Decisions; we face them and make them every moment of our lives. Some are simple, others are hard. Some are life changing, while others only affect the next moments of our day. From coffee or tea in the morning to how to clean the house faster on the weekends, to deciding what college or next career move, then to what dog, cat or type of exotic fish we will get the following year. And we haven’t even gotten to when and where our next vacation will be. There are a handful of researchers and analysts who suggest that some people spend more time deciding and planning out their vacations each year than they do planning for their future.
Decisions can make us or break us. Great decisions made with bad timing only create more problems. We’ve all been there, right? Horrible decisions can, however, be resolved with God’s creative handiwork and grace. Like me, you’ve probably pleaded with God more than once to fix your mistakes, or to “bless this mess.” Sometimes what we create by our actions—our decisions—can only be fixed by a mastermind (God).
Decisions matter! You matter! What you do with your life is important to others, and it matters to God. We all make flawed decisions every once in a while. Franklin Graham mentioned how when he was younger, that he was sent to boarding school in Long Island, New York and then eventually dropped out to go back home and to a public high school in North Carolina. Later, he went to LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas, where he was expelled. This is the same college where his father, Billy Graham, served on the board of trustees from 1961 to 1975.
As I listened to Franklin speak to over 6,400 people on a rainy evening in Syracuse, New York, my wife and I both agreed that he looks and sounds so much like his father, Billy Graham. He carries the same spirit and gentle compassion for the lost, mixed with the same no-nonsense message of salvation. This event took me back to the day in 1992 when I decided to follow Christ. Not long after, I went to a Billy Graham Crusade, and the entire stadium was packed. Evangelist Billy Graham gave such a simple salvation message, and what appeared to be thousands made their way down to the front to give their hearts to Christ and for prayer.
Like father, like son! With 341 prayer counselors on site and ready, Franklin Graham presented a clear-cut gospel message; one anyone could understand. From where I was seated, it looked like several hundred came forward to give their hearts to the Lord. Young and old, male and female, the drug user and the business professional, all standing in the aisles and taking a first step toward God instead of away from Him as in the past. There were people of all colors, backgrounds, age groups, cultures, and styles—all repenting from how they once had lived, now giving their lives to Christ on May 30, 2019, right there in the amphitheater at 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse, New York. It was a time and place they will never forget. That outdoor theater has been the site of many performances by well-known people and bands making people laugh or cry and singing songs for whatever cause or purpose, but on May 30, God received all honor as many were added to the kingdom of heaven.
Was It a Political Decision That Was Made at the Decision America Syracuse Event?
Absolutely not! The decision for a better America doesn’t rest in politics alone. Franklin Graham stressed that while it is important to pray for our politicians, including our president, the Christian should love God way more than politics. I was able to be a part of a private media interview with Franklin Graham and his team, and Mr. Graham graciously answered all the questions directed to him. During the interview, some of our local liberal media reporters tried to trap Mr. Graham in his words to make it seem that this God-ordained event in Syracuse was about politics. Franklin stated that the Decision America tour wasn’t a political movement and stressed that he prayed regularly for former President, Barrack Obama, when he was in office and he now prays for current President, Donald Trump. As Christians, we all should be praying for our leaders regularly. I will admit that there have been a few presidents who I just didn’t like or trust, but that didn’t stop me from praying for them. Make no mistake; God doesn’t fall off His throne just because a new president comes into office with whom you don’t agree. The Lord knew them before they were born, and He has every king and kingdom in the palm of His hand, directing them the way He sees fit.
“The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1 NLT).
The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders, regardless of their gender, political background or color of their skin. It doesn’t matter whether or not we agree with them, Christians are required to pray for the president as well as congressional and government leaders.
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Tim. 2:1-2, NLT).
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Andy Sanders