President Obama Calls For Humility At The National Prayer Breakfast


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President Obama Calls for Humility at the National Prayer Breakfast

 

Matt Compton
                      By  Matt Compton  February 07, 2013 The White House Blog

 

 

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President Barack Obama addresses the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast

 

 

Published on Feb 7, 2013

President Obama delivers remarks at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. February 7, 2013.

 

 

 

In discussing his faith at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made a call for humility — a trait which, he noted, Washington could embrace more fully.

 

“In a democracy as big and as diverse as ours, we will encounter every opinion,” he said. “And our task as citizens — whether we are leaders in government or business or spreading the word — is to spend our days with open hearts and open minds; to seek out the truth that exists in an opposing view and to find the common ground that allows for us as a nation, as a people, to take real and meaningful action. And we have to do that humbly, for no one can know the full and encompassing mind of God. And we have to do it every day, not just at a prayer breakfast.”

 

Presidential attendance at the breakfast is a long-standing tradition, and this is President Obama’s fifth appearance.

 

 

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Remarks by the President at the National Prayer Breakfast

 

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For Immediate Release                     February 07, 2013

 

 
 
9:03 A.M. EST
 
 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Please have a seat.
Mark, thank you for that introduction.  I thought he was going to talk about my gray hair.  (Laughter.)  It is true that my daughters are gorgeous.  (Laughter.)  That’s because my wife is gorgeous.  (Applause.)  And my goal is to improve my gene pool.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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To Mark and Jeff, thank you for your wonderful work on behalf of this breakfast.  To all of those who worked so hard to put this together; to the heads of state, members of Congress, and my Cabinet, religious leaders and distinguished guests.  To our outstanding speaker.  To all the faithful who’ve journeyed to our capital, Michelle and I are truly honored to be with you this morning. 
 
 
 
 
Before I begin, I hope people don’t mind me taking a moment of personal privilege.  I want to say a quick word about a close friend of mine and yours, Joshua Dubois.  Now, some of you may not know Joshua, but Joshua has been at my side — in work and in prayer — for years now.  He is a young reverend, but wise in years.  He’s worked on my staff.  He’s done an outstanding job as the head of our Faith-Based office.  
 
 
 
 
Every morning he sends me via email a daily meditation — a snippet of Scripture for me to reflect on.  And it has meant the world to me.  And despite my pleas, tomorrow will be his last day in the White House.  So this morning I want to publically thank Joshua for all that he’s done, and I know that everybody joins me in wishing him all the best in his future endeavors — including getting married.  (Applause.)  
 
 
       
It says something about us — as a nation and as a people — that every year, for 61 years now, this great prayerful tradition has endured.  It says something about us that every year, in times of triumph and in tragedy, in calm and in crisis, we come together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as brothers and sisters, and as children of God.  Every year, in the midst of all our busy and noisy lives, we set aside one morning to gather as one community, united in prayer.    
 
 
 
 
 
We do so because we’re a nation ever humbled by our history, and we’re ever attentive to our imperfections — particularly the imperfections of our President.  We come together because we’re a people of faith.  We know that faith is something that must be cultivated.  Faith is not a possession.  Faith is a process.  
 
 
 
I was struck by the passage that was read earlier from the Book of Hebrews:  “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and He rewards those who diligently seek Him.”  He rewards those who diligently seek Him — not just for one moment, or one day, but for every moment, and every day.
 
 
 
As Christians, we place our faith in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ.  But so many other Americans also know the close embrace of faith — Muslims and Jews, Hindus and Sikhs.  And all Americans — whether religious or secular — have a deep and abiding faith in this nation.  
 
 
 
Recently I had occasion to reflect on the power of faith.  A few weeks ago, during the inauguration, I was blessed to place my hand on the Bibles of two great Americans, two men whose faith still echoes today.  One was the Bible owned by President Abraham Lincoln, and the other, the Bible owned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As I prepared to take the sacred oath, I thought about these two men, and I thought of how, in times of joy and pain and uncertainty, they turned to their Bibles to seek the wisdom of God’s word — and thought of how, for as long as we’ve been a nation, so many of our leaders, our Presidents, and our preachers, our legislators and our jurists have done the same.  Each one faced their own challenges; each one finding in Scripture their own lessons from the Lord.  
 
