Last week I made a comment in the morning message, after we had been contemplating the question we would ask President Obama given the chance, that we were going to be a “little” more theological in the next phase of the opening illustration. I asked the question: If you could ask God only one question, face to face today, what would it be? As I am sitting here thinking about the July 15th message, I would be very tempted to ask something about the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter two. There were a couple people, which responded to my request for information, that didn’t know what they would ask God but given the chance would ask President Obama about his relationship with Jesus. As I was thinking about these two questions, and the responses that I might receive, my mind started to wonder a little bit more – I wondered what God would say if one asked Him about President Obama’s Salvation. What do you think? I believe that God would give us a very similar answer to the one He gave to his disciples in Acts 1:7 – these things are not for us to know. Sometimes we get so caught up in the behavior of others (not only President Obama) that we forget about what it means to be saved by grace. I think Mark Hall of Casting Crowns said it very well in his comment about the song “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”: we look at others through the lens of the law but we want God to look at us through the lens of grace. If other people would look at us the same way we looked at them – would they think we are Christians? Would there be room to doubt? It may not be any of our business if President Obama is a true believer or not – our Job is to, as Bill Bright put it, “…take the initiative to share Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results to God”. The salvation of souls is God’s business – and God in his wisdom has chosen to use you and I in that process, not to judge other people on the basis of the law, but to share with them the gospel, and pray and trust that God will open their eyes to see its truth and beauty.
Pastor Coalt Robinson