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Slow to Hear, Quick to Speak, Quick to Anger

  • November 29, -0001
I remind myself that President Obama claims to be a Christian as I continue listening for anything remotely Christian in his manner of governance. Reading news journals lately this much has become clear: While Mr. Obama continues speaking, speaking, speaking - in town hall meetings, nationally-televised speeches, and anywhere anyone will gather to listen - the world is beginning to seem less inclined to listen. Mr. Netanyahu isn't listening. He rejects the President's demand that new housing developments cease in disputed areas. The so-called President of Iran isn't listening, just like the great one in North Korea isn't listening. They continue doing whatever they want in the way of nuclear weapons development, in spite of the President's many "warnings."

Mr. Putin isn't listening. The Chinese are listening, but only for some advantage. Chavez isn't listening, either. In fact, a growing number of Americans, weary of almost daily harangues from the eloquent Speaker-in-Chief, are beginning not to listen, too. Mr. Obama is a man of many words, but his performance so far has been shruggable. James counsels believers to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. The President doesn't listen to anyone but his own advisors; he'll speak at the drop of a hat; and cross him and you're likely to have the Secret Service investigating your Facebook poll to see what others think about the President.

I just want to say, "Mr. President, shut up! Stay home and get some work done. Listen to the people, the Founders, the Word of God - somebody other than Rahm and Dave. Stop believing that you alone have the right answers on everything and begin thinking about something else besides your political status." I want to believe the President is a Christian and that, sooner or later, the prayers of God's people for him will break through and he will begin to govern in a manner more consistent with the teaching of Scripture. But he's already pretty far over to the Saul-side of ruling; whether he can make it to the David end of the spectrum is seeming increasingly unlikely.

T. M. Moore

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