Praying for & advising President Obama, Part 2

I titled this post “Part 2” because this topic has already been discussed earlier (see here).

However, this past Sabbath the LCG website added a post by Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka on the same subject: “The ideals of our forebears” (click to read it).  The difference?  His commentary is much more elegant and powerful than anything I wrote in my post (or admittedly even than I intended the post to be).  Here’s the first paragraph:

On January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama assumed the leadership of a mighty but beleaguered nation.  Regardless of whether we are individually thrilled, indifferent, or dismayed about the new American president and his Democratic majority, perhaps we should ask ourselves an honest question: are we sincerely praying for President Obama?   A brief check of the world news and a brief analysis of President Obama’s inaugural speech show us that there is a lot we should pray about…

Read the rest!  Click on over to the website and peruse the Commentary library, or click here to go straight to this particular commentary.  Excellent job, and Mr. Ciesielka is right on the money.

7 thoughts on “Praying for & advising President Obama, Part 2

  1. According to a Christianity Today article the White House couldn’t find a Bible for the second swearing in.

    If true it’s a sad contrast to the instruction the Kings of Israel and Judah were given to write out their own copy of the law.

    Now we are at the point that the White House doesn’t have a copy of the Bible, the most widely distributed book in the world.

    It’s right and proper that we pray for our leaders, as the Bible says, even though recent actions seem to indicate indifference or even hostility towards God.

  2. I particularly liked the point he made that America was not founded on a patchwork faiths. I recommend an excellent book to everyone called, “America’s Christian Heritage”, by Gary DeMar.

    In it, he points out the original intent behind our founding documents. Freedom of religion was never intended to mean freedom ‘from’ religion. Freedom of speech and of the press, put in its context, was expressly meant for spreading the gospel. All of our great bastions of socialist/liberal education today like Harvard, Yale and Brown were originally established to produce an army of ministers for Christ. And in many colonies and later, the states, a man could not run for a public office unless he professed Jesus Christ as his saviour.

    In light of these facts, it was extremely disingenuous for President Obama to say,

    “…every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.”

    Not only has our nation continued to stray from those ideals and founding documents for decades, President Obama is on the verge of driving us further away from them in the greatest thrust we save seen to date. President Obama is a master of double-speak. Another great read if you want to understand where liberals are taking us today is “Animal Farm”.

  3. Perhaps someone should give the White House’s address to the Gideons…

    Buckblog, I am reminded of the swearing in of George Washington as President #1. Right before the “big moment” it came to their attention that no one had brought a Bible. But then, unlike this case, they waited until someone ran down the street fetched one.

    They understood, then, that somethings are too important to do without.

  4. Carolyn

    Perhaps those involved in the swearing in of the President, the first and the second time, understood the hypocrisy of the situation. The first time it flustered them so much they felt the need to do it again without the Bible.

    Just a thougtht…

  5. Brian Maxwell

    Lets think about this:

    If you have a Bible in the White House but do not really follow it (and I would nominate the former President W. Bush in this category), I would have to conclude this falls under the heading of hyprocisy.

    I would rather someone honestly admit they do not follow the Bible vs. someone saying they do follow it but in reality don’t.

    Think about it.

    And also think about posting the 10 Commandments but ignoring them. This nation has a form of religion but it is a farce. Perhaps the Republicans are most guilty of this hypocrisy but of course all political parties are unfortunately in the same state.

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