Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
and gave Him the Name that is above every name,
that at the Name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and on earth
and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11 NIV
God the Father responds to us when we acknowledge His Son Jesus Christ and accept by faith the love, mercy and grace He offers. And while I’m all for living in peace as peace is defined in Scripture (further explained here), this country would do well to realize the hard-hitting truth wrapped up in that first sentence.
It became clear – and has become more clear – through the days and years since the heartbreak of attacks like 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing and others that Jesus’ Name has grown far too scarce in the public square of America. Countless government officials, spokespersons – sadly even pastors and priests – have stood before media cameras and asked God the Father to intervene, bless and restore this nation and its affected individuals. I’ve also heard them name names like Mohammad, Allah and Buddha; but I can count on one hand with little-to-no exaggeration those who have included the Name of Jesus in that invitation.
And here’s the thing: until they speak the Son’s Name, the Father isn’t going to respond. You see, for Him it’s a matter of principle that binds the Trinity together as an all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present God. It’s also a matter of us – you and me – recognizing by faith and publicly proclaiming the truth of the invitation that His Son, Jesus Christ the Lamb, extended to us when He
- Left His throne beside His Father to
- Dwell on earth among fallen mankind and be
- Spat upon,
- Crowned with thorns,
- Bloodied with whips,
- Tried without reason
- Hammered strike by strike to a crudely-made cross to
- Die and be lain in a cold, dark tomb in order to
- Rise and live again on the third day…
…all – all – for the purpose of delivering the opportunity for eternal life poured out through His grace to fallen, flailing mankind.
If Jesus did all these things for all of us – and make no mistake, He did; it wasn’t Mohammad or anyone else – there should not be a bone in our bodies so politically correct that we would even entertain the thought of excluding the Son’s Name when we mention that of His Father’s silently in prayer or audibly in prayer.
What if God the Father – in the name of sparing the feelings, the very life, of His only Son – had excluded our names from His plan of salvation?
– Copyright 2019, Carole Anne Hallyburton. All rights reserved.