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Therefore God exalted Himto the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name,that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven 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

God the Father responds to us when we acknowledge Jesus and accept by faith the love, mercy and grace He offers. This country would do well to realize that.


It has become clear – or clearer – in these first days since the heartbreaking Boston Marathon tragedy that Jesus’ Name is 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 to intervene, bless and restore this nation and its affected individuals. I’ve heard them name folks like “Mohammad” and “Whomever-You-Choose-To-Believe-In”; but I can count on one hand with no exaggeration – and without using all five fingers – those who have included Jesus in that invitation.


And 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, always-present God. It’s also a matter of having us recognize by faith and publicly proclaim the invitation His Son, Jesus Christ the Lamb, extended to us when He


                Gave up His throne beside His Father to


                 Dwell among fallen mankind on earth to be


                   Betrayed,


                      Mocked,


                        Slapped,
                          Stripped,


                             Spat upon,


                                Crowned with thorns,


                                   Bloodied with whips,

                                    Tried without reason and


                   HAMMERED STRIKE BY STRIKE TO A CROSS TO


                   DIE AND BE LAIN IN A TOMB TO


                   LIVE AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY TO


             BRING ETERNAL LIFE TO FALLEN MANKIND.


 If Jesus did all these things for all of us – and make no mistake, He did; it wasn’t “Mohammad” or “Whomever-You-Believe-In” – 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 the Father’s silently in prayer or audibly in prayer.


What if Jesus had entertained the thought of excluding our names from His plan of salvation?