O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's World:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns: let the earth be glad!"
~ Verse 3 of the Hymn, This Is My Father's World"
by Maltbie D. Babcock
We know from Romans Chapter 13 that it is God who ultimately selects our leaders. As Christians we are to trust God's sovereignty and goodness and remember this.
"The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble."
~ Proverbs 1:4
♫ This is my Father's World . . .
Believing what I do about Obama and -- more importantly -- believing God's Word to be the absolute final authority on all things, I cannot support his presidency. The question in the title is not rhetorical. I can PRAY for him. But as for supporting the man. . .
The answer is NO.
See, a true Born-Again Christian is a child of God who has accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life. As such, the Born-Again Christian has agreed to replace their will with that of God. This person will have their eyes opened up to Truth that there is good and evil and anything that violates God's will is evil.
♫ let me ne'er forget . . .
A true Born-Again Christian does not tolerate evil (Amos 5:15)! The Bible holds several very specific passages whereby God expects us to condemn sin and He scorns us when we don't.
♦ Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 are two examples early in Biblical history.
♦ God condemned Eli for tolerating his sons' sinful behavior in I Samuel 3:12-13.
♦ The so-called prophets of Jerusalem "strengthened the hand of evildoers" and were an abomination in God's eyes (Jeremiah 23:14).
♦ Isaiah 5:20 warns those who "call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"
♫ . . . that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
The point is this: God expects those who call themselves by His name to be absolutely INTOLERANT of evil. Period. And He certainly does not want us to enable it!
If you believe that God's Word is inerrant and True, then the following statements are FACTS:
♦ Abortion is evil. President Obama abets abortion.
♦ Infanticide is evil. President Obama enables and defends infanticide.
♦ The Lord hates hands that shed innocent blood. President Obama's hands are bloodied.
♦ Same-sex marriage is evil. President Obama supports same-sex marriage.
♦ Sodomy is evil. President Obama upholds sodomy.
♦ Homosexuality is evil. President Obama embraces homosexuality.
♦ The Lord hates a lying tongue. President Obama lies without remorse.
♦ The Lord hates a false witness. President Obama is unrepentant and proud.
♦ These are demonstrable facts.
"I’m rooted in the Christian tradition,” said Obama, who has declared himself a Christian. But then he adds something that will not sit well (at all!) with real Born-Again Christians: “I believe there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.” (The man is clearly -- not only a friend, but -- a disciple of Oprah Winfrey!)
. . . And when confronted by a reporter with the words of John 14:6 where Jesus says of Himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” Obama played the interpretation game telling the reporter that it depends on how this verse is "heard." (Whaaaaat??)
Obama apparently thinks that “all people of faith — Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, animists, everyone — know the same God.” He goes on to say: " . . . There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that if people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior, they’re going to hell. I don't believe I -- or anyone -- will go to hell.” (See the full transcript of Cathleen Falsani interview with Barack Obama here.)
♫ God is the ruler yet.
Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn’t meet that requirement. Only God can judge a person's heart, but one cannot deny central tenets of the Christian faith -- including the deity of Christ as the sole mediator between God and Man -- and call himself a Christian.
Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called “False Prophets.” And the level of idolatry that has followed Barack Obama for the last twelve months -- while unreal and unprecedented -- should not surprise us. See II Timothy 4:3 and I John 4: 1-2.
♫ Why should my heart be sad?
Over the last months since Mr. Obama's election victory, I've heard many Christians profess these words: "He is my president. I will support him. I want him to succeed."
You may call me anti-American. I do not want President Obama to succeed. This does not go against nor contradict my responsibility as a Christian to be subject to God-ordained authority. But . . .
God's Word has clear repudiation for those who enable and support evil men:
"And just as they [fools] did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
~ Romans 1:28,32
In other words, those who tolerate (and even laud, worship, idolize) the wicked are just as much of an abomination (or is it "Obamination") in God’s eyes as are the wicked.
If you are a true, born-again Christian, you cannot enable and support such openly and obviously evil actions by a man who denies the Lordship of Jesus Christ. . .
. . . Even if you agree with him on the environment, economy, or anything else. God's Word unmistakably compels you to reject him. However. . .
You can and must PRAY for HIM!
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men . . . For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
~ I Timothy 2:1-4
Pray for President Obama's Salvation.
♫ The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns: let the earth be glad!
God reigns: let the earth be glad!
~ Esthermay Bentley-Goossen
© 2009 The Heart of a Pastor's Wife
This installment of InOtherWords is hosted by Loni on her blog Writing Canvas.