My future is in Christ… not in Obama.

Today I thought I’d wake up to the news  of a new president in the White House. A new hope for our country. But that is not the case… Obama was the president yesterday. Obama is the president today. And he will be the president tomorrow. I don’t know how that makes you feel…but in the beginning it made me a little sad. A little hopeless. A little discouraged. Because as a believer in Christ I know that our president doesn’t stand for many of the values that are true in the Bible.

And apparently neither do the people in Washington state.

Rather than voting for preserving marriage for one woman and one man we voted to “re-define” it for “human equality” to have same-sex marriage. I’m not quite sure who allowed human beings to “re-define” something God clearly ordained and called holy. Along with that we are allowing babies to be killed in the womb. Babies that should have a chance to live. Babies that should not have to suffer a merciless death because of their parents “mistakes” and “poor planning”.

And it was a little interesting going on facebook and seeing everyone’s response. Some people shared that we are headed for a destiny of despair and the future is hopeless for America. Others reminded each other that no matter who is president Jesus is still King of Kings, He has everything under control and we have nothing to fear. Some are waiting for the apocalypse to begin.

Me? I’m not too worried. My hope doesn’t lie in who was president four years anymore than it will lie in who is president in the next election because although the future of America may be in the hands of its president, my future is secure in Christ. Yesterday, today, and forever.

But in the midst of it all I have felt one thing, it’s not worry, it’s not fear… it’s conviction.

I feel convicted because I took the time to go on the street and hold signs about rejecting the bill for same-sex marriage (at least last time around)…but never in my life have I talked to anyone who is in a homosexual relationship. Never have I told them about Christ. Never did I love them the way He did and bring them to the truth.

I took the time to vote for Romney (who is pro-life) and I took the time to put a stamp on my election envelope and throw it into the mailbox…  but I never took the time to talk to a girl who was considering an abortion. A teenage girl who was scared about what it would do to her future. A young woman who has no means to provide for the baby inside of her and sees no way out. Or a woman who doesn’t even bother to learn that the baby growing inside of her isn’t just some extra tissue that could be easily discarded but a human being that deserves to see the light of day.

I may have opened my ballot form, circled in all of the right things, and sent my vote in hoping it would make a difference… but at the end I feel like I did nothing at all.

I may have circled the things I value but I don’t feel like I ever stood for them. And holding a sign on a street may be good for bringing awareness, but for me that doesn’t count.

I think if Jesus was in my shoes He would’ve done more than just voted. He would have taken action.

He would find people to love. He would find a way to make the truth heard. He wouldn’t throw his ballot in the mail and then wait for the authorities to make things right.

I’m sure there is a way to reach out to the community. I’m sure there is a way to find people who need to be loved and need to know about Christ. I’m sure that the only thing that’s holding me back from learning to stand for my beliefs is nothing more than my comfort zone.

And I think what it all comes down to is this: Jesus is the hope for this country. He is the hope for our future. For our children living in a world with good, godly values instead a world of darkness.

And where is Jesus? In you and in me.

If we want hope for our country we don’t need to wait for an important person in authority to start taking a stand for what is right today, we need to pray for those people, but we need to take action. We need to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the world. We need to bring His light and His truth to all the people around us. We need our votes to count beyond election day… we need what we stand for to be heard every day.

America can get through four more years with Obama without falling… but it might not stand strong as the great nation it is much longer without Christians taking a stand for what is right.

You are God’s light to the world. You are His bearer of Good News to the hopeless. You are called to stand for Him for the truth. Don’t wait for election day to make your vote count, make it count today.

Be blessed and don’t forget to pray for Obama and all of the leaders of our country. They will need it more then ever in the next few years.

And remember… Obama doesn’t hold your future, God does.

Anna… 

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20 thoughts on “My future is in Christ… not in Obama.

  1. Hello Anna. I came here through Sacred Struggler’s recommendation.

    One thing I seek in blogging is to learn how to dialogue across different view-points. I hear your distress at abortion, and your sympathy with the women who have it. I became pro-choice working for a counselling organisation, when a woman asked about how she could get an abortion, and I felt complete sympathy with her. So I gave her the information we had, which was, after all, my job. I reconciled this with my evangelical faith by realising that the abortion itself is not a single fact, but the end of a long chain of sin, in society and in the father of the child as well as the mother. We can debate the science, or the theology- no, I have no idea when a baby acquires a soul, but before 12 weeks it does not have a great deal of brain tissue- but we can respect each other if we realise that we are both acting and thinking in compassion not judgment.

