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Pray? For This Guy??
by Donna Wasson
10/30/2012 / Politics
As anyone who reads my articles with any frequency knows, I'm a little outspoken. OK, I'm a LOT outspoken, and sometimes I pay a fairly steep price for that. The overwhelming majority of the hate mail I receive comes from other Christians. Usually, they're accusing me of being mean or hateful or racist or not 'Christ-like' for speaking the unvarnished, politically INcorrect truth about society.
There are SO few people willing to publicly stand up and call a spade a spade these days and that's what God has laid on my heart to do. I've gladly taken up the assignment despite the flack I get from some folks because after all, the truth can be very unpleasant and inconvenient.
When I am criticized, I take those comments to heart and ask the Lord to search me and tell me if I'm off base on what He is leading me to say. The last thing I want to do is drive people away from the gospel. For instance, I recently received this comment in response to a scathing article I wrote on Mr. Obama. I'll refrain from giving the commenter's email address
"All of your articles are full of hate. You may want to try another approach when expressing your so-called Christian opinion. Perhaps you should read a few of Daymond Duck's articles in order to get a clear view of what true Christian writing style is all about. Your heart wreaks of racism and hate. Seems you don't have a clue about love. Did you ever read the part of the Bible that requires Christians to love their enemies?? Just wondering. You may not be on your way to hell lady, but you will be held accountable for spewing forth hate across the world. Just a reminder."
I wrote a tempered response and suggested she might want to skip my articles in the future, since what I write is so disturbing to her. This is her reply:
"Oh, I plan to skip them in the future because it doesn't matter where the hate that's emitting from your writing results from. The stench of anger is still there!! Moreover, it doesn't even matter whether you are stating facts, because the Bible states facts too. In fact, are we as Christians supposed to pray for our leaders?? Thought so. Get a heart check lady."
I spent the better part of a day contemplating her accusations and praying about them. OK, I'll admit I shouldn't have called Michelle Obama "Chewbacca." That was childish and unnecessary. But should I show greater 'love to my enemies' and 'pray for our leaders' as I was told a good Christian should do? What about it? I tend to look to the Bible for answers instead of taking advice from other fallible human beings, so that's where I went.
Accusation #1: My heart is full of hate and reeks of racism. Anyone who knows me, even regular readers who've never met me know this is complete nonsense, so I won't waste my time defending my character or answering this one.
Accusation #2: Christians are supposed to love their enemies. OK, I agree with that completely. But is clearly identifying the wicked actions and words of others 'hating my enemies?' For instance, I pretty much loathe the Obama's, BUTif I happened upon a car wreck and ran to help, only to find the victims were Michelle and Barack Obama, I would render the same tender aid to them I would to anyone else. If the victims were obviously gay or atheists or even Muslim, it would never cross my mind to walk away. Not for a nanosecond.
If any of these supposed 'enemies,' with whom I profoundly disagree in regard to their moral and spiritual beliefs and lifestyles, were hungry or in need of clothing or shelter, I would do whatever I could to meet their immediate need without hesitation. I can put my right hand on the Bible and swear under oath this is true.
Is this not the very definition of loving your enemies?? What I do for a living testifies to this truth. So, does the fact that I sternly denounce these people because of their actions or beliefs, translate into 'hating' them? I think not. If my standing up for Biblical principals offends someone, tough! I'm not out to win a popularity contest. I'm called to remind others of the Holy standards of Almighty God in a very dark world. Standards which have not changed over time.
Accusation #3: Christians are supposed to pray for their leaders. Let's look at some Bible verses pertaining to this command. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for Kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life with all godliness and honesty."
Then there is Romans 13: 1-2 "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." Sodoes that mean the Israelites were to pray for the Egyptians who held them in captivity for 400 years, and not try to resist them? Were the Jews wrong if they didn't pray for God to bless their Nazi tormentors? Should the tribulation saints pray for the antichrist to prosper??
Or should we use our God given, common sense and look at this logically?
Let's continue on and look at verse 3 of Romans 13: "For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil." It should be obvious to anyone who is subsisting on more than brain stem function only, that Timothy was speaking of good governments as opposed to those who have fallen prey to wicked men with ideologies bent on destroying this country!
"Oh please, President Obama, let me pray God blesses the work of your hands and that your plans prosper! Oh, how Godly I am for praying for my leaders!" Puleeze. Are there actually people out there that are THAT dense? Oh yeah, apparently there are, thus the purpose of this article.
