Thursday, May 7, 2009
I have been reading through the many blogs and articles of Christians upset that President Obama will not be taking part in the National Day of Prayer Observance and find it quiet odd that so many are upset by his decision...But didn't the Master warned us against that in the Sermon on the Mount?... That is, in Matt. 6, Jesus admonishes us not to practice our piety in front of others in order to be seen by them, but to pray to our Father in secret, confident that the all-knowing God will reward us. Consider these things with me: Even though President Obama may not be involved in a public National Day of Prayer event, we as Christians are still responsible and obligated to pray for him and his cabinet; to pray for all government leaders regardless of their political affiliation; to pray for all who have authority... To a persecuted people, the Apostle Peter wrote (I PETER 2:16-17): “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, HONOR THE KING.” In a similar and extended way, the Apostle Paul wrote (I TIMOTHY 2:1-4): “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, PRAYERS, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- FOR KINGS (PRESIDENTS) AND ALL THOSE IN AUTHORITY, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.... This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.