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Beware! Faith Without Works Will Doom Obama And America.

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God bless you.

I thank God and I am happy that Barack Obama has been elected President of the

United State.

That he is the first black to be so elected is not the main reason for my

gratitude and happiness. Sure, that's beautiful history, perhaps long overdue. And I don't

believe that Americans--mostly white, remember--elected him primarily because of some

moral guilt over longtime racial injustice or some deep-seated, feel-good generosity to

give a black man a break.

Americans elected him because he was the best candidate. He had the best

background, said the right things, made the best impression, ran the best campaign and

represented the best hope for real, substantial, positive change for and the healing of

ailing America.

I was there in Washington, D.C., in 1963 when Saint Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,

led us in the civil rights march on Washington. It was for progressive breakthroughs

like the unprecedented election of Obama that we marched and demonstrated. That

could happen only with much of the fulfillment of King's dream taking place.

Now, it has happened. The blood, sweat and tears shed for this milestone are now

justified and the mythical America that patriots dreamed of, soldiers fought for and the

constitution called for is now closer to reality.

What got Obama elected was faith. We believed he is the best man for this job at

this particular time with America being in the terrible condition that it presently is. We

prayed to God for such a man as he presented himself to be. God answered our prayers

and gave us him as an apostle of hope for real healing. Now, the real work begins.

More than a million people have come to Washington to witness or to be near

Obama's inauguration and swearing-in. It's like one big family reunion, Carnival,

Woodstock, Monterrey, Mardi Gras, World Cup, Super Bowl and more all rolled into one.

Because so much is being reported about this historical first, his election and

inauguration is probably the most commercialized in history. Obama coins, pictures,

T-shirts, pencils, caps, cups and whatever else are sold at almost every store or

traffic stop.

Our prayers have been answered. Our faith has been fulfilled and rewarded. And I

am grateful and happy for this as we all should be. But we should be happiest and most

grateful for the work that now stands before us instead of for the work that has been

completed.

Now, the same faith, sacrifice and hard work that we exercised to get Obama

elected must also be exercised to heal America. The mere election of Obama will not

accomplish that. He can not do the job alone and the job will not be done overnight

because America is in the worst shape it has ever been economically and the economy

will get worse before it gets better because the population of the millions who have lost

their homes, their jobs, their pensions, their savings, their healthcare insurance, their

dignity, their hope and their trust in American leadership is increasing every minute.

Less we forget, millions also voted against Obama and millions will remain

against him, don't want to see him do well, don't want to see America healed and will

continue to work against what he does and what he stands for. There will be domestic

terrorists working to sabotage the good we will try to do. There are still congressmen

and senators in Washington who have sold out America's best interests because they

are in the pockets, and on the payroles, of special-interest lobbyists. But we must still fight

to put our faith in God and our faith in America to work.

So much wrong has been done to America by so many for so long that it will take

a miracle for these wrongs to be righted within Obama's term if they ever will be

righted. But we must hold onto our faith in God and our faith in America. That is what

has brought us safe thus far and that is what will lead us on to excel and prevail.

Our will to build must be stronger than our enemies' will to destroy.

Our will to love must be stronger than our enemies' will to hate.

Our will to help must be stronger than our enemies' will to hinder.

Our will to heal must be stronger than our enemies' will to kill.

Our will to live and work together must be stronger than our enemies' will to separate

us and turn us against each other.

Now that God has blessed us with Obama, let's bless God by putting our faith in

Him and our faith in America to work by doing those things that will heal, save and

rebuild America to be stronger, richer and more unified than ever before. And the hope

of these accomplishments coming to pass is the best medicine that sick people like me

can have. And it's also the best preventive care that everybody else can have.

God bless you.

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Beautiful. Well said.

BANKS' RESPONSE: Thanks a ton, Joe, for reading my blog and emailing

your compliment.

How are you? Hope all is well. I'm just beginning to catch up. SPent a little time at UofC over the holidays and just getting back up to snuff. Prayer is so powerful. We are witnesses to answered prayers daily, in our lives and in our world. Thank you Lord! As much as I try not to sit in judgment, I sometimes think the Lord allows me to see some things others do not. I felt from the beginning there was something divine about President Obama. A calm, peacefulness if you will, that only a firm faith in God could provide. Gifted by God and willing to give HIM all the credit. I love it. My love to you and the family in this great new year and Ain't God great, we're still here!

BANKS' RESPONSE: Thank you Jesus for both of all the rest of us, too,

Qwen, that God had spared us still and I pray that next year this time we will be

thanking Him again for not just sustaining us but for healing us much more, if not

totally. The presence of Obama, I believe, will be an improvement for us all and

that's good for him because we are the kind of people who will be most faithful in

helping him heal America and all our global environment. We pray that he will not

fall prey as so many others have to $iren $ongs of special interest lobbyists who

have already sold out America's best interests and turned Capitol Hill, as Jesus

said of the money-changers he whipped out of the temple, into a "den of thieves."

The true God did not give you Obama. Maybe your god did -- but the Father of the Risen Lord does not advocate abortion, homosexuality, deceit and hypocracy. Until you realize the error of your thinking and begin to worship the One True God, you are deceiving yourself and worshipping a false God. Let him who has ears and a conscience hear and consider themselves truly warned. May God have mercy on us all.

BANKS' RESPONSE: Scott, thank God that you have a right to believe as you

believe and I hope that you respect and appreciate the fact that 90-something

percent of the people may believe otherwise. No, I won't argue with you or say

anything that may hinder you from seeking the truth.

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Lacy J. Banks

Lacy J. Banks, 67, has been a Sun-Times sportswriter/columnist for 38 years and a Baptist preacher for 58 years. He has preached at more than 100 different churches in the Chicago area. A native of Lyon, Miss., Banks graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in French and he served three years in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Naval officer. Lacy and wife, Joyce, have been married 42 years and have three daughters and five grandchildren. Among beats Banks has covered for the Sun-Times are the Bulls, Fire, defunct Sting, Blackhawks, Wolves, Cubs, defunct Hussle, Rush, Sky, college football and basketball and pro boxing.

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