As for the other, I've already pulled my rattlesnakes out and commenced to running the backs of the pews...:D
...throughout Scripture, 40 days always represented coming judgement, not blessing as erroneously and repeatedly used by Rick Warren in his books, "The Purpose Driven Life" and "The Purpose Driven Church", both of which destroyed the church I was a member of. Any mass movement in the Church today has a taint about it for me now, and raises red flags that cannot be ignored. Even now I'm being told by my brethren and sisteren that I'm supposed to vote for a Mormon...for the good of my country...because anything is better than our current President.
I do not accept that premise or position, but rather...Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
The Bible says that God's Wrath always abides on the wicked, therefore, it stands to reason that any blessing or curse on our nation comes and goes because of the Church's position (or lack thereof) in Christ, upon Whom the Wrath of God has already been poured out for us. Right now, the Church is choosing the idols of self reliance, political expediency and false presumption to name but a few. Our current situation is not unique, nor is it the first time God has used the Philistines to chastise His people. He waits for us to turn to Him, and the longer we flip and flop about trying to fix it ourselves, the worse it will get.
At least now you know why I don't last long in churches...:D
I will pray with you. Christ alone is the only one that can save us and our country from our sinful nature and moral decline. No human politician or not can do it so I feel sorry for whichever man wins the election because they must promise things that can not be fulfilled by man. With that said I believe Romney will slow the pace of destruction considerably. Question: would you pay any more taxes than you are required to? I would much rather give my money to charities or my church because I know for a fact the money will get to where it is needed rather than lining some politicians pocket
Now you guys know that this forty days of prayer must include fasting.....and in the biblical sense fasting means not eating......anything.
"Lord, Please throw obama out of office and to show how serious I am about these prayers I will be abstaining from appetizers at lunch and will only be having the entree and desert...."
"Lord, I am praying my brains out and fasting by only eating a 12,000 calorie salad every day for lunch so please throw Obama out of office in november."
HE has already seen thru this politically motivated charade...... he saw thru it before the guy who started this 40 days of praying to get Obama out of office even thought of it.
You guys can sit here and try and justify by saying that you are only doing it for the good of the nation......but the jeezmeister takes a look at your archived prayers and he sees right thru you.
"Lets see, Ben here never prays for the poor or the unemployed or the nation or world as a whole nowhere in his archive of prayers but now he is praying that I throw Obama out for the good of the nation.....and he is mocking my forty days of prayer and fasting by not fasting."
Id say with a good deal of americans praying to have Obama removed from office that he is probably a shoe in now.
Dont mock the teachings of Jesus.... it will only come back to bite you on the butt.
"LORD, I will be skipping 4th meal for 40 days....but not nights.... and I will be praying some during this time also....so please toss Obama out of office."
This country was founded on the Judeo/Christian belief system and the further we are getting away from that, the worse the country is getting. Greed, theft, drugs, sex outside of marrage, violence, etc have all increased in geometric perportion to the distance we have gotten from God. If you can't see it it's because you don't want to.
He can deny it all he wants but most here can see thru the smoke screen.
If you want to pray for the country without a political intention then why was it necessary to include an election reference in the post?
Wouldn't this have been better? "Fellow h-talk community please join me in prayers for our country."
Evidence please that this country was founded on the Judeo/Christian belief system please. Something from the constitution would be nice since it is the most important document to americans and is what established our government...and therefore this country.
Surely god is mentioned somewhere in it.......
While the pilgrims may have been escaping religious persecution... they in fact actually were not persecuted by any means....they were actually the instigators of trouble in england and europe because they were trying to force their beliefs on others.....
anyhow... while the pilgrims may have come here for pseudoreligious reasons......this country was founded because the people here wanted to be control of their own lives and not living under the thumb of england and having to send so much of the money generated in this land back to england.
Money and power first off..... religion formed no part of the foundation of this great nation.
BTW: In response to Corny's comment GA was the king of Email... GA is not the king of anything. God almighty is the KING OF THE UNIVERSE... and His son Jesus Christ has been given ALL power and authority in Heaven and on Earth. GA respect, listens, and pays heed to the ones with the true power.