Someone emailed me and asked me what I thought of the use of Psalm 109.8 as an Anti-President Obama reference, which is apparently becoming quite trendy among those who disagree with the President. Here is my reply:
The reference to Psalm 109.8 is a way of voicing disapproval for the presidency of Barak Obama with the idea (wishful thinking) that his presidency would be short lived. Thus, as Ps 109.8 reads “May his days be few; may another seize his position” (NRSV).
I actually do not like hearing Christians hijack this verse to voice criticism for the President or any President/Leader and here is why (this is not about whether or not one is sympathetic to Democrat, Republican, or else). When the entire Psalm is read, the Psalmist is speaking of a leader who is committing an outright act illegal act within what appears to be a court of law (v. 6). People can criticize the President (or any other President) all they want but it seems to be a stretch that he is guilty of illegal actions within the judicial system. Not only that but whatever criticisms can be thrown at one President, the same can be thrown at every one of his predecessors too.
But the bigger reason I don’t like hearing Christians reference this passage is that the passage goes on to say in v. 9 and 12 “May his children be orphans and his wife a widow…May there be no one to do him a kindness nor anyone to pity his orphaned children.” I know that is in the Bible and I presently am not sure what to think about it (being faithful does not mean we must like everything written in scripture) but I am quite sure that it would be a terrible, terrible day if the wife and children of the President were left as a widow and orphans.
I would also like to add that for Christians who are engaged in this, there is NOTHING that is good for the sake of the kingdom of God and the mission that God is about in this world. Such talk DOES NOT honor the gospel of Jesus Christ NOR DOES IT demonstrate a life that has been made new in Christ and is led by the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t matter who the President or Leader is, what his/her politics are, and so forth… stuff like this only does harm.