Professed Christian Presidents
by Carl Parnell
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The United States has been blessed to have “professed Christians” over the years occupying the Oval Office in the White House. Several postmodern Presidents who have professed to be Christians are Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama. But, what characteristics of a Christian President should be seen in the lives and actions of these men? As a Christian, the President would have the Lord God Jehovah and the Holy Spirit to lead and guide him as he makes decisions that affect over 300 million people. As a Christian, the President would have the Holy Bible to read that would guide him as he seeks the appropriate direction for his administration to follow. As a Christian, the President would have the arsenal of prayer to make contact with God himself in order to get insight into how he should handle each crisis that he encounters. As a Christian, the President would have the Holy Spirit to deliver God’s wisdom to him as he leads America into a new era of greatness. As a Christian, the President would have a Godly pastor to encourage him as he carries the burden of the citizens of the United States. Ultimately, as a Christian, the President would have the support of Christians that make up 80 to 90 percent of the American populace.
However, professing to be a Christian and actually following the dictates of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ are two different real life scenarios. Of course, only God and each individual President would know their true relationship with Him. But, despite their relationship to the God of Heaven and the characteristics of a Christian President that they possess, it is obvious that postmodern Christian Presidents have not read and or understand the entire Bible, since most of their actions toward the state of Israel and its sovereignty are contrary to what is stated in the Holy Bible. Ultimately, any American President who would encourage Israel to give up one inch of land that God ordained it to have thousands of years ago is totally and undeniably wrong. Unfortunately, this is the foreign policy that President Obama has adopted toward Israel and, as stated previously, he is totally and undeniably wrong, even though he is not the only professed Christian President who has demanded that Israel give up its land in order to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Throughout the Old Testament, there are many accounts of where God expressed His divine will for His Chosen Nation. The first account is found the Genesis 12:1-3, which declares God’s covenant to Abraham, the father of all nations. It states,
1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Another important set of scriptures related to the fact that all Israel’s land, including all of Jerusalem, was given by God to the nation of Israel after its people came out of exile in Egypt is located in Deuteronomy 7: 1-10. It states,
1When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
2And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, or shew mercy unto them:
3Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
4For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
5But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.
6For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
7The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
8But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
10And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
Therefore, as indicated by these two scripture passages, God chose Israel to be His Chosen People. He also promised Israel that any person or any nation that attempted to mistreat or misrepresent His Holy Nation would be cursed and or destroyed, which are words that came directly from God. It does not get much more profound than words coming from God’s own Holy mouth.
Now, let’s return to the original premise that postmodern Christian Presidents in the United States have not read and/or do not understand God’s position toward Israel, which should also be the position taken by all United States Presidents, that is, if the United States is to be a blessed nation. However, based on the rhetoric and actions taken by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in their recent dialogues with the leaders of Israel, America is attempting to distance itself somewhat from political ties with its number one ally and supporter. Apparently, President Obama is angry with Israel because it has begun building apartments in East Jerusalem, which is the area that he wants the Palestinians to control in an effort to get credit for bringing peace to the region. But, prayerfully, if President Obama would read and take heed to the aforementioned scriptures from God’s Holy Word, he would realize that he is making a serious mistake. In fact, he might just be putting the United States in a precarious position as a direct result of his actions toward Israel, as if the United States needed to face any more problems within or without its borders.
Once again, it is obvious that President Obama does not know God’s position on Israel, whether he did not read that part of the Bible and or he did not understand what the Bible meant on that specific commandment of God or maybe he is just determined to project his own left-wing opinion over God’s right-wing opinion on this matter. But, regardless of the truth of this matter, what other characteristics of a Christian President does he fail to exemplify by his current actions, since actions speak louder than words? First, there are things that God would not lead and guide any President to support:
*God would not lead and guide President Obama to support abortion. God would support the sanctity of life from birth to the grave.
*God would not lead and guide President Obama to support the gay and lesbian agenda. God created male and female to become one through marriage and they alone should have sexual relationships as ordained by God the Creator.
*God would not lead and guide President Obama to support a dictatorial health care law that prevents Americans from making their own decisions about their health, whether the decisions they make are right or wrong.
*God would not lead and guide President Obama to support his agenda to redistribute wealth in America, which is a driving force in socialism, since Jesus Christ stated Himself that the poor would always exist.
Therefore, President Obama, as a Christian President of the United States, should not promote any agenda that would cause God the Father not to lead and to guide him to make the wisest decisions for the betterment of the people of the United States.
Second, as a Christian President, God would want President Obama to read the Bible in order to find God’s will for his life as an individual person and as the President of the largest Christian nation in the world. This would ensure that President Obama was following the correct direction for his administration to follow. However, even though President Obama might read the Bible, he has also spent much of his life reading and learning the dictates of the Islamic Holy Book, the Qur’an, which he quotes more often than the Holy Bible, which purports that Jesus is God’s Only Begotten Son who died on the Cross of Calvary for the sole purpose of saving all mankind from their sins.
