Link to source article as given on the Drudge Report: http://www.kens5.com/news/Secret-Service-looks-into-So-Texas-Pray-for-Obama-sign–168045356.html
Objectors to this sign in Texas gave it all the more publicity. At least they must have noticed the sign, remembered the verse reference, and took the time to look it up.
Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
The verse itself, taken out of context, is not so sinister as the FBI must have thought when they looked up the passage and figured out how to find Psalm 109:8 in a Bible. I guess they found out first-hand that they would not find that verse in the Koran!
The immediate following context in Psalm 109:9 reads:
Psa 109:9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
Surely that was not the prayer wished by the sign’s designer. But if it were, the FBI would surely be justified in showing concern. The sign designer did not take the context into account, only the interesting applicability of the words of verse 8 alone, which surely expresses the desire of many voters come November 6 who sincerely believe the current office holder needs to be replaced before he collapses the entire economy and eviscerates what little is left of our freedoms once guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.
Those freedoms, including the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion, are not given to us by the government but by God.
But all the furor raised over this innocent little sign, of which there was just one, is a most remarkable illustration of one of my pesky 23 Rules of Interpretation to be found in the October 2010 Archives here:
11. Interpret a particular passage in the light of its immediate context, what comes before and after the verse being studied.
The context of Psalm 109:8 involves an imprecatory prayer.
Now that makes for a most interesting Bible study lesson most Christians and readers of the Bible would rather shun. Many would pass off the subject as “Old Testament stuff” which has been superseded by what is taught in the New Testament. They would be very mistaken. Such prayers are to be found in the New Testament too.
And from what the Bible teaches, one never wants to be on the “receiving end” of such prayer. When people are repressed or oppressed and pray for God to provide relief, God hears and answers those prayers.
To verify that in your Bible, follow the cross references carefully as given in either The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible as given for Exodus 22:23.
That this is still “New Testament stuff” too, follow carefully the cross references given at Romans 12:19.
For a complete rundown on imprecatory prayer in the Bible, check out the complete references for this subject given at Jeremiah 10:25.
I have not heard much lately about the “Presidential Prayer Team,” but I trust they are still alive and well and active in praying constructively for our President.
It is Biblical to pray for our President. The Bible commands us to pray for him. But the President should indeed be in great fear lest he act in a manner that would motivate Bible believing Christians to pray against him.
A better passage to have given reference to at the bottom of that sign would have been 1 Timothy 2:1-4 which reads:
1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
But the sign creator didn’t ask me first for a suitable reference, so that is what made the news.
But what I have just posted is better news, and I hope the FBI and the President take careful notice. It would do their souls and their safety a lot of good.
The FBI rightly takes threats against the President most seriously. I know firsthand. One of my students some years ago was thoroughly investigated and subsequently watched for having made some kind of threat against the President then.
Let’s hope and pray that the President and the FBI will now thoroughly watch and investigate the content of this site about Real Bible Study and learn how to study the Bible for themselves. It could change the course of this nation and history for the better for all time to come if they did.