NOTE: For those of you conservative Christians who are reading this, thank you for taking a few minutes to read and actually think through my post rather than immediately unfollowing me and deleting my phone number from your Contacts app.
I support our president, Barrack Obama.
Allow me to explain:
First of all, this is not about whether or not I agree or disagree with President Obama’s views on every single issue.
Second of all, this is not about whether or not I agree with what he’s done in office thus far.
Third of all, this is not about me identifying myself as a Democrat. To be honest, I don’t think that I agree with any party enough to associate myself with simply one.
I support President Obama specifically in one major way: prayer. And I support him for one major reason: God calls all believers to. In Paul’s letter to all the believers of Jesus who lived in Rome, he charged the Christians:
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.
– Romans 13:1 & 2, NLT
What’s interesting about Paul’s words to the believers in Rome (Peter wrote similar words in 1 Peter 2) is that the persecution they were enduring would be unimaginably intense and appalling to the 21st century American Christian. Though I’ve heard some Christians in the U. S. cry “Foul!” and “Persecution!” often in the last six years, it is likely that they will never even come close to understanding and enduring such fierce and brutal persecution as our brother and sisters of old have had to face.
In regards to this passage, John Piper notes that Paul “…is more concerned with our humility and self-denial and trust in Christ, than he is about our civil liberties.” Yes, we can disagree with authorities (it is highly unlikely that we will ever completely agree with an authority figure aside from God). Civil liberties nor safety nor acceptance by the world are guaranteed to Christians in this lifetime. What is guaranteed is that God will make us more like Jesus Who embodies humility, self-denial and trust in God’s sovereign will.
Regardless of what we may deem as persecution or an assault on our first amendment rights, let’s stop flooding social media with biased and hateful blog posts about our president (they only make non-Christians despise the church more). Let us cease to call him hateful and derogatory names. And most importantly, let us support our current President and the many to hopefully come in prayer as Paul encouraged the early church.