Good Advice for Congregations and Families

I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground.

-- President Barak Obama in his June 4, 2009 Cairo speech to the Muslim world


Anonymous said…
I would be careful where you get your good advice.
Anonymous said…
Good advice is good advice regardless where it comes from.


Congratulations Mark for recognizing good in others.
Anonymous said…
I agree with anonymous #2. Would this advice sound better to some if it came from someone other than our President?
I, for one, have a great deal of respect for the man...and yes, I am a Christian.
Keetha Broyles said…
And I for one, with my name clearly attached to my comments, will reassert that we need to be VERY careful of how we honor our president. Scripture is CLEAR that all authority is placed over us by God.

I am sickened by the ugly attitudes that are expressed by many Christians toward our president.

The Bible does not exhort us to pray for and support our leaders IF WE AGREE WITH THEIR POLITICS.

Jesus said "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's."

I think we would ALL be far better off if we look for the good in our leaders, and pray FOR them instead of AT them.

Thank you, Mark, for helping us look for the positives, and there are many!!!

And that's my little sermon for the day!!!

And just in case you anonymous folk didn't catch it - - - my name is Keetha.
Anonymous said…

I am very glad you feel free to use your name. I, for one, am not afraid to state my opinion. But, I know I will be judged by many of the readers of this blog not by what I say, but by the one saying it.

We all have past experiences in the church and realize that church-going Christians often pick and choose those worthy of listening to.
mark o wilson said…
I don't mind allowing people to post anonymously if it gives more freedom to express what they're really thinking and feeling.

Of course -- when I post my stuff each day -- I don't have the privilege of posting it anonymously

Sometimes, I wish I could. There have been several things I've written that I didn't post -- because I was concerned that people would take it the wrong way.
Anonymous said…
Mark---you have the oppportunity to post anonymously to other blogs.

I am purposely posting this one ANONYMOUSLY because if I signed my name, most of your readers would automatically decide how I should react because of my position.

It is time for all of us to listen to others, even those we do not agree with. Who knows, we might even learn something worthwhile.

servus said…
The Obama does lots of things behind closed doors. Like sign off on reintroducing Abortion & Same Sex legislation.

Good One! I will have to do the same at home.

You would want to be praying for Obama, because if you carefully read Daniel Chapters 4 - 8, & look at what God [eventually] does to Kings & Leaders who violate His standards, he will need all the prayers he can get.
Anonymous said…
I agree with anonymous #1. You do have to be carefull where you get your good advice from. Even the Devil can quote scripture, just ask Jesus. Jesus was able to Discern God's words as the Devil was turning them around.

Jonathan Wilson
Anonymous #1 Supporter :)
Steve Gerich said…
The ONLY way forward is to begin by listening. I think this is wonderful advice.
Anonymous said…
I agree with Jonathn. Be careful where you get your advice from unless it is from the Head Guy himself.

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