Tuesday, February 20, 2007

God's team or government's team?

The website The Presidential Prayer Team claims to be a nonpartisan organization that prays for the president, the cabinet, and other elected officials. Yet, it has an obvious pro-government stance where the prayers ask God to intervene in matters that have a strong basis in socialism and interventionism; matters such as social justice (whatever that is), environmentalism, free trade, etc.

The website is not about God, it's about the state - or the god-state worshipped by quite a number of people today.

According to the listed prayers, I'm to pray that this or that elected official will solve hunger, poverty, healthcare, etc. I am supposed to "(p)ray for guidance (for Lamar Alexander) in seeking environmental protection of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park and parks like it all over the U.S." As well as to "(p)ray for (Lamar Alexander's) leadership in building a stable economy in Tennessee, as industries such as automobile manufacturing are seeking relocation."

In addition,I'm supposed to "(p)ray that the many demands of the growing communities in (Steve Buyer's) district will be met." What are those demands other than the desire of some in the communities to have what is not theirs? The sin of coveting thy neighbor's _______ (fill in the blank).

My wife and I subscribe to World Magazine as it provides a Christian view of current events. The latest issue includes a letter with a quote from CS Lewis:

C.S. Lewis has Screwtape explain that "the thing to do is to get a man at first to value social justice as a thing which [God] demands, and then work him on to the stage at which he values Christianity because it may produce social justice. For [God] will not be used as a convenience."

The gist of the quote is that we are to serve God, not use God to serve our interests. And, more importantly, we are not to be lead astray by those who value something other than God; whether it is social justice, universal healthcare, environmentalism, etc.

Some of the mainline churches sided with the Progressive socialist in the 1800's because of the belief that man has to be perfected prior to the Second Coming. Since the only earthly entity with the supposed power to perfect man is government, the churches decided government was the solution.

What happened next was not detailed in the C.S. Lewis quote: The churches dropped God since government could create heaven on earth without Him. Note the current lukewarm - if not blasphemous - mush coming out of some of the mainline churches today.

Government said it would wage a war on poverty, and it said that it would win. Jesus said, "For you always have the poor with you." Government, with voter support, fought its war anyway, and ended up destroying the family. The conceit of omnipotence is the sin of pride, regardless the office or position held.

The Israelites begged for a king and got more than they bargained for. We have continually voted for a savior state and got exactly what we desired; a humanist beast.

The Presidential Prayer Team website is pure pro-government interventionist manipulation. Be aware. And, read it to be aware.

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