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Who’s Your Lord Really?

Our President has been compared to the Messiah. Now Jamie Foxx has confirmed it.

At the 2012 Soul Train Awards on Sunday night, the actor/funnyman whipped up the crowd with this Sunday morning-like invocation:

“It’s like church over here! It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama. Barack Obama!”

His remarks have whipped up another crowd consisting mostly of conservative Christians. Bill Donahue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, called Foxx’s statement “startling,” adding that “it just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans from rising (as he promised to do in 2008), he did succeed in convincing Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God exists. Whether God can survive an ACLU lawsuit accusing him of violating church and state grounds remains to be seen.”

If you’re expecting me to pile on Foxx or slam President Obama, you will be disappointed in this post. Oh, make no mistake: I found the actor’s statement to be strange at best and shockingly offensive at worst. There is only One whom we should call “Lord and Savior,” and He rules in the heavenly realms, not in the Oval Office (II Pet 3:18, Col 1:16). But the point of today’s post is to push Christians (including me) on whether our behavior matches up with our mouths. We easily call Jesus “Lord”–do we really mean it?

Do we spend more time chatting on Facebook than talking to God?

Is dust collecting on our Bibles, but the TV program guides on our nightstands dog-eared with use?

Do we make excuses on why we can’t give to church and charity, but have no problem dropping big bucks on something we really want?

Did we trample people on Black Friday, but just couldn’t find the energy to go to church on Thanksgiving Sunday?

Do we say we fully trust God, but worry incessantly about the future, stew about what might happen?

Does your tongue spew gossip and profanity, or praise and encouragement?

The English word for “worship” is actually a contraction of “worthship,” an ancient term meaning “to ascribe worth” or “give honor to the honorable.” Do we give true “worthship” to our Lord and Savior by doing what He prizes…or are we just saying so to please ourselves and the crowds?

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