 
 
And as I was looking out on the crowd during the inauguration I thought of Dr. King.  We often think of him standing tall in front of the endless crowds, stirring the nation’s conscience with a bellowing voice and a mighty dream.  But I also thought of his doubts and his fears, for those moments came as well — the lonely moments when he was left to confront the presence of long-festering injustice and undisguised hate; imagined the darkness and the doubt that must have surrounded him when he was in that Birmingham jail, and the anger that surely rose up in him the night his house was bombed with his wife and child inside, and the grief that shook him as he eulogized those four precious girls taken from this Earth as they gathered in a house of God. 
 
 
 
And I was reminded that, yes, Dr. King was a man of audacious hope and a man of relentless optimism.  But he was always — he was also a man occasionally brought to his knees in fear and in doubt and in helplessness.  And in those moments, we know that he retreated alone to a quiet space so he could reflect and he could pray and he could grow his faith. 
 
 
 
And I imagine he turned to certain verses that we now read. I imagine him reflecting on Isaiah, that we wait upon the Lord; that the Lord shall renew those who wait; that they shall mount up with wings as eagles, and they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.  
 
 
 
We know that in Scripture, Dr. King found strength; in the Bible, he found conviction.  In the words of God, he found a truth about the dignity of man that, once realized, he never relinquished.  
 
 
 
We know Lincoln had such moments as well.  To see this country torn apart, to see his fellow citizens waging a ferocious war that pitted brother against brother, family against family — that was as heavy a burden as any President will ever have to bear.  
 
 
 
We know Lincoln constantly met with troops and visited the wounded and honored the dead.  And the toll mounted day after day, week after week.  And you can see in the lines of his face the toll that the war cost him.  But he did not break.  Even as he buried a beloved son, he did not break.  Even as he struggled to overcome melancholy, despair, grief, he did not break.  
 
 
 
And we know that he surely found solace in Scripture; that he could acknowledge his own doubts, that he was humbled in the face of the Lord.  And that, I think, allowed him to become a better leader.  It’s what allowed him in what may be one of the greatest speeches ever written, in his second Inaugural, to describe the Union and the Confederate soldier alike — both reading the same Bible, both prayed to the same God, but “the prayers of both could not be answered.  That of neither has been answered fully.  The Almighty has His own purposes.”
 
 
 
In Lincoln’s eyes, the power of faith was humbling, allowing us to embrace our limits in knowing God’s will.  And as a consequence, he was able to see God in those who vehemently opposed him. 
 
 
 
Today, the divisions in this country are, thankfully, not as deep or destructive as when Lincoln led, but they are real.  The differences in how we hope to move our nation forward are less pronounced than when King marched, but they do exist.  And as we debate what is right and what is just, what is the surest way to create a more hopeful — for our children — how we’re going to reduce our deficit, what kind of tax plans we’re going to have, how we’re going to make sure that every child is getting a great education — and, Doctor, it is very encouraging to me that you turned out so well by your mom not letting you watch TV.  I’m going to tell my daughters that when they complain.  (Laughter.) In the midst of all these debates, we must keep that same humility that Dr. King and Lincoln and Washington and all our great leaders understood is at the core of true leadership.  
 
 
 
In a democracy as big and as diverse as ours, we will encounter every opinion.  And our task as citizens — whether we are leaders in government or business or spreading the word — is to spend our days with open hearts and open minds; to seek out the truth that exists in an opposing view and to find the common ground that allows for us as a nation, as a people, to take real and meaningful action.  And we have to do that humbly, for no one can know the full and encompassing mind of God.  And we have to do it every day, not just at a prayer breakfast.  
 
 
 
I have to say this is now our fifth prayer breakfast and it is always just a wonderful event.  But I do worry sometimes that as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we’ve been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast seems to be forgotten — on the same day of the prayer breakfast.  (Laughter.)  I mean, you’d like to think that the shelf life wasn’t so short.  (Laughter.)  But I go back to the Oval Office and I start watching the cable news networks and it’s like we didn’t pray.  (Laughter.)  
 
