A column of ‘what ifs’

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Something different this week, something that may prove uncomfortable for many of you.

I expect some of my readers who profess different faiths — or no faith at all — to disagree, discount or otherwise disregard this particular installment. To you who disagree, I mean good will toward you, and I hope you will re-join me at a future date.

This will be a column of “what ifs.”

But first, some background — ancient background.

Recall the story of Abraham in Genesis 18. Three men showed up at Abraham’s tent and one told him that his wife would have a child. As the three visitors stood to leave, one of them — described as “the Lord” — said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing ...?”

They were on their way to Sodom to ascertain whether the city was as wicked as has been told to them. If they found it so, the Lord intended to utterly destroy the city. At that point Abraham — knowing that his nephew Lot and Lot’s family were in Sodom — began to contend for the salvation of Sodom.

You could describe it as a bargaining session, a negotiation, whatever — the fate of a city and its many thousands of inhabitants depended on the outcome of that conversation between one man and the Lord.

You remember the progression? Paraphrasing, Abraham asked the Lord if He found 50 righteous people in Sodom, would He still obliterate it. The Lord said he would spare the city for the sake of 50 righteous.

Then begins the intercession, or bargaining. Next comes 45, then 40, then 30, then 20, and finally:

“Then he [Abraham] said, ‘Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more; suppose ten could be found there?’”

“And He said, ‘I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.’ So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.”

We know the end of that story: There obviously were not 10 righteous persons found in Sodom, and it soon disappeared under fire and brimstone. Lot, his wife and his two daughters got out safely (that’s four righteous, if you’re counting), at least until the wife looked back and became fatally saline.

OK, now scroll over to two scriptures in the New Testament. The apostle Paul commands Timothy (1 Tim. 2:1-4), “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

And then there’s the squirmingly unpleasant command of Jesus in Matthew 5:44, “But I say to you, love your enemies ...”

OK, that’s the groundwork for some “what ifs.”

• What if — 10 righteous people could be found?

(Who qualifies? Answer: according to orthodox Christian belief and based on scripture, anyone who believes in Jesus the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One of God, and confesses that belief is saved “from this evil and perverse generation” and immediately is clothed with the very righteousness of Jesus Himself. That is, Jesus is our righteousness. So, if you are “born again” and confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are one of the righteous ones.)

• What if — 10 righteous people agreed to pray a simple prayer once a day every day for 40 successive days?

(Which 40 days? Coincidentally, a group of local Christians are coming together beginning Aug. 10 to begin pairing up to read one miracle of Jesus each day for 40 days, leading up to the 40th day, Sept. 18, the Day of Atonement on the Jewish calendar. An open-air worship service “at the feet of Jesus” will conclude the feast that night in Fayetteville, the county seat of Fayette County. More details online at JesusFeast.org and in ads in this paper and online at www.TheCitizen.com.)

• What if — that simple prayer was a prayer that Jesus Christ would save into the Kingdom of God one Barack Hussein Obama, to the glory of God the Father? And I’m talking a complete, full-blown, no holds barred, Father, Son and Holy Ghost salvation of our President.

• What if — that prayer were answered, maybe within 14 months from the Day of Atonement?

• What if — that simple prayer, answered, would avert — at least for a time — God’s coming judgment on this nation?

What if, what if, what if.

Why 10, why not a thousand, why not 10 thousand?

Let it be 10 million, but I think we must have at least 10. More will be great, but 10 will do.

Are you one of the 10?

Gcat's picture
Joined: 01/28/2006
Many are already doing this...

I've been doing this for some time. It would take a true miracle. I've actually asked God to give him a "Roman Road" experience like Paul.

Main Stream
Main Stream's picture
Joined: 04/27/2006
Cal...unbiased journalism? It isn't here anymore.

"What if — that simple prayer was a prayer that Jesus Christ would save into the Kingdom of God one Barack Hussein Obama...
What if — that simple prayer, answered, would avert — at least for a time — God’s coming judgment on this nation?"

I rarely read, or comment on, this paper anymore because of idiotic crap like this. Are you serious, Cal? Are you really using your newspaper as a vehicle for your insane ramblings related to your personal, supernatural belief system? "Saving" the President? Really? He's a Christian, just like you apparently. And you're judging him? Doesn't your internal, and now public, judgment of him go against what Jesus said? Total hypocrisy on your part. And we are close to this made-up "judgment day" because of our sitting President?

You really have lost it. You sound about as rational as the late BPR/Lilly.

idk_revisited's picture
Joined: 09/29/2006
"God’s coming judgment on this nation"


Since you defined righteous people and 40 days, can you define "God’s coming judgment on this nation"?

What if Obama is saved already? How did you determine that he needs saving? Who is to say he's not already?

What if those who will claim to be "one of the 10" somehow fail to demonstrate it in their lifetime with hate? Do they not follow the ways of Christ and the Church? Are they still righteous then?

What if we took off the blinders of politics, and religion, and race, and actually saw people as people, with the same common needs?

What if we lived every day like it's a day of prayer, and not just 40 special days. I know many that do pray, that do believe, that do celebrate every single day, without fail.

Good luck to you. Hope you get thousands, and I hope that they find the message of mercy that the one we call Jesus proclaims and it actually sinks in. I have found it, and although I still stay stuck in the flesh , I still believe and hope that one day my belief is true that there is something else beyond this world and a purpose to our lives. I call my God God and my Savior Jesus - and I hope that those who call their God by another name and their Savior by another title also find peace. Because at the end of the day, God will still do what God does - let people be people, hopelessly weak and frail, but still his creation and delight.

