Barack Obama is â€śan appointed minister of God to do what is good,â€ť according to the prayer of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell at the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast held at the Richmond, Va., convention center.
The annual breakfast yesterday drew more than 1,000 people, including many of the stateâ€™s leaders. In addition to McDonnell, others offering prayers included Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, House Speaker William Howell and state Democrat Chairwoman Charniele Herring.
McDonnell asked, during his prayer for Obama, that God give him â€śthe wisdom of Solomon.â€ť...
1 Peter 2 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.---NASB
"The origin of human government is rebellion against God.
"The government sets itself up specifically in opposition to the rule of God.
"The rulers exalt themselves while deceiving the people.
"Human government drives a wedge between people, pitting them against each other.
"The state, which is the institutionalization of violence on earth, began as a usurpation of Godâ€™s authority; the true kingdom of God is not of this world (John 18:36). Let us not think that government can be â€śfixedâ€ť and the kingdom of God advanced by simply getting the right people in office, for we know that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Itâ€™s been that way since the beginning."
-- the great exemption clause for the american evangelical church to not count the cost. exempting themselves from the scriptures, and the taking up of the cross. exempting themselves from the teachings of Christ and the mandate to love God and neighbor. the great neutering clause of a generation.
the state church of China remained in such teachings. its not the evidence around us that confuses.... its the flesh identifying itself with prosperity instead of the universal suffering church or Bride of Christ.
God raises up Leaders of nations to bless or to curse the people, always to His own glory. This nation has fallen away from God and our failure to repent and return to His righteousness has earned us the leadership we have today. And still we refuse to repent. I guarantee things will get worse for all of us. You aint seen nothin' yet!
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: Having a heavenly citizenship doesn't absolve believers of their responsibility to earthly governments. Even though these governments function under Satan's authority with ungodly people in positions of power, the believer is not free to be selectively compliant. All persons in authority in all levels of civil government have been put in their position by God. God brings order and restraint into our sinful world even through godless leaders. Anarchy and chaos do not serve the common good of man.
Living in subjection to their leadership then becomes a matter of living in submission to God. Not only should the fear of punishment but also having a good and clear conscience before God motivate believer's subjection. Only in the situation when obeying the government would require disobeying God does the believer refuse to submit to a particular legislation that serves as a restraint or requirement.
Well, actually Barack Obama is a minister of God to do what is good... But allowing and even promoting the murder of millions of preborn babies on his watch is not doing good... Neither is trying to turn God's created order for marriage upside down by shamelessly endorsing unnatural coupling/marriage of homosexuals. President Obama will answer to King Jesus for his actions and lack of action for good while serving in the White House and my advice is that he quickly repent and turn from his wicked ways.
"Barack Obama is 'an appointed minister of God to do what is good,' according to the prayer of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell at the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast held at the Richmond, Va., convention center."
Sadly, I must report the president is not the ruler of the country. Legally, it isn't set up that way. Even if Jim disagrees. Apply Rom 13:3,4 to see if by his deeds he qualifies as minister of God.
I like the prayer but feel it fell into empty weightlessness. I think people pray to make themselves feel like they are better, God fearing people but their lives and theologies tell much different stories. I do believe that God appointed Mr Obama, but unfortunately, I don't see it as being for much good, but rather for His purpose...whatever that may be. I'm pretty certain that God is not happy about the ongoing baby murders, same sex marriages, improper stewardship of his provisions, and so on and so forth...