We have a tendency to identify and single out people, particularly our leaders. In most instances, we are merely groping and guessing because we do not know what is in their hearts. With regard to politicians, it is even more difficult to determine who they are because of what they said will not be what they do. President Obama is especially skillful in camouflaging his intentions from his actions. It should not surprise us that Christians believe he is one of them and so do Muslims. In politics, Obama is a convenient mixture of many concepts. How then can we arrive at who he is?
It is unnecessary that we spent time and efforts to identify the real Obama. It is within our human nature to self-disclose and our President has greater reasons to do so. What we do casts a far greater shadow than what we believe or even confess (Mt.7: 21-23). We cannot help ourselves taking notice of our self-esteemed accomplishments and the failures of others. Nothing shall identify us more distinctly than the fruit we bear (Mt.7: 16-20). It is that which is dear to us in our hearts that ultimately finds expression in our actions (Mt.12: 33-37). In a leader’s life, whether political or religious, his or hers has an enormous impact on a large number of people.
President Obama has taken credit for self-disclosing fruit and blamed his predecessor for initiating our problems. But he is unwilling to admit that he is enlarging these problems with his solutions. From day one as the President, he has distanced himself from Christians and sided with black minorities and went soft on Muslim insurgents. He has gone out of his way to endorse Islam. He uses the race card to push his agenda and then spends millions on himself and family instead of helping his own minority. He belittled this nation, the Bible and the Sermon on the Mount. He continues to leave the impression that the U.S.A. is the culprit and not the victim or a benefactor. This is not exactly the fruit one would expect from an American President.
Those that continue to believe in our President hope that he shall come through with a miracle. Predecessors have turned the tide and were re-elected. Those that did pruned and fertilized their fruit trees. When leaders or caretakers neglect to supply their orchards with nourishments, the trees will stop bearing fruit and even die. Such assistance has not been forthcoming to those employers that employ the largest number of people in this nation. To the contrary, like useless fruit trees, they have been left to cease from producing altogether. Our President and so does his party still has a chance to redeem themselves. They are in a period of grace and might want to follow Jesus’ parable on the lonely fig tree in a vineyard. For three years the tree bore no fruit. The owner ordered that it be destroyed. The caretaker begged the owner: “Sir, leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down,” (Lk.13: 6-9).
There is one final hint. Instead of being eager to cut down the tree or the leader, let us first be of some assistance in providing an environment where the tree can bear fruit. Then it is up to the tree to produce the fruit for which it was intended. Jesus also asked the question, “Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles,” (Mt.7: 16)?