I am constantly receiving emails directed at President Obama, his socialist views, and his track record as a Senator and now President. I have to say, very few are complementative. I understand that not everyone has liked this Prez, or the other 10 who have reigned as Commander-in Chief during my lifetime. There have been few I felt were worthy in a "Christian" sense, I mean, what Christians would think are worthy of leadership, Biblicly speaking. Here's the poop. I am not an Obama fan by any stretch. Nothing personal, I just don't agree with his politics. He's a decent orator, not fantastic, above average. I don't dislike him because of race, or that he's from Indonesia, or Hawaii, or Kenya, or wherever. I don't dislike his religion, whether he is Christian or Muslim. I don't think he's the anti-christ, as some emails suggest. He and I do not share the same worldviews on darn near anything.
Notice the above statement did not say anything bad about him. No hate speech here. I didn't say he made a bad speech. I didn't say anything derrogatory whatsoever. So don't mis-interpret what I said. He is the President. As the Prez, he doesn't get a free pass from American's discontentment regarding performance, nor get excused from criticism from making bad decisions. It goes with the territory. As a follower of Christ, my duty to Mr. O is to pray for him. That's right, pray for him. You may totally disagree with that statement, but if you do, you disagree with the Bible. Read this passage written by Paul in 1Tim. 2:1
I urge, then, FIRST of all, that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving
be made for everyone- for KINGS and all those in authority, that we may live a
quiet and peacful life in all godliness and holiness. (NIV)
There are many passages in scripture that tell the reader that God is in charge, in Proverbs, "by Me kings reign, rulers decree justice. In Psalms, the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord, He directs it however He wishes. Jesus, as He was questioned by religious leaders regarding Caesar, did not say anything evil directed to the Emperor of Rome, but to give to Caesar what is Caesar's, to God what is God's. Why am I telling you this? The reason is strictly concern. As followers of Christ, our good can become evil when we talk politics, and bring reproach on Christ. Do you get into heated arguments about the Prez? Do you malign him? Do you pray for him?
I am not like Obama in my politics. I'm quite sure that doesn't bother him at all. It may bother his followers. It may bother the other side that I take the approach of prayer instead of rage against him. Sorry to both sides, but the way of Christ, and offering blessings and prayers toward the President, is the way for me. I'll do my talk in the voting booth. We all can talk about our political views, right and wrong, immorality and virtuous living, but don't attack a man and his family because they don't agree with you and I. I must continue to work on my personal repentance, and how Christ is viewed through me.
Give this some thought. Disagree with what I'm saying, but try not to take me as a sage in political matters. I know very little as to how political wheels turn, or why people don't think the way they do. My concern is that the world see Jesus in Christians, not people trying to force Him on unbelievers, and make this multicultural society one in ideology. God uses the Holy Spirit to drawl the lost to Himself, not a political seat. I do agree that as the king goes, so goes the nation. Evil leaders bring evil, godly leaders bring peace. I'm grateful for those who fight for good national values, and repent and war against national sins. We must do so fervently without maligning an individual, as though he began the problems we've had throughout my lifetime. Fight without naming names. Ronald Reagan did so. He never mentioned the opponents name, not Mondale, not the Soviet Union. He always left it as the "other guys." As Christians, we should take that advice, and the Bible's advice, pray.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith