No doubt by now most Christians have heard of an ecumenical document titled, “Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience.”
NOTE:I wrote this as an article for Thanksgiving 2002 and while I’ve updated and revised it some, it is still timely for today. I’ve broken into three parts.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost here? Yay! I love Thanksgiving and beginning on Monday I am going to rerun last year’s three-part series I did on Thanksgiving based off of a 2002 article I wrote. I’ll of course update it to reflect what has happened in the past year, but I think it is important to have a heart of thankfulness; actually it is required of us. God inhabits the praises of His people:
“But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
I so love how the Holy Spirit works. This morning I awoke with the song “You Are God Alone” by one of my all time favorite Christian groups Phillips, Craig and Dean. We sang this song in church last Sunday. The chorus goes like this:
You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
Your are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone
Last night at a website I watched part one of a three part interview that Oprah Winfrey did yesterday with Sarah Palin. The thing that struck me the most about Sarah’s interview was what she said about how Team McCain handled her. These “advisers” and “consultants” all seemed to know what was best for Sarah; they kept telling her to keep on message. She said she never really knew what the message was.
It seems in the political arena today that Madison Avenue has more bearing on our candidates than does Main Street. The message writers and handlers tend to carry more authority than do the candidates. As I was thinking about that I remembered the first chapter of a powerful little book titled The Leadership Lessons of Jesus by Bob Briner and Ray Pritchard.
This morning I woke up with this chorus running through my mind:
Honey, you are my shining star
Don’t you go away
Wanna be right here where you are
Until my dying day
The chorus is from the song “Shining Star” by an old Motown group The Manhattans. I couldn’t understand why that chorus was so ingrained into my brain and so I figured the Lord wanted me to write about it.
Last night we lost power during Tropical Storm Ida, right in the middle of Monday Night Football! So I did what any good husband would do; I immediately set up the generator so I could plug in our refrigerator because I had no idea how long the power would be out. Oh yeah, and I plugged in the television, surround sound, and my TiVo box, never mind I almost broke my television by dropping it. Hey, why not use the electrical power…it was available after all?!
When the power came back on I realized how convenient it is to have power from the electric company. Everything had power! Of course I can hire an electrician to wire my power box to allow me to hook my generator directly to it and run most things other than the AC and washer machine, but to have unlimited power is to have real power. Not too mention I don’t have to fill the generator with fuel (and bring back not so fond memories of me as a junior enlisted soldier on maneuvers).