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Two days ago the following message popped into my e-mail box :
Faith Food Devotional
Giving of Thanks
November 21, 2014
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority…” (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
The Word of God is clear on this subject. I believe many Christians have practiced this scripture to some extent, but I believe we have somewhat neglected the “giving of thanks.” God wants us to offer thanksgiving to Him. And we have much to thank God for!
Too many Christians are always griping and talking about what is wrong with our nation. The Bible does not tell us as Christians to do that.
Instead, as Christians we are exhorted to make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and the giving of thanks for our leaders. (It is impossible that our prayers for them would work at the same time we’re criticizing them.)
Confession: I give thanks according to God’s Word for my country’s leaders. I give thanks for this great country.
Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications
My reply to the message was the following : And if those in authority are evil people?
There’s the idea that goes, think globally, act locally.
Locally, and depending on where you are you could say that this is a local threat: Very serious hate mail threats against the Gothenburg Synagogue (in the South of Sweden)
As you can see from the hate mail to the Gothenburg synagogue, the anti-Semites are no exception to this mode of thinking, in this instance global anti-Semitism is obviously being inspired by the Jerusalem synagogue massacre, to act locally…
For God and country: When PM Löfven & FM Wallström decided that it was time to declare their State of Palestine, I guess that they must have been thinking locally and acting globally, taking on the big XL toga of EU leadership in Middle Eastern affairs, must have thought that they were acting, responsib-ly, reponsive-ly and global-ly. Not like Ali Baba & the forty thieves.
I said “toga” of EU leadership advisedly; I said toga of EU leadership instead of “mantle of responsible EU leadership” cognisant of the fact that in the good old days of the cold war one nice summer’s day in the 70’s of the last century I popped in to listen to a very passionate Arne Imsen addressing his Maranata flock, it was at a “local” located in one of the back streets behind Åhlens in Stockholm City, and I dimly remember him saying something about the EU being a resurrection of the Old Roman Empire. Arne Imsen was as passionately for the salvation of the people behind the Iron Curtain or “ the evil empire” as some people called them – as much as Carl Bildt in later years has been willy-nilly so vehemently against them, although I don’t think that Mr Bildt would at any time then or now grudge their redemption, after all, whether he likes it or not, we are talking about Holy Russia, basically holy Christian territory…
Backtracking before I myself get lost, and so you see there was I, just a few moments ago, consciously dressing and upholstering our PM’s leadership in Roman senatorial robes in this our 21st century of the new millennium.
I close my eyes now and see Pompey (what we used to call Mr. A. T: Thomas, the rector of the secondary school I attended, since his noble visage looked like the bust of Pompey as displayed in our Latin text book ), and in the resurrected empire I now associate our PM with the likes of Cicero, the great orator, Livy, the historian, Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar. I wonder how he will fare in The Daily Show
I pray that Jon Stewart and his unholy crew don’t mishandle him too badly. I’m thinking about local security (those submarine incursions, John Oliver’s the monster of Loch Ness), Middle Eastern security, global security, the Nobel Prize for Peace
Yesterday, the whole world, I think especially Mr Netanyahu and his government were waiting to see whether the midnight deadline would bring the long awaited Iran nuclear deal. But very early Mr Netanyahu had already made his position clear – first with the red line he drew at the UN and then more recently, still fearful about the existential threat that would be posed by a nuclear weaponized Iran, that NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL
And now the no nonsense deadline that should have expired at midnight between 24/25th November has now been extended for ANOTHER SEVEN MONTHS!</strong> Seven months more to continue with their en-richment!
Freedom of speech and all that, if I said exactly what was on my mind when before all this, I heard the breaking news that Chuck Hagel had resigned, I’m sure that the demons would not allow the rest of what I have to say to see the light of day.
I fear for Israel.
Iran’s surrogate Hezbollah say that their missiles can hit any part of Israel, even Dimona
One last little thing : What the prophet of Islam (s.a.w.) said about those carrying the Black Banners (ISIL) – that it will take about 200 years to subdue them….
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