Also, President Obama has spent a lot of time promoting his belief that America is no longer a Christian nation, even in his inaugural address. Of course, this is not the typical kind of speech that Christians propagate. In fact, the Bible profoundly states in Matthew 12: 34 that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Therefore, as a result of President Obama’s Islamic religious training, he could possibly be basing his position on Israel from an Islamic perspective, instead of a Christian perspective. Ultimately, President Obama and God are the only ones who know which frame of reference he is basing his current political opinion toward Israel. But, if he is basing it on his pre-Christian religious viewpoint, he would definitely be approaching it in an incorrect and inappropriate manner. Needless to say, if President Obama continues to follow his current foreign policy toward Israel, it might just cause serious diplomatic problems between the United States and its most supportive and most trustworthy ally.
Third, as a Christian President, God would want President Obama to pray to Him in order to receive spiritual guidance and insight into how he should handle each crisis that he encounters as President of the United States. However, if President Obama still holds on to his Islamic religious heritage, he might just pray, but he might not pray to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Instead, he might just pray to Allah, the god of Islam. Of course, if President Obama does pray to Allah, he would make the Lord God Jehovah extremely angry, because He clearly states that He is the one and only true and living God. In fact, according to the Bible, the worship of any other god, except the Lord God Jehovah, would be considered idol worship and an insult to His Holy Name. Prayerfully, President Obama is praying to a God that loves him, a God that expects true faith and allegiance, and a God that demands that no other gods be placed before him, since the Bible clearly states that the Lord God Jehovah is a jealous God. Then, God would give President Obama favor and insight into how to totally eliminate the problems that are destroying the United States internally and externally. Prayerfully, God would help President Obama rethink his actions toward Israel, too.
Fourth, as a Christian President, God would want President Obama to listen to His “still small voice” by way of the Holy Spirit, the third part of the Holy Trinity. God would want him to ask for wisdom, too, which comes from God alone. As recorded in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him.” The world is filled with many serious problems, and President Obama must act wisely with each decision that he makes. Unfortunately, President Obama has made some decisions recently that exemplify foolishness instead of wisdom. He has made decisions that actually take many freedoms away from the American people. He has made decisions that take money out of American taxpayers’ pockets, such as increased taxes to pay for a healthcare mandate. He has made decisions that will transform America from a free, capitalist society into a tyrannical, socialistic society. He has made decisions that will increase the power of the federal government over the state governments more than ever before in the history of the United States. Therefore, it is urgent that President Obama seek the wisdom of God, which is a Christian characteristic, immediately. Then, he would be capable to make new spirit-led decisions that would lead him to retract any and all legislation that he initiated that might deny Americans their God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, since that would be the Christian thing to do.
Fifth, as a Christian President, God would want President Obama to seek out and find a God-fearing, scripturally sound minister who would advise him and encourage him according to the Word of God and not from the ideological philosophies of faithless, left-wing secular humanists who preach a social gospel, instead of the true, spiritual soul-searching gospel of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, as all Americans already know, President Obama spent over twenty years of his life attending a church whose pastor, Jeremiah Wright, taught him the exact opposite of the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ; his pastor basically taught him hatred toward the very people who elected him into the Oval Office, especially the Jews. Therefore, it is important that President Obama’s new spiritual advisor gives him scriptural truths to guide him as he makes decisions that affect all American citizens.
In conclusion, if President Obama was making decisions like a Christian should make and was acting like a Christian should act, he would have the support of all Christians in the United States. But, the decisions that President Obama has already made during his first term has alienated most Americans against his agenda and his arrogance as the leader of the most powerful and the most charitable nation in the world. Yet, it appears that he is determined and destined to destroy the values and substance of the very nation that he swore to defend and the very Constitution that he swore to uphold. If God does not intervene on behalf of America soon and very soon, the Constitution will be trashed (some leaders already mock at its usefulness in the 21st century), the American people will be placed in bondage (heavy taxes and lose of freedoms), and the government will finally be transformed into an oligarchy, which is the rule by a few, that is, a few socialists, a few communists, a few fascists, a few elitists, a few atheists, or possibly a few Marxists. Also, since every Christian should know that Israel is God’s chosen and favored nation, it is a tactical error on the part of President Obama to assume that he or any of his representatives can attempt to take land from Israel and give it to the Palestinians without some type of repercussions from God the Father. As stated in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Also, in Proverbs 6: 16-19,
16These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Therefore, as these scriptures indicate, God abhors anyone who lives by a prideful heart, a lying tongue, and sows discord among his brethren. In fact, God considers those who live this type of a life, especially those who profess to be a Christian, as an abomination unto Him. Also, remember how God used the plagues of ancient Egypt to get the pharaoh’s attention. Prayerfully, the “change” that President Obama purports continually will be a “change of heart” in him. Of course, it would not hurt the situation if America as a nation returned to God and accepted His Son Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, too.
P.S. According to Matthew 7: 1, Jesus stated, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” However, in Matthew 7: 15-20, Jesus said, 15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Therefore, using the standard stated in Matthew 7:20, let’s look at some questions that relate to President Obama:
How many times has President Obama mentioned the name of his personal savior Jesus Christ when making speeches to the American public?
How many times has President Obama said that America is not a Christian nation?
How many times has President Obama called Christianity a “religion of peace?”
How many times has President Obama participated in the National Day of Prayer?
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