This blog also comes with a disclaimer: I did not vote for Barack Obama in 2008, and I will not vote for him in 2012. But neither did I vote for McCain in 2008 and I will not for Romney or Gingrich in 2012. I did vote in 2008 and I will vote in 2012…it’s my civic duty.
This blog is about my continued frustration with what I see, hear, and read Christians say about President Obama. I do not support most of his policies, and I disagree with lots of his theology, but he is the President, he professes to be a Christian, and he is a human being created in the image of God.
President Obama is not evil. He is not the devil reincarnate. He is not the anti-Christ. He is not the final imam. He is a fallible human being…just like you and me.
So, can we please stop the vitriol? It doesn’t do our country any good. More importantly, when the hatred comes from people claiming to be Christians, it gives Christ a bad name.
Reject the President’s policies. Debate his agenda. Try to vote him out of office. But please, be civil, rational, respectful, and prayerful.
I think what pushed me over the edge was all the attacks toward the President last week because he took Luke 12:48 out of context during a speech at a prayer breakfast. Yes, his comments were out of context, but while people complain about his bad eisegesis, I have not heard anyone complain about the bumper stickers and facebook posts taking Psalm 109:8 out of context. In context, Psalm 109 is calling for someone to die! In context, Luke 12 is about watching and working as you are waiting for Christ’s return. (Sidenote: I have heard several sermons on tithing/giving where preachers use Luke 12:48 in a similar way as Obama. Every minister I know has been guilty of eisegesis at least once in their ministry. Furthermore, I hear over and over again that I am supposed to overlook Romney’s theology because we are, and I quote, “electing a commander in chief, not a pastor in chief.” Why doesn’t the same standard apply to President Obama?)
If I have not made you angry yet, I am about to with the following statement: Even though I do not support Obama, I believe him to be a person of integrity. What he believes and what he does is integrated. He walks what he talks. He does what he says he is going to do (or at least he tries to).
Think about it:
From all appearances, President Obama loves his wife and has been faithful to her. There hasn’t even been a hint of infidelity on his part. Furthermore, it seems he truly loves his children and his wife and children love him. He is a family man. A true sign of integrity is when those who know you best, love you most.
If you look over the things President Obama has said and written through the years, very little has changed. He has not changed his opinion on key political issues. He has not wavered on his core principles. Whether you agree with him or not, he has been consistent. (Yes, he did change his mind on the Iraq war and the need for more troops and the closing down of Guantanamo, but I think that has more to do with the reality he discovered once in office. However, he has done what he said he would do about troop withdrawal in Iraq.)
Barack Obama is like every other politician. He has an ideology and he wants to remain in power and he desires to compromise as little of his ideology as possible to remain in power.
What I am trying to say is as a follower of Jesus Christ my citizenship is in the kingdom of God. This world is not my home. I am an alien in a strange land. This world is coming to an end regardless of who is in office. My first allegiance is to Christ. My hope is in His sovereignty. God has called me, and all believers, to advance His kingdom in this world. Part of what that means is that I am to be involved in politics to the degree that it advances that kingdom. I am to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. I am to view politics as ordained by God to maintain social order. I need to be involved in the political process, but I don’t need to be so consumed by the process that I forget the place of my true loyalty. I don’t need to be so consumed by the process that I forget to allow the fruit of the Spirit to be manifest in my life and conversations.
So, educate yourself. Get involved. Aggressively debate the issues. Vote. But keep it civil.
The kingdom of God depends on it.
Can we still be friends?