I posted the below comments on my Facebook page earlier today. President Obama is visiting the city of Omaha today. I live there. 

President Barack Obama will visit Omaha this afternoon. His visit, along with his final State of the Union address last night, has stirred up much dialogue in the social media. Many of the comments are negative while others are positive. We do have the freedom in this nation to express our opinions and hopefully, we will respect the opposing opinions of others.

On Facebook, there are many comments directed towards President Obama. Some very negative comments towards him have been posted by Christians. What should be the attitudes of Christians towards the President of the United States? I am glad you asked that question! As I worked on this evening’s Bible study at HOBC (7:00 pm), I came up with a list of attitudes/behaviors of Christians towards our President.

By the way, I am very conservative in my political views. I have voted that way for decades (Am that I old?). I am also an evangelical, Baptist pastor. The list below applies to me and to all who claim Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.

1. We are to honor and respect the President. “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17). Back in Peter’s day, there were Roman emperors. We have a President and we are to honor him, even if we disagree with his policies and statements. We also need to keep in mind that all authorities (good or bad) are established by God: “For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1. See also Daniel 2:21).

2. We are to pray for the President. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Even though we may disagree with President Obama, we are to pray for him and his family. People have told me that I have the hardest job in the world. I disagree. Being a college football coach and crab fisherman is harder, and being the President is even harder (have you noticed how the hair of Presidents gray the longer they serve?).

3. We are to be very careful with our words towards the President. Again, this applies to those who follow Jesus: “Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king…” (Ecclesiastes 10:20); “My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise” (Proverbs 24:21). Again, we may disagree with the President and can’t wait for the next election, but as Christians, our words about him should reflect the fact that we respect the office and that we pray for him.

Facebook has opened the door for us to slam the President. Christians can resist the temptation to bash the President through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to honor and pray for him.

This post may generate a “lively” discussion. If we are Christian or not, conservative or liberal, let us respect each other.