By Rev. Dr. Tommy Davis
Now that that the general election is over I shall take this opportunity to express how I feel about the Obama presidency.
Like most African-Americans, it can be a bit energizing to see a black American win the popular and electoral vote for the highest office in the country. However, history reveals that it is not the amount of melanin in one’s skin that should receive the uppermost rejoice. Rather, it is the policies that will affect the American economy as a whole.
As I look back over my life there was only one President who delivered on His promises. His name was Jesus, the Christ. When He came riding on a donkey into town, He did not arrive with a massive fundraising campaign and a team of secret service agents. He arrived on a borrowed donkey.
This Galilean from Nazareth was rejected by many for several reasons. The Pharisees were not particularly interested in His Messiahship because he was not a member of their party. The Sadducees were not too fond of him because he was not an affiliate of their squad nor shared their particular religious beliefs. In fact, Nazareth was not known for producing prophets worthy of attention.
The oppressed looked for a King like them, but had a misunderstanding concerning true government. Those who were exploited wanted to share in a kingdom that would return tyranny to those who had executed it.
When I came to know this King my life would be forever changed. This King taught me to generate my own wealth rather than covet someone else’s. This President (Jesus) did not run a campaign on fallacious promises. He told me that my wealth would come through hard work, and that some would desire it. I was informed that I am a steward of the wealth entrusted me and that I should responsibly help those who are in need.
As a juvenile delinquent (see 1988 photo at right) I had abandoned hard work and decided to run the streets and peddle narcotics. Those who did not agree with me faced physical retribution. If I wanted more wealth, I could always decide to perform a robbery or an assault. After all, I believed that others’ wealth was my entitlement. If they refused to surrender, I took it by force.
Christ taught me that there is only one who can maintain an army without weapons, and make its individual soldiers productive while carrying out the King’s commands collectively; an army that has won more battles without killing anyone, and who’s only code of ethic is the Beatitudes.
When the King departed, He was buried in a borrowed tomb after being crucified in borrowed clothes. But what He left was a legacy and a promise that came true fifty days after His resurrection —-the coming of the Holy Spirit. This Person, who is secretly among God’s people, helps us in our loyalty to the General (Jesus Christ) who rules from heaven. He warns us about false Messiah’s and other antichrists who command our allegiances.
Jesus Christ promised that if I would vote for Him he would make me a new creation and give me a new family. The change Christ promised was not the adjustment of the old man or the change as a result of my economic condition. Even the Devil can change His attitude. The apostle Paul said, “…for Satan Himself is transformed into an angel of light. …it is also no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (1 Corinthians 11:14-15). The English word “transformed” in this text is a translation of the Greek word “metaschematizo” which means an outward appearance or a change of condition.
Paul understood that Satan has many people and so-called ministers who say that they are Christians. But the only way to identify them is by their change of clothes. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul wrote: “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind….” (Romans 12:2). The Greek word for transformed that Paul uses here is “metamorphoo” which denotes something completely new that shows up on the outside after taking place already on the inside. In other words, this is not a front. It’s real change. In fact this Greek word “metamorphoo” was the precursor of what we call metamorphosis to identify the method of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly.
Fourteen years, a few college degrees, a family, mortgage, and a job later, the results are still in. His policies proved the best. Christ delivered.
So what can Obama do for me? Nothing. The government’s obligation is to protect its citizens as they engage in their responsibility to contribute to and produce prosperity on a personal level. Then, and only then, can we as a nation become a leading manufacturer yet again and help those who are disabled in a quest to advance our economy as a whole.