President Barack Obama speaks from the on the ...Our nation and our state faces a crossroad unlike any in its history.  Financial bankruptcy is a real threat if we continue spending as we are and morally one can argue our nation has never been so low.  We continue to turn our backs on God as a nation—the God who has blessed us with abundance for more than two hundred years.  Unless we as a people repent of our wicked ways, God may one day soon decide he has had enough—and things will deteriorate rapidly.

The American people face some critical elections in the coming months that will shape the future of our nation.  Passions are running high on both sides of the political spectrum, but as Christians we must never allow our passions to become hatred of any candidate or anyone we disagree with.

As Christians we are called to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, turning our backs on the desires and passions of this world—desires and passions that can lead to eternal spiritual death.  Yet we care deeply about this nation and our hearts break as we see her drifting from God and making decisions that will financially cripple coming generations with massive debt.  We get very passionate in sharing our views on what needs to be done to salvage our nation.

But as Christians, we forfeit our rights to hate any man.  We are not allowed to hate Obama, Romney, Walker or whomever.  In reality we are instructed to pray for our leaders, regardless of our personal or political feelings about them.  Is this easy?  I can tell you it is not easy for me.  I get angry when I see millions of children aborted every year; I get angry when I see radical homosexual advocates threatening to dismantle God’s truth and foundation on marriage.  I get angry when I see our political leaders spending money we do not have on useless projects.

But as a Christian, I forfeit my right to allow this anger to become hatred.  No matter how vehemently I may disagree with what this current administration is doing to this nation, I am not permitted as a Christian to hate our leaders.  In fact, I am commanded to love them.

Now, loving a leader we disagree with does not mean we blindly support them.  We must stand on biblical principles when we vote.  We vote as we believe God would want us to vote—but we must be very careful that hatred does not get a foothold in our hearts.  If it does, we are no better than those we oppose.  Jesus loved us when we hated Him—we must do no less for those who oppose us as Christians.