Death threats against President Barack Obama have risen by 400% since the inauguration. Recently, Chris Broughton – with an AR-15 firearm - arrived at a public speech given by the President in Arizona. The day before this event, Broughton was sitting in church, listening to his pastor give a sermon entitled, “Why I Hate Barack Obama.” In this sermon, Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe said, “And I’m going to tell you something. I hate Barack Obama. You say, well, you just mean you don’t like what he stands for. No, I hate the person. Oh, you mean you just don’t like his policies. No, I hate him … I am not going to pray for his good. I am going to pray that he dies and goes to hell.” [CNN]. Has Pastor Anderson read the entire Bible?
- Has he read 1 John 4: 19-21 (“We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”)
- Some may argue that 1 John 4 only applies to “brothers,” i.e., fellow believers, of which we do not know whether Obama is. But, even if he is not, what about Matthew 5:43-47 (Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven … If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?), or what about Ezekiel 33:11 (“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.”)?