 
 
And so my hope is that humility, that that carries over every day, every moment.  While God may reveal His plan to us in portions, the expanse of His plan is for God, and God alone, to understand.  “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known.”  Until that moment, until we know, and are fully known, all we can do is live our lives in a Godly way and assume that those we deal with every day, including those in an opposing party, they’re groping their way, doing their best, going through the same struggles we’re going through. 
 
 
 
And in that pursuit, we are blessed with guidance.  God has told us how He wishes for us to spend our days.  His Commandments are there to be followed.  Jesus is there to guide us; the Holy Spirit, to help us.  Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  See in everyone, even in those with whom you disagree most vehemently, the face of God.  For we are all His children.  
 
 
 
That’s what I thought of as I took the oath of office a few weeks ago and touched those Bibles — the comfort that Scripture gave Lincoln and King and so many leaders throughout our history; the verses they cherished, and how those words of God are there for us as well, waiting to be read any day that we choose.  I thought about how their faith gave them the strength to meet the challenges of their time, just as our faith can give us the strength to meet the challenges of ours.  And most of all, I thought about their humility, and how we don’t seem to live that out the way we should, every day, even when we give lip service to it. 
 
 
 
As President, sometimes I have to search for the words to console the inconsolable.  Sometimes I search Scripture to determine how best to balance life as a President and as a husband and as a father.  I often search for Scripture to figure out how I can be a better man as well as a better President.  And I believe that we are united in these struggles.  But I also believe that we are united in the knowledge of a redeeming Savior, whose grace is sufficient for the multitude of our sins, and whose love is never failing.  
 
 
 
And most of all, I know that all Americans — men and women of different faiths and, yes, those of no faith that they can name — are, nevertheless, joined together in common purpose, believing in something that is bigger than ourselves, and the ideals that lie at the heart of our nation’s founding — that as a people we are bound together.   
 
 
 
And so this morning, let us summon the common resolve that comes from our faith.  Let us pray to God that we may be worthy of the many blessings He has bestowed upon our nation.  Let us retain that humility not just during this hour but for every hour.  And let me suggest that those of us with the most power and influence need to be the most humble.  And let us promise Him and to each other, every day as the sun rises over America that it will rise over a people who are striving to make this a more perfect union.  
 
 
 
Thank you.  God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.) 
 
 
 
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If Equality For The LGBT Is Against Your Faith, You Need New Faith.


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets cut the bull shit and get down to brass tactics. If you are a so called person of faith, and are standing on that faith to deny the members of the LGBT community their civil rights, you need a new faith because your religious faith is seriously flawed.

 

The book you follow, The Holy Bible, has no scriptures directly associated with GOD or CHRIST that name or discuss gays, lesbians, bisexuals or transgender people. If and when you find scriptures in the Bible that come from the lips of either God or Christ, please, please show them to me and the world.

 

What you WILL find in the Bible concerning LGBT people are words written by MAN. Not God or Jesus Christ.

 

Now I could give a damn how you stand on the issue of Marriage Equality or Same Sex Marriage. As an American citizen you are entitled to your views and opinions. What I will not stand for, accept or allow is you people of “faith” using the Bible or your version of religious faith to deny human beings the exact same civil rights you enjoy under the United States Constitution.

 

If you support civil rights for women, Black Americans, the disabled, the young, or anyone else but want to deny civil rights to LGBT members of American society based on their sexual orientation….go straight to hell and kiss my Black ass on the way.

 

The Bible does NOT support your ideology. The scriptures don’t back up your prejudice. That God or Christ have no words in the Bible to help you with your own sexual fears is very crystal clear. So you resort to lying. Quoting scriptures written by man as the words spoken by God or Jesus Christ.

 

Last I read, lying is a sin.

 

It never ceases to amaze me how the “followers” of Christ, who have labeled themselves “Christians”, are nothing like Christ.

