It’s Hard to Hate a President that You Pray For

My wife, kids and I have been praying almost daily for
Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia Obama since they became the First Family
Elect of the United States.  We had voted
for John McCain and, frankly, were very nervous about an Obama presidency.  During the campaigning process I was very
vocal about my support for McCain and my opposition to Obama.  This is the United States and I am very
thankful for the right to speak my mind freely. 
People of every race, creed, color, orientation, political affiliation,
and religion should always have that right. 
There is no harm in having or expressing an opinion.

 However, infinitely more important than being able to
express my opinion as an American is my desire as a Christian to care about
people’s hearts above those right or wrong opinions.  And, while I am, as a citizen of the United
States, regularly and carefully sharing my thoughts with our elected officials
I am far more often simply praying for the people voters have entrusted with
leading us.

 I am sure that the concept of hating a president or elected
official isn’t too far from many people’s minds these days.  The media has always been very quick to show
the stories of those who seem to hate a president.  I hear from people daily who hate President
Obama’s policies and trash him all day long for them.  Sometimes, maybe often times, I sense that
conservatives, more specifically for the purposes of this article, evangelical
conservatives, hate this president’s policies and try to defeat them more than
they love the man as their neighbor and pray for his heart.  I know for a fact that if I didn’t pray for
Barack Obama and his family daily that I would be guilty of the same
thing.  It is my praying for the Obama
family that keeps me from sinning against them with a reckless tongue.

 I have written before about Former Governor Jesse Ventura’s
comment that religion is a crutch for the weak. 
In the case of praying for Barack Obama my faith is more like a brick
wall for me.  I am weak and I willingly
and gladly admit it.  I am too weak not
to pray for the daily strength to overcome the sin of unhealthy criticism.  I am too weak not to pray for the ability to
love my fellow man with which I have so many deep disagreements.  I pray because I must.  I pray because I will fail miserably if I don’t.  Having failed far more times than I care to
number, I daily choose to succeed.  In
this particular case, I am choosing to succeed at loving and praying for a
president that I don’t agree with, that I didn’t vote for and for his heart
that I do not understand. 

 God loves Barack Obama and his family as much as He loves me
and mine and wants them for His own—if they aren’t already.  I cannot judge him because I haven’t walked a
step in his shoes let alone a mile.  So,
as a citizen I will be proactive in sharing my opinions, but far more often my
wife, four-year-old son and daughter and I will bow our heads, quiet our hearts
and pray this prayer:

 Dear Jesus, This
morning we pray for Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha Obama to come
to know you if they don’t already.  We
pray that President Obama would become the best Christian president this nation
has ever known.  Guide him, protect him
and help him to seek you.  We pray for
his cabinet and administration and for every decision he will make for our
country today.  We trust you, Lord.  Amen.

 

 

Alan served as the final president of Exodus International from 2001 to 2013 when together with a core team of leaders and board of directors he closed the organization and began making great strides towards building relationships with the LGBTQIA community and encouraging the global Church to do the same. With a goal to reduce fear, establish trust, and inspire hope on both sides for the sake of the Gospel, Alan and his wife, Leslie, spend their time being available to anyone who desires to talk. He has been featured on every major media outlet across the globe. Alan and Leslie’s first book together, My Exodus: From Fear to Grace (Zondervan, 2015) releases on September 29.

The Chambers spend the best part of their lives with their 10 year olds, Molly and Isaac, and the rest having conversations about all things gay with anyone and everyone over lunch in Winter Park, Florida or in other locations throughout the world.
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4 thoughts on “It’s Hard to Hate a President that You Pray For

  1. Good article, Alan. This is challenging to my flesh but it is certainly consistent with Jesus' teaching and example. It is also our response to individuals who are militantly against Exodus International and our mission. These precious creatures of God are not our enemies. They have been blinded by the enemy. We are called to love them and pray that they will have spiritual sight to see God's truth.

  2. Are you PRAYING TO GOD about your RECKLESS TONGUE toward THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? Your reckless TONGUE toward HIS WORD? HIS TRUTH? HIS STANDARD.

    REPENT ALAN CHAMBERS!

    YOU ARE IN A PURE STATE OF APOSTASY, HERESY AND CHARLATANISM!

  3. And, I too PRAY for PRESIDENT OBAMA and HIS FAMILY.

    But, you sir… need to PRAY FOR YOUR OWN FAMILY.

    THAT THE LIGHT OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST fills your heart and mind and DESTROYS THE YOKE OF THE DEVIL in your life.

    DESTROYS THAT SPIRIT OF THE WORLD
    DESTROYS THAT SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST (DENIAL OF CHRIST JESUS HOLINESS)