Jerry Edmon Ministries

Unity at what cost?

By Jerry Edmon on July 01, 2009 2 Comments

We have recently seen the President of the United States going through great efforts to reach out to the leaders of other nations, especially those who have been our enemies over the last decade or two. I certainly agree that as the leader of the free world, the United States should be as inclusive as possible. However, only to a certain point. If having a value system means anything, then there is a standard of right and wrong. It tells us what is acceptable and what is not. Having said that, there are people that we do not want under our tent. We don’t have to agree on everything but unifying with diversity has to be within the boundaries of our values. How much of our principles are we willing to give up for the people across town to like us? Is it necessary or even realistic to think that we will be respected by those of a completely different value system? How much of what we hold true do we have to forsake before the likes of Kim Jong Il of North Korea asks us to come over and hang out with him, and is that really what we want?

In his attempt to make inroads with the world community President Obama has made two noteworthy mistakes. One was the address to the European nations where he spent a significant amount of time apologizing for America. That was appalling. The second was the declaration that the United States of America is no longer just a Christian nation. That was clearly a focused statement to the Muslim world. But at the same time, it is a diminishing statement to every Christian in the United States. He is saying, “The way I see it, Christianity is no longer at the core of who we are as a nation”. I am sure that it was meant to be inclusive, but it wasn’t. It was a slam against Christianity. It was an attempt to chum up with, and be accepted by those who have pledged their entire existence to destroy not only Israel, but also the one they call “the Great Whore”. That is us by the way. It is true that America cannot police the world, but we must police our own interest. This will define who we unify ourselves with. I would like for everyone to like me, but the fact is that they won’t. We can’t change these people by changing ourselves.

I know that there is an attempt to reach out to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But he cannot be trusted. He has proven himself to be unscrupulous and dishonorable. How do you unify with that? To even dialogue with him shows that we are both arrogant and gullible.

It is a shame because the Iranian people are a great people. All of my connections with Iranians have been pleasant and wonderful. But their leadership is Anti-American to the very core. Ahmadinejad’s agenda is to keep his people misinformed and afraid. That is what empowers him. There are only two options with a man like this. Unify with him by his rules or stand firm by our own values. The two will never unify.

It was so very clear the President Bush didn’t give a rip what anyone thought of him. He made some enemies. However that comes with the task of leading. That is going to happen when you challenge things that you feel are wrong. But to make things worse, President Bush was so detested by the far left of this country that the entire Democratic Party has taken up permanent residence in the ditch on the other side. This radical fringe group of the Democratic Party is completely out of step with the values of the rest of the country. In this case the tail is definitely wagging the dog. More and more we are hearing how they now have leanings against Israel and toward the enemies of Israel. Against Christianity and toward left wing extremism.

Here is what will possibly happen. Israel will bomb or destroy the Iranian nuclear test site and that will open the door for President Obama under the unction of Saudi’s King Abdullah to renounce Israel. When that happens, the leader of the United States of America will for the first time turn his back on Israel, that will be the beginning of the end for us.

In short, we don’t need unity at any cost. Unity at any cost is the language of someone who has no understanding of the greed and disloyalty of human nature.

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Julia's avatar

Julia

August 5, 2009 at 12:29pm | Permalink

Couldn't have said it better myself pastor Edmon. Hoping and praying these tribulations our nation is facing will end soon. This president is as "radical" as the Iranian president.

Patricia Smith, Pres. Covenant Treasure Ministries, Inc.'s avatar

Patricia Smith, Pres. Covenant Treasure Ministries, Inc.

August 17, 2009 at 2:33pm | Permalink

You are so right Bro. Jerry. We are indeed living, as Jesus and the apostles predicted, in "perilous times." As we experience the political and economic breakdown of American life as we have known it, my major concern is what I see occurring on the Christian front. Charismatic churches seem to be growing at a phenomenal pace, but at a time when our churches should be preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ,the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and the deliverance found only at the cross, we are seeing more and more of a "social gospel." This may be politically correct, but it will not save the lost, nor relate the real power of our God to deliver people from bondages, fear, sickness and depression.While the cry of many is to "stay relevant," I maintain we can do so only to the extent that we do not change the real core of our message, which is Christ and Him crucified. As ministers, we are called to "reveal Christ" ..no more and no less. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to make our message real, accompanied by the miraculous, so that we are not guilty of preaching by "word only" but by the power and demonstration of the Spirit.

In these last days, we are warned that many would have a "form of godliness" but "deny the power thereof." A "form" is a good thing. When you pour a foundation, there must be a form to give it structure and shpe. But we must never forget that though we have a good form, we must pour a solid and concrete foundation that includes the deity of Christ, and Him our only Savior, salvation by grace, the preaching of the blood, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, confirmation by healing and miracles and other gifts of the Spirit. I greatly fear that there are many building in the Kingdom without a foundation and when adversity comes, and even perhaps to the church in America...the fall of many will be great.

I am not intending to be a purveyor of gloom and doom, but I am simply stating that, as ministers, we must fulfill our commission which is to "Preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost!" People MUST have a strong foundation that comes only through the "knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ"...WHO HE IS and WHAT HE HAS DONE for us. While learning how to budget, parent, live good lives, develop people skills, manage our anger, etc. may be lofty ideals, none of that will save, deliver or make a difference when the very bottom drops out of our world. I thank God that I am associated with a body and pastors that lift the name of Jesus! Lord, help us all to hold up all of our actions and our preaching to the light of the Cross and to find that HE is the dead center of it all!

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