    On gay marriage, I rejoice in the four state referenda outcomes, and wonder why a relationship of forty years of support and love, exclusive to death, should be seen as disgusting and immoral because it is homosexual, where I see it as beautiful.

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  4. Hi AA, I agree with much of what you say, but I hope it is OK to comment on something you said.

    “The gospel writers who wrote after Jesus died have similar ideas. Never did they emphasize the super human quality.”

    Some people say this, but i don’t believe it is correct. Using passages generally considered authentic even by critical scholars, a good case can be built that indeed Jesus did claim to be divine, albeit in a subtle way. I have summarised these passages in Jesus – son of God> if you wish to read them.

    Best wishes.

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  5. Hi Anna and Rex,

    Thanks for answering my questions, and in such a positive way. I appreciate the logic of your replies, and I agree with some of your comments. For example, I personally think it best to consider life begins at conception, and I wouldn’t ever want to advise anyone to have an abortion.

    But where I find your comments difficult is this. You give logical explanations, but they seem to lead you to views that are contrary to what Jesus said.

    Despite all the reasons you give why some killing may be justified, that is not what Jesus said (he said we should not resist).The US still has a high gun homicide rate (about 30 times that in Australia and UK, and 10 times that in many other western European countries, and worse than many other ‘dangerous’ countries – though of course not as bad as many others). So you don’t seem to advocate taking the same care not to kill in other ways as you take when you consider abortion. Shouldn’t we be pro all life?

    Likewise, your response on wealth and concern for the poor doesn’t seem to reflect the clear Biblical teaching. I recognise that the Bible tells us as individuals to care for the poor, but it doesn’t say we shouldn’t elect governments to do the same, and in fact God’s government in the OT did exactly that, so I don’t see why we don’t take that as some sort of model.

    Re climate change: I used to do environmental work, and those who tell you “climategate” shows it’s all a fake are misleading you. There is a clear scientific consensus around the world on this, and that unfortunate episode makes no difference to that. There are a lot of lies about climate change and I encourage you to look at the real evidence – I have summarised some of it here.

    Re: homosexual marriage. Marriage is a state institution as well as a christian one. I can see why you wouldn’t want to allow gay marriage as a christian institution, but I cannot see why christians should impose their views on a civil institution in a society where there is freedom of religion and separation of church and state.

    Finally on Obama: he seems to have been subjected to all sorts of smears about his ancestry, his right to be President, his religious beliefs, etc. That immediately makes me suspicious of anything nasty said about him. I don’t know enough about the details, but from this distance he seems to be an honest man (whereas his opponent seems not to have been consistently truthful) who made a sincere attempt to make positive change in accordance (mostly) with his understanding of Jesus’ teachings, and to get the country out of the mess left by the previous administration, but who was thwarted by a polarised and uncooperative political system.

    So I’m sorry, I still feel that conservative christians often justify attitudes and behaviour that are not what Jesus said, and I still can’t understand why that is. Again, I have no wish to be disagreeable, but simply say that I think there are larger truths than the ones you put forward. But thanks for the opportunity to express these views, and for interacting with me.

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    • Unklee, I think you have really great points and I wish I were more into politics so I could answer and understand things on a “higher” level.

      I don’t know if it’ll ever be realistic or even possible to truly follow what Jesus said in His Word for us in our world systems and government when it comes to all of the issues you raised, although like you said – it is something we should be fighting for as Christians instead of ignoring.

      Thank you so much for your comments here. I’ve been thinking a lot about the questions you raised and am working on digging deeper to know why things are the way they are with our system here in America and the importance of politics for Christians here. Hope you have a good day. Be blessed!

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      • Thanks Anna. That is a very thoughtful response. I would never want to suggest what the answers are or how a person should vote. But I do want to encourage people to think about issues from a new perspective, and to consider politics, as all of life, in the light of Jesus’ teachings.

        Thank you for not taking offence and for being willing to consider. I really appreciate your response. Best wishes.

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  6. Dear Anna, thank you for the beautiful post. I’m in much the same place as you right now, even down here in Africa: convicted. I would also like to commend you on your exceptional handling of the comments. God bless!

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    • Thank you for your kind words 🙂 It’s good to know that I’m not the only one that feels this way. I think it was a big reality check for me which I’m praying will motivate me to do more for the people around me and for America than just vote. Wishing you many blessings!

