International Christian Retail Show

Yesterday I attended the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, formerly known as the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) Convention. I confess I’m somewhat like a kid in a candy store at this event. Everything that could potentially be in a Christian store – books and magazines, music, Christian movies, Christian art, etc. – is on display from the companies that produce them. My primary reason for going was to discuss potential books with publishers. It was also a chance to see a lot of long-standing friends all in one day. I’m encouraged by the connections I made and the potential opportunities that emerged. I felt God’s favor and I’m grateful. Would you now join me in praying that these discussions will become fruitful reality for the glory of God?

On a much more somber note I’m deeply concerned for the safety of our nation. I sincerely hope I’m wrong in feeling that the protective hedge is now down. It’s conflicting to ask God to bless our country when we’re in an unblessable condition. However, I do beseech our gracious God to grant us repentance, forgive us, and in His sheer mercy protect us.

The chaos caused by disasters is not a productive climate for kingdom work. Peoples’ interests then turn from their spiritual condition to self-preservation. This is why Paul instructs, “I urge then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may lead peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4, NIV). Notice that Paul says a peaceable climate is conducive for evangelism.

We can and should pray against the prevailing of wrong and sometimes evil ideologies. But the Bible is clear that we are to pray for – not against – all those in authority. God desires all people to be saved and embrace truth.