Cheer Us Up, Mr. President

In The Pastor's Blog on February 20, 2009 at 4:09 PM

If you hear gloom and doom enough, you will believe it more than you already do. If you hear you are a failure enough, you will soon believe it, and nothing you do will change things in your favor. If you hear you are dumb and can’t make good decisions enough, you will likely become what you’re told. Does this make sense to you? It certainly does to me, and these are some reasons why people fail to live up to their potential.

For once, I happen to agree with former President Clinton when he suggests President Obama should speak with more optimism regarding our current financial situation. We don’t need to hear a bunch of lies which normally comes out of Washington; we do need to be told America has the courage and tenacity to move forward. Quit lying about who brought us to this place, and let’s move ahead.

One thing that needs to be done immediately, Mr. President, it to quit being so political – lead the country and quit complaining about the mess you’ve inherited. It’s amazing to me how many times we have heard the date for our current “crisis” beginning eight years ago, which is a direct reference to the beginning of the Bush presidency. Enough!

There is a biblical principal at work here, and many fail to see it. Simply put, we all get what we sow. If we only speak words of discouragement, then expect a life void of encouragement and a positive attitude. If we sow seeds of encouragement, then we will likely receive kind words by those around us. The Word of God plainly tells us the power of life is in the tongue, or in what we speak.

Galatians 6:6-7 ESV declares “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

Proverbs 18:21 also declares “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

James 3:4-10 ESV says  “Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,  and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Our country needs encouragement, not a steady diet of “this is the worse disaster our nation has faced since the Great Depression.” It’s no small wonder the stock market isn’t doing better than what it is. If we hear doom and gloom enough, we will lose hope and throw the towel in. Our cry will no longer be echoed by the words of America the Beautiful, but will be replaced with “I Might As Well Quit!”

Let me say unequivocally, when a nation leaves God out of its dealings and refuses to deal justly with its citizens, failure is lurking in the wings. Our nation has moved miles away from the principles on which we were founded, and that is the subject of hundreds of other posts. Let me leave you with a scripture which speaks volumes about where we are.

Psalm 33:12 ESV “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!”

Here is a question we must ask ourselves: Are we still a nation which believes in and calls on God, or are we going to allow our government to totally rule our lives from the cradle to the grave?

  1. Well spoken, Ron. The Democratic Party, including President Obama, needs to quit blaming George W. Bush for what has happened in the last eight years and start trying to fix the problems. Instead, all they can do is go around talking about he Bush needs to be investigated. Enough is enough.

    • Larry, how would you feel if your superiors whined all day long, never giving you any encouragement or a pat on the back? It seems to me that would discourage you from wanting to better yourself or the company. I believe that’s what’s going on here, in part. We couldn’t possibly count the number of times blame was put on the Bush administration during the campaign and over the last few weeks. Of course, if you only want the oval office for political reasons, there isn’t going to be much empathy with the plight of your people, anyway.

  2. If a person is told something long enough, it almost becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, no matter how untrue it may be. I am afraid that is what is happening because they want to be all things to all people. That is where their power base is.

    By the way, I like the new look you have given your blog.

    • You’re right. If the people look to the government for everything, those in power will be the ones grabbing even more power. This is not the way our country was originally designed by the framers of our constitution.

      Thanks for the kind words about the site.

  3. Mr. O does sound like a prophet of doom. I’m so thankful my hope lies in Jesus and His words are securely hidden away in my heart.

    I do believe we are in for some dark days as a nation…there is one benefit to be gleaned by Mr. O’s declaration of doom…we can prepare.

    • Good words, Judy. Yes, our hope is firmly placed in Jesus Christ, to be sure. No president has the power to take our faith away from us; in Christ, we are children of the most high God.

      Judy, keep dropping by this little slice of the net, and, more importantly, keep God’s eternal Word hidden in your heart.

  4. Obama is a liar, so we shouldn’t be too surprised by what comes out of his mouth. And I’ll state it unequivocally, Obama has sold his soul to gain the world. He claims to be a believer, but his policies are against God. Obama has manipulated himself into the white house.