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      • Anna, I left Christianity because of the stance by many that the bible is ” the word of God” . To make matters worse, Jesus becomes a victim of politics , his words are twisted. Since he is dead, he has no voice. Now, not to be critical but was Jesus really God? what does this look like? Jesus was humble, human and died at 30 something. The bible refers to God as an abstract, not a human. ie. God is love. Love exists in us if we invite it, therefore God is in us and around us. The Christian viewpoint of the term ” God” is very strange. its almost a super human version of God. A very particular deity. almost to say that Jesus is Christian, anti buddhist, anti islamic, anti jew, etc. Jesus embraced all religions. The gospel writers who wrote after Jesus died have similar ideas. Never did they emphasize the super human quality. They spoke of his humanity, about his message of inclusion , forgiveness and passion . Jesus became sensationalized because he transformed whole communities through social action, not miracles or raising from the dead. Christians have created a Jesus who calls people a sinner, where we must beg for mercy and forgiveness. Jesus loved everyone and did not consider himself divine. His message was though, he was a civil rights leader, community organizer. Christians have become self-righteous over bible interpretations. What if the Bible was culture in the form of literature. The writers certainly did not envision churches fighting over it. the Bible are personal journals written by admirers of Jesus. Im sorry for this assessment but this is how i feel. i love Jesus, he was a great person. he does not have to be super-human to have my love. I want to live peaceful like him, appreciate diversity, share coffee with the Buddhist, the Hindu, the self-proclaimed atheist, my Muslim friends, etc. The Lord’s Prayer mentions the will of heaven being done on earth. Christians must stop politics, the homophobia, racism, Christian exclusivity. Yes it will feel weird but Paul says there is neither Jew or Greek. In the kingdom of God, all are included, love wins. Sadly, Christianity hasn’t gotten there yet.

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  7. Anna, I appreciated this post, Even though it starts from different position to mine, you end up in a similar place to me. May I ask a couple of questions that are not intended to be critical, just understanding our differences?

    I live in Australia, and many people outside the US find your country a little hard to understand, even a little scary. For example:

    * Christians so strongly oppose abortion (which isn’t specifically condemned in the Bible) but seem very willing to go to war, despite Jesus’ command to love our enemies.
    * The Bible says not to kill, yet christians seem to support the too-ready availability of powerful personal weapons that leads to the US having a very high homicide rate.
    * They believe in God but don’t seem to believe so much in caring for God’s creation – e.g. through stronger environmental laws and action to reduce climate change.
    * Care of the poor is one of the strongest Bible themes, yet christians tend to oppose Obama’s healthcare.
    * Jesus spoke more about the danger of riches than anything else (so I’m told), yet the christian US is built on capitalism.

    I don’t suggest any of these matters is simple or clearcut, but I wonder why it is that US christians are so strong about one or two ethical issues, and so silent, or even opposed, to Biblical teaching on many others?

    In the light of this, isn’t it clear that Obama is a good man, fighting for many christian values. Yes he is not fighting for two of the values that so many christians hold dear, but shouldn’t he be recognised for the good values he does hold?

    But we agree in the end – we should be praying for the President, whoever he is. Even though we live overseas, my wife and I have prayed for Obama every day since his inauguration (with a few rare exceptions), just as he asked. We will continue through his second term. I believe he will be seen in the future as a person who did a lot of good, and helped the US become a better, more aware and more tolerant country. Which I think would also make it more pleasing to Jesus.

    I hope none of that is rude. But I would be interested in your comments. Best wishes.

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    • Hello Unklee! I want to start of by saying your questions prove you to be more interested in what goes on in our country than the majority of Americans. It is nice to know some people are concerned or interested in the affairs of the United States. I hope you don’t mind me addressing your questions and I hope it explains our standpoint.

      * Christians so strongly oppose abortion (which isn’t specifically condemned in the Bible) but seem very willing to go to war, despite Jesus’ command to love our enemies.

      The view on abortion comes in several categories; those that believe life begins at conception, those (like me) who believes it begins with a heartbeat, and those who believe it begins at the end of the second trimester. Understand there are tons of other categories with legitimate reasons for their beliefs, but those 3 are the most common I hear about. Although there is no real way to prove where life begins, we believe we must draw the line somewhere. You have a good point.

