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I posted the below comments on my Facebook page earlier today. President Obama is visiting the city of Omaha today. I live there. 

President Barack Obama will visit Omaha this afternoon. His visit, along with his final State of the Union address last night, has stirred up much dialogue in the social media. Many of the comments are negative while others are positive. We do have the freedom in this nation to express our opinions and hopefully, we will respect the opposing opinions of others.

On Facebook, there are many comments directed towards President Obama. Some very negative comments towards him have been posted by Christians. What should be the attitudes of Christians towards the President of the United States? I am glad you asked that question! As I worked on this evening’s Bible study at HOBC (7:00 pm), I came up with a list of attitudes/behaviors of Christians towards our President.

By the way, I am very conservative in my political views. I have voted that way for decades (Am that I old?). I am also an evangelical, Baptist pastor. The list below applies to me and to all who claim Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.

1. We are to honor and respect the President. “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17). Back in Peter’s day, there were Roman emperors. We have a President and we are to honor him, even if we disagree with his policies and statements. We also need to keep in mind that all authorities (good or bad) are established by God: “For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1. See also Daniel 2:21).

2. We are to pray for the President. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Even though we may disagree with President Obama, we are to pray for him and his family. People have told me that I have the hardest job in the world. I disagree. Being a college football coach and crab fisherman is harder, and being the President is even harder (have you noticed how the hair of Presidents gray the longer they serve?).

3. We are to be very careful with our words towards the President. Again, this applies to those who follow Jesus: “Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king…” (Ecclesiastes 10:20); “My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise” (Proverbs 24:21). Again, we may disagree with the President and can’t wait for the next election, but as Christians, our words about him should reflect the fact that we respect the office and that we pray for him.

Facebook has opened the door for us to slam the President. Christians can resist the temptation to bash the President through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to honor and pray for him.

This post may generate a “lively” discussion. If we are Christian or not, conservative or liberal, let us respect each other.

I am deeply saddened by the President’s praise of abortion. 55 million abortions is a Holocaust. We face implosion.

January 22, 2014 

whitehouseUPDATED: Since 1973, Americans have had more than 55 million abortions. Unless we change course, the number will soon be 60 million.

Consider the horror of that fact. We as a nation will soon have murdered ten timesmore Americans than the number of Jews that the Nazis killed during the Holocaust.

How is this possible? How have we come to this point? The murder of 55 million human beings is a Holocaust.

We must call it what it is. We must be honest with the facts, and the implications.

This must stop. We must stop it, before it is too late — before we face implosion, or judgment, or both.

What do we think we come of all this? Will we not face the judgment of the Almighty God, unless we cry out in true repentance to the Lord? Did we not see the judgment that came upon Germany in World War II, the devastation and destruction? Do we expect to suffer less when our sins are ten times worse?

I am deeply saddened today by President Obama’s statement praising the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 legalizing abortion.

“Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health,” the President stated. “We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”

Mr. President, how is abortion-on-demand a “safe and healthy community for all our children”?

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How the West was lost by the selfie president

By Michael Goodwin December 15, 2013

My bookshelves sag with encyclopedic volumes arguing that America and the West are in decline. But proving that a picture is worth a thousand books, the “selfie” seen ’round the world ends the argument.

It’s official — the government of the United States of Obama consists of boobs and bores and is led by a narcissist. It is no consolation that Great Britain joins us in racing to the bottom.

President Obama’s flirting with Denmark’s prime minister would be shameful on any occasion. That it happened at the memorial for Nelson Mandela only adds to the embarrassment.

But the “selfie” episode also symbolizes the greater global calamity of Western decline. With British prime minister David Cameron playing the role of Obama’s giggling wingman, the “look at me” moment confirms we have unserious leaders in a dangerously serious time.

Iran marches toward nuclear weapons and already there is talk in military circles that a nuclear-armed Iran could mean mushroom clouds in the Mideast within five years.

China is flexing its muscles throughout Asia, its ships brazenly confronting ours on the high seas. Russia is expanding its writ in the Arab lands and in Eastern Europe while making casual threats about bombing America. Syria’s Assad uses chemical weapons and Obama and Cameron rattle little sabers before meekly agreeing to become his partner.

The sign-language interpreter wasn’t the only fake at the Mandela funeral. Obama and Cameron were posing as world leaders.

They will never be confused with FDR and Churchill. The fratboys stand in stark contrast to the days when the “special relationship” meant two great leaders uniting two great countries in the fight for freedom. Those leaders understood the consequences if evil prevailed and were committed to victory.

