Thatâ€™s not very Christian-like, now is it? Nevertheless, a few religious zealots have taken their dislike of U.S. President Barack Obama to a new level – bumper stickers and t-shirts which command viewers to pray for the presidentâ€™s death. Of course they donâ€™t come right out and print â€œPray for our President to dieâ€. Instead, the perpetrators take a far more cowardly approach, utilizing the slogan â€œPray for Obama – Psalm 109:8â€.
If you take the time to look up Psalm 109:8, youâ€™ll notice right off that it is not a happy and cheerful passage. Psalm 109 is better known as â€œA Cry for Vengeanceâ€. Psalm 109:8 specifically reads:
â€œLet his days be few; and let another take his office.â€
While that verse does not specifically mention death or harm to the leader in question, read on and you will see that Psalm 109 has a far more sinister message.
6 Appoint [a] an evil man [b] to oppose him; let an accuser [c] stand at his right hand.
7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.
8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
10 May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven [d] from their ruined homes.
11 May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
13 May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.
14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
In other words, referencing this passage when speaking about President Obama is secret Christian code for â€œKill the President.â€ As sad or as crazy as it may be, this veiled death wish is not the first to have arisen since Barack Obama took office in January. Other examples include the classified ad that was placed in a Pennsylvania newspaper hoping that Obama follows in â€œthe footsteps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedyâ€ – all of whom were assassinated. Then thereâ€™s also the gun totating teabagger from New Hampshire who waved a sign saying that it is time to â€œwater the tree of libertyâ€, making reference to Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s reminder that the tree of liberty must from time to time be watered with the â€œblood of tyrants and patriots.â€
If you too would like to be added to the Secret Serviceâ€™s watchlist, have your phone calls tapped and emails read, by all means, buy one of the Psalm t-shirts or bumper stickers. Itâ€™s still a free country afterall. But donâ€™t say we didnâ€™t warn you.
TMO Editorâ€™s note: This psalm is not directed at cruel leaders, but rather at cruel men who oppress pious men, and against people who curse others more than they bless them. Therefore perhaps this psalm is more a friend to Obama than it is a friend to the extremists who attack him despite his overtures towards them. Following are some later verses to illustrate this:
17 He loved to pronounce a curseâ€” may it [e] come on him; he found no pleasure in blessingâ€” may it be [f] far from him.
18 He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.
19 May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him.
20 May this be the LORD’s payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil of me.