      As far as war goes, as someone who has deployed to Iraq and am currently in Afghanistan with your Australian brothers, the command to love ones enemies is very crucial. While we will have to fight and kill, not murder, but kill, we must carry the hate in our hearts but rather pray for our enemies. The command to love, in my opinion really, is actually meant to keep ourselves from being consumed by hate. It is very easy to see people out here as animals which is very dangerous to our spiritual well being.

      * The Bible says not to kill, yet christians seem to support the too-ready availability of powerful personal weapons that leads to the US having a very high homicide rate.

      I want to remind you and everyone else that the Bible says not to murder. Killing should never be the sought out answer but there are definitely circumstances that could call for it such as the defense of ones family from an intruder or the defense of ones home from an invading force. If you research the crime rates in areas such as Washington D.C. where firearms are not allowed to exist, you will see an extremely high crime rate. Compare that to the crime rates of places like Kennesaw, Georgia where having a functioning firearm in your home is MANDATORY, the crime rate is extremely low. It is proven that the more law abiding citizens own firearms, the less likely they are to be victims of law breaking citizens.

      * They believe in God but don’t seem to believe so much in caring for God’s creation – e.g. through stronger environmental laws and action to reduce climate change.

      Climategate was the leaking of emails between global warming activist leaders revealing their belief that global warming is not man made. Research Climategate. I agree with you that we mistreat our environment, but it is things like fracking during natural gas drilling that has the true effect on us with its poisoning water supplies. However, the United States has some of the largest federally protected areas in the world. That doesn’t include the state protect areas either. State parks and national forests little my home state, Washingtion. I know we aren’t perfect with our environmental considerations, but we are working on that. Many Christians do care, but it must be looked at with a cost to benefit ratio.

      * Care of the poor is one of the strongest Bible themes, yet christians tend to oppose Obama’s healthcare.

      Obama’s healthcare does not care for the poor. I want to explain it like this: Imagine the government wants to solve homelessness. In order to get everyone into a house, they pass a TAX MANDATE that says everyone MUST purchase a home. If they do not, they will be fined a penalty. This does not remove the issue of those who cannot afford a house. This is how Obama Care works. It forces people to purchase insurance. And if you can’t afford it, you will be punished. That is the first point I want to make. Second, the Bible never says to have the government force us to care for the poor. We must give on our own with the right intentions in our heart. The government can only pay for one person what it takes from another. Our duty to help the poor is an individual duty, not the duty of the government to force us to do so. That is what our nation is built on, individualism. Through that individualism we have gone very far in many areas including helping others.

      * Jesus spoke more about the danger of riches than anything else (so I’m told), yet the christian US is built on capitalism.

      The danger of riches in any economic system comes from putting so much importance on those riches. Peoples money can often lead to a form of idolatry. This can occur whether a nation is capitalist or communist. The US is built on capitalism, allowing it to thrive and prosper as well as making it one of the most generous nations in the world in terms of relief aid and support to other peoples and nations. Capitalism and the removal of government from ones life can provide a culture of prosperity. Whether a person begins to idolize their riches or not is strictly a spiritual issue of that person, not an economic issue of that nation.

      I hope my answers to your question find you well. Clearly I am pretty far right on the political scale, so much so that even Republicans annoy me.

      Just know, as of now, President Obama has done a lot, but little of it was good. Increasing the national debt by trillions of dollars, signing the NDAA which allows INDEFINITE detention of American citizens without trial, bailed out the banking and auto industry instead of letting them fall, increased the drug war activity which results in much more blood shed and prisoners for generally victimless crime, and so on. President Obama speaks of a lot of good, but talking and doing are very different.

      I hope I am clear and don’t come off as hostile. I wish you the best and hope to visit Australia one day!

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    • Hi Unklee,

      Thank you for your questions! I don’t think you are being critical at all 🙂 and we all have our differences with politics and understanding of the word around us. It’s good to share them with one another because it makes us think more about our beliefs and why we stand for them.

      First of all I just want to say that I’m not into politics at all. My blog post was meant to be more about being God’s light to the world and taking a stand for what I believe is right and less about my political stance, but I will do my best to answer some of your questions. And if you look above, I actually asked my friend Rex to give his input for your questions because we have the same Christian beliefs and he has much more knowledge and understanding of politics in America then I ever did. Maybe they’ll help you understand a few things a little more. 🙂

      And this is my own personal to why I think many Christians focus on one or two main ethical issues rather than all of the issues that you raised questions about in your post, which for me are abortion and homosexuality…

