Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A Timely Remark from a Friend

Christians' first political responsibility is to be the church. By being the church, we should understand that our first political loyalty is to the God we worship as Christians, and that we are not first and foremost about making democracy work, but about the truthful worship of the true God. (paraphrased from Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University Divinity School)

And a bit more:

This prayer was written by Scot McKnight, and posted on his Jesus Creed blog earlier today.

A Prayer for Obama

Our prayer today, Our Father, is for President-Elect Barack Obama.

Our prayers include:

That You, the infinite font of wisdom, might grant him wisdom daily.

That You, the loving God of all, might grant him love for you and for others, including our enemies.

That You, the holy and righteous God of justice, might empower him to do what is right in all that he does.

That You, the Lord, might grant him the charisma of insight to lead in this turbulent world and time.

That You, the Healer, might grant him the grace of reconciling damaged relations in this country and in the world about us.

That You, the God of Life, might grant him a commitment to act for all -- the unborn and born, the young and old, the civilian and the soldier -- to preserve life and honor that each of us is fashioned in the image of God.

That You, the Father, might grant him the time and wisdom to father his two young daughters and love Michelle, his wife.

And that You, the God of all comfort, might grace him and his family as they mourn the loss of his grandmother.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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1 comment:

Heather said...

Well said. I think I might print this off and try to pray this daily as I need a reminder of this regularly (and to be held accountable) Thank you for posting this. It is a great reminder and well stated.