Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Prayer for the United States

It is early in the morning on the day after this nation has apparently elected perhaps the most wicked presidential candidate in history. I wonder if this is the beginning of the end for this nation. Certainly I will pray otherwise, but I can't help but think that we will not survive this foolish decision and maintain a free republic.

The people, who as a nation continue to slaughter the innocents through abortion, have taken to their hearts this radically pro-abortion Senator, this friend of socialists and terrorists, this pretender who so easily manipulates those who wish to be manipulated. Many would say that this nation gets what it deserves, that God has sent us the means by which we will justly be destroyed, an evil corrupter who will unwittingly deliver God's righteous wrath. That may well be true.

Yet, I will pray for mercy, that maybe through seeing who this charlatan really is, our nation will finally wake up and fight for liberty for the born and the unborn, that we will break the chains of sin that wrap around this nation from coast to coast, that we will return to the faith of our fathers and become a nation of laws, morality, and divine guidance.

I hope you will pray with me.

God help us.

34 comments:

Pam Halter said...

I am totally praying for mercy and will continue to do so!!

Pais Charos said...

I will pray with you.

Scott Appleton said...

Your post bears a lot of similar feeling to what I said on my blog, Bryan. This man has been handed the most powerful position in the world and he intends to socialize our nation and impose his liberal, godless agenda. I actually cried when I listened to Obama'a speech and I asked God to have mercy on us. But my heart believes that our powerful Judge has cast a pall of darkness over this nation, that His hand will let evil teach his lukewarm followers repentance.

Bryan Davis said...

Thank you, Pam, Pais, and Scott.

For all others, if you want to post a comment of disagreement, first, don't bother mentioning Bush or McCain to defend your position. They are not pro-life, and I didn't vote for either of them, so it won't help your cause.

Second, be brave enough to post without the "anonymous" mask to hide behind.

Third, if you think Obama is not wicked, then be prepared to defend his record. It is littered with murderous and anti-God positions and alliances, including his radical pro-abortion stand. If you don't defend your position, I will not publish your comment.

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

I am praying that Obama will take heeds to these words from Psalm 2, "Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him."

I'm just so heartbroken that Obama is now the president-elect of my beloved Country.

Weeping and Praying for my Country,

Jessica McDonald

Bryan Davis said...

Thank you, Jessica, for reminding me of that Psalm.

This is a time for weeping, to be sure, and it is a time to pray.

I'm with you. I'm not ready to give up on this country. But we have a great battle in front of us. Only God can break down the forces of evil that blind the people of this land.

Anonymous said...

I will be praying every day until the raputer(sp?)
oh I just found out that Kenya was part of the roman empire and (I already knew this) he was born there so does that mean he's that Antichrist I don't know for sure but that is my guess.
I just hope that I am able to the book I'm working on done soon it will be hard what with school and all but I know that is what God wants me to do so I'll do it.
-Alex

PS I can only use anonymous that's why this anonymous

Galadriel said...

I'm just impressed by your language.It's very strong and beautiful.

And if you don't mind my asking, why do you say the President isn't prolife?

Bryan Davis said...

Galadriel,

President Bush decided to allow federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. He nominated Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals, a man who argued successfully before the Supreme Court that the RICO Act could be used against pro-life activists.

He also supported pro-abortion Republicans for office, like Christy Todd Whitman. Planned Parenthood continued to receive funding during the Bush administration, something he didn't bother to oppose.

The list could go on, but I hope that's enough to show that this president is not pro-life.

Of course, Obama is worse. He voted three times in the Illinois state senate in opposition to a bill that required doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive after attempted abortions. He is the most radically anti-life politician I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

did Obama finally give his birth certificate?
i didnt hear how that ended(if it ended).-cherub's grip

Anonymous said...

I think we need to pray for Obama and that he may become a true believer in Christ. Maybe then we can get the change we really need for our country.

ps i can only use the anonymous as well

Bryan Davis said...

Anonymous,

Obama never allowed his long-form birth certificate to be seen publicly. There are lawsuits still going demanding that he prove his eligibility, so that might be the only remaining hope that this election would be overturned.

Ian said...

The results of this election scare me in a way...I am positive that the times as we know them are going to change.

