The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: 'He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.' --- 2 Samuel 23:3, 4
Barack Hussein Obama is seeking a second term as president of the United States of America. Will he win the election? Ardent supporters are not hesitant to affirm that he will. There are those, of course, who support Mitt Romney in his bid for that high office.
Mr. Obama has at least 3 strikes against him in terms of experiencing favor and blessing from Almighty God. God's special revelation (the holy Scriptures) to the human race is crystal clear on the solemn responsibilities that fall on those who are at the head of the governments of nations. They are to carry out their responsibilities in the fear of God -- that is, to have proper acknowledgement of and reverence for the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Further, that responsibility also involves exhibiting a humble spirit and seeking daily guidance from God as one governs.
What are these three strikes against Mr. Obama?
Strike One: Mr. Obama is a staunch supporter of the practice of mutilating and murdering children before they are born! As a member of the Illinois legislature he successfully stonewalled efforts to protect and do all that was necessary to protect a baby that survived an abortion attempt to end its life. In some very rare circumstances it has happened. So what do you do when there happens to be a survivor of the United States' unique version of "Holocaust?" In Illinois there was a concerted effort to pass legislation that would make it mandatory to do all that was necessary to protect and preserve the life of an infant that miraculously survived an attempt to take its life before being born. Mr. Obama was the main player in organizing and successfully arranging for the defeat of that legislation! In his view, you just let the surviving baby lay on a table without any care given until it dies! Or speed the process up a bit and just toss it immediately into a dumpster.
As president Mr. Obama is clearly on record as supporting the present policy which results in the mutilation and murders of thousands of unborn children each week. He will oppose all legislation that seeks to restrict the process of destroying unborn children in any way.
God's view and purpose for conceived humans is in sharp conflict with that of Mr. Obama and consequently it means that the president has a major strike against him as a result. It also means a forfeiture of blessings which God has the power to bestow upon him and the nation he claims to lead!
Strike Two: Mr. Obama has now gone on record as supporting sodomites marrying each other and lesbians marrying each other. This is as deadly a move as the one cited above when he in great ignorance chose to support the destruction of unborn children! God has explicitly addressed the issue of human sexuality in His special revelation to us. Marriage, as God established it, is strictly limited to the uniting of one male and one female in a holy covenant. This covenant is to last until death separates the husband and wife. Early in the book of Genesis God reveals that a man will leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife and the two will become one flesh. Jesus, in the Gospel accounts, confirms this sacred union and makes reference to the Genesis statement. No where is there even a hint of approval of same gender coupling. In the strongest terms possible same gender sexual activity is condemned. But unregenerate human nature being what it is, and under the guise of "scholarship," the Scriptures have been twisted, distorted, and perverted on such an issue as this. At the present time in our culture it is almost a sin for a male and a female to marry and the greatest and most noble thing for a couple of persons of the same gender to get married in those states that now permit such a union to take place "legally!" So the president forfeits further blessings and favor from God for sanctioning that which God considers nothing short of an abomination!
Strike Three: Mr. Obama has been showing a shift in his attitude toward Israel. He is more at home with and supportive of the Muslim nations than he is with the nation of Israel. His treatment of the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in recent months has been deplorable. Most recently as the Prime Minister visited the United States, Mr. Obama had no time to meet with him but was able to schedule a time to be with David Letterman on his program! To abandon support for Israel is something akin to committing national suicide. Under terms of the covenant God made with Abraham a blessing is in store for those who are positive in relating to the descendants of Abraham and a curse in store for those who relate in a negative way (see Genesis 12 on this). There is specifically a blessing pronounced on those who pray for the peace of Jerusalem and love the people (see Psalm 122).
Most important is the fact that God has great plans for the Israelite people and the city of Jerusalem in the future. It also needs to be noted that no people have been more hated and despised throughout the history of the human race than have been those descended from Abraham through his son, Isaac. For some time in the past the United States has been strongly supportive of Israel and at times the only nation standing by this country which some want to see wiped off the face of this planet! But there has been a decided shift in attitude and support since Mr. Obama has set up shop in the Oval Office located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. In his book, Audacity of Hope, Mr. Obama made the statement, "I will stand with the Muslims, should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." (P. 261). He also made a more recent statement, "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."
Other things could be also noted which are taking our republic down the road toward disaster, but the three just mentioned will absolutely guarantee that we cannot prosper nor can we survive much longer because the blessings of God are being obviously withdrawn. Deuteronomy 28 provides ample evidence that this is how it is right now!
Yes, Virginia, when you have had 3 strikes you are actually out -- you are done - finished - no longer up at the plate!
Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD. --- 2 Kings 21:16
They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they were defiled by their own works, and played the harlot by their own deeds. Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against His people, so that He abhorred His own inheritance. And He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, and those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. Many times He delivered them; but they rebelled against Him by their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. --- Psalm 106:37-43