There once was a time long ago, when we actually had real leadership!

In Feb. 9, 1941, Winston Churchill made a speech broadcasted from London addressing the people of Great Britain and America’s President…President Roosevelt.

President Roosevelt in providing hope and perseverance to Churchill, wrote out a verse, in his own handwriting, from Longfellow, which he said, “applies to you people [the people of Great Britain] as it does to us [the people of the USA].” Here is the verse: . . .

“Sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate!”

Churchill, in his speech, asked:  What is the answer that I shall give, in your name [the people of Great Britain], to this great man, the thrice-chosen head of a nation of a hundred and thirty millions? Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt: Put your confidence in us. Give us your faith and your blessing and, under [God’s] Providence, all will be well [see note #1 below]. We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire [see note #2 below]. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job [see note #3 below].

Of course I know what these leaders were referring to within this speech, but I wish to put forth a much higher understanding. I pray for a return to leaders of honesty and integrity; leaders who actually care about the governed, instead of abusing them as the leaders since Reagan have been doing.

Note #1 – God has given us the gift of faith and His blessing…so as Christians, we should think & believe that ultimately, all will be well regardless of your present situation.

Note #2 – With God’s blessing and the power of the Holy Spirit…we shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. With the Holy Spirit, you have the power to do much more than you could ever hope or think.

Note #3 – God has already given us the tools to finish the job in the advocacy and intercession work of Jesus Christ. We have already been given the support & power of the Holy Spirit for those who believe in Jesus.

Let’s all bring God back into America! Vote for Christian leadership where it can be found.

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

I am reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous line, “judge a man by his character and not the color of his skin”. The blood in all our veins is red and all skin colors have bled for this country on the battle field. That makes us all brothers and sisters. The liberals and progressives among us like to divide us into groups, and then pit those groups against each other. We Christians are instructed to love our neighbors! There is no other qualifier. There is no statement about loving those who are like you; you are to love your neighbor no matter what. Your neighbor lives next door to you, resides in the next state, and across many borders. The Bible goes further to instruct us to love our enemies, so how can we possibly ignore an innocent neighbor!

In our land, every local school board and city council hold great debates on the qualification of a potential candidate and whether they are qualified to hold a seat at that table. Sadly, our country elected a completely unqualified man with no experience to be our president simply because of the color of his skin. Furthermore, the country elected him twice which is long enough to have the institutions of government start to fail. We now have the IRS, the EPA, the VA, the TSA, the CDC, the Department of Education, Homeland Security, the Senate, and the Secret Service all failing the citizens of this once great country.

As the Bible instructs us, we must pray for the leadership of this country, and I do; a country once the great hope of the world for peace and goodness…a compassionate country willing to help our neighbors across the great seas…a generous country that gives to others more than any other. The hostilities and warring madness of the Middle East and Africa, breaking God’s commandment of “Thou shall not murder”, are a despicable evil impacting the innocent of the world. Who can stop them now? Our military has been decimated by our own lack of common sense, most of the good commanders have been fired by mis-guided leadership, and the country has lost its faith and heart. As the famous quote goes, “for evil to flourish, good people must do nothing”. Who is going to stand up for our neighbors now?

We are not of this world

What is a Christian? Someone who knows Jesus Christ? No…the Bible tells us that the demons know Jesus Christ. Someone who knows Jesus is the Son of God? No…the demons know that too. Fact is, Jesus told us that many so-called Christians will call Him Lord and He will say, “I don’t know you”. So what then is the real Christian? Maybe the Christian is one who does good things. No, many non-Christians also do good things. So what then is the real Christian?

Michael Brown, past professor at a number of seminaries, wrote an article published on January 3, 2013, entitled: “What’s Right and Wrong with American Christianity”. He listed 8 “right things” and 12 “bad things”. The right things were about the things a Christian “does”: feed the poor, generousity, being helpful to others, being moral, pro-life, and pro-Israel. Jesus asked us to go and “do”, strive to be righteous and look after your neighbor; so I agree with Brown’s “right listing”, but these things don’t define a Christian. The bad things consist of having shallow faith, leadership scandals, moving away from orthodoxy, prosperity preaching, false teaching, and changing the church to fit the culture. Here we have a serious and accurate list. If we can reverse this “bad list” we will find out what a real Christian is.

A real Christian has a very strong faith in Jesus Christ and is willing to put Jesus above all things including self. The Bible teaches that leadership will be judged harsher than others; leadership should be stronger and humbly better, no excuses. The Christian’s faith must remain orthodox; the Bible is the very word of God, believe it with all your mind, heart and soul. A Christian does not change Jesus to suit his personal whims or to make the culture like a false message. A Christian loves Jesus no matter what the world thinks, no matter if it costs him his life.

On Chrismas Eve when most in the USA were warm and snuggly in their beds thinking of sugar plums in the morning, Islamic terrorists were killing 12 Christians celebrating Christ’s birth in Nigeria and burning down their church. The USA is quickly moving to demonize Christianity; we have already had church burnings. Please Lord, we pray for those persecuted Christians standing up for Jesus. We ask Lord to help those wayward Christians in the USA to reverse their course to become Bible-centered and become as strong for Christ Jesus as our brother and sisters in Nigeria, for many, Lord, have lost their way.