Barack Hussein Obama is the President of the United States of America. He was elected not only by the electoral college system which we use but also overwhelmingly by popular vote. The voter turnout for the 2008 election was one of the highest in history. The voters chose Obama for our President. I did not vote for President Obama. I voted for John McCain. If I had it to do over again, I would cast my vote the same way. I am not an Obama apologist. His support of abortion makes me sick to my stomach. His latest action today in trying to usurp the American Constitution in pronouncing a cease to the defense of marriage as being between one man and one woman infuriates me. BUT, Barack Obama is MY President. He's your president also. You can claim he's not. You can bellow, stomp, and get mad and claim he doesn't represent you, but you'd be wrong. He represents as President of the United States the whole nation and if you are an American, he represents you.
Yet in reading the thoughts of many in my own community, state, and certainly across my own country, it seems that it has become easy to point our finger at the President and blame him for all that is wrong in the country. It seems so in fashion to be hatefully angry at the President when he does things such as he has today. But I have a real question and it requires a real answer . . . When will the church . . . When will you and I, Mr. and Mrs. American . . . look at ourselves with the same disdain and anger that we look at the President? Let me explain in simple sentences that I hope gets right to the point.
In 2008, the election resulted in one of the largest minority turn outs in history. Some say they voted for Obama because of his color. Maybe they did. What has the church sought to do in the past 20 years to reach out to minorities to show them the Gospel of Jesus Christ which would have possibly discouraged some to vote for this man based on his convictions about issues the Bible calls abominations? I know the answer to the question. For the most part, we did nothing. We have been all too comfortable with our black churches, hispanic churches, and white churches.
How about another question? Many evangelical Christians cast their vote for Barack Obama even though he openly promised to enhance abortion practices and legalities. Many others voted for Obama while they proverbially "held their nose" because he seemed to have the best plan for the economy and the Republicans had killed it. Are we not to blame for voting with our pocketbooks instead of with the knowledge of God's Word?
Here's another one. What have you and I personally done except cry, moan, and complain to one another about the status of Biblical marriage? What have you and I personally done to destroy the effects of abortion? It's really easy to put the blame on those we elect but to do so creates lazy citizens asking someone else to put their neck on the line.
How about this one for all you good Christian people . . . How many of you have prayed for the President? Not, "Lord stop him please" or "Lord please don't let him get re-elected," but instead prayed "Lord bless our President and his family" or "Lord give our President wisdom and open his heart to Your Word." If we stacked the number of complaints we've made about the President next to the amount of prayers we've put up for him, what would that ratio look like? I'm convinced we've got no business complaining about anything in this life that is not so important to cause us to drop to our knees on a DAILY basis and cry out to God for intervention.
Have we not read Daniel 2:20-23 which allows us to understand that God raises up kings and puts kings down? Each time Israel had an evil king, God allowed it. In almost every case, God allowed it because Israel had turned from Him or had at least become slack in their obedience. When will we see that the church has been marginally ineffective in the culture of this world and we hold responsibility for our own lack of evangelism, mission giving, holy living, and hypocrisy? What did the body of Christ as a whole do in 1963 when prayer was removed from public schools? Next to nothing if anything. What did the body of Christ do when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973? Next to nothing. What has the collective body of Christ done since sin has continued to rise in our ranks and in this nation? Have we prayed? Have we fasted? Have we sought to be agents of change? Have we become so passionate about Godly living that we would allow Christ to work in us and through us to change our communities?
The church can't mount a strong attack against our shared enemy because traditionally we're too busy fighting each other. We'd rather research "false prophets" and blast them for their scheming ways. When is the last time you prayed for Benny Hinn? We'd rather throw darts at the church across town because they don't "preach the truth." What's the difference in those who dont' "preach the truth" and those who don't "live the truth?" We'd rather get mad, make phone calls, and do a spiritual detective's work to find out what our brother or sister in Christ is really doing than to use the same energy to make a difference. We'd rather sit at home on our blessed assurance and act as if we're too good for this washed up, broken down church world and yet it's Christ's Bride that we're putting down. We'd rather play the part of the accuser than the helper. Those who accuse have lots in common usually with the main accuser, Satan, who the Bible refers to as the "accuser of the brethren."
Oh I know. If you've read this far, you either really like what I have to say, or you're busy taking notes on ways to make me your next target. I guess I'll take some steam off the President for a few minutes. There is a revelation God gave to me earlier this year. It's been one of the hardest revelations I've ever had to deal with. I'm not sure I've completely got it down pat, but I'm working hard at it. In 1 Samuel, we read the discourse of Saul and David. Saul was once an anointed man of God chosen specifically to be Israel's first king. He stopped obedying God and God chose David to be the successor. God completely left Saul's blood line out of the royal plans. Saul was not at all happy and the Bible states that as Saul stopped obeying God and as jealousy crept into his heart, Saul turned. The Bible states that the spirit of God left Saul and an evil spirit came into him. David would play his harp for Saul and it would quieten this evil spirit's hold on Saul, yet when David was done, Saul would throw spears and javelins at David trying to kill him. Saul led full blast attacks trying to kill David and though David had plenty of opportunities, he would not kill Saul. His reasoning? David said he could not touch God's anointed. Notice David calls Saul who has an evil spirit, God's anointed.
Many will lean upon the verse that states we will know everyone by their fruit and decide that God has made all of us fruit inspectors. If that is the case, what are we supposed to if we find someone with rotten fruit or no fruit? The usual action tends to be to expose them but that's not what the Bible says. The Bible speaks of us confronting our brothers and sisters in love trying to win them. It also speaks about completely disassociating ourselves from those who would sow discord. It seems that the Bible states that if someone is wrong, not living right, affected by an evil spirit, we are to either confront them lovingly or disassociate ourselves. To disassociate means to stop acknowledging them. This means in our speech to others and in our actions. Can we say we do this?
Jesus said to pray for those who despitefully use you. Pray and love your enemies. God has raised Barack Obama up as our President. What greater testimony could be uttered from his mouth than to stand up in front of this great nation and say that he has had an encounter with the one and only God of all creation and that he has repented of his support of the abominations of man and will work to stop what has been started? You say that it will never happen . . . I heard you. And guess what? With that attitude . . . it won't. Call yourself a prophet. But what if God's people prayed for him? What if on a daily basis we prayed for our country? What if on a daily basis we called out the name "Barack Obama and his family" in our prayers? 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us what will happen. God will hear our prayers. He will heal our land. He will reverse the curse so to speak. If we will repent, God will relent. Amazing what one little letter can change in a word.
So you can keep your "God you took my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, and my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, in 2010 and my favorite president is Barack Obama" jokes. I think it's disgusting. You can keep your negativity. I choose to pray for him. I choose to pray for this country. I choose to be an agent of change. I choose to pray for my enemies. I choose to love those who persecute me. I choose to find common ground with those who don't believe just like me and support their efforts. What about you?