I already blogged about an angry fundamentalist preacher in Arizona who’s prayed for Obama’s death. At the time this was unusual. Now, it’s started to become more “mainstream.” The Christian Science Monitor reports on a new fashion among the Religious Right (WebCite cached article):

Biblical anti-Obama slogan: Use of Psalm 109:8 funny or sinister?

There’s a new slogan making its way onto car bumpers and across the Internet. It reads simply: “Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8”

A nice sentiment?

Maybe not.

The psalm reads, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”

Presidential criticism through witty slogans is nothing new. Bumper stickers, t-shirts, and hats with “1/20/09” commemorated President Bush’s last day in office.

But the verse immediately following the psalm referenced is a bit more ominous: “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”

Let me quote a larger piece of this particular psalm, so you can see how truly vicious it is:

Let his days be few;
Let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless
And his wife a widow.
Let his children wander about and beg;
And let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes.
Let the creditor seize all that he has,
And let strangers plunder the product of his labor.
Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him,
Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children
Let his posterity be cut off;
In a following generation let their name be blotted out.
(Psalm 109:8-13)

This may not be a direct threat on the President’s life; it might not even be seen as an overt call for Christians to pray for his demise (known as an interprecatory prayer). But there is no way this can be interpreted as a supportive sentiment — it’s quite the opposite. Of course, many of those who are passing this sentiment around, consider it funny, as CSM points out:

For many, the slogan is just a humorous way express disapproval for President Obama. It’s been tweeted and retweeted by Obama critics with messages like “too funny” and “an excellent prayer for America.”

Yeah, really funny there, people. Hah hah hah. Fucking hilarious.

What would Jesus say about it? I’m not sure he’d be laughing. If anything, the fact that Obama is president, means he has God’s backing! This is stated in scripture several times, such as here:

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. (Romans 13:1-5) [Emphasis mine]

Christians who desire Obama’s death or removal from office, are violating this scriptural prescription. How Christian is that?

Hat tip: iReligion Forum (at Delphi Forums).

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