Friday, April 8, 2011

A balanced and biblical view of Obama

I posted this blog post around the time of  President Obama's inauguration and I felt that it would be good to reflect again on having a biblical view of our President.

Ligon Duncan offers this helpful response to how we should view Obama:

"For those Christians who are more concerned than overjoyed about the prospects of an Obama presidency, there should be a remembrance that as our President, Barack Obama will have God-given authority to govern us, and that we should view him as a servant of God (Rom. 13:1, 4) to whom we should be subject (Rom. 13:1, 5; 1 Pet. 2:13-14). Thus, again, we are to pray for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2). We are to thank God for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2). We are to respect Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7). We are to honor Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17).

For those Christians who are more overjoyed than concerned about the prospects of an Obama presidency, there should be a remembrance of our ultimate allegiance: Jesus is Lord (and thus, He, not we, decides what is right and wrong), we serve God not man, and the Lord himself has promised to establish “the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him” (Malachi 3:18). Thus, where our new president opposes or undermines biblical moral standards in our society, fails to uphold justice for the unborn, undermines religious liberties or condones an ethos that is hostile to the Gospel, we will pray for God’s purposes to triumph over our President’s plans and policies."

With that being said, we should really evaluate our attitudes towards politics; I'm speaking to myself here as well. I've met many people who support Obama based on the color of his skin and I often think how can we reconcile that type of attitude with our allegiance to God and our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ? We can't if our stand is to defend and support whoever looks like us or agrees with our politcal views. If we are going to show preference the bible says it should be towards our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ; regardless of race and cultures. Our church has a book of the month every month and one of the books we've had is "Right Thinking In A World Gone Wrong" by John MacArthur and the leadership at Grace Community Church. There is a section in the book on thinking rightly about government and I was truly convicted to say the least. MacArthur writes:

"Only the gospel through the power of the Spirit, can effect real change in society- since it transforms sinners from the inside out.....when we allow ourselves to get distraced by politics, we inevitably neglect our responsibility to preach the gospel. Political activism can also tempt us to blur the lines regarding our mission field. Those in an opposing political party become "enemies" rather than lost souls who need Christ preached to them with love and compassion. Those who share our political convictions are embraced as "brothers and sisters" even though they may also be lost souls who need Christ."

Our call is to preach the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ not with politics but with God's word.


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