Why in the world are pastors all over this country, trying to lead their congregations into capitulating to Congressional and White House officials who are committing heinous crimes against the American people? You really think God is pleased with a stance that ignorant and misguided? If so, then our Founding Fathers were wrong for rising up and calling the tyranny of England for what it was!
Do you honestly believe God expects His people to support this administration and Congress, no matter what they do, or what laws they pass? As Christians, are we expected to uphold and support the authority governing us no matter what, and refrain from criticizing our leaders? Well, that's a loaded diaper of reasoning.
David J. Stewart, of the website, Biblical Submission to Government, states, "We are NOT to support a President just because he's President. Yes, we are expected to obey authority, even flawed authority, because there is no perfect authority; HOWEVER, when we enter the realm of CRIMINAL behavior on the part of our elected officials that is an entirely different ballgame."
This administration has spent the last 4 years, quietly leaching away our God given rights as free people. Obama has signed one Executive Order after another, authorizing himself more and more dictatorial control of this country, and our elected Congressional leaders have sat on their thumbs and allowed him do it. As the police state continues to grow, we are subjected to more and more assaults on our freedoms. WE should not be afraid of our government. THEY should be terrified of US!
Mr. Stewart goes on to say, "I'm so sick and tired of seeing our largest churches, who have the most influence, do the least to wake people up concerning the truth. They've got their fancy chandeliers, high-powered air-conditioning, extravagant buildings, and "culture"; BUTthey take little or no stand whatsoever against the evils working within our government which are DESTROYING AMERICA!! America is going to hell because its churches are afraid to speak the truth. There is nothing more wicked than the INDIFFERENCE of today's believers! If we, as Christians, truly walked with God, then we'd be angry over sin, like Billy Sunday was! Jesus became angry over sin in John 2:15! Most pastors wouldn't DARE tell their church members that their sons and daughters fighting over in Iraq are being EXPLOITED for selfish, corporate interests which have absolutely nothing to do with defending America."
We are constantly bombarded with propaganda from mainstream news sources, TV shows, Hollywood movies and even misguided Christian authors and preachers. We're pressured into staying publicly silent concerning our government's evils. If we make truthful statements that don't speak well or are even hostile to this administration, we supposedly aren't representing Christ. This is basically what my reader accused me of doing. Strongly criticizing Obama and his administration is akin to spreading hate and racism. HOGWASH!
Psalm 94:16 says, "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?" Oh, but that's spreading 'hate!' We mustn't call a spade a spade. We should let the country continue on its downslide to hell; after all, up is the new down, and wrong is the new right. Right? WRONG!
There is NO verse in the Bible which states we are to be mindless slaves to the government. Mr. Stewart says, "America is being subverted from within by Communist agendas. America is largely Communist today. We have been sold out by many of our entrusted political, judicial and legislative leaders."
The very sad fact of this statement is that it was written in April 2007. I wonder what Mr. Stewart thinks of how far we've fallen from God, the Bill of Rights and our Constitutional protections and freedoms today, in 2012! He's probably speechless with righteous anger, just like I am.
Back in January 2009, WND writer, Joseph Farah wrote the following: "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. I want Obama to fail because his agenda is 100 percent at odds with God's. If government commands you to do evil, as a Christian you must resist. There is no alternative. This is a time for principled Biblical resistance, not phony Christian appeasement."
So, after examining my heart before God, finding some Biblical rocks to stand on, I have a clear conscience about the things I've said about this government and the Obamas personally. There is no hate in me for anyone. But buddy, you'd dang well better believe there is plenty of righteous anger! I HATE what my America has become! I HATE that my precious son and your precious children and grandchildren will not know the wonders of freedom and prosperity we knew growing up.
I am enraged that the Communist, progressive left, has hijacked this country and is hell bent on forcing their fantasy of some Marxist, eugenic utopia on 'we the people.' And I am filled with blind fury and disgust at the media in this country, in all its insidious forms, for being complicit in worshipping and aiding the lies of the far left and the Obama administration.
All Americans aren't ignorant of their devices. Some of us are awake and are not afraid to speak the ugly truth of what their plans for this country are. They're disgusting and wicked and, despite any criticisms or accusations of being full of hate or racism, or being a poor example of a Christian, I fully intend to keep speaking the truth as far and loud as I can, for as long as I can! I cannot help but do so, because that's what the Master I serve has called me to do.
Again, dear readers, if what I say offends you please take advantage of my suggestion; don't read my articles, because what I say, and the way I say it is NOT gonna change. Fair warning.
Donna Wasson is all of the following: Married. Mom. Hospice RN. Avid reader. Animal lover. Needing to spread the Gospel while there is still time.
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