    Matt 16:26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

    Currently, he’s trying to keep an out for himself by blaming the current economic trouble on W., while at the same time utilizing his extraordinary popularity to put pressure on legislators and politicians so he can pass all of his socialist agenda. The stimulus package as passed was incredibly irresponsible. Wasn’t the purpose of the package to create jobs, but in the end not that many will be created compared to the incredible amount of money being spent. And Obama used a lot of political pressure to pass it quickly before it could be examined in great detail and the truth about it get out to the public. Part of the pressure was the doom and gloom prognostication so he could manipulate the country to do his will.

    But keep praying for Obama, that he repents and becomes born again and turns from his father, the father of lies. Consequently, God can remove wicked leaders, but Obama just might be this nations call to repentance. From the last stats over 4,300 abortions happen on a daily basis, yet we turn a blind eye and a deaf ear. There was such an outcry for the soldiers we’ve lost in Iraq during Obama’s campaign, but the truth is we kill more babies every day than the total numbers of soldiers lost in the entire war. We’re a nation sacrificing our children to Molech, though Satan has deceived us into thinking it’s a woman’s choice among many other ungodly rationalizations. And look at the immoral direction of our nation and the wickedness we export around the world. Can we really think of our country as being any better than the nation of Israel when they turned away and followed other gods. We tend not to recognize the similarity in idol worship, but in fact America has far more idols today than Israel ever had. The Bible records God’s just punishment of Israel when they refused to repent and turn back to Him, so can United States of America expect anything different?

  5. It is SO NICE to finally hear someone say it!!! Enough with the doom and gloom. America can overcome ANYTHING, President Obama. So get a stiff upper lip and cheer us to victory!

    BTW – LOVE the new look!

    • You know, if I tell my children and grandchildren they’re sorry and good for nothing enough, they will soon believe it, and pretty much give up. We need to encourage each other; we also need to hear something positive and uplifting coming from Washington. Now, mind you, they aren’t real good at it, but can learn.

      Yes, I thought I’d give this new theme a good test drive for a while and see how it goes. It’s beginning to wear pretty well. Thanks for the kind words.

  6. Good words, Brother!
    I was just reading in Proverbs this week about a city or nation being blessed when there is righteousness and godly conduct, so we are definitely reaping what we’ve sown. It’s easy to blame Washington, Politicians, and Big Corporations for their responsibility in all this, and much of it can honestly be laid at their feet. But what about the regular folks who by their own mistakes willingly took on crazy mortgages? I think the blame rests on every segment of society as contributing to this mess. And we’re all going to have to tighten our belts and toughen up to get through it. You are correct PreacherP, our President has got to temper the reality of the situation with positive speeches that inspire folks to overcome adversity rather than be overcome with despair. What happened to “Yes, we can?”
    Some nationwide prayer & repentance wouldn’t hurt either!

    • Some nationwide prayer & repentance wouldn’t hurt either!

      You are absolutely correct – genuine repentance with heartfelt prayer will do a lot for this nation.

      Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around, and I’m of the opinion Uncle Sugar bears much of the weight. The government should have never applied so much pressure on banks to make risky loans for people who had little ability to take care of the loans. I don’t believe it’s my government’s responsibility to provide a home for me.

      E.B., there is plenty of blame to go around – now it’s time to move forward. Our nation can once again shine like a beacon in this old world, but we’ve got to get back on course.

      Thanks for your comments.

  7. You are right that when a nation turns it’s back on God, that disaster is just waiting. The best thing to do is to pray for the President, that he will make laws and decisions in accordance with the Word.

    • Dawn, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. By all means, we much pray for the president. I am not of the opinion Mr. Obama is completely without hope; God can change his life and, therefore, have a positive affect on all of us. I want to see him lead with strength of character under the guidance of the Spirit of God.

  8. Craig Hill of Family Foundations International teaches the “Strongman Principle” – the head of a family, tribe, city, nation is the one that stands to protect the people under him from attack. In whatever area the strongman is bound, or weak, that weak spot opens the door to the enemy and gives him access. Before any intruder can harm a family, he has to go past the head of that family, assuming the father is righteous and stands guard over his family. The same is true of a nation.

    • Excellent observation regarding the strongman. Many people listen to our president and guide their actions accordingly. God sets governments in place, and tears them down, according to the scriptures. Many want Mr. Obama to lead well, but with strong moral values. Please continue to pray for us. Oh, that God would grant revival from border to border and coast to coast!

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