Crosstalk: November 1, 2018
This edition of Crosstalk began with an update regarding 51 year old Christian mother Asia Bibi. She was arrested in 2009 after her Muslim coworkers accused her of insulting Mohammed, an offense punishable by death. She has been acquitted by the Pakistan Supreme Court, was released, and she's been taken to an undisclosed location. Prayer is still needed for her as she may be targeted for assassination as Islamists have placed a bounty of about $375,000 (U.S.) on her head.
Sam Rohrer is the president of American Pastors Network and Pennsylvania Pastors Network. He's a former state legislator in Pennsylvania and was frequently referred to as the 'Conscience of the House' because of his stance for moral truth in public policy. He’s the speaker on the program, 'Stand in the Gap'.
Sam has been burdened for believers to pray fervently for our nation and specifically for this election. This is because he believes there's power in prayer. We are commanded to pray for things big and small and we shouldn't wait until emergencies to do so.
He realizes that the upcoming election is not on the biblical calendar but he realizes that, '...the elections tend to drive the attitude and the thinking of all Americans.' So he believes there needs to be a 'doubling-down' in prayer. So his organization is calling for a 'day of prayer' which they did this Tuesday and extends up to election day.
Sam commented on those who believe that they have no responsibility to vote because of the sovereignty of God. He noted that they are partially right but being partially right can be fatal. God does raise up and put down those in authority, however, is there a duty and responsibility of citizens to be part of the process? Yes there is. If we're responsible and commanded by God to pray for people in office, is it not logical to assume that we should take some interest in those who have chosen to run for office? Also, if it's an honorable thing to occupy a position of authority (Romans 13) how can we remove ourselves from the process? He calls this a lie of the Devil and is therefore not biblical under any circumstance. The result of not being involved could be fatal to our nation's freedom.
Sam also talked about deception that is swirling about. For example, he noted a quote from George Soros who allegedly said he can go out and rent an evangelical whenever he wants to. Sam sees this as a wake-up call where the mercy of God is giving us an insight into how Satan works. So when we as God's people don't pick up on that or understand that we have a wolf among he sheep, the sheep will be devoured.
As this program progressed, Sam discussed the matter of life, the freedom to practice faith, the importance of having justices on the federal court system that have a biblical worldview, national borders/immigration, how to treat Israel, how to deal with LGBTQ issues, and much more including input from Crosstalk listeners nationwide.
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