Keith's Comments
Hail To The Chief
Shortly after noon Eastern time today history was made when the first black man was sworn into office as the 44th President of the United States. If Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Junior are looking toward earth and upon these celebrations, how happy they must be now knowing that their earthly tribulations were not in vain. So many have shed blood and cried tears so a man such as this could attain the highest office in the land. Love him or not, Barack Obama is our President, and as such, deserves our prayers.

But whether intentional or through misunderstanding there are some who would twist the Scripture and use the words of God in as hurtful a manner as a weapon. I have the source on file but will not directly link to the article nor the website in which the following statements are made. I don’t want to give this person any more publicity than is deserved, which in my opinion, isn’t much.

In an article published January 19th entitled "Pray Obama fails" the author of a malicious commentary cites the Scriptures:

"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." (Romans 13:1-4)

Then, presupposing that our newly elected President is an "evil ruler", though not yet having spent one full day in office as of this writing, and utilizing those verses alone, the author goes on to suggest they give impetus to pray for President Obama's failure:

"At face value, it would seem the Bible is telling us government is a God-ordained good and that we are not to resist its terrors...Yet, nowhere does the Bible ever suggest evil rulers are to be obeyed. When the rule of men conflicts with the commands of God, the Bible leaves no doubt about where we should stand. That's why I do not hesitate today in calling on godly Americans to pray that Barack Hussein Obama fail in his efforts to change our country from one anchored on self-governance and constitutional republicanism to one based on the raw and unlimited power of the central state."

What the author doesn’t realize is that with his prayer comes the demise of America through the neglect or inaction of our country’s leader. After all, you can’t get one without getting the other. Besides, the aforementioned Scriptures don’t say what the author says they do or is trying to twist into them. Yes, the higher powers, in this case President Obama, are ordained, or placed in their position by God, just as Romans 13:1 says. But let’s look closer at one of the following verses:

"For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:" (Romans 13:3)

Rulers aren’t to be feared by those who do good, but by those who do evil. Christians have a stronger voice than any screamed from a ballot box...it’s prayer. Would you like to be unafraid of those in authority? Then follow the Lord by doing what’s honest and right and you’ll not only be a good citizen but also a good Christian:

"And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;" (1 Peter 3:13-14)

God is not pacing back and forth in front of His throne due to President Obama’s inauguration saying ‘All of his policies aren’t Scriptural! What am I going to do now?’ On the contrary, all is going according to His plan. Christians shouldn’t fear the higher powers and pray for their failure, we should continue to follow the Lord, praying for God’s will to also be done through our elected officials:

"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." (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

So Heavenly Father, watch over, guide and protect President Obama. Lead him through the path of righteousness. Help him shoulder his responsibilities and make correct, righteous decisions for the benefit of America and it’s citizens. And Lord, also open the heart of the author of that article to the Truth of Your authority. Let him see and understand that You are in control. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Keith

01-20-2009

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