I don't pray for Obama to change - I pray that everyone gets understanding and peace, that divisions will end, and that the world understands that in the end, it's all about love.

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Joined: 07/02/2010

Like cyclist I am also somewhat confused by your article today!

At one point you say that a righteous person is one who believes in Christ.
At another you say a complete, full-blown, no holds barred, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost salvation of our President.

Frankly that sounds like a WWF ad for a match! I don't know what the difference is in number one and number two explanation.

If it is just how much shouting and crying that goes on at the "born again" part, then I am not in!
You will of course get 10 people to join, rest assured. Look how easy is may be for the TEAS to get maybe 5% of the total vote in the USA!

Now, your assumption is by obvious written evidence that President Obama is NOT a Christian, otherwise why bother.

I can't possibly go that far, no more than I could vouch for you, or me.

Again, we mix religion and politics!
How the supposed conversion of President Obama would avert God's judgment on the whole United States of America, just by the conversion of him, I do not know!

What else would the President be required to do after his conversion to make your wish, or prayer, come true? What would you and I be required to do? Vote Republican?

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Joined: 05/15/2007

• What if — that simple prayer was a prayer that Jesus Christ would save into the Kingdom of God one Barack Hussein Obama, to the glory of God the Father? And I’m talking a complete, full-blown, no holds barred, Father, Son and Holy Ghost salvation of our President.

I'm not a fan of the President either but, just where are you going with this? Is there an implied meaning?

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Joined: 07/02/2010
cyclist: Cal's sermon

I haven't vetted Cal's quotations of the Bible (old and new) and their meaning, but I do believe he is better at writing a sermon than many preachers that I have heard.

Cal says we may avert the end of the world if we were successful at what he indicates. Why would we want to do that? Heaven has to be better than here right now! We are all going pretty soon, anyway! No one has ever "lived" (our definition) perpetually, not even The Christ!

Anyway doesn't Christianity preach that no one knows the hour of the end. I can remember us holding up school classes over 50 years ago because someone said the world would end at a certain time on that day. They stopped doing that after 10-15 of the threats.

I didn't try to get on the tail of Halley's Comet not long ago to escape the end either! I gambled it wouldn't happen.
Maybe they got the date wrong and it will be in 75 years when Halley's comes around again! Bet someone will say it is the right date.

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Joined: 07/14/2010
I think he means Collective Salvation

President Obama has said many times that HIS salvation is tied to "Collective Salvation" this is a Black Liberation Theology that means the oppressors (White European)must give up their material wealth and power to the oppressed people (generally African American). Without this happening Obama or others that believe in Collective Salvation CAN NOT BE SAVED.

Here is some info:




Black Liberation Theology

"American white theology, which Cone never clearly defines, is charged with having failed to help blacks in the struggle for liberation. Black theology exists because "white religionists" failed to relate the gospel of Jesus to the pain of being black in a white racist society." http://www.acton.org/commentary/443_marxist_roots_of_black_liberation_th...

Courthouserules's picture
Joined: 07/02/2010
observer: libertarian

I thought the "examiner" to which you referred was a regular newspaper, It turned out to be a libertarian blurb which was unsigned.

You need a sonnet:

Sonnet To The Confused

Here could be listed hundreds of confused groups,
To name a few we have the Teas, Daniels, and Libs.
I try to study them all, my brain performs loops.
We seem to need multitudes apportioned into cribs.

But as soon as they form a new manifest agreement,
The groups begins to quarrel and schism heartedly.
The 10,000 religions & cults hardly notice the dent.
Nevertheless, the NRAs, rebels & yanks act guardedly.

To not mention Skull & Bones, & Nixon's enemies list.
The Seven Sisters, & the Robber Barons, and the KKK.
Would not grizzlies & pink elephants, draw their fist?
But the problem is war & depression to be kept at bay!

We apparently despise the democratic majority voting,
Because as soon as we vote the minority starts doting!

idk_revisited's picture
Joined: 09/29/2006
Yeah, I guess Time Magazine is full of lies...


Obama has told White House aides that instead of joining a congregation in Washington, D.C., he will follow in George W. Bush's footsteps and make his primary place of worship Evergreen Chapel, the nondenominational church at Camp David.

Courthouserules's picture
Joined: 07/02/2010

Jeremiah Wright of a Chicago church, where President Obama Attended part of his life is famous for rabble rousing "his people" to take what they deserve. He thought that was what they wanted to hear. He no longer is active there.

Malcolm X spoke some of such stuff as Black Liberation Theology also.

Up until as recently as about 1970, many Christian churches were flat-out racist! Most Christian leaders at least have now relented from such talk.

It is just another way to link Communism and Socialism with what some try to do when commenting on President Obama and his politics.

Just another reason to not link religion with politics.
It just causes millions to be killed. Always has, anyway!

Observerofu's picture
Joined: 07/14/2010
CHR Half his life in not a part

but semantics I guess. Your overview of Christianity not withstanding is lacking in solid substance, however your view is noted.

grassroots's picture
Joined: 02/17/2009
Don't Bother. He's a throw back to Darwins theory.

Without Neanderthals like Courthouse there would be no evolution taught in schools. Does he walk upright?

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