Why Every Christian should be praying for President Obama; but no Christian should be voting for him!
(ThyBlackMan.com) In the Bible we are admonished by the apostle Paul to pray for all men, especially those in positions of authority.
As a fundamentalist Christian; one who beliefs that the Bible is a divinely inspired book of principles, ideologies and truths by which we should conduct our lives; and as a committed follower of Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. I have chosen to live my life by its edicts; and do heed the apostles’ instructions to pray for our Nations leaders; especially our President.
I do this with the understanding that the ideology of those who are in power always translates into public policy, weather you are a President or a parent!
Like many Christians I did struggle back in 2008 whether or not to vote for Obama simply because of the historic; and I have to add the racial component that existed in that presidential race.
After all, who would have ever thought this nation would ever elect a black man to the highest office in the land in my lifetime. I alluded to my personal dilemma back in 2010 on my blog: Obama and the Power of Relativity.
For the first time in American history, there was legitimate Black presidential candidate unlike the first two (Jackson and Sharpton) who could actually be the President!
He is obviously an extremely gifted, intelligent and a charismatic figure. And by all appearances a loving husband and father to his wife and children, and I have to admit; I really, really wanted to vote for him. But as a Christian and a responsible voter should do; I pushed past my emotions and began to look at his voting record while he was a State Senator in Illinois and as a U.S. Senator in Congress. Although I knew his voting record was that of a committed liberal legislator. I decided because of the historical magnitude of that election, I would give him the benefit of an examination first.
His US Senate record was questionable, but typical for a liberal; his two year span as US Senator was not enough for me to make qualitative decision. But his eight year record as a state senator would be more definitive. And a deeper look into what kind of liberal he really is. It fell in line with the normal pro-gun control, higher taxes, pro-union etc…liberal/progressive ideology.
But a couple of votes stood out to me in particular, as a Christian.
The first, his co-sponsoring of a bill that would have banned discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation. Not because I’m anti-gay; but because I’m anti-bad laws that violate the expression of religious freedom in the marketplace and burdens business-owners with useless, expensive and frivolous lawsuits.
Second and most egregious was his record on “partial birth abortion bans” and his opposition to a vote on the 2001 and 2002 “born alive” bills. In which Obama’s priority was solely about protecting a woman’s right to abort, even if it meant allowing a baby to die, if it was birthed alive from a failed abortion procedure!
According to factcheck.org these are words that State Senator Obama said about the proposed bill on the senate floor back in 2001, 2002:
Obama, Senate floor, 2001: Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a – a child, a nine-month-old – child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it – it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an antiabortion statute.
And in reference to having a second doctor available (to help save the life of a viable infant outside the womb) after failed abortion procedures, he said:
Obama, Senate floor, 2002: [A]dding a – an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion. … I think it’s important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births.
That was all I needed to make up my mind…. his skin color…. the historical significance of that election…. the power of relativity… the blind black allegiance that many of the professional black left were pushing at the time(and still do today). All of these elements for me became inconsequential.
All of that was trumped by the Judeo-Christian worldview that I had adopted years ago as my moral compass. It became my standard for all things having to do with my life, my family, my Nation and my vote. And not just relegating my views to what I do on Sundays and in my own home or based on some erroneous “because their black code”.
I have found no reference in the writings; neither of the Bible nor within our Constitution in which “a judiciary created right to privacy” trumps the right to protect the life of the unborn!
I have not found any reference in the Bible that affirms or condones same-sex marriage. Nor any clause; expressly the 14th amendment of our Constitution which when interpreted correctly, that infers rights or protections based solely on sexual orientations or gender identity.
It gave me a clear picture of the type of ideology that Senator Obama, adhered too. His progressive worldview has a greater influence, and determines his public policy decisions.
Although he has stated he is a Christian. His public policy decisions do not reflect a Judeo-Christian worldview. Additional, a speech he gave at a Sojourners event back in 2006 he declared :
“Moreover, given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers”.
I wholeheartedly disagree. We are a Nation in which Jews, Muslims, Buddhist and Atheist can live freely. But make no mistake about it… We are a Christian Nation!
While on the presidential campaign trail he repeatedly referred to State sponsored wealth redistribution, via taxes and health care.
Therefore I could not in good conscience vote for him in 2008.
Unfortunately, many of my fellow believers; Whites, Blacks, Hispanics and other minorities did the opposite and choose to make Senator Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
Obama received higher levels of support from religious groups than Gore did in 2000 and Kerry 2004. The biggest percentage point swing came from Catholics; who by a majority of 54% voted for Obama. Ironic, in light of the most recent controversy between the White House and the Catholic Church.
Since President Obama has been in Office he has been true to his promise and vision of bringing liberal/progressive change to America.
Within the first thirty days of his Presidency he rescinded the Mexico City Policy which re-allocates taxpayer funds to provide for international abortions. LifeNews.com lists his complete pro-abortion record in detail since he has been in office.
In a speech in Turkey he reiterated his belief that Americans don’t consider themselves a Christian Nation! (Not true by the way, based on every poll taken on this issue). Words no sitting U.S. President has ever said to my knowledge and while on foreign soil as well! Again unusual for one who identifies as a Christian. Add to that the evidence that Wall Builders has outlined, suggesting that his administration is biblically hostile.
The President, along with a democratic majority in congress enacted a plethora of unprecedented legislative and policy changes favoring the LGBT community. Including his DOJ’s decision not to defend DOMA. And enacting a foreign aid plan that included a demand for protections of LGBT’s abroad and offers of asylum and refugee status if they want come to the U.S.
And I could go and on…
His desire to promote and enact domestic and foreign policies that are antithetical to the Judeo-Christians principles’ upon which this Nation was founded, should be enough reason for the faithful not to make the same mistake in the voting booth in 2012.
Although I can never take away some of the laudable things he and his administration have done. While most of that credit rightfully goes to our military heroes. But the killing of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and for the most part keeping us safe from any terrorist attacks up to this point, he and his National Security team deserve credit.
So the President and his administration need our prayers, and I will continue to do so. Not for any harm to come to him, like some idiots have done. But that he would have the wisdom and courage to make the right decisions for our Nation’s present and future.
And if he doesn’t….. We have every right and indeed a responsibility as Christians and Americans to remove him and those who purport a worldview similar to his, whether they be DEM’s or GOP’s from their offices of authority… via our vote.
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