Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Prayer for President Obama

Dr. Albert Mohler:

Christians are, first of all, citizens of a heavenly kingdom. The followers of Christ know no allegiance of ultimate rank to any government or earthly authority. Yet, the Bible clearly teaches that God has given us the gifts of law, government, and ruling authorities for our good. We are instructed to pray for "rulers and all who have authority" and to be faithful in praying "so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God" [1 Timothy 2:2].

As Barack Obama prepares to take the oath of office and become the 44th President of the United States, Christians should be thinking about how to pray for the new President. I offer this prayer as a place to start, as we observe the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States together.

Read the prayer here.



Abraham Lincoln's Doctor's Dog said...

"Whatever we once were, we're no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers." -Obama

thinking said...

Actually, the above quote from "Abraham Lincoln's Doctor's Dog is somewhat incorrect...the real quote from the Obama speech is this:

"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth..."

Second, Obama is absolutely correct. America is a nation of diverse religious believers. Obama, like all Presidents, needs to represent every American, not just those of a particular faith.

We have a secular govt and for good reason. As a Christian, I want our govt and its leaders to represent people of all faiths, and yes, even nonbelievers.

Abraham Lincoln's Doctor's Dog said...

Actually, both quotes are correct -- your quote is taken from his inaugural speech (1/20/9), mine is taken from a keynote speech at a Christian conference (6/28/6).

Skip ahead to 1:03 and see for yourself...

Fox used the clip of this speech to make him look anti-Christian, but I also agree with Obama -- I recall John Bolton saying that Bush only represented the people that voted for him; a good president should represent all of us.

thinking said...

Abe Lincoln's Doctor's Dog: you are correct...Obama made those other remarks in an earlier appearance.

However, as you note, either way, Obama is right: our govt is there to represent all of the people, regardless of faith.