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What Should Obama Do for Me?

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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 003refused 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 010wrote: “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.

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Posted by on November 8, 2008 in Politics, Religion

 

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4 responses to “What Should Obama Do for Me?

  1. BASP

    November 8, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Rev. Davis,

    I can understand how you feel about the election, but you should learn how to give credit where credit is due. Jesus Christ has been my messiah since I was in my mother’s womb. What has this got to do with Obama, he was persecuted long before he was elected. If you will kindly turn to Rev. 8-20. This shows that Christ was also a man of color. African scholars describes him as being a Palestinian Jew with olive skin, brown eyes, black curly hair, he spoke Aramaic, Greek and Latin.

    Please post a comparative analysis about your choice for president, John McCain and see what the outcome may be.

    President Barack Obama is protected by the scriptures and it reads:

    “Jealousy is the rage of man, therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance” Prov 6:43

    “Wrath is cruel and anger is outrageous, but who is able to stand before envy” Prov 27:4

    “Again I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this is a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity, and vexation of spirit” Eccles 4:4

    IN HIS SERVICE,

    BASP
    Democrat

     
  2. rochester_veteran

    November 9, 2008 at 1:33 am

    BASP,

    As a conservative, John McCain was not my first choice for President. I would have preferred Fred Thompson or Allen Keyes to have been the Republican nominee as they are true conservatives. One of the things that won me over to John McCain was his resolute and unhesitant answer when asked by Pastor Rick Warren at the Saddleback Forum:

    “At what point is a baby entitled to human rights?

    John McCain answered, without hesitation:

    “At the moment of conception.”

    President-elect Obama answered:

    “Well, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.”

    President-elect Obama has demonstrated time and again that he doesn’t support basic Constitutional rights for our most innocent and vulnerable citizens, babies in the womb.

    Until President-elect Obama renounces his support of death of babies in the womb, he is not protected by the scriptures and we will be doomed as a nation for approving and allowing infantcide, babies being sacrificed to the altar of convenience!

    In closing, let me quote some scripture about how our Lord Jesus Christ felt about our little ones:

    “13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.”

    –Mark 10:13-16

     
  3. Rev. Tommy Davis, DDCS

    November 9, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Hello BSP Democrat,

    I would suggest that you enroll in a hermeneutics class so you will learn how to interpret Scripture and not take them out of their context.

    Your outlook concerning the things of God are seriously tainted. To fashion Christ to your liking is equal to the racists who used Michelangelo’s depictions of Christ to advance racism. Accurate anthropology from primitive eras do not classify people as we do today.

    What you completely overlook in the apostle John’s account in the book of Revelation is the symbolic message behind his vision of Christ in His glorified body as an extraordinary appearance. King Jesus left me the Holy Spirit when He left His earthly office. What will Obama leave you?

    The same folks who were broke before he took office will be broke when he leaves because they haven’t learned anything —-particularly, how to responsibly generate wealth for themselves. I don’t need constant handouts from the Democrats. If so, I would be better off in slavery. I have more respect for a sharecropper who understands that he is an asset. He could go anywhere and plant food. He would starve the Democrat upon exit.

    Banished from remembrance was the fact that the Democratic Party fought to keep blacks in slavery and in 1894 overturned the civil rights laws of the 1860’s that had been passed by Republicans, after the Republicans also amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom, citizenship and the right to vote.

    Forgotten was the fact that it was the Republicans who started the HBCU’s and the NAACP to stop the Democrats from lynching blacks. Into the dust bin of history was tossed the
    fact that it was the Republicans led by Republican Senator Everett Dirksen who pushed to pass the civil rights laws in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1968.

    Removed from memory are the facts that it was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools, established the Civil Rights Commission in 1958, and appointed Chief Justice Early Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation.

    I am a Republican because of what I stand for. Not for what they can do for me. They did enough.

     
  4. Rev. Tommy Davis, DDCS

    November 9, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Also, I will not align myself with a party who believes in same-sex marriage, abortion, and the inferiority of blacks to include the need for additional welfare.

     

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