'Christian' Minister – Biblical Commands are Relative, Pray Obama fails

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.”

If we go but one verse further, we find something else,

Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.  (Romans 13:5 NKJV)

One of the issues that Farah insists upon is that this biblical command is limited only to ‘good leaders.’ It must be remembered that as Paul wrote this, Rome was under the rule of Emperors who thought themselves gods and lords, who were bloodthirsty, and who were somewhat  insane. Yet, Paul commanded us to be subject to them.

Yet there is another avenue to this as well – do we take the mark of the Beast? Or, if were were in China, would we accept an abortion mandated by the Government? The very simple answer is no. The more difficult answer is this:

For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (Romans 13:6-7 NKJV)

And further,

Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.”
So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:17-21 NKJV)

We then find our loyalty to the government limited to the area where it does not encroach upon our duty to God. What are the terrors that we are to allow? Taxes, fees, limits. We are to abide by the things that take our ‘natural freedoms.’

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.

I wonder where he would stand on the issue of 1776? Self-governance is not biblically mandated, nor is constitutional republicanism. As a matter of fact, in the New Testament, no type of government of is mandated – only the fact that we live in a world that is not our own, and government that is not ours, yet we are told to abide within the government.

Further, he would cried treason and a liberal written something like this 8 years ago.

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.

As a matter of fact, Obama’s agenda is God’s – although the individual morality of President Obama’s agenda is, God still ordained Obama.

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.”

Yes, that’s right, don’t read the cry baby the bible.

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.

Let’s be reminded that Farah has made himself a hypocrite. First, we are in a republic, and we do have leaders, and they are not us. (Something about declaring oneself god…) Again, a proper understanding of the bible is essential, and Farah does not have it. It is not evil to pay more taxes to help those in poverty – it is a terror to the pocketbooks, but not evil.

One of the issues with this Republic is that the Founding Fathers believe that the common people were to ignorant to lead themselves, which is why they created a president elected not by the people, but buy a slim number of electors. Further, there was strong power given to the Senate, each of them a king.

Pray Obama fails.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

22 thoughts on “'Christian' Minister – Biblical Commands are Relative, Pray Obama fails

  1. I’ve always wondered about this. What you say makes sense. I think praying for Obama’s success would make us participants in his endeavors. I, for one have very little in common with this man. Thanks

  2. When the blind lead the blind, will they not both fall into a pit?

    This is another guy who relies on the Biblical ignorance of his audience. You take a bunch of anti-Obama people, tell them that the Bible doesn’t really say that Obama is a legitimate President, and then give them the tag line to call the rest of us lazy cowards.

    It plays well with the dittoheads, because that’s what they want to hear.

  3. I went and read the post. I am not ignorant of the Bible. He makes good points.

    He’s certainly right here: “If government commands you to do evil, as a Christian you must resist. ”

    Certainly Daniel disobeyed a ruler. So did Paul and all other Christians who refused to bow to a man as a god. So has everyone else who felt God called them to do one thing and the government (or an official of said government) called them to do something else. Foxes book of martyrs is replete with them. Do I think what Obama has done to date comes to that level, no. But some do. Perhaps they are wrong. But perhaps they are right.

    But there IS a difference between a ruler and a leader, so I think you’re picking nits. We can honor a position whether the man is worthy of it or not. But this does not mean we should pray for the success of something godless.

    Praying for a leader does not necessarily mean praying for his success – but that he come to Christ and live for Christ and rule as GOD would have him do, rather than from his own personal desires or experiences.

  4. Chris, not a problem. I believe that we have to understand that the government can harm the body, but we must fear the One who can destroy the soul. Government are ‘good’ in their limitations, economic (or what I would determine ‘corporate morality’).

  5. Thanks, Deb. Biblical commands are not relative to the person or the situation. They are there for all of us, in every situation. We must pray for our leaders.

  6. Wb, I am unsure as to where your comments are directed, such as ‘picking nits.’

    First, Farrah posted this long before the President had a chance to do anything. Further, NOTHING the President has done to date has come close to allowing Christians the ability to disobey their Government (against, what commands should we disobey?) or to pray for the death of the man. Further, we pray for the success of the country through the success of it’s leaders. Finally, we pray that he, as a person, comes to Christ.

    This is not the subject of the article. Farrah does not want us to pray for our leaders/rulers if it that leader is a black man named Barack Hussein Obama

  7. Poly,

    heh. LOL! Honestly, I’m not sure either, and I JUST wrote it. :) I think I was referring to your ” we do have leaders” in reference to his stating to not obey evil leaders.

    But I think you are wrong about this, ” Farrah does not want us to pray for our leaders/rulers if it that leader is a black man named Barack Hussein Obama”

    Had you left out the “black”, I might agree with you. I find the fear and mistrust of Obama (except for a few people) has nothing to do with race. It has to do with socialist policies and/or mistrust of his Muslim heritage.

    I would say that Farrah does not want us to pray for the success of leaders who are evil. Farrah apparently considers Obama evil. I dont think I would equate Obama with evil – though I can certainly understand some of those who do.

    But I WOULD say it was obvious he’s a socialist/marxist, and I find little/nothing positive about that position among governments in the history of mankind.

    On a side note, its interesting where the blog decided to put my post, as I’m positive I posted it simply in the Reply section (without replying to anyone’s specific post. me and your blog… LOL. Should I take it for an omen?

  8. Not sure why things land the way they do.

    First, not even Karl Marx was a socialist; and neither is President Obama. His policies are no more socialist than other Presidents, and he does have ‘Christian’ heritage as well. People inherently mistrust those who are different.

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