Many have seen the news and possibly even watched the speech that President Obama gave yesterday wishing the Islamic people a blessed Ramadan. This was followed by a dinner at the White House. This has caused yet another uproar in the Christian community. The major point being that President Obama refused to acknowledge the National Day of Prayer, but now is celebrating Ramadan.
Sadly, it seems that not many people are doing their own research. Well, I did and with a little research I found that George W Bush also gave similar speeches and held a dinner as well. The difference to Christians being, he publically recognized the national day of prayer.
President Truman started the day as a national event in 1952. Reagan signed a resolution in 1988 to observe the day each year on the first Thursday in May, and each president since has recognized this day with a proclamation. George W. Bush held events on the National Day of Prayer in each year of his presidency. However, Bill Clinton did not hold any events during his time in office, and George Bush Sr. and Ronald Reagan each hosted special events for the day only once during their Presidencies.
It wasn't a big deal then, but now all of the sudden we have a President that the Christian culture deems as unfit to hold office and every little thing he does, whether it was done by past presidents or not, is coming under fire. President Obama recognized the day in the same manner as every other President, by signing a proclamation.
I am getting tired of people saying that our new President is unfit and we should not support him. Yet again I find myself quoting Romans 13:1-2:
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."God set him in this role as President. We may not like it, but we have to submit to it. How will the lost be reached if we as Christians are spewing hatred towards a leader that God allowed to win. Where is our faith, our courage, our hope? Is it in Obama? The stock market? The national Day of Prayer? The answer should be that it is in the Lord.
Lets stop looking for things to prove us right that he is the wrong choice. No one is perfect, and we could find fault in everyone. The President could come into your house tomorrow and and find things wrong with the way you are doing your job and blog and facebook about how you should be fired. We should simply be doing ehst the Lord has asked of us and pray for our leader, whether we like him or not. God is in control. Proverbs 21: 1:
"The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes."