Should I, an Evangelical, be afraid of Obama?

On most days I usually peruse a hefty sum of articles, blogs, and forum entries addressing a host of issues. More than not, I tend to gravitate toward those that are in the genre of the religio-political. It’s where I find the most interesting, outlandish, and mixed-up thinking on the planet.

Since Barak Obama sewed up the majority of the Democratic Party’s cache of delegates last week, the media (of all types) has been abuzz with prognostications. It’s natural that we do this. But my eye has been skewed mostly toward what my peeps (evangelicals) are saying. The responses have filled every part of the spectrum.

On one hand there has been praise for Obama and it seems likely that he will garner a large number of evangelical votes in the fall. Some have suggested that he could get up to 40%. That’s huge!. On the other side of the equation, there are those who not only claim that Obama is dangerous, but claim the he is the Anti-Christ. One writer posted some of these dubious and arguable points in a Topix Forum. (I thought I should add some questions to his facts for clarity.)

Yahaim wrote:

Obama is the Anti-Christ. This is the evidence:

1.– He will come as a man of Peace (Obama promises peace in Iraq, defeat for the US)
When did he promise defeat for the US?
2.- He will come mounted on a white Female horse(Obama mother is white who had 6 African husbands)
Does this mean that his mother was a white horse with 6 black legs?
3.– He will come to deceive( Obama says he’s a Christian but in fact he was born a Muslim, practices the Islamic religion, prays Friday’s facing Mecca)
Is there any evidence that he still prays toward Mecca, not that he claims to be a Christian.
4.– He will make himself the most powerful man on earth, if elected.
5.– He will try to destroy the Jewish People and Israel( Obama has said he loves the Arabs specially the Palestinians, hates Israel and Jews. Admires Hitler, Osama etc) 1.Try reading some Israeli material that says otherwise. 2. Oh yeah, the Hitler-Osama statement. How about some evidence. There is evidence that Obama admires George Bush and Ronald Reagan though.
6.– He will present himself as good and righteous but in fact he’s Satan himself. Violence is in his heart.
Again, really? Your evidence, please.
7.– Obama will help Al Qaida in its evil projects.
Yeah, that’s the impression I got when Obama promised to hunt down Al Qaeda in Pakistan.
8.– Barack Hussein Obama is the “King of the South” predicted in the Bible.(Daniel .11, Kenya is south of Jerusalem)
So is Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
9.– Obama comes to implant muslim Sharia Law upon America.
If Christianity hasn’t been successful in forcing Judeo-Christian theocratic law on a nation that promotes a seperation of church and state, how will Barak Obama?
Obama is the Anti-Christ, beware of him.
Watch him and don’t let you be deceived by Him.
Supporters of Obama: 1.5 billion Muslims, Oprah, Louis Farrakanh, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and all American Muslims.
So, what do I think? Should I be afraid if Barak Obama is elected president? Should I throw up my evangelical, pro-life, pro-traditional marriage hands in surrender. Why, heck no! The fact is that for believers in Christ, who actually trust in, rely on, and cling to Him, there is no fear of the future. God is still in control.
If Barak Obama were to become Christian America’s worse nightmare (and I’m not saying he will be), do you think for one minute that God’s will is going to be undone? Only if God is a actually a man.

In the past two-and-half decades, all too many evangelical and fundamentalist Christian have placed their trust, not in the God who promises to heal their land by humbling themselves in repentance and prayer, but in numbers and political strength. They have fallen into the sin of counting on man’s strength, thinking, and method’s. Isaiah 55:8-9 warns believers that the thoughts and ways of man are contrary to God’s thinking. Naturally, when one’s thinking takes form, that which is formed is also contrary to God’s ways. The apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the church in Corinth, “for the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

The root problem with most evangelicals who are “fearful” of certain political results and world affairs is that they are rooted in an earthly mindset, not on God’s Kingdom or it’s power. They rely on circumstances and conditions and fail to live in faith. They have not renewed their mind, but have continued in their old thinking. Unfortunately, many believers are being encouraged by politically-minded ministers, evangelists, and other religious luminaries to follow a world view that is born in an emotion that God tells us to cast aside. That powerfully deceitful feeling is fear.

The reason I don’t fear or lose any sleep whether Barak Obama or John McCain becomes president is because I know that God’s love for his people gives liberty. The Bible says, “perfect love casts out fear.” It’s not my love, but God’s love. I have faith in His love, therefore I fear nothing or no one. Furthermore, there are other truths that buoy my faith. I know that the God who is in me is greater that anyone in the world (1 John 4:4), that I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:35-37), that my effectual, fervent prayers avail much (James 5:16), and that, as I learned from my childhood, “in all things God works for the good of those that love Him and are called to His purposes” (Romans 8:28). These passages of scripture provide the framework for being free from fear and being empowered to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God (Micah 6:8) The moral condition of national leaders do not change the efficacy of God’s Word.

