Sometimes it is embarrassing to be a Christian. You get lumped in with everybody. Even the Tea Party.
A new bumper sticker and t.shirt produced by the Tea Party (available online) calls for the death of the President. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the Tea Party members have used scripture to make their point. The slogan is “Pray for Obama” which seems innocuous enough, even nice, but then cites Psalm 109.8. Here is what you read when you turn to Psalm 109:
May his days be few; may another seize his position.
May his children be orphans, and his wife a widow.
May his children wander about and beg; may they be driven out of the ruins they inhabit.
“May his days be few” could be interpreted as “few days in office” and “may another seize his position” could just be a hopeful wish for a Romney victory. But you know it’s not. The Tea Party is openly racist, homophobic, and Christian fundamentalist. I doubt they have decided to be decent all of a sudden.
Eighty-five percent of the Tea Party members identify as Christian. I would say that threatening a life is a sin ( also a Class D Felony, btw). And using the bible to do it is just ugly.
I have a better idea, if you want to pray for President Obama (and you should), check out 1 Timothy 2:2.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,
for kings and all who are in high positions,
so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.
A much better prayer.