      -You are right that there are no direct biblical scriptures that condemn abortion, but there are many that condemn killing (of course) so the question is then when is a cell or a fetus considered a human being? That question is up to debate. But for me personally, it is at conception. The second a baby starts growing inside of you is the second that God allowing it to grow into what it is intended to be: a human being. Killing it at any stage after that is considered murder (to me). And I think the biggest reason why Christians strongly oppose abortion over any other type of murderer (whether it is in war or in a home) is because abortion means killing an innocent little baby that doesn’t deserve to die. Not to say that people killed in war are not innocent or people victims of homicide are not either, but I think most people in America (Christians included) allow weapons in their home not with the idea to kill someone purposely but as a means of protection if they were ever intruded upon or in danger of death. Does killing someone make it ok if you are in danger or if it means your country will obtain whatever it is that they are fighting for? I honestly don’t have an answer for you. I don’t have a gun in my home and I don’t think I plan on ever having one. Many of the Christian men in Ukraine were put in jail for refusing to bear arms and go to war (if needed to) including my old pastor. I think they did the right thing. I don’t support murderer and I don’t think anyone does, but I guess for some people (Christians included) with the right “reasoning” exceptions are allowed.

      -And for homosexuality all I have to say is that it’s not new to this world. It’s been around since before Jesus’ time. It’s a sin (just like any sin in the Bible) and we can focus on many sins accepted in this world today but I think why this one seems to be so public right now is because homosexuality was never “accepted” in society as it is today. And I think the biggest issue is the fight for marriage equality for homosexuals to allow same-sex marriage. I think that is what makes Christians oppose it so much. Homosexuality that is hidden in the dark is just a sin like any other, but now it is becoming much more. It’s becoming a platform for the world to think about re-defining marriage to something other than how God created it to be in the beginning of time. To it not being just for a man and a woman as it is supposed to be. I know many scientists, doctors, psychologists and very highly educated people are doing research and trying to see if it’s something genetic. If people are just born with the inclination to be homosexual which somehow makes it “more right”. I don’t think anything makes it more right. We are all born sinful and with the desire to fulfill the desires of the flesh rather than those of the spirit. One person’s desires may be to do drugs, gain riches, or do sexual things outside of marriage. I think people who are sexually attracted to someone of their own sex struggle with that particular desire of the flesh. It doesn’t make them worst sinners than the rest of us (because I am a sinner too), but when it comes to changing the way people look at marriage it’s a big deal (especially for Christians). Marriage is sacred. Marriage is holy. Marriage is the unity of man and a woman. And I think Christians opposed homosexuality more than the sin itself but rather because of what it can do to damage families in the future and what may become of marriage because of it.

      As for Obama… he has good values as any of us do and I’m sure he has done what he thinks is best for the country in the last four years and I do pray for him as well. I hope (just like you do) that in the years to come we’ll remember him as a president who helped America become better but I hope whatever it is that he allows the country to “tolerate” is what God would allow and what He would be pleased with in this world.

      Sorry for not answering your questions… but those are my opinions on the two things I did mention in my blog post and I hope they helped you more than confused you. 😉 Be blessed and thank you for stopping by and caring for our country as well as praying for our president. 🙂

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    • I just finished listening to a podcast from Focus on the Family with a follow up discusson about the election from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and policy analyst Tom Minnery and I think they did an exceptional job raising up some of the similar questions you asked and answering them. If you have time you should listen to it. 🙂

      Here’s the link to it: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?&FAMILYTYPE=null&Tab=Shows&subcategory=FocusOnTheFamilyDailyBroadcast

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  8. Whatever God condones judging and condemning the president, may I stay far, far away. I think it’s sickening that many self-proclaimed evangelicals espouse that the President is such a horrible person. There are many reasons I left Christianity, their spewing of ignorance and bigotry being the main reason.

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    • I don’t think the president is a horrible person. I think he’s a person with great power and love for our nation and I’m sure he’s doing the best he possibly can in such a high position of authority. I can only imagine being in his shoes. And you are right, none of us are allowed to point fingers, condemn, or judge others, God will judge each one according to our actions when it’s time. All I meant to say in this post (in reference to Obama) is that he doesn’t support a few things that the Bible does and God’s Word is the highest authority in my life therefore I do not support all of the things our president does. 🙂 But I will keep praying for him as he leads our country for the next four years.

      I’m sad to hear that you left Christianity. I hope you didn’t leave God though. We are all human beings who unfortunately make mistakes and don’t always reflect Christ in this world the way that we should. 😦

      God bless you.

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