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Exorcising the Demon

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A recent gimmick of irreputable fame is the flurry of bumper stickers, t-shirts, and Facebook groups touting: “Pray for Obama.” Of course, the tongue-in-cheek nature of this seemingly winsome slogan harbors ulterior, even divisive, motives. The prooftext affixed to this phrase is Psalm 109:8: “May his days be few; may another take his office!”

It might appear harmless enough for many purported Christians to desire a short tenure for our president; however, the attitude firmly in place here cannot be missed: many of us do not respect our leader. And to do so is to render inert—at least to our detractors—the values for which many so strongly oppose President Obama in the first place.

It is important to preserve God’s place in the world. Upon his imprisonment in Jerusalem, Paul makes his defense before the Jewish council. The book of Acts records an event where Paul inadvertently rebukes the high priest. His immediate retraction proves illustrative: “It is written, ‘You shall not speak e…