Swimming Upstream: “Want To Be A Peacemaker?”

divisionThroughout my Christian journey, I have failed often and made numerous mistakes. Some of my errors have been catastrophic in size.

But usually, after my failures,  I have met people who felt led by the Lord to pray for me during my struggles.

I refer to these intercessors as peacemakers. It was their prayers, along with the grace of God, who prayed me through stormy seas into peaceful, calm waters on the other side of my problems. Without them, I have no doubts I would have ended upon the shoals and rocks, bloodied and destroyed.

Now, America is sailing through stormy waters which could easily scuttle our nation onto the trash heap of forgotten powers, such as Greece, the Roman Empire and the British Empire. To think otherwise and view our political situation as just “politics as usual” is naive and shortsighted.

When George Bush was President, the favor of God was upon him. Yes, he was hated by many; yes, he was victimized by the media; and yes, the church let him down with her faithless praying. But God’s favor bridges over what the enemy dishes out and where saints fail.

Our nation has had no terrorists attacks since September 11, 2001.  Period. Enough said, okay?

Now, we have President Barack Obama who has thirty to forty percent of the nation idolizing him and the media bowing down before him. But unlike President Bush, Obama does not have the favor of God upon him.

And what good is man’s favor upon our elected leader when our nation is facing enemies who are backed by demonic powers? Zero! None! Nada! Zilch!

We Christians need to lay our ideological opinions down and begin praying with fervent love and passion for President Obama just as if he were our son. We need to shut our mouths and pray!

It’s a new day in America. And we can no longer depend on a few Houses of Prayer and individual intercessors to carry what is supposed to be a corporate burden for our nation’s welfare. To continue relying on just a few doing the work for all the rest of us will invariably result in dead bodies covering the streets of our cities.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.


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8 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “Want To Be A Peacemaker?”

  1. Pingback: Posts about Barack Obama as of September 16, 2009 » The Daily Parr

  2. allllright… but I’m still praying for Osama to be the next on Christ’s ‘to visit’ list. I really think that would turn everything upside down.

    I like Christ… he’s so good at the upside down stuff! 🙂

  3. seriouswhimsey,



    I agree. Continue praying for Osama. It worked for a man named Saul who ended up writing much of the NT.

    But I also believe the Lord is using our dilemma with terrorism to draw the church closer to Him and to refine her. So, my guess is that it will take time.

  4. I laugh in the face of time! None, not even the president can stop me from making the world a little better in this little corner of Fargo.

    In fact I DO believe I’m getting younger! 😉
    In all seriousness, I agree all prayer is necessary.

  5. hi larry, i dont know much about american politics, being a New Zealander, and i dont know much about your political belief or history, but out of nosyness i jsut have to ask why you say that obama doesnt have the favour of God upon him?

    and i totally agree we should pray for our leaders – we pray for our prime minister here.

    in saying all of this i declare that i put my trust for protection and provision in God alone. and i work to help those around me.

    blessings, claire

  6. fireball3316,

    “…but out of nosyness i jsut have to ask why you say that Obama doesnt have the favour of God upon him?”

    You have asked a great question, and usually I do a better job of phrasing what I feel prophetically. Can I back my statement up with Scriptures or surveys? No, I can not.

    I feel President Bush was a lot like King Josiah in that Bush had a heart for the Lord. And because President Bush had a heart for the Lord, the Lord held back terrorist attacks on America during the remainder of his days in office after 911. (2 Chron. 34: 27-28)

    Does that mean President Bush was perfect? No, of course not.

    And at the same time, I do not feel President Obama has this kind of favor on him to hold back terrorist attacks in America.

    Now does this mean I believe Obama should be likened to the AntiChrist? No, I do not. But at the same time, I believe God is using Obama to shape the American church.

  7. Geir (Gerhardt) Smith

    Obama his grandpa
    click my name and go to comments
    also favs # 8 Obama heckled at talk
    Antichrist is down on the ground do this fast


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