(British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt carried a more somber tone during their 1945 meeting in Yalta.Photo: AP)

Churchill coined the term “special relationship” during World War II and used it again in his “Iron Curtain Speech” in 1946 that marked the unofficial start of the Cold War. Fearful the West would disarm again, as it did after World War I, he wanted to combat communism by maintaining the “special relationship between the British Commonwealth and Empire and the United States.”

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As Christians, we are commanded by God to pray for President Obama. Let’s us continue to do so.

How to Pray for a President

Nick Price

BY NICK PRICE
JANUARY 21, 2013

Nick is a teaching pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, Ill., and a student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield. He is the proud father of two kids and happily married to his wife of four years, Jenny. He writes regularly on his blog, Prodigal Preacher.

President Obama has his work cut out for him as he enters his second term—and so do we.

“In God We Trust.” Since 1864, it has been stamped on every U.S. coin. In 1956, it was added to our paper currency. During the Civil War, this motto came to represent the reality that, in moments of national turmoil and strife, our ultimate trust is not in any earthly authority but is found in God alone.

The relationship between faith and country has always been a tenuous one. Yet regardless of how you might feel about having this motto on our currency, the question of who we trust is ultimately an important one to consider.

NOW, AS IN TIMES PAST, WE MUST BE PEOPLE OF PRAYER WHO HUMBLY SERVE ALONGSIDE THOSE IN AUTHORITY FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD.

For those of us who are Christ followers, the truth is that no administration, no party and no political system will fully represent all of the values that we hold as members of God’s kingdom. And Christians, like everyone else, have divided over who they voted for in our recent election. Regardless of how you voted, it’s clear our nation is facing many challenges, and the debates over what need to be done from here are deep and complex.

So, how do we come together today, on the inauguration of Obama’s second term? Well, I think that we do what we have always done: We pray, and we work for transformation. Now, as in times past, we must be people of prayer who humbly serve alongside those in authority for the greater glory of God.

But how do we pray for and work with our government, even when we won’t always agree with its policies or decisions on every point? In Romans 13, the apostle Paul gives us some powerful words by which to measure ourselves as we consider our relationship with the governing authorities. He writes:

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God…For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good … They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.”

Of course, our democratic context is far removed from the totalitarian state under which Paul lived. However, the main thrust of Paul’s message was to help the early Church view its interaction with the state through the lens of God’s authority, realizing that all human authorities ultimately stand under God’s sovereign reign. As a result, they were to live as God-honoring citizens who fulfill their duties to the state in a way that ultimately pointed those in power back to the God as the rightful ruler of the universe.

AS CHILDREN OF GOD, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A TRANSFORMATIVE EFFECT ON OUR SOCIETY—AND THAT MEANS THAT WE ARE ALL CALLED TO POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT.

This truth in our current context requires us to engage in the political process as citizens of the Kingdom by playing a transformative role in our society and by pointing all authorities back to God as the ultimate sovereign. We do this not by criticizing and condemning those in authority from afar, but by serving them in ways that ultimately reflect our commitments as members of Christ’s Kingdom.

Paul’s words here remind us that those in authority have a staggering responsibility. In verse 4, Paul notes that the authorities have been charged with pursuing justice in a world broken by sin. As such, we should honor them where honor is due and pray for them because they are, ultimately, going to be held accountable by God for their actions.

Because of this incredible responsibility, we, as God’s people, must diligently pray for and lovingly serve those in authority. As President Obama today stands for his inauguration into his second term, we pray for him and for his cabinet and advisors that they would use their power wisely, exercising justice for all people and pointing them back to God as the source and definer of what true justice ultimately looks like.

Furthermore, we should partner with those in authority as much as possible to pursue ends that advance the kingdom of God. As children of God, we are supposed to have a transformative effect on our society—and that means that we are all called to political engagement.

Of course, sometimes having a transformative effect on society also means holding the authorities accountable and calling them to a higher standard. Martin Luther King Jr., who we also celebrate today, is a model example of this. As a Christian minister, Dr. King understood what it meant to be prophetically engaged with those in Washington. During his last speech, Dr. King spoke these powerful words:

“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or Russia or any totalitarian country maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges because they haven’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.”

Dr. King embodied what it means to faithfully and lovingly call our authorities to the greater calling of justice, and to work alongside those who did so.

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