Pray for the President? Really?
It would be a good thing if people prayed for the President to have wisdom, good health, strength, safety and plenty of other things. It is a different matter when “Pray for Obama” is a secret message saying people should pray for him to die.
What the bumper stickers say:
Pray for Obama Psalm 109:8
What the Bible verses say:
This is from ‘Pray for Obama’ Not What It Seems on Sphere.com
Psalm 109:8 “Let his days be few, and let another take his place of leadership,” NIV
The verses that follow are a different matter.
“May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.”
“May his children be wandering beggars … ”
“May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.”
“May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.”
And so on.
It is sickening to see how people use a pretense of faith in God to mask hatred and advocate violence. There is so much violence in this world, and much of it is done by people who claim to love God (violence between religious groups, violence between nations, acts of terrorism, hate crimes because “God hates … (name the group you love to hate)”, domestic violence done by a partner who believes he (she?) is the ordained head of the household and has a right to abuse the partner.
Violence Is Not True Religion
Calling for violence against one’s enemies is not the truth of any religion. Stirring up hatred and violence in the hearts and minds of the easily-influenced is also not an act of faith, spirituality or godliness.
On the Good Side
There are so many good people, of all religions, who have a strong faith that leads them to acts of kindness and compassion. That is true faith, true spirituality, true religion. Let us pray for each other, and pray for ourselves to be loving, accepting and compassionate. That is true faith, spirituality and religion.