How Should Christians View Obama?

In my last post, I raised the ire of some of my Christian brethren when I asserted that God did not put Obama in office.  Since some misinterpreted my position so a follow-up is in order, with a few additional thoughts.

Obama's InaugurationLet me be the first to say that it is possible that God was behind Obama’s victory.  However, our culture is prone to being very myopic, so let’s zoom back a bit and get some perspective.  The field of candidates was far broader than who ended up on the ticket.  You’d never know it now, but the common sentiment in the streets going into the election were anything but enthusiastic for any candidate until the final runners were chosen.  In my opinion, there were many people who were far more qualified for the position than the two party ticket we ended up with.

Nonetheless, Obama was clearly the overwhelming choice of the people, regardless of how he ascended to that position.  Was God working behind the scenes to bring him into power?  I doubt very much that we’ll reach a consensus on that one any time soon.  If he leads righteously during his administration and our nation is in better condition when he leaves than when he came in, that will be an easier pill to swallow.  If not, his staunch supporters will blame Bush for his failures anyway.  That’s the problem with the narrow-minded partisan political spirit.  It causes a blindness to the faults of our party, and we get taken along for the ride.

So, how should Christians view President Obama?  Is he the chosen one, sent by God to lead our nation out of the mire we now find ourselves in?  Or is he the product of a slick marketing campaign, the weariness of the war in Iraq and a passionate desire for racial equality?  Perspective is everything, and this is especially true at this critical juncture of our nation’s history.

If we as Christians blindly accept that God placed Obama in office, how honestly are we going to evaluate what he does?  I think we could answer that question by simply looking back at the past 8 years.  It took me about 6 years to decide that Bush was taking us into a very bad direction; which would have been much sooner if I had been paying more attention to what was going on (put your rocks away, all ye hypocrites!).  I am not bashing President Bush.  He stood strongly for what he believed in, and that is what leadership is about.  I was never of the opinion that God put him into office, but  my nature is to trust people until they violate that trust.  Therefore, I have had a track record of giving politicians the benefit of the doubt if they say all the right things, with the idea that we’ll just fix it all with the next guy if they go wrong.  Not any more.  Bad idea… really bad idea right now.

President Obama has not earned our trust yet, especially those of us who hold to a biblical worldview.  He must be judged not by his color, nor by his good speeches, nor by his glowing promises.  Our trust for him must come from his stewardship of the high office he occupies, and the track record of his accomplishments, period.  And his track record to date is far from stellar, a fact that seems to escape most of his adoring fans.

To those who insist that we give him the benefit of the doubt, I say to you that we do not have that luxury right now.  We are sailing into a storm of catastrophic proportions.  The democrat-controlled congress, who’s leaders I hold in high disdain (I’ll not disgrace my blog by naming their names) have shown utter stupidity and downright dishonesty in the recent past.  The hypocrisy we’ve seen is maddening and some of them should be in jail, and would be if the Washington political machine were not so corrupt.  If President Obama does not have the insight, skill and courage to sway his own party away from their social collectivist liberal agenda and into conservative social and fiscally sound economic policies, we are most certainly going to be worse off in 4 years than we are today.

So, dear Christian, please do not listen to the hype and emotion of the popular media machine and your uninformed friends.  Take a stand for truth.  Pray for our President, his family and his cabinet like never before.  Get educated on what’s happening in government.  Don’t let congress sneak things past you any more.  Support those decisions that line up with God’s ways and become very vocal in opposition to those that do not.  Stop letting the party spirit and the popular liberal media formulate your opinions of right and wrong and return to the truth of God’s Word.  Demonstrate love and grace to all, even to those we disagree with, for in so doing, we may just win some over to the truth.

As always, your comments are welcome.  Be nice.  We’re in this boat together.  Honest dialogue is healthy in this hour, even if we disagree.  At least it means we’re thinking.

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  1. Might I humbly submit that this evaluation should be based on simple ethics, such as truth and honesty, which were implied in Obama’s constant promises of greater transparany in his administration.

    you ain’t seen nothing yet

    As evidence of his “Change you can believe in” and his efforts toward cooperation, Barack Obama has agreed to forgive and forget, to work in cooperation with the felons, embezzlers and tax cheats who destroyed the world’s economy.

    By the way I like your blog; care to exchange reciprocal blogroll links?

    Read more about Obama’s breakthrough on setting an ethical example for the nation at

    http://franklynchusa.wordpress.com

  2. Rich,
    Like I’ve said before….”When are you running?!” You’ve got my vote. We sure need people like you in governmental positions!

  3. The fella below writes better than me, and says most everything I would with regards to our new administration. God’s man? I would think only if our president is about ready to receive faith, choose to believe, and become empowered by Holy Spirit to lead our nation IN righteousness with justice. According to the US Flag Code, our flag needs to be flown upside down at this time.

    Below By Dr. David R. Reagan

    “The Obama Administration has wasted no time in declaring war on Evangelical Christians.

    Within minutes after the new President took his oath of office, his staff posted his agendas concerning homosexuality and abortion on the White House website.

    Sexual Perversion

    With regard to sexual perversion, the President’s policy goals are spelled out as follows:

    1) Defeat all state and federal constitutional efforts to defend the definition of biblical marriage as being a union between one man and one woman.

    2) Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed by Bill Clinton. (This is currently the only line of defense keeping all 50 states from being forced to recognize so-called “same-sex marriages” from extremely liberal states like Massachusetts and Connecticut.)

