Last week as the press released the President’s plan to address the nation’s public school children, conservative American parents panicked. As a Pastor, with very conservative values, I am particularly concerned with the reaction of Christian parents. I believe the negative reaction to the positive message delivered by President Obama actually became what Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, called a “national embarrassment.”
I understand the emotion of the reaction to the President. Today I received an email from the American Family Association on HR 3200 sponsored by nine leading democrats. As part of the proposed health care reform plan, HR 3200 makes provision for “school based health clinics.” According to the American Family Association the bill will “authorize Planned Parenthood, as a sponsoring facility to run a clinic during school hours on the grounds of public schools, with absolutely no accountability to either parents or school administrators.” It is this kind of legislation that causes Christians to take offense at a political agenda diametrically opposed to the very Words of God (Psalm 139:13-14).
The reaction of Christian parents last week stems from either fear or anger. As people of the Bible we recognize this administration’s ideology related to abortion clearly denies the directions of God as a much higher authority. As Christian parents we become angry for the generations yet to be born and fearful of God’s impending judgement on this country that we hold dear. Abortion is just one of the issues. The lack of support for biblical marriage by the administration and the endless propaganda targeting the next generation ( t-shirts, you tube videos and kids books) and a negative response understandably manifests itself in the hearts of Christian parents.
However, the harsh reaction of some Christians to the Presidential speech likely did more harm than good. I agree with Dr. Mohler, “Conservatives must avoid jumping on every conspiracy theory and labeling every action by the Obama administration as sinister or socialist.” When we do that we actually respond out of fear instead of faith.
Consider Romans 13:1-7. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” All world leaders including President Barack Obama are given authority as a ruler by God. This does not mean that Obama recognizes this or makes decisions accordingly. It does mean, as people touting a biblical worldview, we must respect the office of the President whether we agree with his positions or not. We should pray for him always and support him when his leadership is not contradictory to the Word of God.
In the case of President Obama’s speech, made available for parents to read ahead of time, many Christians reacted with disdain instead of seizing the opportunity to support the President and pray for him (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Next time, before we react, let’s gather information, consider the Scriptures, think and pray. Of course we will always stand up in protest when we recognize leadership contrary to God’s Word on specific issues.