Recently, I have heard many people bash Obama over his first seven months in office… yes, only seven months. I recall 2001… President Bush after his first year in office, after September 11 and our response, had wonderful approval ratings and almost the full support of Congress… yet only seven years later… yes, seven years, he had one of the lowest approval ratings of any world leader of all time.
I expect everyday educated citizens to express either pleasure or displeasure over the policies and actions of a Presidential Administration, even those who claim to be strong Christians and believers, however, I am disturbed by a trend. President Bush, even though the economy was dying, the war in Iraq was nearly a disaster – and still going on, etc etc etc, was continually praised by conservative Christian leaders. Likewise, these same group of people continually bash virtually everything that President Obama does. Why? It is simple, President Bush is a Republican who is generally considered to be conservative. By contrast, President Obama is the opposite. Ironically, however, they both claim to be Christians – one from a “conservative” point of view, the other from a “liberal” point of view.
Now granted, I do not expect everyone to agree on everything, and like most Christians, I am against Abortion and Homosexual Marriage – though I am not against civil unions. Granted, policies are shaped by party ideology, and we should expect, when the same party controls the Executive and the Legislative that there will be little compromise, yet, we should also know that the political climate changes and typically goes in waves.
That said, to me, scripturally, Christians, and especially those in authority positions – i.e. pastors, deacons, priests, bishops, theologians, etc etc, instead of making fun of slogans, or comparing Obama to Hitler and Stalin (search for Rick Joyner’s report on HR3200, the Health Reform Bill), they should, yes, informa there parishioners of their Christian duty, and yes, they should be concerned, but, like I said, instead of making a name for themselves, they should put themselves in their “closet” and pray, pray for the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court, their governors, state governments, local governments, etc. Being critical is one thing… as long as those being critical are not making fun of the leadership, as long as the criticism is informed and accurate, as long as the criticism does not promote fear (but prayer, blessing and love). If it does not do these things, then those of us who do criticize, either openly or in private, do so in sin. Prophets in the Old Testament, the ultimate social critic, yes spoke against those in authority, but did so by the direct word of God – not in sarcasm, not haughtily – but humbly and in fear, the urged the leadership to repent, the told the leadership the truth that God had given them – not their own opinions but God’s Will, and they prayed and fasted for those in authority. Sadly though, it appears the exact opposite is happening today.