An Unusual Prayer Request

Posted by Jeffrey K Radt ("JRed") | Posted in , | Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008

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I have to share a personal story with all of you today. Today I received an unusual prayer request.

First, I'm sure that many of us can agree that political discussions in the workplace during an election year can be quite intriguing to say the least. My advice? Always proceed with caution.

Case in point, this morning I was sent an email from a business associate that struck me as odd and left me feeling a bit uneasy for some strange reason.

I should mention that I only know this individual in a professional sense. The extent of my communication with him over the past few months has been in the form of phone calls and emails. Even so, I can say with certainty that not only is he a first-class professional (someone who is at the top of his game in the Sales Industry), but also someone who is just a first-class human being. He's smart, eloquent, confident, caring, compassionate, and from what I can surmise he's also a Christian.

So, you can imagine my surprise when he sends me two emails this morning that are so diametrically opposed to one another that I wasn't quite sure what to make of it all.

The first was an email titled "God Won't Ask" and it was a beautiful PowerPoint Presentation about how the things that we think are important aren't as important to God.

The second email was titled "Mark Your Calendars For November 3rd" and it was...Well, I'll tell you what. Let me include the entire email here so it can have the same effect on you as it had on me.

Mark Your Calendars For November 3rd

November 3rd has been marked the worldwide day to fast and pray for Barack Obama between Noon and 1:00pm; giving up one meal for the day. Instead of eating, pray for the following four things:

1. Pray for the Hand of God to move in a mighty way over this election.

2. Pray that this election will be handled in a fair and honest manner and in a way that pleases God.

3. Pray for the protection of Obama and his family.

4. Pray that God will give him the wisdom to make the wisest decisions to lead this country out of the trouble that it is in.

[Note: If you are on medication and have to eat something during that time, ask God to speak to your heart and tell you what to give up]. Mark your calendars for November 3rd and pass this email on to all Obama supporters!!!


My reply?

"As I Christian, I wholeheartedly believe that we’re supposed to pray for our enemies – those who are enemies of my Christian faith and the teachings of Jesus Christ, and those who still haven’t accepted the truth of His Word. So, yes, I will be praying for Obama."

Yes, a bit tongue-and-cheek although I believe it was an appropriate (and certainly truthful) statement especially given my views on the subject.

Was it too mean-spirited? Did I do damage to my Christian witness and testimony? I don't believe I have.

His response?
"He’s now unofficially, a member of my Church – Apostolic Church of God here in Chicago…so we appreciate your prayers for our Brother-in-Christ…He also lives in my neighborhood – Hyde Park, where I was born & raised…he’s adopted of course :=))"

Fair enough. His reply was even-tempered, which I admired because most Obama supporters seem to "snap" whenever I become combative and challenge them about their political hero and savior.

If you've been a regular visitor to Look Up Fellowship then you know my stance and feelings regarding the prospect of a President Barack Obama. To reiterate, no, I'm not voting for John McCain either.

Getting back to my main concern, I'm simply amazed by the fact that other Christians are going to be voting for this guy. To my associate who sent me these emails, if you're reading this I'm sorry, but I have to ask what the heck you are thinking my friend?

Here are just a few of the many reasons why I will not be voting for Barack Obama:


  • He's pro-abortion AND pro-homosexuality
    The Bible is clear. God says murder and homosexuality is wrong. Bottom line. End of story. It is black-and-white, right-and-wrong. You either agree with it all or you don't agree with any of it because it's the perfect Word of a perfect God. Obama says he's a "Christian" and yet he has the audacity to support these positions and utter this blasphemy from back in April/March: He said, "I think that it is a legal right that they [homosexuals] should have that is recognized by the state. If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans." Jesus teaches on a number of issues central to the Christian life in the Sermon on the Mount - being witnesses to the world, loving our enemies, honoring marriage - but there is no instruction on same-sex unions. Obama said, "more central than an obscure passage in Romans" - how dare he suggest that we can pick and choose what parts of the Bible are "important" and/or "more important" than others!?! I'm truly speechless. In the same speech Obama also told the crowd that his support of abortion (he voted against banning partial-birth abortion, and against notifying the parents of minors prior to their having an abortion) and his support of same-sex unions do not make him "less of a Christian." Really?

  • His philosophies and policies are socialist at best, marxist at worst
    As someone who believes in capitalism and the free market, the American Dream, and a work-hard-play-hard lifestyle it pains me to watch this country turn a blind eye to Obama's stated plans for higher taxes and the redistribution of wealth. There's nothing American about such talk. He is running for the Presidency of this nation, not to become a world leader let alone the world's best friend.