There's a lot more that I could say, but I can't put it into words at the moment.

I'm praying.

:)Ian(:

Anonymous said...

ugh...then how on earth can he run for presidency?!?!? did thye just over look that part like it wasnt necessary?-cherub's grip

p.s. its not letting me log on, probably because i forgot my password, but im not going to mess with it now.

Navybro said...

. . . It's like my heart got a bit stiff from the news, could someone get me a massage please? :)

*jaw drops to the floor* WHAT!!!!!! BUSH ISN'T PRO-LIFE?!?!?!?!?!?!?! What kind of insanity would have gotten into him to do such a thing?? And after he had vetoed several bills from Congress requesting support for embryo scr (stem-cell-research), too!

*shakes head and whispers* I just don't believe it. . . I can't. . .

Ummm. . . Yes, definitely pray I shall.

p.s. I just remembered something I wanted to bring up. . . If it turns out that Obama was, in fact, not qualified to run in the election, and he gets impeached and expelled from office,* would his vice-president choice take his place?**

*(or if he got assassinated or something XP)
**(I forget his name.)

the lion hearted said...

My, this president-elect will definitely keep us on our toes--er, knees. I join with you in prayer for our country.

.:Lion Heart:.

Arianna said...

I've been praying almost constantly since sometime Sunday afternoon. This has been a heavy weight on my heart.

I am praying especially for Supreme Court justices. If we lose any of them in the next four years we are in very major trouble.
The double trouble is a huge majority in Congress.

At least we always have the comfort that God is in control.

Anonymous said...

I believe that most of the United State's Christians are in prayer. They always were.

But this is how God answered our prayer. He has a plan for us. Who's willing to trust in him, no matter how it seems now?

P.S. Obama may not be the first black president. The name slips me right now, but there was one decades ago that might have had African American blood. Interesting thought, isn't it? Especially since one of Obama's main reason for being elected was because he would be the first black president.

Linnette R Mullin said...

I appreciate your post on Obama. It's nice to see an author writing for YA who has his spiritual head on his shoulders. (I have two teenage boys and another who's preteen.)

I read your comments regarding YA writing on Writer's Digest and appreciate what you had to say there, as well.

I was also excited to see you are published by AMG. Dan Penwell will be at our writer's conference next week. I'm very excited. My husband kept telling me there's a need for YA writers, and while I agree with him, it's not my genre. At least not yet. So, I'm glad to see writer's like you out there for our kids. Thanks for your hard work!

I have already joined you in prayer for our country. Whether this is God's judgement or not, we must trust in Him no matter what happens in the next four years. He is our only hope. May God help us through this season of life! Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 11a "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven...He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time."

Anonymous said...

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Bryan Davis said...

I allowed the previous anonymous comment to go through so that I could make a point. It seems that the Obama supporters don't have enough courage to fight for their man publicly.

It's so typical that this commenter would quote the Bible out of context. Obama did that a lot, even though, with his rapid support of the legal slaughter of the innocent, he ignored the simplest of biblical commands, like "Thou shalt not kill."

The rest of the Romans passage makes the meaning obvious, which the commenter conveniently left out.

"For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake. (Romans 13:3-5)

Clearly Paul is talking about ministers of God who punish evil and reward good. So we are to obey such authorities, not just to avoid wrath, because that is what conscience demands.

But what if an authority violates God's principles? The Bible gives us clear guidance for such situations.

When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, "We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's blood upon us." But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:27-29)

Our edict is to obey the authorities unless they conflict with God. Since Obama is clearly opposed to God in so many ways, we are to oppose him and instead obey God.

Now, Obama supporters, how do you get around "Thou shalt not kill"?

BookRyder said...

Would it be relevant to say that it was before Jesus died and that it was for the Israelites?

I do not support Obama in the least. I just wonder if that could be applied. Should we live be the 10 Commandments in your opinion? I think we should...

I voted for Chuck Baldwin as I've stated on the forum.

I fear for this nation now even more than before.

Of course, I'll pray with you.

Bryan Davis said...

Bookryder,

Yes, I believe we should obey the Ten Commandments. And Jesus restated the commandment not to kill. That command is certainly in force now.

Thank you for helping the Chuck Baldwin cause.

