Discussing national repentance with President Obama

Had the weirdest dream this morning!  For some reason, I was doing some work that required me to be in President Obama’s office early in the morning.  After discovering me there, he asked me to walk with him as he went through his day (which, oddly, wasn’t very busy for the putative Leader of the Free World).

As we went through the day, he asked me my thoughts on his administration, policies, etc.  I used the opportunity to explain that I did not think Socialism and Statism were the cures to America’s true ills, but neither did I think that unrestrained Capitalism and pure “Free Market” doctrines held the solution, either.  I explained that America needs to <em>repent of its sins</em> and that <em>this</em> was the real key.  I also discussed America’s place in prophecy for a while and what Scripture said was ahead for the country and the world.

At that point, the President objected to the idea of national repentance, saying something similar to what I (and many others) had seen from the YouTube clips of one of his speeches (available here; though, as always, let the surfer beware) — mainly the stuff in the beginning.  (Actually, that speech deserves more discussion time, and not, I think, for reasons that might be obvious to most.  That aside…)  In the dream I simply responded, “Mr. President, for those willing to take the first step, God can show how to take the next.  For those unwilling to take the first, all the steps that follow will remain a mystery.”  (Or something like that.)  Then I mentioned examples from some of the reigns of ancient Judah, in which God pulled the nation back from disaster after moments of repentance, however incomplete and temporary those moments may have been.

About that time I woke up.  Weird dream to be sure, but one that I have to admit that enjoyed. 🙂

7 thoughts on “Discussing national repentance with President Obama

  1. Deano

    Amazing how a person can make hogwash sound so plausable…. The Youtube video I am referring to.

    Just think, it won’t be long now . . .

  2. Umi

    Mr. Smith – Thanks for posting your dream segment! I think it reflects what is undoubtedly in many hearts right now, and that is frustration with our national situation and the yearning to stop the train we see barreling towards us. With the 4th of July coming up it’s particularly hard to see the fruits of our nation’s sins all around us. When we sing “God bless America, land that I love” – we mean it. Anyway, it’s great to know that you are ready to give an answer if and when your turn comes up to speak to the President. 🙂 I particularly liked the “first step” wisdom your dream showed. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Norbert

    It’s not as if Daniel didn’t have the best regards for Nebuchadnezzar and that ancient version of the Presidency.

    “Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity” (Dan 4:27)

    Despite Daniel’s instructions and hope that it will lengthen the prosperity for Nebuchadnezzar as it did do, the decree of the Most High eventually came to pass.

  5. I agree, Norbert. It is possible to present the truth powerfully, to “cry aloud and spare not” concerning the message one has been given, and to show respect to an office at the same time. Daniel is a good example of that.

    Paul illustrates well that the way in which the message is delivered is important, and that it can differ as times and circumstances change, though the truth is always constant and never diluted.

    Thanks for the comment!

  6. Brian Maxwell

    When the Church of God actually does witness directly to the President and the top political leadership of the Israelitish nations (like the prophets did- to the King, etc), then we can truly say the Church provided the Ezekiel warning to modern Israel. Until then, the message currently given is very much incomplete.

  7. I partially agree, Brian. The message is not incomplete, but the mission is not yet finished. All the more, then, do I wonder how in the world someone can consider himself to be a part of what Christ is doing in the world while refusing to be a part of Christ’s work.

    No, the message is not incomplete, but there is still much more work to do. Why not take a break from making up forced criticisms, roll up your sleeves, and pitch in?

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