on events that he looks back 15, 20, 25 or 30 or more years at a time.
Wow, how time flies!
When I hear my daughter or son talk about past events in their lives, I realize that I have become like my Dad: I am now thinking about things in 15, 20, 25, and 30 years increments.
Have I suddenly become my Father?
Is this what it means to be “middle-aged?”
I guess getting older is not so bad after all… Smile!
How Do We Evaluate Our Presidents?
Historians tell us that it is next to impossible to fully appreciate and evaluate a President’s term while they are either (a.) still an occupant of the Oval Office; or (b.) they recently departed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
If this observation from students of the Presidency is correct, then why are news journalists and university professors so quick to say that President George W. Bush suffered through a failed Presidency and that President Barrack Obama is a very effective President?
The late historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. author of magisterial works such as “The Life and Times of Robert Kennedy” and “The Disuniting of America” once remarked that “history is argument without end.”
If this is the case, then who is to say that George W. Bush failed? What objective criteria is being used?
How will we know that President Obama was a success?
President Bush is only seven years removed from the Presidency and we argue about his legacy.
The Economist Thomas Sowell wrote that the decisions that a President makes shapes the trajectory or our nation long after they have left office. This is why it is so important that we wisely pray and select the people who will occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
History will judge the effectiveness or lack thereof of both Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack H. Obama.
Do We Pray For Our Leaders?
There is an instructive exhortation that the Prophet Jeremiah gave to the children of Judah as they were about to go into a period of 70 year slavery in Babylon:
4 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.
7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Question #1: Do we Pray fervently for the well-being of our great Country?
Question #2: Do we realize that we should seek the Peace and Prosperity of the city [Our Nation – USA] in which we live in exile?
The Apostles Paul and Peter remind Christians that we are “pilgrims,” “strangers,” and “aliens,” and “sojourners” during our time upon this earth…
Question #3: Do we really see ourselves as Sojourners?
Question # 4: Or have we become too comfortable with the “cares of this world?”
Does Race Still Dominate Our Discussion of Politics?
As a Christian who is a traditionalist or socially conservative / Independent, I am often grieved because too many Christians criticize politicians in ways that reveal to me that they are not in earnest Prayer for them!
When President Bush was in office, I listened too many of my Evangelical brothers and sisters who are Black [African-Americans] who had nothing good to say about his administration.
Conversely, now that President Barrack Obama is in office, much of the harsh criticism arises from many of my Evangelical brethren who are Caucasian.
Why is this the case?
Why do we as black and white Christian believers seem to embrace different political parties most of the time?
If we are truly followers of Christ, should we not find ourselves at odds with much of the political establishment of both parties?
What Would JESUS Do?
You are tired of hearing the bromide expression “What Would JESUS Do – W.W.J.D.?”
Please bear with me for a few more moments…
Our LORD Jesus Christ while He walked this earth could not be placed into a “political box.”
Do we Christians allow the world to place us into political boxes based on Gender, Income, and Race?
The prophetic witness of Our LORD JESUS was so profound and pronounced that it got Him killed by the “Civil & Political Authorities” of His day.
Perhaps we who make up the called out assembly of GOD or the ekklesia a word which means, ek, “out from and to” and kaléō, “to call” – properly, people called out from the world and to God need to be bold and prophetic like Our LORD and challenge the corruption in both political parties.
A Final Exhortation Or Perhaps A Command?
The Apostle Paul wrote to his spiritual son and protegé Timothy that believers are to engage in constant prayer (1 Timothy 2.1-8):
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
These words by the beloved Apostle need to be heeded more earnestly today than ever before as we see our culture disintegrating right before our eyes.