Over the last few months, President Bush’s statement of belief that God speaks to him has been analyzed, criticized, made fun of, and condemned in practically every medium. I’ve noticed criticism on web sites, for the most part, and many posters seem to find it "cheeky," for lack of a better term, for a person to claim that God speaks to or through them. I want to attempt to address this, with an eye toward offering truth, understanding, and even hope to those who are skeptical of such beliefs. And, let me state for the record that I DO believe that God speaks TO those who follow him, as well as THROUGH them.
For clarity’s sake, I define "Christians" as those who have made a conscious decision to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. It is a distinct and exact definition, and conforms to many scriptures, not the least of which are John 14:6, in which Jesus, himself, stated that no one could come to the Father except through him, and Acts 4:12, where it is stated that salvation is found in no other.
Now, let’s establish an extremely important point, for non-Christians, as well as Christians who may hold some un-Biblical beliefs: Salvation through Christ is offered to, and available for ANYONE. John 3:16 says that God loved THE WORLD, not just part of the world. And, that he gave his one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in him, would not perish, but have eternal life. "Whoever" means exactly what it says, and makes no distinctions of race, financial status, background, etc. No one is predestined to remain unsaved.
When people hear the President, or any other Christian claim that God has spoken to or through them, some have the automatic and understandable reaction of, "Well, what’s so special about you?" Short answer? Nothing. There is nothing so extraordinary about ANY Christian that God looked at them and said, "Oh, what a wonderful person! They MUST have salvation! They’ve EARNED it!" Instead, the Bible teaches in Romans 3:23 that ALL have sinned (past tense) and fall short (present tense) of the glory of God. So, if we’re not worthy, why is it offered? Go back to John 3:16 - God LOVED the world. God’s love, not our good works, is why salvation is offered.
Again, do I believe that God speaks to and through his followers? Absolutely! As I believe in the Bible as the inspired word of God, then the simple act of reading it is a form of God speaking. I also believe he speaks through prayer, circumstances, i.e., what’s going on around us, and the church, or global body of believers. Besides all of this, the Bible says that all Christians possess within them the very Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16) In John 16:14, Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would bring glory to him by "taking from what is mine and making it known to you." And, in 1 Corinthians 2:11, we read that the Holy Spirit knows the very thoughts of God. Obviously, the God speaks to his followers through the Holy Spirit.
This is what I believe. I can’t prove it to you, nor can you disprove it to me. I will say one other thing, however, on the subject of God speaking: There is an instance that I know of in which he speaks to those who have yet to believe in him, and that is when he is trying to convince them to trust in Christ, his love for them, and his plan for their life. No matter who you are, what you’ve done, what you believe, etc., God loves you and is offering salvation to you.
Oh, and, if you’ve read this through, guess what? He HAS spoken to you.