Facebook is a social networking phenomenon that you are familiar with I'm sure. One aspect of facebook is the ability to join groups with a particular interest or concern. I've joined the "Stop the hate directed at President Obama and his family" group along with many others. Why would I do this?
Before I answer let me give some background. As a citizen of this country I excercised my right/privilege to vote for the candidate of my choice. I did not vote for President Obama. The simple reason was I disagreed with some of his major policy proposals. If someone even hints that it was racial they are showing total ignorance of me personally besides showing their own prejudices. In fact, my personal choice would have been Condoleesa Rice as President of this country. I think she has more character, political wisdom, and perception of proper diplomacy than anyone I have seen in some time.
I expressed my views on occasion which is the right/responsibility of every citizen regardless of political party, particular race or religious creed. It is the American thing to do. It's called being a good citizen. But the race for President is over. I lost my vote but found who my President is going to be. My President is Barach Hussain Obama. His wife is Michelle Obama and their daughters are Sasha and Malia Obama. Some of those same policies with which I disagreed are now being debated and even passed. It's called political life in America.
Now I speak as a Christian not just as a citizen. Being a Christian gives me a personal perspective that not all citizens of this country share. You see I am now more concerned with people as people than as politicians or office holders or even their policies. There will come a time when I will again express by ballot my potitical views and it could be a vote for someone other than my present President. But now I view him in a different perspective because of my allegiance to Jesus Christ as Lord of my life. This places President Obama as a man [and his family] for whom I will genuinely express my love and will pray for on a regular basis.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 records Paul telling Timothy [under inspiration] to pray for.."all men; for Kings [Presidents] and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." Earlier he had said the "end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart" so if I understand what Paul is saying correctly, my life [As Timothy's] is to reflect genuine love that results in real prayer for people, including in context, those who are leaders in the government over us. My allegiance To Jesus as Lord of my life mentioned earlier will, therefore, mandate that my attitude toward the person I did NOT vote for be one of love and prayerful interest regularly. So be it. Besides, I've found that love and hate CANNOT flow from the same heart and I've also found that you will love, not hate, ANYONE for whom you genuinely pray.
A final word on why I joined such a group as this. I joined this kind of group when George Bush was President too. I loved/love President Bush, his wife Laura and his daughters. I prayed/pray for him in the same fashion.
My prayer for peace, honesty and godliness hasn't always been granted the way I had hoped under President Bush nor under President Obama. But since my confidence is in the One who knows the end from the beginning and who understands real peace and godliness, I will trust that in His time He will do His will with regards to such things. I DO know, however, His will for me is that I not only join a group to "Stop the hate toward President Obama and his family," but that I stop it in my heart first whether the person is a President or even happens to be named Bush or Obama.
I read this on some one else's blog. I've slightly adapted it for use here...
Dear Lord Jesus, This morning I pray for Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha Obama to come to know you if they don’t already. I pray that President Obama would become the best President this nation has ever known. Guide him, protect him and help him to seek your wisdom and guidance as he faces difficult issues. I pray for his cabinet and administration and for every decision he will make for my country today. My confidence is not in Presidents or leaders but my trust is in you. Amen.