Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Needed: A Prophet to Confront the President Face to Face!

Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, "Is that you, O troubler of Israel?" And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and you have followed the Baals. --- 1 Kings 18:17, 18

There is no want to the expression of what is needed in our republic. Everyone has thoughts and opinions as to what is needed to bring about much longed for improvement in our nation of over 306 million people.

Unfortunately many look to the president and his administration to devise and implement policies which will improve economic and social conditions of the country.

What is most needed at the present time is a prophet sent by Almighty God to confront the president face to face as to what must be done to bring about a transformation of the United States ethically, morally, and spiritually!

Biblical history gives us considerable insight into ways that God raised up certain persons identified as “prophets” and in many instances these confronted the political heads of kingdoms with the call to repent and start doing things the way God wanted them done!

The above example of Elijah confronting Ahab is but one instance of a prophet bluntly telling a king that his ways and those of his citizens are badly out of step with a righteous God! Others were Nathan confronting David in the Bathsheba/Uriah incident, Jeremiah confronting Zedekiah, Micaiah confronting Ahab and Jehoshaphat, and John the Baptist confronting Herod and his immorality.

We have a president and an administration that have embarked on the most ungodly course of action of any in the history of our beloved republic. Human life has been devalued at the lowest level ever and this is substantiated by statements and actions on the part of the president as well as by special appointments he has made. Appointees support his philosophy that human life is a disposable commodity and we can preserve it or discard it for whatever reason, rational or insane!

So it is most appropriate that we pray that God in His sovereignty will raise up a prophet who will confront the president face to face about the ethical, moral, and spiritual shortcomings of the nation he is attempting to lead. We’re not talking about the some big name TV evangelist or preacher or the head honcho of some mega-church, but rather some individual who comes from out of the wilderness as was the case with Elijah the Tishbite or John the Baptist!

If it did happen, how would the president respond? From his past actions and statements all indications are that he probably would have the prophet thrown out of the White House or jailed! But that would not be unusual by way of response – it’s happened many times before – just read up on how prophets of old times were often treated, and don’t forget, John the Baptist lost his head because of faithfulness to God's calling and confronting a leader with the issue of ungodliness!

So, how about doing some praying about this – surely somewhere in this country there is a person – a prophet whom God might raise up and bring that one into a face to face encounter with the president of the United States with a message that begins with “God says that you and the people of this nation are to repent immediately!”

Like it or not, it is time to be realistic and think in terms of the very real possibility of judgment at the hands of the God Who in mercy raised this nation up nearly 232 years ago, but Who is most upset with how it and its leaders have rejected His revelation and ignored His standards for sane, sensible, serene, and safe living! It is also time that we all be reminded that Jesus Christ will be returning to this planet in the future and all nations will be under His control. At least a few of us refer to this exciting event as the "blessed hope" -- you can check out Titus 2:11-15 on that. See, we have no reason to act as though there is no bright tomorrow -- you just have to look far enough ahead -- look over the mountains!

And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word." --- 1 Kings 17:1

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. --- James 5:17, 18

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