Romney Hood or Obamaloney?

Monday night during a fundraiser in Stamford,Connecticut, President Barack Obama took a jab at his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, and told his supporters:  “He’d ask the middle class to pay more taxes so that he could give another $250,000 tax cut to people making more than $3 million a year.”  Then to applause and uproarious laughter the President added, “It’s like Robin Hood in reverse. It’s Romney Hood!”

Not to be outdone, the former Massachusetts Governor replied during an interview on Fox News Tuesday afternoon,“We’ve been watching the president say a lot of things about me and about my policies.” “They’re just not right. Then Mr. Romney added, “If I were to coin a term it would be ‘Obamaloney.’

ABC News suggested this is similar to the children’s game, “I’m rubber, you’re glue.”   As I watched “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday morning Steve Doocy and his cast opined “Has the 2012 presidential race come down to cute nick names?” Gawker.com was a bit less reverent in reporting this, saying that everyone in America should now address both candidates as “Beavis.”

So this is 2012 politics? Unfortunately it is.

But I think the bigger question for Christians is “How do we deal with politics and with political differences?”

I’m not against the political process. Nor do I believe that Christians ought to sit on the sidelines and fail to vote.  Yet, the reality is we have a very polarized country right now.  More than most of us have seen in our lifetime.  I think we have come to expect charges and counter charges.  Name calling.  Accusations.  Denials.  Like it or not, that’s just the way it is!

But it doesn’t have to be that way in our relationships in the Kingdom of God.  While I may have strong views about who’s the best person to lead our country, not all my brothers and sisters see it that way. Our fellowship ought not to be fractured over political opinions.  Allegiance to party should not trump commitment to Christ.  Loyalty to my candidate is not more important than relationships with one another in the Lord.

Let’s lay aside any name calling, ugly epitaphs, or unkind remarks. I need to respect the right of my brother to differ over matters of opinion.  And I think that goes for our attitude toward the candidates with whom we disagree as well.  Paul’s admonition may well be applied to Christians during this election year. “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers…Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice” (Eph 4:29,31).

And how about honesty?  It’s an issue raised by the candidates with each other.  It is also an issue for each of us.  We are commanded to “Provide things honest in the sight of all.”  And to “speak the truth with our neighbors.”  Maybe that means verifying the accuracy of that email you’re about to send?  Or that link on facebook you’re about to post.  I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous things that have no basis in fact.  They not only don’t help the cause your advancing, I think they make Christians look bad as well.

Really here’s the bottom line.  In 88 days we go to the polls to vote.  There will be a winner.  And a loser.  But God will still be in control.  He reigns over the Kingdoms of the earth.  In His providence He can accomplish His will regardless of who wins the election.  Even if the “wrong” candidate wins, God can use that to teach us a lesson.  Humble us.  Discipline us.  Bring us closer to Him.

In the meantime let’s pray for our elected officials.  Pray God will bless America.  Treat one another with respect and dignity.  Season our speech with salt so we can respond properly to those who are unbelievers. And stay focused on our Heavenly citizenship.

So, as the campaigning heats up. Zingers are uttered  And cute nick-names are hurled.  Stay calm.  Remain faithful.  And, as my friend Dee Bowman likes to say, “Remember who you are!”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

10 Comments

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10 responses to “Romney Hood or Obamaloney?

  1. Bill Hood

    Ken.. I agree with all that you say regarding Christians and how we respect and treat one another in the Lord. However, I have a question, regarding Christians and Politics.

    When an elected official, regardless of office, stands up and states “We should approve, or at least tollerate, homosexual marriage and allow the killing of unborn humans”, can a Christian vote for such a person?

    Can a Christian support Party lines which are contrary to Scripture and be pleasing to God?

    • Bill, that’s a really good question. Personally, I don’t want to, and if I have a choice, I won’t! Yet, I want to be very careful how I approach that with those who may support such a candidate. Because they will point to some religious or moral issue and question how I can vote for him. So I have to discern which issues I deem more important. We may get the point on some of these things like the sanctity of marriage or abortion that both candidates are scripturally wrong….In fact, I’m sure in some state wide races that is already true. So, who do you vote for? Either the lesser of two “evils” or no one!

      Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site: http://hickmanchurch.com/

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  2. Ken,
    Your wisdom in these matters is very impressive. In all honesty, the entire political process has made me want to vote for none of them. I’m already looking at voting for those who seem to have the less negative campaign messages. Instead of focusing on what the other guy is doing, I wish they would focus more on fixing what’s wrong in our country. Thank you for putting everything in perspective by reminding us that in the end whoever wins or loses, God will still be in control.

    • Thank you, Lillie! And thanks for reading and taking the time to comment

      Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081Th Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site: http://hickmanchurch.com/

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      • Lonny Weber

        I wish to say that a vote for either party is a vote for the same ajenda. Thus in this election, vote for the man of your choice, not the party, because if you want the contstitution suppoted as all patriatic Americans do, you’ll pick a man who stands by the constitution of our country. One fact of which you may be aware is the fact that our constitution is the only one ever written to have stated God – the Divine Creator – gave us our rights and not man. That statement alone has kept us free for over 230 years. Don’t throw it away!

  3. Fae Nolte

    Ken, your message today takes me back (as so often these days) to Daniel 2:20-22 “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: And he changes the times and the seasons: He removes kings and sets up kings: He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to them that has understanding: He reveals the deep and secret things: He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.” God WILL set up whom He wants in November. Thank you for your daily blog!!

  4. Billie

    ALL CHRISTIANS MUST VOTE FOR WE DO NOT WANT THE WORLD CHOOSING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS FOR US. OF COURSE WE WILL HAVE DISAGREEMENTS WITH MANY ISSUES, AND IN THIS INSTANCE – WHAT WOULD GOD WANT US TO DO.

  5. Erma Lambert

    I agree and believe that no matter who is in office God is still and always will be in control. The Constitution delves into a whole other issue and as it was original written, was flawed in many ways and was written only for the rights of few. I understand and appreciate the subject of discussion because I too have questioned myself about this coming election and what God would have me to do.

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