The hypocrisy of extreme Obama-bashing

Don’t you just love Facebook comment arguments? 🙂

Earlier today I was on Facebook, and my favorite Texas senatorial candidate Ted Cruz posted a pic and status update about the most recent contraceptive mandate that would extend to religious hospitals. This is the post:

I read the first few comments, and I was absolutely HORRIFIED, disgusted, to see a comment that reads:

“Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him?”

Which prompted me to respond with the following comments:

“I don’t like Obama, but I wouldn’t joke about KILLING the man. Show some class!”

and then,

“The, ‘Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him?’ comment has two likes? Wow. WOW. All three of you disgust me.”

Combined, my two comments received four likes, two each. The juvenile “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald…?” comment currently has SIX likes. And sadly it will probably gain more.

Besides me, there was one other person trying to point out the ridiculousness of joking of killing our president and calling him the antichrist (I wish I were making this stuff up), we’ll call him “Ring.” A woman commented to him and said “Mr. Ring, I’m gonna pray for you.”

The IRONY of that comment? This woman “liked” the Lee Harvey Oswald comment! So clearly, this woman calls herself a “christian” (that’s what I inferred from her saying she’ll pray for Mr. Ring) but thought assassinating the president, or at least joking about it, is A-OK. Guess she doesn’t see any contradiction between killing the president and her religious beliefs.

Um…lady…do you think “Thou shalt not kill” actually reads, “Thou shalt not kill…but this commandment doesn’t apply to Democratic politicians you dislike.”?

Haha. NO. I’m pretty sure that this commandment, along with the rest of them, applies to everyone and with no exceptions.

I was so miffed that I wrote this status update:

Unfortunately, this particular episode is not the first time I’ve encountered extreme Obama-bashing from so-called “Christians.” Politically, I consider myself to be somewhere in between Republican, conservative and libertarian. I have volunteered on several Republican campaigns, attended CPAC, been an active member of my university’s College Republicans chapter, gone to county Republican party events and more. I’ve been involved enough to know that there are several types of Republicans. And unfortunately, I have had several encounters with the Republicans whose favorite past-time is to berate the president…instead of doing something more productive, like maybe offering solutions.

And by extreme Obama-basher, I mean someone who essentially wishes him dead.

I believe dissent is patriotic.

I am all for disagreeing with someone in power, and doing what you can to elect someone who is more in-tune with your beliefs.

But there’s a difference between disagreeing with a politician and calling a politician the antichrist because you disagree with them.

Here is why being an extreme Obama-basher and calling yourself a Christian is hypocritical:

  • Like I said before, there’s the commandment that reads “Thou shalt not kill.” HOW do you reconcile your faith with joking about killing the president? HOW is wanting someone dead not in direct contradiction to that commandment? I would LOVE it if someone would explain that to me.
  • Most extreme Obama-bashers are very “pro-life.” What does being “pro-life” mean? If it means only being against abortion, then it should just be called “anti-abortion.” Because, clearly, if you think the president needs to be assassinated then you don’t respect HIS life. So you’re not pro-life in that sense.

Finally, someone commented on the thread who has some sense:

“I am a catholic christian. I am appalled at the behavior of others who claim to be christians and then call for the death of our president. No I didn’t vote for him nor do I agree with his policies, but I am going to do what MY LORD JESUS CHRIST tells me to do, and that is pray for Mr. Obama that God really touches his heart and shows him the error of his ways. And I am also going to pray for those people who woud wish to do him harm. Christ did not die on the cross to give us a free pass and allow us to continue to sin. May God have Mercy on us all. I hope that Mr. Boehner will be able to block the rule that forces the church to go against our convictions. Pray for peace and prosperity to return to our once great nation.”

Conclusion: I wish all of the extreme Obama-bashers would offer intelligent POLICY alternatives to things Obama does instead of just wishing harm on him. I want these “Christians” to see how hypocritical they are being and start following this aspect of their faith. Be a proactive, positive Republican instead of just focusing on bringing all non-Republicans down.

What do you think? Have you ever encountered extreme Obama-bashers?

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“Lord, save us from your followers”

This post is my OPINION and my OPINION only 🙂

I felt compelled to write this post after attending church today. I went to church today for the first time since the end of May, and I’m really glad that I did. We began a study on the book of Titus. I’ve never really delved that deep into Titus myself, so I found it pretty interesting.

