Christian or Muslim? Love Him or Hate Him?

This article is for my fellow Christians. Is Barack Obama a Muslim or a Christian? What does he say he is? He says that he is a Christian. Some of his actions seem to indicate otherwise – or do they?

Is his spirituality for any one of us to judge?(more on this later)

And is anyone justified in hating him? After all, many of us blame him for the mess our country is in presently. And we are concerned for our children’s future and safety in this volatile global situation. He has lied to us over and over again.

But, can we blame our woes as a nation on Obama? In my opinion he has contributed to our downward spiral but I don’t put all the blame on him. We are a corrupt and immoral people, calling good evil and evil good. We Christians need to quit blaming everybody else for our problems. The way to regain our integrity as a nation is through the power of prayer. If you complain about how evil our country is, let me ask you this: What are you doing about it? Do you proclaim how disgusted you are with immorality in this country? Well, many of us are disgusted with what we see on TV, in our schools, in our government, and yes, even in some of our churches. So, will talking about it, whining about it, or yelling about it on-line or in real life result in change for the better? I think not.

First thing, pray for forgiveness for all of us, yourself included. We are all guilty, some are guilty of engaging in immoral behavior, but all of us are guilty of neglecting to call on the mercy of God to restore holiness to our land. This has been our greatest failure as Christians. Prayer is of utmost importance. If you aren’t praying about it, you have no grounds for complaining about it.

As far as the first question goes: Is he Muslim or Christian? I must take him at his word. Only God has the ability to judge a man or woman’s heart. God has not given us that job. Besides, if Obama is Muslim, isn’t he free to practice his religion in this country? Isn’t that what America is all about? Isn’t Freedom of Religion guaranteed in our Constitution?

The Scriptures do tell us that we can judge a tree by its fruit. “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit”. “By their fruits you shall know them”. I believe the “fruit” spoken of in these passages refers to a person’s actions. On that count, I see lots of bad fruit, just my opinion. Others may see good fruit.

If someone were to examine my actions, what would they see in me; good fruit or bad fruit? I think they would see both. I know that God sees both in me.

So, what about you? Does your life and the thoughts of your heart stand up to God’s scrutiny?

As Christians, we should first examine our own hearts before we are able to help anyone else to cleanse their heart. Also, how could any of us even have any influence on our president? I, personally, don’t believe that it is my job to try to straighten him out. Lord knows, I barely can keep myself on the right path and  only with help from the prayers of other Christians will I endure to the end.

Many of my Christian friends on the internet send me emails and post articles on social networks (Facebook & Twitter) that mock or villify Obama; sometimes even expressing anger and hatred towards him.

Many want to punish him somehow. Is that OK with God? I don’t see that command in my Bible. What I see is the scriptures which say “Love your enemies & pray for them”. “Do not repay evil with evil or you will never get evil out of your house”. “Love those who persecute you”.

In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask God to “forgive us our sins as we forgive the sins of others”. So, if we don’t forgive, can we then expect to be forgiven? I don’t think so.

Our anger and hatred towards Obama is not pleasing to God. And, furthermore, there is more power in love than there is in hate. I choose not to hate Obama, admitting that I strongly disagree with many of his choices. I force myself to pray for him every time I pray. And I fight the anger that boils up in me because I don’t believe it is pleasing to God. I try to “flesh out” the scripture which says “do not repay evil with evil, but OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD”.

I urge my brothers and sisters in Christ to go  before God and confess hatred and anger and mocking as sin. Ask God to give you the ability to act in love, even if you don’t feel like it. I do lots of things I don’t feel like doing, just because I am supposed to.

Please don’t add evil to the struggle in our country. Instead, let’s all overcome the evil we see by praying for our enemies and doing good to them every chance we get.

In saying all this, I am NOT saying that we should just accept the actions we believe are wrong. I am NOT saying just roll over and play dead! What I am saying is:

  • First, examine your own heart and actions. Then, use any legal and peaceful means to bring about change. There are avenues set up in this country to bring about justice. The system itself is not perfect for sure, but we must start there.
  • Educate yourself on what is actually in our Constitution. It is not a very long or difficult document to understand. If I can understand it, most anybody can. I am not an intellectual but the Constitution seems very straight-forward to me. You can get copies of it on-line or from your congressman.
  • Use your voice to make your friends and neighbors aware of what is going on.
  • Make phone calls to your representatives in Congress even though it may seem like a waste of effort at times. Send letters and emails.
  • Join with others to pray for our country. It only takes 2 people at the dining room table a few minutes to lift up our country in prayer. Ask your church to pray for our leaders and our country.
  • Join with others in peaceful rallies, not protests. Don’t carry hateful signs. In fact, just forget the signs, they only distract people.

We see the violence and hatred occurring at protests currently overseas and in our own country. In many countries, these are producing bloodshed and chaos. Is that the kind of “fruit” we want to see?

I propose that we conquer hatred with love if possible. Let us draw on our source of power and love, who is greater than any name in heaven or on earth, and who one day will return to right all wrongs and bring true justice to his people. His name is Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

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