Monday, April 19, 2010

President Obama cancels National Day of Prayer...I don't think so.

I'm not a fan of President Obama. I'm not a fan because I disagree with most of his political views...but not all. Having said that, I believe he is sincere in his view on how to make our country better. Wrong...but sincere.

That doesn't make me personally dislike him, or worse, want to see him destroyed. Democracy only works when the minority respect the opinions of the majority. Now I didn't say agree...I said respect. But for some reason (ahem, say talk radio and other demagogues), we've become a polarized society of the we vs. them. A stance that totally negates the possible positions of how about them or maybe those. We've allowed the spectrum to be limited to two sides on most all political issues...it's become the Hatfield v McCoy, the Montague v Capulet, or Marcia Brady v Jan Brady. With that comes a great deal of resentment, even anger and rage.

The same happened with George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush. President Reagan enjoyed a fairly healthy period of detente with the American other side while he crushed the Evil Empire of the Soviets. An age old tactic of if your enemy is my enemy then we must be friends played to perfection. I sure miss Ronnie.

Back to the matter at hand.

If you're not a fan of President Obama, his politics, the fact he's from Chicago, the fact he may not be from Hawaii, his wife's inaugural dress, or his disproportionate ear size...just please stop circulate the story he is cancelling the National Day of Prayer. It's just not true!

When you succumb to spreading these vicious lies based on your personal feelings and not objective political/moral reasons, you completely undermine the people who disagree with the President's politics and policies. I, for one, hate having the wind taken out of my sails, and my points of contention are with our President's spend and tax policies, not made up stories about his religious beliefs or birthplace. Stick to the facts please.

Christians...you know better! Bending the truth or just flat out lying is not the example our Savior set for us. When we participate in spreading false stories to damage some one's credibility or reputation for personal gain or just being mean spirited...we aren't being a light for Christ.

A federal judge ruled last week the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. President Obama has declared he will honor it anyway. That's one for him in my book...although he's got a long way to go politically to break even.

9 comments:

myundiary said...

I completely agree, Tony. There is so much myth, speculation, and lies dealing with President Obama and politics that some are unable to tell the truth from the fiction. The lies need to end. I admit that I WAS an advocate for President Obama in the beginning. However, I am a little disturb over the latest politics...well, like you, I don't agree with everything.

David said...

Every day should be a national day of prayer! Why is it that we take a "celebration" posture with things that we should do every day? Errr - like church on Sunday? Prayer? Bible study? While Sunday and Wednesday may be celebration days, ever day is church day!

Lying Christians and even sometimes spinning things by not mentioning a negative is what makes people seem, or actually be hypocritical.

Look, I don't like Obama's politics one bit. And I hope this is Carter's 2nd term and we can move on to a more conservative regime.

But watch this, if Mitt Romney becomes the candidate in '12, Christians will make some really stupid move like not voting.

Tracy said...

Really appreciate your comment:

"Democracy only works when the minority respect the opinions of the majority."

I agree that an us vrs them stance never makes anything work better. But, like many other life situations, it's a real challenge to make it work with someone with whom you whole heartedly disagree. I appreciate your starting point of recognizing that our President is sincere in his desire to do what is best for our country - even if I don't at all agree with what he sees as best. I've always believed this about all our presidents.

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

I really want to applaud you for this. Thank you, THANK YOU. You've articulated something here that I've wanted to say, but couldn't find the words for. You've done your readers a great service, and I thank you.

Z said...

I get emails all the time of SUCH outrage by Conservative friends, and their information is often incorrect...I think FreeRepublic does a LOT of that because that's where most of these ideas come from...
When stories like this circulate, we give the Left ammunition ...
I must say I don't respect Obama one bit, he's doing far too much to the country which I can't respect, but you are right on this one. And, by the way, I get no joy from saying I don't respect an American president, believe me.

covnitkepr1 said...

This guy wouldn't know prayer if it slapped him in the face. How can he cancel what he doesn't know?

Lula! said...

Oh, Tony! This is SO good that you know I'm gonna be all up on the Twitters telling everyone that they outta get their boo-tays over here and read this stuff. 'Cause yes, it's that good. Word to your mama.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

A very well written post - thanks.

Mesha said...

*takes off hat* THANK YOU!