 

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi said it best: “A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

 

 

 

Marriage Equality And The Black Church


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some facts about religion and the erroneous mindset against the LGBT community: I will say this again, to all the so called fake ass Black preachers, ministers, pastors and religious leaders of the Black community, if you are using the bible to further your LGBT prejudices, stop lying to your “flock”. The Bible mentions homosexuality 4 times. Jesus never mentioned Homosexuality. God never mentions Homosexuality. But the Poor are mentioned over 300 times. Homosexuality is not a sin against God or Christ. Stop The Lying. Tell The Truth.

 

Our so called Black religious leaders who are all across the pulpits of Black churches all across America, who are standing in those pulpits, paid for by donations, tithing, offerings and building drives, from members of the LGBT community….you are lying ass fake prophets when you preach that the bible teaches that homosexuality and same sex marriage is a sin.

 

You are a lie.

 

The bible does NOT address gender specific sexual activity. Stop Lying to your “flock”.

 

MAN is the only species that discriminates against it’s own kind based on sexual orientation. God did not. Christ did not.

 

I was raised an old school Baptist Missionary Christian. My grandfather was a founder and pastor of his own Baptist Missionary church for 53 years. I have read the bible backwards & forwards several times in my life. NOT once have I read scriptures saying same sex marriage or sexual activity between same gender humans was/is a sin.

 

Let me break it down even further for you lame brain Black religious leaders. And YES, I am singling you out Black religious leaders because you should know better. Not so many years ago you fools were marching and protesting for equality. You were fighting to have the equal right to eat next to caucasians at diner counters. You were sitting in to protest the separation of the caucasian and Black races. You were marching for the right to marry a caucasian if your heart so guided you.

 

Now you attempt to use non existent bible versus to support your own prejudices? Each and every one of you fake ass prechers disgust me with your short memories.

 

 

 

The Ten Commandments say:

The Ten Commandments
Phi Tal Aug Exodus 20:1-17 Deuteronomy 5:4-21
1 1 And God spake all these words, saying, 4–5 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire … saying,
Pre 1 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
1 2 1 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
2 2 1 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likenessof any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
2 2 1 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
2 2 1 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
3 3 2 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
4 4 3 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.
4 4 3 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
4 4 3 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in itthou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in itthou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
4 4 3 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
5 5 4 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
6 6 5 13 Thou shalt not kill. 17 Thou shalt not kill.
7 7 6 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
8 8 7 15 Thou shalt not steal. 19 Neither shalt thou steal.
9 9 8 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.
10 10 9 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, 21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife,
10 10 10 thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thingthat is thy neighbour’s.

 

 

 

 

Not one place in the Ten Commandments does it mention same gender marriage or sexual activity.

 

Lets listen to a real down Black religious leader who remembers what civil and human rights really are all about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

brendakay538 May 14, 2:47 am

 

Amen Mr. JB!

 

So according to these phony, jackleg, pontificating “Pimps in the Pulpit” – same-sex marriage is the “real” threat to the Black community.

 

But, not the sky rocketing numbers of single parent households invariably headed up by Black mothers with little to no support by the Black fathers of these children, the ever increasing numbers of young Black men dying due to gang and gun violence, the disproportionate numbers of young Black men and women going to prison for minor crimes and offenses, the economic disparity of working Black-Americans to other ethnic groups, the HIV, diabetes, hypertension and obesity health crisis that continues to have a death hold within the Black community, the lack of Black business ownership, the shockingly poor education systems that still exist within urban areas, and the numerous voter suppressions efforts being implemented by numerous GOP/tea party governors and state officials – just to name a few things.

 

Watching video clips of these Black preachers working themselves into a lather over same-sex marriage, while collectively turning a blind eye and a silent tongue to the myriad of “REAL” issues that are literally crippling the Black community – is proof positive that the Black church is not only irrelevant, but it has lost it’s way completely.

 

 

Let the church say Amen. Ms. Brenda Kay speaks my mind!!!

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Michele Bachmann & I Approve This Message!


Satire…I Miss Michele!

By Jueseppi B.

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When I’m President, my husband and I promise to pray all the gays away!
I promise to do away with everything/anything not mentioned in theBible!
I promise to move the White House toWaterloo, Iowa!
I promise to get educated on American history & learn to speak the truth!
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