If, like me, you are an American Christian who has already determined not to vote for President Barak Obama in November, you could be in danger. The threat against us is not one that holds the potential to strike in a few months or years. It most likely already has snuck up on us a time or two. And this threat goes beyond the president’s stances on abortion and gay marriage. It’s much closer to home than me would care to admit.
Here’s a good question to ask yourself. If you answer it honestly, it should give you a quick and accurate assessment of your current risk in regards to this threat.
Do you hate President Obama?
You probably answered no. Maybe you should examine your heart even deeper with a few more questions. Is your opposition to abortion fueled by a love for unborn babies and their mothers or does it have more to do with opposing the president? Think about the e-mails you forward about the president as well as your tweets and status updates. What if you were the subject of those e-mails, tweets and status updates? Would you think that the author hated you?
Maybe another question will help you even more. What are some of your first thoughts when you see Nancy Pelosi’s face?
Christians can and should stand up against any administration that functions in opposition to what the Bible teaches. I believe that means that we should oppose much of what the Obama administration stands for. We come from a long, rich line of men like Daniel that wouldn’t stop praying even when their government told them to (Daniel 6) and men like Peter that said, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).
But we also come from a long, rich line of men who showed love and respect for the very men that they stood against.
Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies! (Daniel 4:19 ESV)
And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.” (Acts 26:29 ESV)
Men like Daniel and Paul stood firm, even to the point of staring death in the face but they did it without bitterness. They did it like Jesus. Hate and bitterness are symptoms of the greatest danger man has ever known. They are the check engine light of the soul. If left unresolved, they are usually good indicators of separation from God (1 John 4:7-12). But maybe that hate and bitterness could actually do our country some good. Maybe they will drive you into the polls this November and maybe things will actually work out good. But that leads to one final question.
What’s the profit of winning back your country if it costs you your soul?
Christian, fight hard for what you believe in. Stand firm for your convictions. Bow your knee to no man or institution but only to the Lord Jesus Christ. But as the King Nebuchadnezzar of your day, whoever that turns out to be, scans the bowing crowds to find only you standing, may he see on your face a look of genuine Christ-like love.