  • The company he keeps
    What do Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Raila Odinga all have in common? They're all questionable characters that give us insight into Obama's character. Character is the primary issue in every Presidential election. And we, the voters, have an inalienable right to know the specifics, as much as can be discerned, of a candidate's character. Even John Adams said, "The people 'have a right, an indisputable, inalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge - I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.'" As Michael G. Mickey from Rapture Alert recently wrote, "How many times do you suppose one guy could, by hook or by crook (no pun intended), end up associated with wicked men and there be no connection whatsoever between his moral values and theirs?" Obama has blown his claim to integrity. We, the people, now have indisputable evidence that Barack Obama lacks the integrity of character to be President. Charles Krauthammer summed things up quite nicely when he wrote,
    "Convicted felon Tony Rezko. Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. And the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It is hard to think of any presidential candidate before Barack Obama sporting associations with three more execrable characters. Yet let the McCain campaign raise the issue, and the mainstream media begin fulminating about dirty campaigning tinged with racism and McCarthyite guilt by association. But associations are important. They provide a significant insight into character. They are particularly relevant in relation to a potential president as new, unknown, opaque and self-contained as Obama." Amen.

These are just a few of the many reasons why I simply cannot - in good conscience - cast a vote for this man. Still, should he become President I will no doubt accept it as God's will and trust Him for any subsequent outcomes.

My problem is not with having to succumb to God's will because I do that each and every day. My problem is with other people who call themselves Christians who also have no problem voting for Obama and, in fact, enthusiastically tell everyone who will listen that that's precisely what they're going to do.

I encourage any Christian Obama supporter who's reading this right now to contact me and enlighten me as to why you're voting for him and how you reconcile that vote with your personal faith.

Until then, I will be praying for you as well as Obama.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

RECOMMENDED READING:
A Question of Barack Obama's Character

Comments Posted (4)

I think this is one of the best posts that you have written. I'd like to post it and link to it on my blog this week, if I may. (Don't feel obligated to say yes if that makes you uncomfortable.)

I am in complete agreement with every statement. Although, I am voting for McCain. Even though I don't agree with him either, splitting the Republican vote up and encouraging people to vote for Chuck Baldwin (who is a great candidate) only gives Obama a better chance at winning. Unfortunately, it's just the way it is...

~MJ

Thanks MJ! By all means, you have my permission to do that with this and any others posts you deem worthy - past and future.

How close are the polls there in MI? Because in NY McCain unfortunately doesn't even have a chance.

Jeff (JRed)

I am a Christian. I am deeply concern about the future of the country and I have been praying that God's will will be done in this election. Yet, one thing I don't get is that while people have been using the term "socialist" as a bad thing - if one do read the bible, he or she SHOULD know that Jesus IS a socialist. If you read Act, the early church's thinking are very much in line with the so call "socialists". We share all the wealth in the church, we sell our stuff to give to the church... Hence, as a christian, "not to vote for a socialist" is not a biblical reason for not voting for a candidate. If one does know the bible well enough, while we do disagree on abortion, we SHOULD also agree on paying tax and share our wealth and blessings with other, especially the poor. Jesus taught us to pay tax. He also taught us to always concern about the poor and go out of our way to help the sick and the poor (and that is VERY socialist).

Dear Anonymous,

First, thanks for visiting and for engaging in the discussion. I hope to see you here again in the near future.

Please allow me to clear up any confusion I may have inadvertently caused.

I have no problem paying taxes and sharing our God-given wealth and blessings with others who are truly in need. As you correctly state, the Bible instructs us to do this.

My problem is not with the process/philosophy of "giving to the needy" otherwise, I wouldn't tithe 10% of my income each week or make donations on behalf of my company.

My problem is with a GOVERNMENT THAT TELLS ME HOW MUCH OF THOSE BLESSINGS AND TO WHO I HAVE TO GIVE IT TO.

Surely, there's a fundamental difference. One is charity and the other is socialism.

We are in agreement on the importance of giving, but when a government mandates and instructs its people on how they are to give that takes the freedom out of our hands and suggests that we are too stupid (or selfish) to do the right thing.

Besides, I have a MAJOR PROBLEM with a presidential candidate who claims he's a Christian, and yet he doesn't follow his own advice.

Obama wants us to give in a manner that please him under his form of government, yet, his aunt and uncle (who he refers to quite affectionately in his memoirs) he hasn't helped despite the fact that he's a millionaire, they've been living in the slums of Boston, and have been only a few miles away all this time. Now he claims he had no idea they were here or that their status was that of illegal immigrants? That's ridiculous and hypocritical.

Obama wants us to "spread the wealth" by telling us how much and to who we're to give to. Here's another question...As a Christian, how does he reconcile forcing those of us who are against abortion to give some of our tax dollars pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood? Sadly, this same practice has been going on under the Bush administration too so I'm not trying to single out Obama. My point is to illustrate, once again, how he comes off as a hypocrite by asking us to do things that he hasn't done or that he knows we'd be against. As a Christian, you'd think he would understand that.

I hope that helps clarify my position for you.

YBIC,

Jeff (JRed)