The sermon today made me think of things that I’ve faced in my life recently. Mostly, the notion that Christians should be different from the rest of the culture.

Christians are meant to be “the salt of the Earth,” (Matthew 5:13). Christians are meant to be different from the rest of the world. But, many times, Christians are different in what is perceived to be a “bad” way.

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Have you ever watched The Simpsons? I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen just about every episode in the first 10 seasons or so. There’s this character called Ned Flanders, who’s supposed to be the stereotypical Christian – so overly happy that it seems fake, and condemnatory of everything secular.

Christians can be different without being like Ned Flanders. Here’s what I think about being “different” as a Christian:

  • On spreading the word

I recently had a conversation with a friend that turned into an argument. Looking back on it, I believe that I responded in anger when I should have remained calm, so I understand why my friend was so frustrated with me. We were talking about how Christians should act in everyday life.

It’s my belief that Christians should act distinct from the culture. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with handing out tracts, evangelizing, etc.

My friend, from what I gathered (he is a Christian, too), thinks that belief should be much more personal. It seems to me that he’s inwardly Christian, and less outwardly Christian.

He stated that handing out tracts, trying to share the gospel with other people, things of that nature, is a way of Christians saying “I’m better than you.” Not an act of love.

I have handed out tracts (not very many, but I’d like to do it more often). I’ve shared my faith with others, mostly only over the internet. I haven’t done either of these things very much, though I’d like to; and the few times I have done them, I didn’t do them to prove that I’m better than anyone else.

In sharing the gospel, my biggest hope is this: to not be patronizing! Never would I ever want anyone to get the impression that my sharing the gospel with them is me trying to prove that I’m better than them. The bible makes it pretty clear that good works won’t earn you a spot in heaven.

 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; – Titus 3:5

Also read Ephesians 2:1-8 and Romans 4:1-8.

No matter how many tracts I hand out, church services I attend, or mission trips I go on, none of those things will change the fact that I’ve been a sinner by nature since the day I was born, and that I will inevitably sin every day. If I go through the motions and “do what I’m supposed to do” in order to make me feel better about myself, then I’m not a Christian.

As far as I’m concerned, if sharing Christ with others becomes about me and not about Christ, then I’m no longer a Christian.

I evangelize because it’s what I’m told to do (Matthew 28:19).  Because I want to be like Jesus and that’s what He did (John 15:10-14). Because I would want someone to do the same to me (John 13:34).

Anyway, I told my friend that I believe that those who evangelize shouldn’t be “in people’s faces.” They shouldn’t do the finger wagging while saying “You’re going to Hell,” They should invoke love, not anger. I believe that evangelizers shouldn’t have the goal to convert people on the spot, but rather to “plant a seed” in their mind; to get people thinking about the gospel of Jesus (though, hey, if the person you’re talking to tells you that they want to conver then and there then go for it).

Also, the gospel cannot (and should not) be forced onto people. If someone doesn’t respond to having the gospel shared with them, if they’re simply not interested, then there’s a reason for that (see Romans 9:18).

I know that there *are* plenty of “Christians” who are only in it for themselves. But, the true Christians don’t do it for their own gratification. They do it for God.

  • On being different

Romans 12:2 is why I believe that Christians should be both inwardly and outwardly Christian. You have to “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk.” However, doing so doesn’t mean that you should think that you’re better than others. Walking the walk doesn’t mean being a jerk.

My pastor said something today that I thought was profound, that I think Christians and non-Christians alike should take note of:

Be different in a humble, servant-like way. We don’t try to be different because WE are w0rthy or righteous. We try to be different because HE is worthy and righteous.

  • Lord, save us from your followers

There’s a great documentary called “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers.” Watch it if you get the chance.

I know several people who are not Christians, and several people who choose not to “walk the walk,” because they are severely turned off by the attitude of Christians. Because they have had bad experiences with people who called themselves “Christians.”

I think that if someone has chosen to walk away from faith because they dislike the actions of other “Christians,” then they should give faith another chance.

An integral part of being Christian is being “the salt of the Earth,” and it’s possible to do so without being a Ned Flanders. It’s possible to be different in a humble, loving, serving way. This way of being different is what, as a Christian, I hope to strive for.

Peace and Love,