Wisdom, Naivete, or Deceit?

     President Obama has openly voiced his thoughts on the challenges presented by Islam and ISIS.
     Following are several of his statements:
     “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’  No religion condones the killing of innocents.”
     Does ISIL (ISIS) know that?  Why, then, does ISIS stand for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria?
     “I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam…”
     Does ISIS agree with the president’s assessment?
     “I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy…let it be clear; no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other…”
     The president was explaining that a nation, specifically America, should not impose democracy on any mid-eastern nation.  Does that also mean that Islam should not try to impose Sharia law in America?
     “I am committed to working with American Muslims…it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit…”
     Perhaps the president should ask Britain, Germany, and France how this strategy is working out for them.
     “I am a Christian…”
     By their fruits you will know them.
     President Obama has tried repeatedly to convince the electorate that he is the most qualified leader with the necessary skills and wisdom to be the commander in chief of this great nation of over 330 million people. 
     It appears that he has given little consideration to God’s sovereignty over all the nations on this planet and that all national leaders and kingdoms are established by God.
     Remember the words given to the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar when he proclaimed his own greatness:
     “They shall make you eat grass like oxen…until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men…and gives it to whomever He chooses (sets over it the lowest of men).”  Daniel 4:32
     Now let’s consider the situation of one of Israel’s kings who was appointed by God.  Israel at the time consisted of approximately 4 million people.  The king was about 20 years old.  His name was Solomon.
     When Solomon learned of his appointment, he humbled himself in prayer.
     “Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in…Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil.  For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”  1 Kings 3:7, 9
     Solomon was well aware of several facts, i.e. he was in no way qualified on his own merits or wisdom to be king of Israel.  He knew he did not possess the knowledge to discern between good and evil.  He acknowledged that the people over whom he was to rule were God’s people.
     He, therefore, asked God to prepare him for his kingship.
     What a difference between Solomon and America’s current president.
     God’s response to Solomon’s request?
     “Because you have asked this thing…I have done according to your words…see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.  And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.”  1 Kings 3:11-13
     Solomon’s priority focused on being equipped by God to successfully perform that for which God had chosen him to do.  He voiced no concern for personal advantage, recognition, wealth, or prestige.  Rather he asked only for wisdom with which to rule Israel according to God’s will.
     And so it was, all nations recognized Solomon as God’s chosen and the wisest and richest man on all the earth.
     That opportunity exists even today for any potential leader of America who will humble themselves before God Almighty and ask Him for the necessary qualifications to lead this great nation.
     To all 2016 presidential candidates, are you listening?
     It appears, however, that such a king will not be found until Christ the King of kings returns.
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