Two things that frustrate me

sad(These are directed at no one in particular, so stop guessing!)

1. When people use “worshipful” as synonymous with a ballad song.  As in, “We do lots of upbeat music, but we also do slower more worshipful songs.”  Some of the most amazing worship I’ve experienced has also involved having my face rocked off.

2.  When people use the word “prayer” as synonymous with “ask.”  Tell-tale sign of this: the word “pray” is always followed by the word “for.”  If every time I talked to my wife I was asking for something, she would kick my butt.

**Bonus Frustration:  When people say “fusstrate” or “flustrate” instead of frustrate.


Final Election Year Post

Yes, I promise this is my last post this year to do with the election and politics.

Today I was watching an interview with Perry Noble on His thoughts on the election and post-election Christian attitude are worth discussing.

Gods Man

God's Man

This is what Perry had to say in a nutshell:  “It’s amazing how many Christians say they believe in the sovereignty of God until their party loses the election.”

Nail on the head.  As Perry points out the Bible instructs us to lift up our leaders in prayer.  It does not instruct us or give any example of a time we should tear them down.  I think some Christians take the idea that we should be politically involved and since our system tends to be full of vitriolic diatribe they just jump right in.   That’s wrong.

I was in a conversation with someone this week who in a slip of the tongue said the name “Obama” instead of “McCain.”  The ensuing fit made me think she had uttered “He Who Must Not Be Named.”

The thing is regardless of who you voted for God is still sovereign (in charge).  In the Bible God used both good and evil kings for His glory (and not I’m not suggesting Obama is evil, I’m just making a point.)  Of course we should feel the freedom to be heard if we have a disagreement no matter who is president.  But there is a difference between being a part of the process and acting out of a bad spirit and unkind heart.

So I’ve made a decision.  Hopefully it’s not too combative or argument-inducing.  I’m going to start referring to Obama as “God’s man for the White House.”  Because he is, or he wouldn’t be headed there.

I will also pray for him and encourage others to do the same.  According to the Bible we should pray for “all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2)

Because God doesn’t need Obama, McCain, or the United States to do his work.  God didn’t stay up all night waiting for exit polls to come in.  God chooses to let us be a part of His plan, and President-elect Obama is a part of it.

Pray Backwards

An awesome initiative tonight from Carlos Whittaker. At 9:30 we all have a chance to pray for our leadership the way we are supposed to. Not tearing down but building up.

He’s calling it “Praying Backwards” and the big idea is for McCain fans to pray for Obama, and Obama fans to pray for McCain. Simple but great.

Participate. Let’s clear up some of this divisive junk and remember that as Christians we are to lift up everyone in prayer. No matter who you plan to vote for they are someone created by and loved by God. Being a politician doesn’t change that. Let’s do this together.