I was disturbed this week to see a tweet which has gone viral by Pastor Mark Driscoll in which he calls into question the Christian faith of President Obama on his inauguration.
Says Driscoll, “Praying for our president, who today will place his hands on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know.”
There are so many things wrong with this tweet I’ve stared at the screen for five minutes just wondering where to begin.
First: Driscoll is not “praying for” the president. His tweet is nothing more than an attempt to be witty at the expense of the president. (I’m not laughing with you, I’m laughing at you) True prayer by a minister of Jesus Christ would be honoring and any declaration of intercession on the president’s behalf would be to lift him up in the eyes of other Americans…not knock him down. This tweet was about Driscoll, and in his world Driscoll must increase and Obama must decrease.
Second: Although I can’t prove this, I would gamble that President Obama believes more in, and quotes more from, the Bible than the average congregation member at Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church. To suggest Obama doesn’t believe in the Bible is just petty on Driscoll’s part. What really irritates Driscoll is Obama believes too much in the parts of the Bible Driscoll would rather ignore.
Third: On many occasions President Obama has professed his Christian faith and that Jesus is his God. That makes him my brother in Christ, which makes him Driscoll’s brother in Christ…which…oh my…makes Driscoll my brother in Christ! But see that’s the beauty of the gospel! We are ALL called to be brothers and sisters reconciled back to God through Jesus Christ. Don’t break the bond Mark!
Now understand, I am a registered Republican who did NOT vote for President Obama in November. I have serious difficulties with SOME of his policies. Having said that:
- President Obama is a Christian who is my brother in Christ Jesus.
- I would be honored to share communion and the Table of our Lord together with him
- As an American, and as our duly elected president, he has my support 150%
Our country is sitting on a powder keg of hate. I’ve been accused by other Christians of selling out by the simple fact that I don’t “hate” President Obama enough.
Mark Driscoll is a very influential Christian minister, author, and speaker; much, much more than myself. The number of people who will read this post may reach 100; Driscoll has influence over tens of thousands of Christians and has the power to set a better tone for discourse in our United States. He has the ability to help bring peace!
And people who bring peace are blessed and called Sons of God!
Prayer for our government leaders is part of the instruction the Apostle Paul gives to Timothy:
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.
1 Timothy 2:1-3
Maybe when Mark prays for the President, he should start taking his cues from the Bible he’s so good at believing in he’s become the judge of who doesn’t!