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A New President

History was made with the election of the first African American to be President of the United States–Senator Barak Obama. As Christians, we are called upon to pray, support, and honor our leaders, especially our president, even if we have strong differences.

It is true that change is coming. I don’t think any of us can accurately predict what that change will look like, but we can take a hard look at ourselves as Christians in America and consider what needs to change about us.

Perhaps for the first time Christians will no longer seek to Christianize America but speak prophetically and live missionally in our growingly secular world.

Our greatest need is not to fight the battle against the culture but to fight against the battle of unbelief. We must learn to live as missionary citizens. The context of American culture is drastically changing, no doubt. We need a Christianity with a gospel that is sufficient, a mission that is dominant, and a Savior who is triumphant. Now is not the time to wallow in the cry, “Woe is America!” Now is the time to plead with God, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Now is the time for a missionary, not a psychologist, to lead the cause of evangelicals in the 21st century American culture. We are not here to tell people, “Yes you can!” but “No you can’t, but Jesus can.” Now is the time to take the call to be missionaries in our own world as serious as other Christians are in their equally pagan and anti-Christian culture.

It is time for the Bibles on our shelves to be the dictum of our day. It is time we recognize once and for all that Jesus has never been draped in stars and stripes but died naked with only the blood of His brow and the spit of the soldiers for His covering. His kingdom is not of this world.

Let us not weary ourselves about the battles we face without and ignore the greater ones within. The church will march on. Christ will continue to save. His mission will prevail. His glory is our gain. Let us not waste this election wondering what we have lost as Christians in America. Let us look to Christ and His gospel and see what we have found.

Then, my friend, we will have change the we can believe in. Then we will change and be the change.

Excerpts from a friends blog


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