Mockmood I'ma-dinner-jacket (sp)... really, why bother trying to get it right? You know him, the nut-case who has repeatedly called for the extermination of Israel--the one who calls the holocost a "myth," who says that his uranium enrichment and nuclear arms program is purely for "peaceful" purposes... and on, and on, and on go his mad rants and diatribe.
Time magazine saw him coming as early as 3 years ago when in their Sunday edition, April 30th, 2006, it called Ahmadinejad a "beligerent, naive... dark genius" noting his "rise from obscurity" after his first election as president of Iran.
Rise from obscurity indeed, but that is not the point here. Yesterday, Ahmadinejad won his second term as president of Iran. In a 'surprising landslide' by democratic vote --a joke to those of us who know better--, he is now in a position to continue his high-profile and very effective anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-Christianity campaigns.
So why would this matter to the American Christian anyway? Glad you asked--let me explain.
American public policy is greatly influenced by American world (foreign) policy. With Ahmadinejad now firmly in power for several more years, diplomacy in the middle East is completely off the table and Israel's struggle for identity and survival meets an exponentially greater challenge. Ahmadinejad's tacit threat to use nuclear weapons and Kim Jong Il's open declaration that North Korea will use them if provoked, have put America in a particularly tough predicament.
The crux of it all is this: Obama, in his recent speech at the WWII memorial in France on June 6th, openly --but not by accident-- said "human destiny is not shaped by forces beyond our control". We, the American Christian, of course, realize that destiny is in God's hands. Historically and Scriptually, when a prominent leader tries to wrest control of authority belonging to God, he fails and his (that leader's) people, pay the price. Obama is that leader, and we, the American Christian, are that people.
Today, Obama is poised to meet the challenges of foreign policy with a world-view that tells him he is in control. Hopefully by now, the American Christian has realized he is not. Ahmadinejad, Jong Il, Castro, Chavez and others are laughing at him privately while planning a world devoid of America and Israel.
OK, Ok... extreme thinking. These though, are extreme people. While the male leader of the American Christian home remains distracted --rightfully but not sensibly-- by taxes, oppressive government control of family matters, restriction of personal and private liberties, and the ongoing process of socializing the American culture, Obama is wreaking havoc with seemingly no regard for what God has to say about it.
Look at it like this, our president is the skinniest guy in the sandbox. He steps in and tells the big guys that he will bring America into lock-step with the world and, of course, the big guys let him try. By the time he (Obama) fails to do so however --as he inevitably must--, it might be a bit late.
Still not getting it? OK, here's what we --the American Christian-- do: rail against domestic policies that make no sense--gay marriage, restrictions on the Bible in the public square, attacks on home-schooling, and "single-payer" health care sytems for example. Rail hard, rail loud, petition local politicians-- COMPLAIN!
Second, stop thinking that as long as 'my' family, 'my' church, 'my' prosaic little goldfish bowl is OK, that it will all go away in time. It won't. One of the most irritating habits of the American Christian man (to me, at least) is an "it's in God's hands" mentality. Of course it's in God's hands, but did He really place us here to just "put up and shut up" as long as 'my' little realm of responsibility is satisfied?
Men, re-read the prayer of Jabez, re-read II Peter. Look closely at James. 10 men of Christ died horrible deaths defending the faith. Others wrote about them. Honestly, do we --the collective American Christian man-- need as much sleep as we seem to be getting?
Get involved in emailing or writing your congressperson on issues that matter to you and your family. Show up at local debates and forums where your opinion is asked for and give it to them. Ask your pastors to guide you in ways that you can confront issues that the business called the church cannot. Above all, brothers in Christ, do something.
If the American Christian man can once again have a voice in the square that is actually listened to and heard by our leaders, perhaps Obama --since he is 'Commander-in-Chief,' after all-- can concentrate on affairs of American SECURITY where his efforts belong while WE, the American Christian, take care of managing our families and culture. Partner with America Mr. Obama, we are not interested in being the by-product of your social experiments.
Of course, that's just what I think... what about you?