Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Conversation With God About Our Leadership – Part 2

Last time, we shared the beginning of an imaginary conversation between God and me.  The basis of the conversation is our country’s present leadership and the upcoming election.  Let’s eavesdrop some more.


Me:  Oh, I understand that one! The conservative presidential candidate is Mormon and claims that makes him Christian. The present office holder has had tons of FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) flying around about him and his spiritual standing. We’ve got a lot of Christians praying and saying all kinds of things about both of them. It can get really confusing at times.

God:  I made it quite clear how you deal with that. In Hebrews 13, I point out that you should obey your leaders. They’re in charge of guiding you. If they don’t guide you properly, they’ll answer to Me for that. I know I said that they’d share My Word with you (see verse 7). Even if they aren’t really My people, they’ll use some of that to seem like they are. So, it still fits. And, if what they tell you to do goes against Truth, My Biblical contract with you includes an escape clause for the obedience part. They can’t force you to participate in any way with things like abortions because I said you must obey them. That’s not in everything.

Now, since you’re My creation, I know how your mind works. If you don’t like how they lead, you put them in the “them which despitefully use you” category. So, just to make sure that you didn’t miss it or misunderstand its importance to Me, I told you twice to pray for that kind of people. Once in Matthew 5:44, and again in Luke 6:28. Don’t skip that one.

While we’re on the subject of praying, let’s go back to the the beginning of this discussion, Bill. I have a bone to pick with you.

Me:  Gosh, what did I do?

God: It’s both what you did and what you didn’t do. I’m glad we had this chat, because you’re beginning to understand a lot of things. But you say you trust Me and know that I’m in control. Yet you pray about the President like the only solution is to get him out of office. Are you saying my omniscience doesn’t understand everything? And are you suggesting I’ve put my omnipotence away in a drawer, so I’m not still going to be in control when this Obama fellow is still in office? How about praying for him to make good decisions while he’s in office? I’d love to help him do that, too. He needs my guidance more than you think he needs to be thrown out the door.

And don't just pray.  Vote.  I know that sometimes it seems like there's no real choice.  Yes, I'm in control, even then.  But remember that I'm not going to force you to do anything.  You have to choose to do it.  Or not.  So, if you don't vote for the best possible option, you've just given up that right to those who do vote.  How much real insight is there to your spiritual "wisdom" if there's no action attached to it?  'Nuff said.

I have one other thing I take issue with. Let me show you something in Matthew 6:7-8. “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” I know what you need. One of the implications of that passage is that I’m not there to do your bidding like a servant. Whether it’s repetitive phrases or continually asking for the same thing, you’ve gotta start remembering that I’m not your trick pony. You can’t snap the prayer whip and expect me to perform the trick you want. I’m the one with the omniscience and the omnipotence. So, the response you get is the one I know will do you the most good.  Not always the one you think you want.  End of story.

One other thing, Bill. You know I love you. We need to get together more often. You can share what’s on your heart and I’ll answer from My Word. You’ll recognize some of My answers in what’s going on. Most will be in My Word itself. And the more we do this, the more we’ll be on the same page. How soon can we get together, again?

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