Friday, November 20, 2009
Swans and Ducks
Elihu makes a defense of God to Job and his friends:
“10 “Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding.
Far be it from God to do wickedness,
And from the Almighty to do wrong.
11 “For He pays a man according to his work,
And makes him find it according to his way.
12 “Surely, God will not act wickedly,
And the Almighty will not pervert justice.
13 “Who gave Him authority over the earth?
And who has laid on Him the whole world?
14 “If He should determine to do so,
If He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,
15 All flesh would perish together,
And man would return to dust.”
Just a note-that last is a beautiful theological statement.
“16 “But if you have understanding, hear this;
Listen to the sound of my words.
17 “Shall one who hates justice rule?
And will you condemn the righteous mighty One,
18 Who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’
To nobles, ‘Wicked ones’;
19 Who shows no partiality to princes
Nor regards the rich above the poor,
For they all are the work of His hands?”
On with our show. I don’t simply cast off any criticism which may be valid. I am as susceptible to mistakenality and blind-eyeness as the next sinner. Believe it or don’t, I actually try to honor God in my life, and in these posts on FDW.
The recent Obama posts with his image being apellated with words such as “hypocrite” and “liar” caused someone to think that I was being un-Christian, or at the very least a poor one.
“7 “He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous;
But with kings on the throne
He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
8 “And if they are bound in fetters,
And are caught in the cords of affliction,
9 Then He declares to them their work
And their transgressions, that they have magnified themselves.
10 “He opens their ear to instruction,
And commands that they return from evil.
11 “If they hear and serve Him,
They will end their days in prosperity
And their years in pleasures.
12 “But if they do not hear, they shall perish by the sword
And they will die without knowledge.
13 “But the godless in heart lay up anger;
They do not cry for help when He binds them.”
Their transgressions, that they have magnified themselves. Starts with an O, ends with an A.
I won’t try to justify my opinion of Obama by tossing scripture at you. I won’t mention, except in passing right here, the very unkind words Jesus had for the leaders of Israel, and for Herod, the President Obama of Christ’s day.
What I will do is ask you to look at these few verses (or dig in the Bible on your own) and ask yourself, what is God’s opinion of the Obamas of the world?
“But Doug,” you might say, “If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, you should keep your mouth shut!”
No. If someone, even my President, is acting wickedly, is attacking my country, is abusing his power...I won’t shut up. I am calling out Obama to repent, to return from evil, for his own good.
Once upon a time John the Baptist had access to Herod Antipas through having been imprisoned. What did John do? He got in Herod’s face about his personal bidness:
“17For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her. 18For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; 20for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.”
God is watching.