“Pray Obama Fails” by Joseph Farah

Many American Christians believe, as an article of faith, that we are to pray for the success of our leaders.

It has become a sort of conventional wisdom among soft-minded believers. The biblical proof-text for this misguided way of thinking is Romans 13:1-4:

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

“Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

“For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

What could be more clear-cut? At face value, it would seem the Bible is telling us government is a God-ordained good and that we are not to resist its terrors.

Many a coward has been bolstered in his conviction against challenging tyranny by not reading too deeply into the Scriptures. Yet, nowhere does the Bible ever suggest evil rulers are to be obeyed. When the rule of men conflicts with the commands of God, the Bible leaves no doubt about where we should stand.

That’s why I do not hesitate today in calling on godly Americans to pray that Barack Hussein Obama fail in his efforts to change our country from one anchored on self-governance and constitutional republicanism to one based on the raw and unlimited power of the central state.

It would be folly to pray for his success in such an evil campaign.

I want Obama to fail because his agenda is 100 percent at odds with God’s. Pretending it is not simply makes a mockery of God’s straightforward Commandments.

So you will not see me joining in the ritual of affirming Obama and his mission in public or private prayer this week – or any other week.

Instead, I uphold the words of Jesus in Matthew 15:14: “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” And I take warning from Isaiah 9:16: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.”

And please don’t tell me about “rendering unto Caesar.”

It’s important to consider the circumstances and the audience behind Jesus’ instructions to “render unto Caesar.” The Sadducees were attempting to trap Jesus into advocating open contempt for Caesar. He recognized their wicked and hypocritical little game and answered them with a totally truthful response that astonished everyone.

But think about it. There are two components to Jesus’ words. We are to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” but we are also to “render unto God the things that are God’s.” Well, everything ultimately belongs to God. But, most of all, this injunction by Jesus instructs us that government laws cannot trump God’s laws – ever.

If government commands you to do evil, as a Christian you must resist. There is no alternative. Citing the “render unto Caesar” line is an apologetic for accountability to God – nothing more, nothing less.

Furthermore, it needs to be pointed out that in America we don’t have a Caesar. Never have, never will. You see, our system of government is called a free republic, and it is based on the concept of constitutional self-government. We have no “rulers” in America – except ourselves and our God. We believe in the rule of law, not the rule of men.

This is an important distinction, not a semantic one.

Nowhere in the Bible does it teach us to obey evil rulers. Nowhere.

This is a time for principled biblical resistance, not phony Christian appeasement.

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7 Responses to ““Pray Obama Fails” by Joseph Farah”

  1. Sally says:

    So I don’t know where you get off claiming that Obama is evil, but I think your comments are pretty much, and I hate to flame, stupid. You make no case for why he’s evil, you just say he is. I’m not going to quote scripture at you because I think it is absolutely innane. I admit I’m no longer religious, but you aren’t the only religion in this country, so don’t act like you’re the self righteous majority, because self righteous you may be, but majority you are not. What reasoning do you provide for Obama’s evil? Just because he promotes change? Change is good. We are stagnating and frankly I was ashamed to be American before he came along. We’re actually getting some modicum of respect from other countries, simply for electing him, but I bet you’ll say that doesn’t matter because they’re godless and therefore evil. Open your mind, and open your heart like Christians claim to, and stop blinding yourself to reasonable measures taken by a reasonable man to secure some possibility of a happy future for our country.
    Is abortion your issue? He’s not advocating going around killing babies willy nilly. He’s advocating reasonable measures taken in extreme circumstances. Stem cells? Well of course that’s a problem, because those diseased people just don’t deserve to live when a fetus that was never going to be alive might be ‘desecrated’. I see your point there, I’m sure.
    Really, try to use some logic, and please don’t use god as an excuse for everything you do and say. When you have to use Him as an excuse, you probably shouldn’t be bringing him up at all, except perhaps praying for forgiveness.

  2. Greg P says:

    Sally:

    Use God as an excuse? God put forth HIS principles that we are ALL supposed to follow in a book called the Bible. We are not using God as an excuse, but, as the reason for our actions and words.

    You don’t believe in the Bible anyway, so I’m not going to waste my breath tearing apart your comments about why Christians are taking a stand against Obama’s policies.

    Just remember this! God created this world and everything in it. We are ALL subject to Him whether YOU like it or not! God is the Creator and we are the creation. In other words, “It’s all about God, not about us”!

    And as for your comment that you were ashamed to be an American! Then why not try to find another country where you’re allowed to spout off and run your mouth, without fear of imprisonment or death!

  3. Patrick says:

    New Zealand… Canada… I can go on…

  4. Greg P says:

    “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

    That was a statement from the 1961 inaugural address, spoken by another democratic president.

    Before you complain about your country, ask yourself what you have done to make it better. Most people don’t have a clue how good they have it here in the U.S.

  5. Patrick says:

    So you’re saying that “praying our leader fails” is the way to support our country? I seriously believe this to be flawed logic. I never really supported Bush, but that did not mean I actually wished/prayed that he would fail. Thats just detrimental to us all. I think that once you’ve gotten to such a negative state as praying someone to fail… its not good… Don’t get me wrong – I know I have ‘good’ in the U.S.A. because of firsthand experience of working in Mexico. However I would just say I’m more comfortable here. The U.S. may make me expedentially more comfortable; but I’m not going to be bribed by nice T.V.’s and cell phones to just accept whatever decisions people make for me. I’ll exercise my rights to my ‘freedoms’ as I chose. However, thanks for reading, Patrick.

  6. Steve says:

    Sally,
    Thank you for your heartfelt comment.
    I reposted Mr. Farah’s article more for the idea that we shouldn’t pray for “across the board” success for people who’s policies and ideas we disagree with. I am praying for President Obama. I’m praying that he will temper his actions with respect for the what the Bible says. I’m praying that God will change his heart on issues that are in conflict with the Bible. I’m praying that he is more than just rhetoric and charisma; that he actually has substance.
    He is horribly unqualified to be president and he isn’t going to get time to learning it “on the fly”. I’m praying that God will give him wisdom beyond his age and experience.
    Will I pray for his success in advancing abortion and gay “marriage”? No, I will not. These things are contrary to the Word of God.
    As for abortion, yes, he is advocating going around “killing babies willy nilly”. Today, he is set to roll back the ban on federal funding for the abortion mills.
    As for stem cell research, I have blogged many times about the successes in using adult stem cells. To date, this research as been much more fruitful than the fetal stem cells. Why are you continuing to use this as an excuse to kill babies? If you’re going to kill babies, at least be honest with yourself why you are doing it.
    In a nut shell, I will never support anything that God says is wrong.

  7. Patrick says:

    Alright, thats fair enough. I can totally agree with the disagreement of policy, over trying to bring down the person. Thanks for the clarification Steve! Much appreciated, Patrick.

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