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My Great Personal Shame

July 19, 2011
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As a Christian, I am ashamed of myself.  I have failed to pray for the leadership of this nation and for the blessings of the Lord upon this nation.  I ceased praying in that way when The Great Man left office.

He once said that he could feel the prayers of the American people and could feel the blessings that were prayed for him.  I am ashamed to say, that, other than praying for the soul of Barack Obama and his family, I have not prayed for the Lord’s blessings upon him, nor upon his family.

I’ve not prayed for the Lord’s blessings upon this nation of ours.  I have been so angry, so caught up in the vitriol of politics that I have lost sight of what is truly important.  For this, I shall always be ashamed.

Our nation is off course, pushed that way by the endless battle of the billionaires, who must constantly toss more money into the fray.  Are they trying to help themselves or help the nation?  I no longer know.  All I know is the fact that I think it is immoral the way the deep pockets on the left and the right manipulate the playing field, for their own personal gain.

I think it is to our great shame as a nation that we have allowed it, right and left.  We have reached the point where I wonder if any of use really know what is right and wrong these days.  All we know is this side said so and so and that side said such and such.  Liberals must hate conservatives and conservatives must hate liberals.

It no longer matters what is right and wrong but which side wins.  What is good for the country no longer matters, either.  All that matters is one side getting its way and the other left out in the cold.

We have become so mean, arrogant, nasty, and cruel that it doesn’t matter who is hurt.  It doesn’t matter how the game is played.  Honor is a thing of the past.  All that matters is cold-blooded winning – at all costs.

I don’t know about you, but I have suddenly realized the costs are far too great. I am in danger of submitting what I am and what I believe to the highest bidder, for winning at all costs.

No more.

I am a Christian.  As a follower of Christ I should have the wisdom, grace, and charity (as in LOVE) to know what is right and what is wrong.  I know how to “means test” something.

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What is going on in this nation is not true.  It is not honorable.  It is not just.  It is not pure.  It is not pleasing.  It is not commendable.  There is no excellence, and it is not worthy of praise.

That is the bottom line.

From now on, I am praying for my country, our leaders (even the Dems) and for the blessings of the Lord to be showered on us like a beautiful Mother Rain.  It doesn’t matter if the leader is a Democrat or a Republican, all that matters is God’s Blessings upon our great nation.

I know the difference between right and wrong.  I know it deep down in my heart and my soul.  I know when people are behaving properly and when they are not.  I refuse to be manipulated.  I am going to do what is right.

What is right is praying for Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, George Soros, Harry Reid, and Rupert Murdock.  It is praying for the Koch Brothers.  Heck, I pray for the Republicans.  I’m going to start praying that the Lord will bless even the Dems!

As a Christian I refuse to be backed into a corner and manipulated by a multi-billionaire who is only interested in promoting his bottom line and enriching his bank account, no matter what the party.  Can you imagine what that money could do if it were given to help people?  Manipulating the political scene is nice, but just who are you helping?  There are millions of children who need the bare necessities of life.  Why not put the money to good use?  There are so many good causes in this world, people who are dying for lack of clean water, food, or something warm.

Sure, you might say this is liberal, but I know it is Christian.

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Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

I think one of the problems this nation is having is that those who should be praying for the Lord’s blessings, and for our leaders are so busy praying against them, that they have forgotten what it’s all about.

I know I had.

It’s not going to happen again.

Oh, I’m still going to point out what I think is wrong, but I am not going to give in to the hatred that I am allegedly to be feeling for the Dems or for those much hated RINOs.  I am going to even try to love those I feel are most unlovable – Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, and the like.  I am not going to give into the anti-gay sentiment that is causing people to surrender their ability to love, but I am not going to surrender my values.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to pray for what is best for this nation, not what is best for me.  I am going to pray that I will be honorable and full of love, kindness, and honor towards all (even libertarians).

I am praying that the Lord sees fit to shower our leaders with wisdom and a spirit of honor that they will do what is right for our country and not what is best for the lobby interests who have bought them.

I have seen the error of my ways.  We cannot hope to find Reagan’s shining city on the hill if we are doing nothing but fighting one another with a scorched earth policy.    It must start somewhere, so it will start with me.

All I know is May God Bless America, even if we don’t deserve it!

From the Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose will is good and gracious, and whose law is truth: We beseech thee so to guide and bless our Senators and Representatives in Congress assembled, that they may enact such laws as shall please thee, to the glory of thy Name and the welfare of this people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Lord, keep this nation under your care. To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties. Give grace to your servants, O Lord. To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage, wisdom, and foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations. Give grace to your servants, O Lord. To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served. Give grace to your servants, O Lord. And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name. For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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4 Comments

  • Sanity102 says:

    Some people talk of God’s mercy and love…they forget that God is also the God of Justice.

    It is His sense of Justice in me that makes me angry at the unfairness between the treatment of Obama and Bush…angry at Obama’s tearing down the economic foundation of our great nation…angry at his disrespect for our brave military…angry that the leader of the free world believes in killing unborn children.

    Pray for his soul…that makes you a good Christian, but demand accounting for Obama’s incompetence without shame… for vigilance in stopping evil and destruction of a nation blessed, is the duty of all God’s children.

  • jose maria says:

    Sometimes, it is good for all of us to do some soul searching.

  • Linda says:

    Cindy, thanks for a great article…and thank you for your transparency.

    I have long felt that our country is in the shape it’s in, not because of our political parties, but because of the failure of the body of Christ. It’s just like you stated, we have failed to pray. We have also (speaking from personal experience) failed to obey.

    There is an urgent undertone to your article that speaks as loudly as your words. We are at a crossroads-this country needs our prayers and God needs each one of us to be obedient to the role we’ve been chosen to play in such a time as this.

    God bless you big-time, Cindy! I’m proud to be your Christian ‘sister’.

    Linda


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