Thursday, 29 November 2012

Museveni's prayer: what a man & may God bless Uganda

Ugandan President - Yoweri Museveni - recently led the 50th anniversary celebrations of independence, by leading the country in - of all things - a public act of repentance (personal and corporate). Here is Museveni's prayer in its entirety:

Father God in heaven, today we stand here as Ugandans, to thank you for Uganda. We are proud that we are Ugandans and Africans. We thank you for all your goodness to us.  I stand here today to close the evil past and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for your forgiveness.  We confess these sins, which have greatly hampered our national cohesion and delayed our political, social and economic transformation. 
We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue and betrayal.  Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness and debauchery; sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge; sins of injustice, oppression and exploitation; sins of rebellion, insubordination, strife and conflict.  These sins and many others have characterized our past leadership, especially the last 50 years of our history.  Lord, forgive us and give us a new beginning.  Give us a heart to love you, to fear you and to seek you. Take away from us all the above sins. 
We pray for national unity. Unite us as Ugandans and eliminate all forms of conflict, sectarianism and tribalism. Help us to see that we are all your children, children of the same Father.  Help us to love and respect one another and to appreciate unity in diversity.  We pray for prosperity and transformation.  Deliver us from ignorance, poverty and disease.  As leaders, give us wisdom to help lead our people into political, social and economic transformation.
Having confessed his and the Nation's sin, he then proceeded to dedicate the Nation to God:
We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own. 
I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft.  I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation.  And I hereby covenant Uganda to you, to walk in your ways and experience all your blessings forever.  I pray for all these in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
What a man and such a great example of a penitent leige before The Mighty JC (Psalm 110). Some may wonder whether a president should lead the citizens in a national prayer of repentance? Well absolutely! Who else will? In the Bible we are commanded to pray for those in authority and as the UK (and much of Western Civilisation) continues its rapid descent, I, for one will pray for God's abundant blessings to flow on the nation and people of Uganda and that President Museveni's pattern will be emulated by many of Europe's apostate leaders.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Anti-Santa rant

Probably, not one to show at your local school but then again, maybe...?

Friday, 23 November 2012

Spurgeon on Limited Atonement

I may be called Antinomian or Calvinist for preaching a limited atonement; but I had rather believe a limited atonement that is efficacious for all men for whom it was intended, than a universal atonement that is not efficacious for anybody, except the will of man be joined with it.

He's absolutely nailed it!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Distance don't make no evangelist

He that will not serve the Lord in the Sunday-school at home, will not win children to Christ in China. Distance lends no real enchantment to Christian service.

C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, 9 November 2012

Obama is not the problem - the Church is!

Because bad results come from bad actions which were informed by bad thinking which came from bad beliefs. Allow Mr Wretched to explain...

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Witty way to say "you're badly dressed"

From P. G. Wodehouse:

“She looked as if she had been poured into her clothes and had forgotten to say, 'When.'”

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

To the losers of the American election

God’s ways of judgement are sometimes secret, but never unjust.


Monday, 5 November 2012

Tests and vests

It's been a stretching few days in the parish and as ever, the Lord has sustained and upheld us, never giving us more than we can bear. The Puritan William Bridge put it well: “He will require no more than He gives; He will give what He requires, and He will accept what He gives.” Blessed be the name of the LORD.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Quote of the week: No applause

No one pats you on the back for doing the next responsible thing, even when it is really hard to do or feels downright grueling, which – I can attest – it mostly does. There is no applause.  No one puts your face on a glossy brochure, or writes you a big fat check, or invites you on a speaking tour, because you yield to the natural constraints and confines of a faithful life. There is little celebration, actually, in once again deciding not to buy something you really want in hopes of keeping to a budget; to not take a trip or a gig so you can be available to a spouse, or child, or ailing parent; to scale back on commitments to have more time for personal discipline, or family, or reflection, or good old fashioned rest.

Via: The Washington Institute reflecting on the D'Souza debacle