The 70th Anniversary of D-Day was just a few days ago. My grandfather fought in France and Germany and I am so proud of all he did in his service for our country. There are some really touching memorials I will link to below…
In the media surrounding the remembrance of D-Day one story really bothered me though… I’ll tell you about it in just a minute. But first let me say, I have been struggling for some time with some people’s reactions to President Obama. Actually, not just some people – but specifically with the reactions of people who are public about their Christian faith.
I know this isn’t anything new. President Obama has been in office for nearly six years now. The attacks against him have been steady and
sometimes many times are severe and vitriolic. People I know personally, have posted some absolutely hateful, shocking personal attacks about him.
Here’s the thing… I’m not going to talk about the politics that play into this. Also, I hope you don’t try to connect me to a personal political affiliation because of what I write here… if you do, you will be jumping to conclusions that are almost certainly wrong. I am also not writing this in defense of any decision President Obama has, or has not, made in his tenure in the Oval Office. I am writing this purely from a sense of something I think some Christ Followers have completely chosen to overlook. If you are a believer, then you have got to accept that President Obama is President of The United States of America because God has allowed it to be so.
Don’t believe me? Read Romans 13:1-2, 7, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished … and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.”
Now I don’t believe this means that we are supposed to lay down and be walking mats. I think when there are policies or laws that we disagree with then it is completely appropriate to voice our concerns, even to petition for change. But the spread of hate will never be an agent of light. God will never bless anything we do from a place of hate and anger.
So the story I mentioned earlier is one I read just yesterday about a veteran of WWII and survivor of the D-Day Invasion who declined a personal invite to have lunch with President Obama. He said that he disagreed with President Obama so much on so many things he couldn’t sit down with him. I love and respect our veterans more than I can even put into words. The sacrifices they have paid so that we can be free are more than anyone should be asked to make. And so I am grateful for this man and for all he gave us – but I so wish he would have accepted that invitation. I wish that he could have sat with President Obama and said things that only a veteran could say. That he and his friends gave their very blood, and some their very lives, for the seat that President Obama now holds and that his prayers everyday are that President Obama’s decisions are made with the weight and knowledge of those sacrifices and that he prayed for him and his family and then enjoyed a nice lunch.
Some say to that, that it wouldn’t have mattered because they don’t believe President Obama would have ever listened to this man … but if we only say things when we believe we will be heard – we become silent and self fulfilling in our prophecy.
Every night my son ends his bedtime prayer with this: “God, please bless President Obama, his wife Michelle and their kids Malia and Sasha. Keep them safe and protected…” Does the person who believes President Obama is pure evil believe that I am wrong to have taught my son to pray this? Does a conservative Republican believe me to be a Leftist Liberal? Both would be wrong in what they believe. My hope would be that we can agree that me and my family praying for Barack Obama and his family is exactly what we as Christ Followers are supposed to do!
I believe President Obama is where he is supposed to be because I have faith in our Father! I believe He is the star-breathing God of Psalm 33 who holds oceans in his hands. And I believe that regardless of who is in charge here on Earth… God is in charge of everything!!
If you disagree with me – I’d love for you to try something. If thinking about President Obama, or whoever is President when you read this, makes you angry and ready to call down curses on him or her… Try praying for them instead. See how you feel afterward… and let me know if it works. It works for me – every time.
May God Bless You, May He Bless President Obama And All Of Our Leaders And May God Bless The United States of America!
Further Reading: James 1:19-20, 1 Peter 2:13-17; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Matthew 22:36-40
Jason Rehmel is the Lead Pastor at Eastside Christian Church on the east side of Cincinnati. If you are someone who has had a terrible experience(s) at a church or churches – stop by some weekend and give it one more shot with Eastside. Whether you have felt judged, or dismissed, or unwanted – wherever it has been – Eastside is different.