Wednesday, January 21, 2009

President Barack Obama

Yesterday Barack Obama was sworn-in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Pastor Rick Warren's invocation was outstanding, sincere, biblical, and well said. It certainly rose to the historic occasion.

President Barack Obama gave an excellent speech. He is a great communicator.

His inauguration was significant because he is our first African-American President. His inauguration will be etched in our history forever---and in the minds of those most impacted by the historical event.

Presidential inaugurations are always significant in that they punctuate the orderly, peaceful transfer of power in the most powerful nation on earth, following the vote of the people.

Inauguration day is a day when Americans, regardless of how they voted, stand together as citizens, then move forward.

In moving forward, how should those who perhaps did not vote for the new President, respond?

First, the Bible is clear that we are to pray for those in authority. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 says,"Pray for those in authority."

Dr. Richard Land has written an article titled, "Let's Pray For Our New President." He puts the teaching to pray for those in authority in biblical perspective and suggests ways in which we can pray for President Obama.

Secondly, there is a biblical mandate for Christians to be salt and light---speak to the culture. In a representative republic such as ours, we are afforded the opportunity and the responsibility to be an active participant in the political process.

We are to work to elect those who uphold righteous principles and hold leaders accountable when they do not.

There are major challenges facing our country, including cultural challenges to the sanctity of life, biblical marriage and the family.

We must pray and be vigilant watchman.

I also want to share a couple of points of interest.

I asked my wife to share her thoughts after watching the events of inauguration day.

As I ponder the events of the day I am left with a feeling of awe for the amazing strength and power of our great country. God is at the helm and our lives and energies are in his hands. I was, as always, encouraged by our roots and our founding fathers, the history of our nation. The reminders through protocol and through tradition that with all of our faults and disagreements we are still a nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. The anthems, poems and hymns that we all share unite us as one country.

I was blessed by all of the prayers that were shared, the evidence of God in the lives of so many. It is the way we do things in this country. Rick Warren's prayer could not have been better.I was so proud of him and what he stands for. It is a strengthening feeling to share in spirit with his spirit for this country. I was encouraged by all of the bowed heads and even many seriously praying and seeking God's blessing and help in the future.

As we move forward in our country and in our dreams for the future, may we continue to pray that God will lead us and that we can continue to say "In God We Trust". May we daily pray for Barack Obama. He will need God's leading and guiding each and everyday as he makes the hard calls and performs the tasks that lie before him. I for one will be praying daily and trusting God to help him and speak to him.

May God Bless the United States of America.

Rev. Ron Jones, pastor of the 5000 member Immanuel Bible Church, which is located a short drive from the White House, wrote an open letter to the President a few days ago regarding the high priority of life. I have given you a link to his letter.

God bless you.

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Gary Randall
President
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6 comments:

  1. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 says,"Pray for those in authority." I am glad you put these verses. Even though some didn't vote for the new president, we are called to pray for him. My prayer is that He will be that Christian he clams he is and lead this country with Jesus and not on his own.

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  2. What a surprise that Gary and the Mrs would fawn all over Warren's exclusionary prayer. How incredibly tacky and low-class of Warren to presume to lead a country, whose citizen's practice a multitude of faiths, in an explicitly Protestant prayer.

    I guess in the Christianist world view espoused by Gary and Warren, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, etc. etc. don't count. Heck even Catholic's must not count since Warren chose to close his prayer with an explicitly Protestant version of the Lord's Prayer. What a cretin! Believing that Warren was capable of rising to the occasion in a ecumenical, rather than explicitly sectarian, manner was President Obama's first mistake.

    BTW: I checked the archives, and four years ago Gary saw fit to link to the text of Bush's first as well as his second inaugural addresses, why no link to President Obama's address?

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  3. My wishes for this nation is that
    there would be no more abortions,
    pornography, adult whatever it is
    they call entertainment, profanity, business scams, and gambling.

    I think there would be a lot less
    sexual offenders.

    What would America be like without
    all that? There could be a population boom, maybe even millions of more babies born. Then
    there would be need for housing,
    schools, roads, new cities etc, but at least we all could feel a lot better about asking God for
    whatever we needed.

    Without all that, we could sure have some confidence in God, it
    seems to me. It would seem like a
    sin not to ask if we didn't have all that. How could we stop from
    asking for whatever we wanted if
    there was a need for it?

    I wonder if heaven would hold back
    such a multitude from it's gates?

    Do you think heaven would? I can't
    imagine why, if we didn't have all
    that.

    Maybe if we didn't have all that,
    America would be like what? I think it would be booming, and there would be a lot of children
    playing along the streets, people
    talking to each other...like it
    was when I was a kid.

    John 15:7
    If ye abide in me, and my words
    abide in you, ye shall ask what ye
    will, and it shall be done unto you.

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  4. Gary,

    Could you provide a link to President Obama's inaugral address - I think it would be a blessing for many of us here.

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  5. Gary,

    I am disappointed with the link you provided to Mr. Land's very nice article on praying for President Obama. I found myself suddenly dashed into a right wing propaganda site which has as its only goal to trash President Obama - I don't think this is what Paul meant in the text you were considering.

    Surely there must have been an original site for Dr. Land's prayer - how much more fitting would it have been to provide something dignified rather than drag us all through the slime of a propaganda and rant.

    Sincerely,
    Patrick

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  6. "BTW: I checked the archives, and four years ago Gary saw fit to link to the text of Bush's first as well as his second inaugural addresses, why no link to President Obama's address?'

    Anom time to take a chill pill. This site is a conservative religious site , it promotes social conservative views. The reason Obama does not the CNBC treatment here is because most people who are pro life , pro marriage and such do not agree with Obama's social liberal view points . Regardless we are praying for our President , you do not seem to be a prayer warrior , but it would not hurt for you to try it yourself . Presdent Obama is facing some serious problems that we as Americans are facing .

    Ever try Air America and their blogs ? I believe you will be happier. Don't expect liberals to get a fair break here in regards to issues . Just as you did not seem to be very respectful of Pastor Warren . Nice guy and a good Pastor . His Faith Group as does mine pray in the way he did .
    He was asked to pray by the President of the United States , why not complain to him .

    Mick

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