Saturday, May 30, 2009

Obama and His Administration - Frail, Mortal, Humanist, and Insignificant

Who is Obama and Does it Really Matter?

Who is Obama? I know you have a lot of names you might call him, but who is he really? Well, only God can know exactly who the man is and what is in his heart. However, we can go over a few things that he has in common many others who have been given earthly honor, fame, and fortune.

First, he is a frail man. Psalm 49 speaks of such men. They cannot prevent their own death. They will die and their flesh will rot, just like everyone else. No matter his current health, strength, and the length of his days, death is his end. He will not automatically ‘morf’ into a higher being who lives forever.

Second, he breaths the same air that you and I breathe. The breath in his body is a gift from God. It is God who sustains life. It is not the earth. The earth itself is sustained by God Almighty. We cannot ‘save the earth’ any more than we can save God. The life of every individual is a direct gift to that person from God. (Genesis 2:7, Isaiah 2:22, Ezekiel 37:5, Daniel 5:23, Acts 17:25)

Third, he has put his trust in man instead of in God.
Jeremiah 17:5 says, ‘Thus saith the Lord, ‘Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

To trust in man instead of the Lord is a trap the Christians often fall into as well. It is so easy to see the things that government officials do that are wrong according to the word of the Lord. It is easy to see the power of the government and how it is able to arbitrarily raise up some people and put down others. Government in action is the picture that is always in front of us. We are like people trying to get a good view at the movie theatre, but the crowd keeps getting in our way. Keeping our focus on the Lord is hard with everything that is going on around us. It is easy for us to begin to see the government and its officials as our only hope for salvation from whatever mess the world is facing at the moment. But, this is wrong on our part.

Isaiah 31:1 says, ‘Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are strong, ; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!’

Well, the government looks strong; it definitely has a lot of employees doing the bidding of the head henchman of the day. But, the duty of the Christian is to ignore the apparent strength of the government and look to God for help.

Those who continue to look to government for help in any matter will find themselves in the same place as the Israeli’s who looked to Egypt for help in Isaiah 36:6 which says, ‘Lo, thou trusted in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him.’ The very hand the foolish people trusted to help them actually hurt them. Christians trusting the government to help them will ultimately be hurt by government. In the United States, the government has only been favorable to Christians in the past because the government was made up largely of Christians, who had the same set of values as mainline churches. They had an understanding on at least some level that it was God who set the rules, and their duty was to abide by God’s rules.

Fourth, he has no lasting significance. Every evil that he may do will be remembered no more in eternity. The only legacies of eternal value are those that somehow point people to Jesus Christ as the way of salvation.

Obama, along with every member of his administration, and every official the world over, will stand at the judgment seat of Christ just as will you and I. (‘And, as it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.’ (Hebrews 9:27)) He will have no special importance there. He will be one of many. He will either have made reservations to spend eternity in heaven with the God who created him; or he will not. At that moment in time, his eternal destiny will have already been set. He will have no chance to repent of his sins in light of the ‘new information’ or ‘changing political winds’. He will find that he is really just a nobody like everyone else, and that he missed his chance to actually be somebody when he rejected Jesus Christ. (I know, he claims to be a Christian, but his daily actions, and the actions of most government officials clearly repute that claim.)

Seeing as how the Bible foretells the awful end of those who reject Christ, what should be our response to this man and all those who sit in seats of power and authority?

Since God Himself has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, neither should we. Ezekiel 33:11 says, ‘Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from you evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?’

Christians should plead with these purveyors of wickedness to turn from their wicked ways and turn to the Lord.

Christians should not fear this man or any other current world leader. Proverbs 29:25 says, ‘The fear of man bringeth a snare, but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.’
Fearing a man paralyzes the actions of a Christian. It is sort of like looking into the eyes of a snake charmer. Pretty soon, that is all you can see. I know it is hard to ignore the world leaders and their despicable actions, but through continual prayerfulness, Bible study, and attention to personal actions, it can be done. I don’t think King Hezekiah was able to trust the Lord to save his kingdom from the Assyrians without having led a life of prayer and faith prior to the attack of the Assyrians.

Hezekiah may have read Psalm 71:3 daily which says, ‘Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou are my rock and my fortress.’ 'Continually resort' - meaning constantly putting the Lord first in your thoughts and line of vision.

Honestly, the more we live our lives with our thoughts continually on the Lord and His promises, the less we even care who Obama is and what he is doing. The more Christians focus on the Lord, His power, His promises, His love, the more we care about pleasing our Lord and Savior. Also, the more we care about doing the will of God, the more we see elected officials just like everyone else. They either are saved through Jesus Christ, or they are not. If they are not, the job of the Christian is to follow the example of the Apostle Paul given to us in Acts 26:18. Paul was telling King Agrippa of his vision. In the vision Jesus Christ commissioned Paul to go the gentiles ‘To open their eyes, and to turn them from the darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.’ (That is sanctification by faith that is in Jesus Christ)

That is the job of the Christian today. Forget the divisions of society by political power, social or economic level. Just tell the world that Jesus Saves. Tell them that ‘ye must be born again’’

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