I just read an article from the Christian Post that reported Obama’s return of 5% of his salary to the Treasury; I was initially encouraged by this because I think it is a good gesture by the President, one which I pray the other members of government leadership will follow, but my initial encouragement was soon discouraged, not because of anything Obama did, but by the comment lines of the post. From this purportedly “Christian” website flowed lines of vitriolic assault on the President; there were no prayers for him, nor any spiritual exhortations for the brethren.
It is as if some had not heard, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1); is it acceptable to spew hatred for the authority of God? At this moment, I’m just asking myself “where did all this hate come from?” Though it’s still not justified, it is easier to understand angry comments on a post reporting some wrong-doing of the president, but on a post reporting an honorable gesture, one that leaders of many other countries never would care to make, my mind is blown.
So I want to set forth the question: “do you love Obama?”
Would your thoughts and comments towards him demonstrate this love? This isn’t something that can be judged on the outside because no one else knows your thoughts or prayers, but you can judge yourself on it. Do we actually pray for Obama?
I don’t even really know how to write this post.
I know that I am not suggesting that anyone support Obama’s errors or his efforts to advance wicked and sinful agendas, but I also know that there just seems to be something utterly unworthy of the gospel calling that we’ve received in the behavior and vitriolic rhetoric I hear spewed at Obama so often.
Sometimes I think it is because the behavior I see from Christians seems to ignore the scriptures teaching that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-13). So much of what I see is carnal and fleshly, and it comes from the strategies and tactics of the world. Where are the prayer meetings for Obama? Where are the prayer meetings to rebuke the sinful powers of darkness that are overtaking the people of this nation? And where is the wielding of the Word of God by faith to stand against the principalities? Where is the church overcoming evil with good? Where do we see the church taking care of the needs of the poor and suffering instead of blaming them for voting for Obama? Where is our faith in the Word of God as demonstrated by faithful preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ as opposed to our allegiance to political dogmas as demonstrated by our incessant preaching of political ideologies?
President Obama and the leaders of our country have an extremely heavy burden on their shoulders—they are facing challenges not faced by other leaders, but do we care about them, or are we just eager to see them go down in flames?
I was rebuked once for Praying for Obama by a lady because she said Obama will never convert and praying for him is a waste of time; perhaps she is right— the church is so ravaged right now by people like her that there is little chance Obama will ever see what Agrippa saw in Paul when he said, “you almost persuade me to become a Christian.” To which Paul replied, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.” (Acts 26:28-29). On the above referenced post, the sentiment many Christians seem to have is that they wish worse for Obama than their own current economic situations. Rather than wishing Obama could be in the Lord what they are, except for their own current sufferings, as Paul wished for Agrippa (a wicked man who persecuted the church), they wish for worse upon Obama than what they have received, and they are jealous that he is not as they are.
So I hope we each search our own hearts; are the remarks we make towards Obama at least grounded in Truth, and, hopefully, in love, or are they out of envy and jealousy? Do we rebuke him for his salary because of the Truth and love, or because of envy and jealousy?
Let us make sure our conduct and speech toward our leaders is blameless and holy, having no unfit thing adorning our speech towards him, and let us exhort one another in this purpose, that our leaders may see the love of Christ in the Church and hear from our lips the anointed truth of God’s word by which they may be saved! Amen!