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No Longer A Christian Nation 

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I’d like to go on record as saying there’s at least one thing President Obama and I agree on. 

We are no longer a Christian Nation. 

Actually, he said, “We are no longer a Christian Nation; at least, not just…” 

Here’s more to his June 28, 2006 quote:

“Given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation; at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”

Gasp!

He said that? What an evil man! How DARE he say that! Why, he’s attempting to pull us away from our Judeo-Christian heritage! Who does he think he is?!

On and on whiners whine, complainers complain, ad nauseam…

Did you ever stop to ask yourself whose idea it was for this nation to be a Christian Nation anyway?

May I remind you that it wasn’t God’s idea?

Oh, sure. There are godly principles we all should live by, and His word is a great template to use in forming a new government. For in the bible are instructions on how to live as a society, and within a society.

However, it’s an error to believe God intended for the U.S., or ANY nation, to be a Christian Nation.

It just isn’t so. 

If it was, wouldn’t you think He would have intimated it somewhere in His book?

Instead, we find things such as:

Strangers and Pilgrims

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13 NKJV)

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” (1 Peter 2:11 KJV)

Citizens with the Saints

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners (to God) but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19 NKJV)

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 NKJV)

Now I’m just about as patriotic as the next guy. I spent four years in the U.S. Army, and am proud to have done it.

There’s no other nation on earth where I’d rather live.

And while I would just as soon see the former morals be upheld by our society, I’m not going to be surprised when they don’t.

Why?

Because I’m only passing through.

I’ve chosen to live for Jesus, and He’s promised that where He is, that’s where I’ll be.

Jesus isn’t an American citizen.

This earth is only temporal. My body is merely temporary housing.

No, this isn’t a Christian Nation. Yes, there were many God fearing men who helped establish the laws used to govern this great land.

Yes, as a follower of Jesus Christ I’m supposed to share my faith and His gospel, and make disciples everywhere I go. But, no, I’m not going to try and make this a Christian Nation.

Whether you’re a fan of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, or any else who’s an “authority” on every single subject; don’t get so upset when they say things that are not in line with God’s word.

Don’t get all bent out of shape when a politician says something, or a gun toting, flag waving, Glenn Beck wannabe touts their opinion.

You see, there’s a higher, more permanent calling on which to focus.

The eternal kingdom of Heaven.

And that’s where our allegiance really should stand, if we claim to be a Christian.

So don’t be misled; we are no longer a Christian Nation.

The Best Presidential Candidate

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It seems like every time I turn around, someone else is tossing their hat into the proverbial election ring. 

I’ve lost track of how many are running, and how many are just testing the waters.

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; the 2016 presidential campaign is well under way.

So I found myself wondering: what should a presidential look like? Besides the necessary qualifications listed below, what kind of things should we expect from a person who’s aspiring to the highest office in this country?

Qualifications for the Office of President:

Age and Citizenship requirements – US Constitution, Article II, Section 1 – No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

According to the 2014 census, approximately 160 million people are old enough to be elected President. That’s a lot of people! 

So what should a president look like?

What makes for the best presidential candidate?

Here’s my opinion.

The President of the United States of America should have these qualities of character:

1. Since much wisdom is needed, the first qualifying trait should be the Fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Someone who fears the Lord will seek guidance and insight from the Lord. The Ancient of Days is more than capable of providing wisdom to govern, as well as the power to protect.

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes his enemies to be at peace with him.

2. A candidate for the office of president should understand their responsibility to govern according to the laws of God first. Every ruler is nothing more than a steward of God’s people. Servants, ministers of God, according to Romans 13.

3. Uphold the rule of law as outlined in the Constitution.

4. Protect this nation’s sovereignty, its resources and citizenry.

5. Preserve the nation’s heritage and freedoms.

6. Surround themselves with a cabinet of advisors who understand they are accountable to God first and foremost. Men and women who seek the betterment of the entire population, not just a few special interest groups.

7. Political experience is not required. However, experience in servant leadership a must. 

I define servant leadership as leading by example. The best illustration of this is the life of Jesus.

8. The one who is elected president should be someone who will live according to the same laws as everyone else. 

Again, the servant-leader.

9. Finally, a person who doesn’t owe any group or individual anything other than to govern fairly. Someone who can’t and won’t be purchased with votes.

Maybe there are other qualifications you feel are needed.

If YOU were running things, what would you require?

What does the best presidential candidate look like to you?

Only One Requirement

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I’d like to say a word or two about the President of the United States of America. No, not any particular president, but rather the Office of President.

I won’t use a lot of words; it won’t take many.

I’ll start by saying that most people have their preference of who should be living in the White House. And yes, I have my preferences also.

But I feel there’s only one requirement a person MUST meet if they’re to lead this great land; if they are going to be the leader of the free world.

Before I tell you that one requirement, allow me to say what IS NOT a requirement.

–they do not have to believe in God, Jesus, the Bible, or the Holy Spirit. They can be an atheist for that matter. The person isn’t voted on as if they’re a candidate for the church pastorate.

–they don’t have to be pro-life.

–they needn’t be a musician, painter, or skilled at solving the Rubik’s Cube.

–they can be black, white, yellow, red, or purple. They can wear tan shoes, with pink shoelaces. It doesn’t matter. But a certain color isn’t required.

–whether or not the person is a veteran of the armed forces matters not to me.

–they can be a vegan, raise happy chickens that lay happy eggs. Whatever.

Only one REQUIREMENT, as far as I’m concerned.

–No, they don’t have to be Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Tea Party, or No Party.

–They don’t need to believe what I believe, love what I love, or hate what I hate. They may do things I don’t like, but are, in reality, best for this country.

Just one requirement: they must be able to faithfully do what they swore (or affirmed) they’d do – faithfully execute the office of President, and preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Plain as the Oath they repeat.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

But if they can’t do that one thing, then regardless of their color, faith, political party, or what they ate for breakfast, they need to QUIT or be fired.

And those of us who come under the heading of “We the People” have a responsibility to demand the president keeps that one charge.

Agree? Why or why not?

Drunk with Power

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A long time ago there was a king. A king who was drunk with power.

But one night he had a strange visitation from God.

It changed everything.

“Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lamp-stand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote.” (Daniel 5:5 ESV)

Opposite the lamp-stand.

The lamp-stand is the source of light for the room. It also can represent the source of revelation, or knowledge of the Holy One, for a group of people or society as a whole.

In the Book of Revelation, the Church is the lamp-stand.

I find this passage very intriguing. I believe it speaks prophetically to our day and age; to the nation we all know as the United States of America. At the very least, it should speak to our nation’s leaders – political, civic, and spiritual.

King Belshazzar was so full of himself he couldn’t see anything or anyone else. In his eyes he was all knowing and all powerful. One night he “made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand.

“Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.” (Daniel 5:1-4 ESV)

I’m not going to try and get you to believe King Belshazzar was responsible for all of Babylon’s wickedness. It simply isn’t so. However, as the ruler of the Babylonian Empire, Belshazzar was the one God would hold accountable.

That’s how it is with leaders.

That’s how it is with President Obama. But more about him later.

Belshazzar was drunk. Drunk with power and with the fruit of the vine. In front of his thousand lords he began to mock the God of Jerusalem; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As he led his sycophants in praise to the gods of the land, the God of Abraham sent him a message.

In fact, it would be the king’s last.

Notice where the message was written. On the wall, opposite the lamp-stand.

I remind you of the lamp-stand’s purpose.

Throughout the centuries, God has had various “lamp-stands” through which he would speak.

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” (Hebrews 1:1-3 ESV)

Jesus, a Lamp-stand to reveal the will and nature of the Father. The Church, the Body of Christ, is also referred to as “the light of the world”.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)

As the hand suddenly appeared before Belshazzar, the particular wall on which the message was written had great significance.

The wall opposite the light.

Belshazzar stood for everything that opposed the one true God. He was the leader of a kingdom that had openly opposed Israel, and the God of Israel. Yes, God had used Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar’s grandfather, to bring correction to His people. But Belshazzar went beyond the intent of the Lord, and helped lead his nation in ways completely contrary to the revealed will of God.

And the writing appeared, with its meaning interpreted by the prophet Daniel.

“Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation. O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty. And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled. But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him. He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will. And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

“Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.””(Daniel 5:17-23 ESV)

The king’s opposition to light, God’s revelation about Himself AND about mankind, ultimately judged the king and brought down his kingdom.

That night.

In this great nation called the United States of America, there are a lot of men and women who openly and vehemently oppose God’s light. It’s not a new thing; no, not at all.

But the blatant defiance and utter disregard toward anything remotely “Christian” is no longer tolerable by God. It has far surpassed the evils of Sodom and Gomorrah. How can I say that, since I didn’t live back then?

Mankind is judged by what they do with the revelation they have. Sodom and Gomorrah had some revelation, enough to bring God’s judgment.

But America, that “city on a hill” (as described by Puritan John Winthrop in 1630) has done everything within its power to snuff out the light of God.

And no other nation, ever, has had so much “revelation”, so much light. Churches on every corner, books and bibles available to anyone and everyone. Leaders are sworn in to office with the Word of God.

It appears the leadership of this once great land is drunk with power. They have called for the treasures of the Christian Church to be paraded in front of all while they mock and demean the ones they oppose.

President Barack Obama, and his administration of thousands, will soon see the handwriting on the wall. Their opposition to the lamp-stand has been noted by God. They are responsible; they will be held accountable.

As prayer can avert judgment, it is not an automatic fix. Daniel was a praying man in the Babylonian kingdom. But Daniel could not change the heart of the leaders.

The arrogance of the nation’s leaders has called for judgment. The public mockery of all things holy has demanded judgment.

God will remember mercy in judgment; but mercy will not alleviate true justice.

As the hand wrote those infamous words on the wall opposing the light, so shall the Lord reveal His final message to America’s leaders.

May America have time to hear and repent.

Belshazzar didn’t.

The Message For This Moment

20130901-210226.jpg“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” (1 Timothy 2:1-6 NLT)

An interesting passage, wouldn’t you agree?

Paul told Timothy, and the rest of us, to pray for all people. Ask God to help all people, give yourself to helping bear the burdens of all people through intercession, and give thanks for all people. And, pray that way for kings and those in authority. Pray what way? The same way we’re to pray for all people; nothing less.

See, this is what pleases God, Who wants everyone to be saved.

Notice something else. Paul wrote about how Jesus gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone. It’s the message God has given to this world at just the right time.

Okay, let’s tie the two things together. Pray for all people, because God wants freedom for everyone. Giving yourself to God and others through prayer, will help bring freedom for all people. This is the way God says we can lay down our life for someone else: by praying, interceding, and thanking God: for all people!

This is the message for our time: pray for all men. Ask God to help our president and congress. Help bear their burden through prayer, as Jesus did and does as the Divine Intercessor. Give thanks for our leaders and believe God to give them the ability to make the right decisions to accomplish His plans and purposes.

“But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” (Hebrews 7:24-25 NLT)

If He forever lives to see lives changed and His Father’s will fulfilled, wouldn’t that be our calling, our purpose, as well?

God’s message for this moment: give your life for someone else’s freedom, through prayer. It’s what our nation, our world, needs.

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