I’m still reeling from the President’s comments on Easter, calling out Christians or being “less than loving.” Then I can’t help but recall that Christians today were criticized for something that happened 800 years ago, and even that was skewed. (The Crusades were battles fought defending what was sacred and territorial to the Christian – it was a war.) Even more upsetting is the statement: “America is NOT a Christian nation … we are a nation of citizens.” What in the world does that mean?
Compare Mr Obama’s comments with that of the Prime minister of England, who said that although England was comprised of many faiths, they were in culture and faith, Christian. When the 154 Christians were murdered at Kenyan University, Mr. Obama spoke out about the murders, but NEVER mentioned they were Christians — the very reason for which they were killed. He praises immoral behavior – abortion and same-sex marriage – and seems, at least to me -- and many others, to protect Muslims, even radical Muslims, while DISTANCING himself from Christianity.
Let me go on record! CHRISTIANITY IS A LOVING RELIGION/FAITH. Look at the organizations, which show up for natural disasters and world relief, they are almost ALL Christian organizations – Red Cross, World Vision, Samaritans’ Purse, Salvation Army and the list goes on. How about all of the homeless shelters and soup kitchens and missions, most of which are Christian based? Furthermore, they are there when all others have left. … still loving, still ministering kindness.
I’m sorry! I have done my best to honor this President, but my respect for him is waning, quickly. I have heard enough Christian bashing. How about a little praise for Christians who truly love, minister to the poor, and the list goes on!
Well, enough venting; let’s talk about this week’s sermon. Chapter 16 takes us to “the final battle of all time." We don’t get there this week. :-) The Spirit directs our attention to “The God of Heaven” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” It is so end-time and yet so powerfully contemporary. I personalize The Lord’s Prayer illustrating how this is NOT a prayer to be said by rote, but it is a template to pray about everything under the sun from our hearts.
The best of all is God is with us. Psalm 46:7/JBS