Dealing with Political and Spiritual Enemies

Obama is the most socialist president we have had as a nation. Someone asked me the other day what I thought of him: can he possibly have good intentions? My answer is yes. He really thinks it's the right thing to do, going European socialist. Public discourse is so poisoned: many conservatives simply cannot believe that people who see a bigger role for government in society really think that would be better. No, they must be ignorant or evil. Whatever happened to sincerely wrong?

Of course, Obama and his liberal friends are wrong and their policies will do a lot of damage to our country. We should oppose that agenda in every way we can.

But we are also not to curse a ruler of the people (Ex 22:28). Some really want to hear people cursing Obama. And don't the imprecatory Psalms like 35 and 109 make that okay?

It would be an interesting to answer the question:
How did David's imprecatory Psalms not violate Exodus 22:28?

Here's a brief attempt: Of course we should pray for the defeat of ungodly policies in our leaders and laws, but we may not vilify or revile the men advocating them. We may ask God to punish them or strike them down (a la the Psalms), but even that is different than high-flown histrionics and demagogue name calling (over at News with Views) designed to work people up against him.

Romans 12:14; Matt 5:44; 1 Cor 4:12 should prevail. "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse."

We do need to have a greater awareness of our spiritual enemies and their methods, personally and politically. But our whole outlook shouldn't revolve around those enemies, either.

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