Our Leaders Open Meetings With Prayer?

Congress and the president are at an impasse.  They cannot compromise.  What would happen if President Obama started the session and asked everyone to bow their heads and he lead out in prayer?  Wouldn’t that be a Christian thing to do?  Since he professes to be a Christian would anyone object if he did so?

What if corporate board meetings, school board meetings, city council meets all started with prayer?  Do you think it would change our society?  I realize that attorneys would be so busy they would be unable to comply with all of the requests.  But do you think it might just change what is happening in America today?

I doubt if we will ever see that take place.  What impact have you or I made on others in our lifetime?  Have we been too shy or embarrassed to witness to others?  Have we lived an exemplary life that may have affected others? Just how many people have we helped become converts?  Numbers are not as important as to who we have changed.  What about family, friends or neighbors?  What we say and how we say it makes a difference.  What we do and how we do it also matters as others are watching.

Matthew 5:13 – 16 – “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

If we, as Christians, make little effort to affect the world around us what good are we to God?  Do others see us as being different from the world? Do they see us positive, happy with joy?  Just as salt changes the taste or characteristics of food we are to impart Christian principles to others in order that they too might change.  Light shines and gives direction in darkness.  Do we expose our Christian principles and let them shine out to others or do we live no differently than how the world does?

Matthew 28:19 – 20 – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I often wonder how many people I may have impacted either for good or negatively.  At the age of 27 I was a supervisor over 250 people.  My entire adult life I have been an employer.  I have had the opportunity to witness to thousands of people.  I would hope that at least 99% recognized that I was a Christian.  Did I set an example that would make non-believers want to become a disciple of Christ?  I hoped I lived by the principles Christ commanded us to live by.

I came from a very legalistic background.  There were more rules as to what a Christian could or could not do to please God.  We were told we could not drink alcohol, smoke, dance or go to shows, hinting that’s how to live if we wanted to go to heaven.  It was similar in the early church when Jewish converts believed Gentiles that became Christians had to accept the 613 Jewish laws to become a true Christian.  Somewhere along the way theologians missed the concept of grace.  It didn’t take long to realize their teaching did not come from the gospel.  It may have been good advice but not Scriptural.

Galatians 1:6 – 9 – “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!  As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!”

There are a number of terrific ministers on TV.  There are also some who throw people into confusion and pervert the gospel of Christ.  Do we believe and live a gospel other than what Christ taught?

Chances are we will never be able to get the majority of today’s leaders to accept Christian principles.  I believe it is left entirely up to average Christians if we will ever change the world back to God.  Shouldn’t we begin now by prayer and the examples we set for others?

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  1. Ken

     /  July 23, 2011

    I see you listened to Charles Stanley and his message on salt and light but did you catch his few but very powerful words about the comprimises that are going on in and to God’s words and happening in the churches? Maybe we need to listen again to the message.

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    • Don Boyd

       /  July 23, 2011

      I listen every Sunday and have addressed the compromises in other blogs.

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