    3) Repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

    4) Pass “hate crimes” legislation granting homosexuals and cross dressers special rights denied to other Americans. (This legislation, depending on how it is drafted, could even attempt to muzzle any criticism of homosexuality as being unbiblical and unnatural perversion.)

    5) Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would force business owners (religious and otherwise) to abandon traditional values relative to sexual morality under penalty of law.

    6) Create intentionally motherless and fatherless homes by expanding “gay adoption.” To see it for yourself, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/civil_rights/ and scroll down the page to “Support for the LGBT Community.” (LGBT is an acronym for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered.”)

    Abortion

    With regard to abortion, The President’s agenda is:

    1) Opposition to any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s abortion decision in Roe v Wade.

    2) Support of the Prevention First Act which would provide access to contraception and “preventive services to help reduce unintended pregnancies” (a euphemism for abortion).

    You will find these proposals on the White House website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/women.

    Although it is not mentioned on the website, the President has made it clear that he will support the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). In fact, he promised Planned Parenthood that signing the FOCA would be “the first thing I’d do as President.” FOCA is by far the most radical piece of abortion legislation ever introduced into the Congress.

    According to pro-choice advocates:

    FOCA would overturn the ban on the barbaric procedure called “partial-birth abortion.”
    FOCA would invalidate scores of pro-life laws passed by dozens of states.
    FOCA would eliminate existing laws against taxpayer-funded abortions.

    Consequences to the Nation

    This outrageous attack on biblical morals should come as no surprise to anyone. The American voters were warned time and time again during the presidential campaign that Obama would push the most radical homosexual and abortion agenda in American history. But millions voted for charisma and eloquence rather than paying attention to the issues.

    I cannot overemphasize how critical a situation we are facing in this country. We are in the midst of a great financial crisis and we have enemies worldwide who desire to destroy us. I want to see President Obama succeed in solving our financial crisis and defending this nation against Islamic terrorism. But he has literally no hope of succeeding as long as he thumbs his nose at God and God’s Word.

    In addition to pushing homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and abortion, he has also made it clear that he will demand a division of the land of Israel as part of a “two-state solution.” These policies are national suicide.

    God cannot be mocked, nor can He be deceived (Galatians 6:7). He will not sit idly by and allow our nation to turn its back on Him and do what we please. We have been blessed more mightily than any other nation in history, and to those to whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:47-48).

    Call to Prayer

    We need to pray as we have never prayed before for our President. We need to pray for his heart to be softened and his ideas to be conformed to God’s Word (Proverbs 21:1). And we need to pray that all his efforts to implement policies contrary to God’s Word will be confused, frustrated, and defeated.”

  4. Mr. Clinton set a standard in this country with his “it’s the economy stupid” campaign. Beating out family values and moral issues. The common trick of deception seems to be that Americans will always vote in selfish favor of more money believing that money will raise their standard of living. The love of money has effected every aspect of our lives from politicians to the pulpit. Besides I get a chill down my spine when I hear anyone in Washington say the word “ethics”. Are you kidding me? Do they even know what the word means? Of course I am a “white conservative follower of Jesus and a gun owner” I guess I’m just backward and ignorant. But in regards to the question I am reminded of the election of king Saul. God opposed it but He gave the people what they wanted. Then He let them reap what they had sown. How should we view The new president. I think we all know in our hearts.

  5. How should Christians view Obama?

    1. The Bible makes it clear how we “treat” our leaders – the right ones and the wrong ones.
    2. What was Jesus’ “view” of His leaders? I need to study this much more —

    3. It does seem that His focus was far more directed to hypocritical religious leaders of His day then to leaders of Roman Empire.

    4. The first century followers of Jesus did eventually confront (with their lives) the leaders of the Roman Empire with the things that the Bible considered of value.

    5. Pray – yes – by all means- but Jesus talked about the kind of “praying” that literally manifested heaven on earth. He never taught panic praying, plead praying, beg praying, hope (wish) praying, woe praying. He did teach and demonstrate praying that actually produced the impossible.

    6. Jesus did speak out against injustice however never as a “cause” – always in relationship to those people who He gave far more mercy than justice.

    7. Jesus did seem to spend most of His time demonstrating a way to “rule and reign” that positively (profoundly) affected everything we call an “issue” in todays society and He just needed just a few to really “get it” to “turn the world upside down”.

    8. Maybe a better question is “How should Christians view Jesus”?

  6. Wow, I want to thank you for this article that I have read and re-read. Things aren’t as they seem to be. I work among so many people that are so thrilled that he is now in charge. I did not vote for him, but sometimes I don’t stand up to others when they are talking of his wonderful speeches, cute kids, nice wife, all true but what about the fact of our country. So I have decided to devote some time each day to pray for our President and our country and for knowledge, wisdom, and kindness to possibly stand up for what I believe.
    God Bless

  7. We need to pray deeply for Obama to know the God of his salvation. Until that happens, we need not just let this administration lead us into “catastrophic proportions”,as stated, which is already happening.

    Who says just because Obama SAYS he is going to forgive and forget that he will. (not that I agree with it anyway) He said a lot of other things and did the opposite, wasting no time.

    How can we disregard all the immoral and unconstitutional things that are going on and act as if one promised act would validate the rest? That is not what I call hope, it is just another sales pitch to me.

    There is enough deceit going on, let us not deceive ourselves in the process.


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