Shiloh said...

I'm kind of confused here. I was sure McCain was pro-life and I know Sarah Palin is. How is McCain pro-choice?

Bryan Davis said...

Shiloh,

Senator McCain has claimed that he is pro-life, but he is not.

John McCain has repeatedly said that abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest. In other words, he would support the legality of killing an innocent baby who happens to be the product of a rape or incestuous act. In fact, McCain has consistently fought to change the Republican Party platform to include those exceptions. Here is proof:
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/04/mccain_still_wa.html

That is not pro-life. That is pro-abortion.

John McCain has flip-flopped on his view concerning the overturning of Roe v Wade.

Here is a quote from Mr. McCain, "I’d love to see a point where Roe vs. Wade is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe vs. Wade, which would then force women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.”

That is not pro-life. That is pro-abortion.

But now, after extreme pressure from the conservative side of the party, he says he is in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade. A classic flip-flop move.

John McCain has consistently been in favor of federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research. Even though his campaign website says he favors funding for adult stem cell research, his campaign speeches say otherwise.
http://www.lifenews.com/bio2487.html

He is clearly still in favor of scientific research on murdered babies. A quote from the linked article: "McCain holds to the same pro-embryonic stem cell research position as Barack Obama."

That is not pro-life. That is pro-abortion.

Liliannalissa said...

First, I want to make it clear that was against Obama from the start, especially because of his extremely pro-abortion stance. When I saw the election results, I was afraid for our country.
However, Senator Obama will become our president, unless something, such as his birth certificate, intervenes. So we must pray, vote for what we believe is right, and... respect and support our new president. Note: I said respect the president, not his ideals.
In both direct words and in history, the Bible tells us to respect authority. In the old Testament, David was running for his life from King Saul, but still showed his support for the king. Jonathon disobeyed the king by helping David, but fought under Saul in battle.
“We must obey God rather than men.” Absolutely true. Obeying God must be our first priority. The challenge is how to also warn against our leader’s false words and yet not undermine their authority. I think that with God’s help, we might be able to do that.

Bryan Davis said...

liliannalissa,

You have valid points, but there are so many intricacies involved, it's not as simple as you imply.

In our country, the Constitution is the law of the land. If a president or any other government leader seeks to violate that law, he is the lawbreaker or perhaps a usurper. We must stand against such usurpers, the true lawbreakers, and honor both God and the law of the land.

Until Obama proves that he is legally eligible to be president, he cannot be the legal president. He will be a usurper. Not only that, if he and Congress conspire to pass laws that violate the Constitution, what are we to do? Obey laws that are not really laws? Or do we follow the true law of the land and thereby not violate our conscience? And when those laws violate the law of God, then surely we will have to break them.

And if Obama truly is ineligible, then he is not really president, doesn't really deserve our respect, and anything he does in office would be unlawful.

So, while your points are fair and worthy of consideration, I think the situation is far more complex than you have indicated.

Melody said...

Christians can be liberal, moderate or conservative. Using words like "wicked" to describe the President-elect just causes more division between us. We just have a different focus. Liberal are more focused on social change and conservatives are focused on lifestyle issues. The one thing we have in common is we want to best for our country we are just going about it differently.

Bryan Davis said...

Melody,

It's not about liberal, moderate, or conservative. It's about right and wrong. Abortion is murder of the innocent, and murder of the innocent is wicked. Since Obama is radically pro-abortion and has fought to make this murder more easily accessible, he is wicked.

Division is not to be abhorred when the division is over issues of right and wrong. Over issues of life and death, I welcome such division.

If you support Obama, and therefore his views on abortion, you aren't seeking the best for our country.

Dominique said...

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" --The United States Constitution.

No where in our bill of rights does it state that our jurisdiction favors any Christian ideal, including the Ten Commandments. Nor does it favor the ideal of another religion.

Bryan Davis said...

Dominique,

I'm not sure what your point is. You quoted the first amendment from the Constitution, but that doesn't give any evidence that would lead to your conclusion that "No where in our bill of rights does it state that our jurisdiction favors any Christian ideal, including the Ten Commandments. Nor does it favor the ideal of another religion."