So what if Obama is the devil some predict? What do I do? Do I call for his impeachment or God’s swift sword. Nope. God’s word tells me to do the opposite of what man’s thinking resorts to. He calls for me to pray for him, not curse him. (I Timothy 2:1-3)

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,

and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority;

that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour”

Notice the first (four) things Christians are to do in order to “lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty? They are:

1. Supplications – means to petition or entreat God for something with passion, zeal and a hunger to see the request fulfilled.

2. Prayers – activity motivated by our desire to be in God’s presence and to know His will. Prayer is an acknowledgment of our spiritual poverty and our reliance on God to speak to our poverty.

3. Intercessions – is the act of advocating for someone else. For the Christian, it is the continuation of the ministry of Christ, showing love for those who are sinners.

4. Thanksgivingan acknowledgment of appreciation for a thing received. If we believe that God hears and answers our supplications, prayers, and intercessions, then the proper attitude is one of thanksgiving

“Be joyful always; pray continually (no matter who gets elected); give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18


6 Responses

  1. As a Christian and deeply offended by idiots who claim to be Christians. First, no one will KNOW who the Anti-Christ is. Since these ‘profets’ know tha Obama IS the anti-Christ; therefor he is not. By someone knowing that means they don’t know. If Obama was the anti-Christ his naysayers would all be falling at his feet with praise this very second.

    What is REALLY surprising to me is that here you have someone (Obama) who is a Christian. He goes to church. He prays with his family. He loves his wife and children. He seems to be even tempered (within reason I’m sure) but he seems like a REAL DECENT PERSON. Yet, these so called Christians, instead of enbracing their ‘brother in Christ’ they prefer someone who doesn’t even go to church. Go figure. These so called Christians need to take a real close look at their hearts. God sees the heart and God will not be mocked.

    Peace and Understanding,

  2. For God Sake….cut the man a break. He is passionate about his life’s pursuit. We all should have such drive. BUT, we choose to fail to recognize God gave us passion for a reason…as a tool to participate in Life.

    The fear you might express as a projection upon Barrack is the doubt you carry for what may be your part in bringing to the fore a world that can love better, can love deeper, can love unconditionally. You capacity to love WILL make a world of difference if you but will to want to use it as such.

    I am not a Obama supporter. I prefer to do what I had learned in Kindergarten…Stop, Look, and Listen…..I have done so for every election. And, the choices I have made…HAVE made a difference…..Whether others would like to believe it or not.

    You are great…..share it…..Your fears will simply wither beneath the heat of your hearts depth and strength.

    Author of IM with God

  3. You did mean peers, not peeps

  4. Michael,

    Thank you for your comments and reminding me of that great paradigm, Stop, Look, and Listen. Those are still great rules to live by.

    After reading your comments on my post, “Should I, as an Evangelical, be afraid of Obama?” I have the sense that you missed the main point, and by doing so, projected a false impression of my views and state of mind.

    Let me answer the question in unambiguous terms. The answer is NO! I am not at all worried, afraid, or concerned about “whoever” is elected president. My faith in God allows me to have peace amidst any storm, and after 53 years of living on this terrestrial plane, I’ve learned to recognize God in all things.

    As for Barak Obama, I have admired his zeal, vision, and his passion for changing the way things are done in our political institutions and culture. We are kindred spirits in that regard. Although I disagree with certain views he takes, and question his decision in certain areas, I applaud and affirm his spoken commitment to mutual self-respect and honor among rivals. I have adopted that view many years ago and have practiced it (as best I could) as well.

    Lastly, I believe you’re right on the money when you stated that our “capacity to love WILL make a world of difference if you but will to want to use it as such.” Never were truer words spoken.


  5. Dad,

    Either way it works.

    Peer – a person who is equal to another in abilities, qualifications, age, background, and social status.

    Peeps – slang. Associates, people.

  6. thank for the excellence in analysis. the lack of critical thinking in Church has derailed its powerful spiritual weapons for change ushered in by JESUS CHRIST. currently, evangelicals focus on pro-life and gaysim neglecting other deep seated issues contrary to GOD’S CREATION of ; common people’s welfare (economy in crisis), class segration, exploitation etc. unless evangelicals pursue issues from the GOD’s perspective, they will mostly act as venues for the accuser ‘satan’. am a Pentecostal and i only PRAY for GOD’S WILL in this election. His is Alpha and Omega.

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