Biblical Hatespeech Against Obama – Wishing his orphans no mercy?

Via the Blaze from KENS5.com

HT: Greg Boyd

The following video and this article explains the sign in greater detail.

Notice that the elderly man who posted this sign has agreed to take it down. The verse in question, taken by itself, may or may not mean a longing for the death of the President. “Let his days be few” might be interpreted by some (who use the picking and choosing method of pseudo-interpretation) as meaning that the leader’s reign would be short. Clearly the biblical passage in its larger context makes it perfectly clear that this is about the death of the king (president), but perhaps the man didn’t read it that way? I like to think the best of him after watching the video… but I don’t know his motives for sure.  What I do know is he hates the current president’s ideology and cares a lot about conservative political causes.

Even so, this is one of several situations where this passage has been directed toward President Obama. Remember this story?

The most recent email by Kansas’ Mike O’Neal quotes a Bible verse for President Barack Obama that points readers to a scripture in the Bible titled ‘a cry for vengeance.’

Psalm 109, referred to in the email to fellow lawmakers, prays that ‘his days be few … his wife be widowed and his children be fatherless.’

According to the Lawrence Journal-World who read the email sent by Speaker O’Neal, the prayer was forwarded with his own attached message reading:

‘At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!’ (Click here for full story)

Here’s what the biblical passage says:

When the sentence is passed, let him be found guilty—
let his prayer be found sinful!
Let his days be few;
let someone else assume his position.
Let his children become orphans;
let his wife turn into a widow.
10 Let his children wander aimlessly, begging,
driven out of their ruined homes.
11 Let a creditor seize everything he owns;
let strangers plunder his wealth.
12 Let no one extend faithful love to him;
let no one have mercy on his orphans. (Psalm 109.7-12, Common English Bible)

What are your thoughts on the way in which folks are using Scripture to such political ends? Is there ever a situation in which these words ought to be the words of those now following Jesus under the new covenant? Is it right to wish that “no one have mercy on his orphans”?

  • http://twitter.com/rhbrandon Bob Brandon

    Matt. 7:1-5.

  • JM

    If Jesus believed that the Psalms were the prayers of Israel (which he did) and Paul was right that “all Scripture” is for our benefit, then even the Impreccatory Psalms have an ongoing function for followers of the Messiah under the New Covenant.

    Does that mean they apply directly to Obama (or Bush, Clinton, etc.)? I would say not. However, families of those killed by drones in Pakistan while attempting to bury their dead might find them much more applicable than we’d like to admit…

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems
    • http://nailtothedoor.blogspot.com Dan Martin

      I would say that the *only* Godly use of the imprecatory psalms is to remind us that God extends his mercy even to people who demonstrate we don’t deserve it by praying such hateful, ungodly stuff. That is a profitable lesson, but it does not mean (and I do not believe) the sentiments expressed therein are Godly or God-inspired.

  • http://thewholedangthing.wordpress.com Ben Emerson

    Isn’t this the Psalm that the disciples used to decide they needed a replacement for Judas?

  • http://openmindedconversations.blogspot.com/ jshmueller

    I think there is no question whatsoever that the prayer in this psalm falls in the category of “You’ve heard that it was said … but I tell you ..” It’s hard if not impossible to see how a prayer like that would express love and blessing for the enemy. It’s bad enough that a leader who is a confessing and practicing Christian is maligned as an enemy in the first place!

  • jeremiah

    People on the left and right and in between use scripture for political ends. Didn’t you do the same about war and politics and tax money a few months ago?
    So I think we must have the wisdom to see what is descriptive and what is prescriptive.
    What is the use of the impreccatory Psalms today? How do we handle God being worshiped, in the Old and New Testament, for His judgement?

  • http://bramboniusinenglish.wordpress.com Brambonius

    I’d call this black magic in a christian disguise (I wrote about something similar 2 years ago: http://bramboniusinenglish.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/on-praying-for-president-obamas-death-and-christian-black-magic/)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ajfarley Alfred J Farley

    If only the American people spent a fraction of the time praying for our leaders as we do moaning and complaining about them, our nation would be a more unified one. It’s hard to hate someone you regularly pray for.


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