You're simply wrong. The first amendment allows freedom of worship, which is certainly a Christian ideal. The third and fourth amendments are based on Christian ideals and the ten commandments, "Thou shalt not steal." And the list could go on.

Reading beyond the Bill of Rights, but still in the Constitution, we see the fourteenth amendment.

"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Depriving a person of life without due process would be murder. One of the ten commandments says, "Thou shalt not kill." Obviously this ideal, a Christian and a Jewish ideal, is in the Constitution.

So, our so-called president-elect (and he is not the president-elect), in his maniacal pro-abortion stance, is against the fourteenth amendment.

Therefore, Dominique, you are wrong, as are all Obama supporters on these issues.

And since your profile is private, we don't know who you are. You appear to be just another anonymous commenter.

Dominique said...

"Anonymous" or otherwise, your blog is public. If you would prefer not to receive outside comments then you might consider disabling this feature.

The Amendment says that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, meaning it won't favor or endorse any one religion over the other.
My point is that the United States should not (and, according to it's constitution, can not) base its judgement of civil liberties on the view of one religion, be it Christianity or Buddhism.
So essentially, quoting the bible is irrelevant when supporting your political argument.

The Fourteenth Amendment also says: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
Unfortunately, as much as the U.S. feels for the unborn children of the world, it does not have the right to make laws or bans regarding their well-being or quality of life until they are born or made citizens within our borders.

Also, Mr. Davis, I don't appreciate the condescension. I generally like to conduct debates in a civil way, free from personal attacks. That is to say, it would be much more appropriate if you could refrain dismissing a point that I have made by declaring me (and the entire collection of Obama supporters in general) "wrong". It is sort of rude.

I have not claimed to be an Obama supporter.

Bryan Davis said...

Dominique,

My point about your anonymity is not whether or not I want to allow anonymous comments; it's the fact that those who post disagreements on my public blog seem to lack the courage to do so publicly. I will continue to allow them, because I don't fear what people will say. And I don't fear making my own comments public.

Second, you are misinterpreting the first amendment. It says that Congress will make no laws respecting the establishment of religion. That in no way means that an ideal held in one religion cannot be used to make decisions regarding civil liberties.

We already have laws against murder, which is an ideal in religion. If not for religion, the sacredness of life would likely not exist. I trust that you wouldn't suggest that laws against murder are unconstitutional, yet it seems that your argument would take us in that direction.

Since abortion is the killing of the unborn, we are simply demanding that the same principle be applied to all living humans, including the unborn. That is not a violation of the first amendment. Far from it.

My quoting from the Bible is not intended to influence Congress to pass any laws. It is to influence Christians that voting for Obama is an affront to their beliefs. You have misapplied my intent.

You have also misinterpreted the fourteenth amendment. It does not say that only "citizens" are protected from states that might deny them the right to life; it says all "persons." From the language at the beginning of the amendment, it is clear that not all persons are citizens, so it is not just citizens who are protected. Although technically not citizens, unborn babies are persons, and they are guaranteed protection in the Constitution.

I have not been condescending or rude, and I have been completely civil. I have not called you rude or condescending, but you have said that about me.

Who, then, is the rude one? You are the one making personal attacks. I have made none. Stating that someone is wrong is an attack on an opinion, not a person. Saying that someone is rude or condescending is an attack on a person, which you have done.

I have merely stated that you are wrong, and I have not just dismissed your opinions. I have given reasons for my conclusions that you are wrong.

There is nothing out of line with giving a non-personal conclusion based on stated reasons. That's what we do on blogs, state our opinions.

So, I will state my opinions again. Your interpretation of the Constitution is wrong, and your interpretation of my attitude and handling of this debate is also wrong.

If you object to someone making conclusions in a debate based on plainly stated reasons, then I suggest that you go elsewhere. If you continue calling me rude, condescending, or any other insulting adjective, then I will stop allowing your comments to post.

Anonymous said...

You said "this nation has apparently elected". I just want to throw out there the election results may or may not be thrown. The 'powers that be' (whoever they are) WANT him to be president, for whatever reasons (and they probably aren't good for America).

P.S. I was just on the Internet to see research Mr. Davis (not his books, as I have every one that is out.), and stumbled across this blog. So I don't have an account, therefore anonymous.