My Letter to the Next President!

5 08 2008

Recently my church did a series called “Letters to the Next President” the pastor (Andy Stanley) talked about what the bible would say to the next leader of our country. He ended up forming three letters from different stories about leaders in the bible and how they led in hard or difficult times. North Point also created a website for the general public to write their own letters to the next president. Not a specific person but to the one who ends up getting elected. Well I almost wrote one a few different times but for one reason or another I decided to not. Well this afternoon I did write one and I have put it below. I encourage you to write a letter. I mean he probably isn’t going to read but you never know. You don’t know how maybe God could inspire you and it could speak to the write person even if it isn’t the next president.

Dear Mr. President,

I know I have said I know what I would do that would fix the situation and I know how I would act as president. Even when I was a high school kid I wanted to actually have your job. After growing up I now realize I wouldn’t get the votes, but I would still like the job if I had the opportunity. Moving on I would like to say I know that what I see as an American watching news, reading blogs, and forming my own opinions that I do not know what you know just from the very nature of your position. So I know I would say I would do things a certain way, I pray that you can seek counsel from God and your staff to do what is right not just what makes you popular. Now I know Andy Stanley said that and if you were going to read these letters his would be the first ones and you wouldn’t make it to this one. I also highly doubt that you will make the mature correct decision for the people. I just pray that you will. Now I know you will get into office with the first 90 days of your campaign planned out and it will be what rallied you in, in the end. You will then probably take office realize what you wanted to accomplish will not be as easy to do and you will “distract” us from the goal you laid out. I already am, ok with that. I am bouncing off the letter Chuck Colson of the Nixon administration said and ask you to start your day with a devotional and scripture. I totally agree with him, have your quiet time with the creator before coming out and ruling the “free world.” Though I sort of envy your job, I do not envy your time of taking office. There is a lot of things changing in this nation and you are going to be in one of the strangest times of office.

So I pray that you do seek God, and I pray that you are humble enough to REALLY put the needs of the American people before yours.

Sincerely,

Joanthan Hoover
Amercian Citizen

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Don’t be fooled you cannot mock the justice of God!

1 07 2008

I was reading Gal. 6 for my small group this week and the first part of that chapter was striking to me Gal. 6:1-10. The chapter entitled “We Harvest What We Plant,” I know this is an age old adage. You reap what you sow. But how many of us actually don’t believe that. I mean most of us don’t believe that with our “doings.” We recognize it in others and understand the principle, but we fail to see our own issues, and quickly proclaim the issues of others. Like it says in Matthew 7:3.

What I love about what Paul was telling the church in Greece (where Galatia was) was keep planting, keep doing for others. I was reading a commentary this is what it had to say about it. “When we sow acts of love, we reap a harvest of love in return. When we give generously and sacrificially to the needs of others, we reap a harvest of gratitude as those needs are met. When we sow the seed of God’s Word in needy lives, we experience the joy of response. But we must remember that reaping a harvest almost never happens on the same day as sowing the seed. We may not even see a harvest in this life from what we have sown. Nevertheless, we must never give up, because we know that at the proper time our Master will return and reward those who have been faithful servants.”(www.biblegateway.com)

I don’t know about you but I have great satisfaction in knowing that doing things for others not just for my own end is going to be used weather you see it or not. Reminds me of a principle I heard, “leverage what is yours for something bigger than you so that you can grow the number in heaven.” It was a monumental thought to me that the things, not just money I have, but stuff I can leverage for others to allow the “good news” to do it’s thing.

I know this entry was a little more preachy this time. But this is so important. Not just the principle of reaping what you sow. But the message of freedom, and grace through Christ. Paul talks a lot in Galatians about living free from the law, but brought into the law of love. It hurts me when I see other churches pastors and believers squabbling about the right and wrong with different things in our theology. A lot of us worry about the amount of curse words use by someone, or the number of times someone has done something we deem as wrong. When that doesn’t matter. We need to leverage our lives and our belongings to come together as believers and unite in showing God’s love to EVERYONE. When I say everyone I mean, black, white, gay, straight, murders, molesters, homeless, wealthy, arrogant and humble. We are all important to God and we ALL are loved by Him unconditionally, so we ALL can receive his GRACE. Never mind what who has sown they will reap what is theirs, it doesn’t void their acceptance in God’s house.

Sorry for the tangent, but we need to as a community and the body of Christ to come together to show we are here to love and embrace EVERYONE! Not push our views, condemn, judge, or sneer! Andy asked what are you praying for big, I am praying for a REVOLUTION in the believers community to leave the religion behind and show love, show the love of Christ to everyone around the world. I know it is big but our God is big enough!