Joel Hilliker of the Philadelphia Trumpet says to "Pray for the President".
Are they both saying the same thing?
Some go to one extreme and some go to the other extreme. As far as proper respect for government and leaders, God help us to be balanced according to His Word.
As Mr. Hilliker noted, and I would emphasize in these trying times: "If a human command conflicts with God’s law, however, we must obey God—and then submit to the punishment; Acts 5:29."
Joseph Farah is right to encourage folks to pray Obama fails.
Joel Hilliker is right to encourage folks to pray for the president.
Of course our beloved country is under a curse or they would have never elected the illegitimate Gentile Obama! But part of our repentance is to acknowledge that fact and then go forward in attitude and in actions, in words and in deeds, and make sure Obama fails by returning to biblical standards (the Law of Moses tempered with the Sermon on the Mount) and reject our physical and spiritual idolatry and immorality that have brought us to this low point where British Israelites and Jews are in grave danger.
Joseph Farah and many others need to plea to diehard Catholics & Protestants to repent - if Obama is to fail.
"We The People" can reverse the curse by repentance, so help us God, or we'll soon be ravaged by weather and war. There actually comes a time, and it appears we're almost there, when we are to no longer pray for our people, no longer to intercede for God to withhhold divine punishment from our leaders or nation! (Jeremiah 7:16; 11:14; 14:11).
Was Isaiah wrong for being critical or disparaging his government?
14 Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the LORD,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward.
5 Why should you be stricken again?
You will revolt more and more.
The whole head is sick,
And the whole heart faints.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head,
There is no soundness in it,
But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;
They have not been closed or bound up,
Or soothed with ointment.
7 Your country is desolate,
Your cities are burned with fire;
Strangers devour your land in your presence;
And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
Isaiah dared to address the issue of treacherous and destructive militant minorities in the inner cities and rebuked Israel's government and people for it!
God's Word reveals many courageous servants who didn't merely pray for their leaders but took them to task. Remember John the Baptist and Herod? Moses and Pharaoh? Elijah and Ahab? It even got JB killed for daring to speak the plain truth to power. He told Herod it wasn't lawful for him to be in his adulterous affair and everybody knew about it! To fail to do less, isn't doing anybody a favor.
Was Elijah being disrespectful when he accused the king and his family of forsaking truth for tradition and cursing the nation?
1 Kings 17
17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?”
18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the Baals.
I don't want to be more righteous than God or more civil than the Prophets, but Christians are to learn how to judge, leaving the final judgment with the Father. Tough love is necessary at times, and facts shouldn't be dimissed as disparaging but recognized as genuine constructive criticism, even if ultra-sensitive or hypocritical folks feel disagree. Otherwise, how is it possible to obey Isaiah's divine decree to "Cry aloud and SPARE NOT and show my people their sins and the House of Jacob their transgressions"?
It was not lawful, it was a sin, for White Israelites to elect the Gentile usurper Obama, besides the fact he's never proven he's a natural born citizen (and thus very well could be illegitimate politically and spiritually), regardless if the Church of God ministers fail to say so publicly, but cowardly whisper among themselves.
15 ...you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren [your own kind] you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner [Gentile] over you, who is not your brother.
4 They set up kings, but not by Me; They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them...
Is the plain truth too strong?