Christian, Right or Wrong

Addressed to Christians:

There has been a disconcerting outpouring of negativity in response to the election of Barack Obama, and while I expected a certain amount of it, the vehemence of the tone was a surprise. I can understand being dismayed at his economic policies (though I personally agree with them to a greater degree than I did with McCain’s), or feeling he is inexperienced, but that doesn’t excuse the behaviour I have witnessed in the last 24 hours.

Barack Obama, regardless of whether you voted for him or not, regardless of whether you like him or not, is our brother in Christ. He claims to be Christian, and the only one who could possibly know otherwise would be God. Yet I have seen brothers and sisters calling for his death, decrying his existence, and mourning the next four years as if the world was coming to an end.

It shames and appalls me, that Christians would call for the death of a fellow Christian simply because they disagree with his political stance. The justification offered, however, is that they simply don’t believe he is Christian.

One might ask, “How have they reached this conclusion?” Obama himself claims to be Christian, we can’t see into his heart and know the truth one way or the other, and so we must take him at his word. But that line of argument is, to be honest, completely beside the point.

He is a fellow human, the president-elect of the United States, and we have been called to love others as Christ loves us. I am by no means a pacifist, and if we must defend ourselves, I support military or physically violent actions to do so, but Barack Obama isn’t attacking anyone, not physically anyways. He isn’t threatening to kill the citizens of the United States of America. He hasn’t set himself against the Church. So what is the justification for threatening and belittling him?

Insufficient. It doesn’t matter what the excuse is, the behaviour is simply wrong. Barack Obama is my brother in Christ, and I will treat him with the same love and respect I do all of my brothers and sisters. I don’t necessarily like everyone in my family, but they’re still my family, and our president is no different. I didn’t particulalry like President George W. Bush, and I made my fair share of jokes at his expense, but I also prayed for his health and wisdom. I recognized that he was a decent person trying to do the best he could, and that his motivation was to help this country. Regardless that the best he could was pretty poor, he wasn’t malicious. He is my brother.

Barack Obama is part of our Christian family. It’s time for some members of the Church to wake up and remember what it’s like to serve Jesus, who loves even the least of us.

3 thoughts on “Christian, Right or Wrong

  1. This is the response I’ve been waiting to hear from someone. In all its pop-culture Christian-ness, I have to ask the nay-saying “Christians” WWJD? He would not encourage the sort of negativity I have been seeing. If you disagree with Obama, or any elected official, that doesn’t threaten your salvation in any way I can see.

    I think people will need a few weeks to ‘heal” after seeing their candidate(s) lose. Then I hope this country can celebrate in a bi-partisan, even Christian, manner.

  2. Thank you for writing that.
    I am also disgusted with people who are calling Obama the Antichrist. Who are we to speculate about the Antichrist? How much do we really know about “him?” Why is this man suddenly considered the Antichrist? This is incredibly insulting, bigoted, and demeaning.
    I mean this in the most hypocritical way–sometimes I just can’t STAND people who use Christianity as a means to justify their actions and beliefs.

  3. People who do that really commit a theft of faith. The Christians who act “Christlike” are the ones who lose in this situation because their image is tarnished. It’s like Ghandi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

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