Jesus Did Not Respect the Executive Office

Ramon Arias | February 23, 2015 

Rudy Giuliani is the ex-mayor of New York City (1994–2001), the largest city in the nation.  While in office, Giuliani had to deal with the horrors of a gruesome large-scale terror attack in the history of America. Under his leadership he had to deal with massive death and destruction caused by the Islamic terrorists. If the nation has forgotten what the Islamist terrorists are capable of, Giuliani hasn’t. 

Giuliani, like millions of Americans and leaders of the world, is appalled that Obama refuses to call Islamic terrorists for what they are. Giuliani knows about Obama’s communistic upbringing and historical background, which links him to communist mentors, Islamic mentors, and this reflects on his idea of fundamentally transforming America. His background clearly demonstrates that he doesn’t identify with America’s original foundation of a great nation. Have you ever done a study on the words “fundamental” and “transformation”? If you do, you will find that is exactly what Obama has been doing and, at this point, he wants to move a little faster because he has less than two years to accomplish his goal of removing America’s foundation and replacing it with the ideology that has been ingrained in him all his life. 

Giuliani said the following during a private fundraising dinner for Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker,  “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

I’m sure you know by now how the Leftist Democrats, and liberals are up in arms; they are outraged and expressing incendiary comments, harsh words of retribution, but that’s what they do best, attack, attack, attack. Unrelenting attacks is what their neo-Marxist mentor and community organizer, Saul Alinsky, taught them to do. Even though he has long been dead, he is still influencing the mind of the leftists big time. There’s no shock here, and the sad part is that the “conservatives” in name only have joined in the chorus of condemnation.  

Giuliani is all over the main media with appearances and he is not retracting from his statements about Obama not loving America or Americans. He’s not alone and some strong conservative leaders are speaking out defending his position and elaborating on Obama’s past and present. 

As a matter of fact, just recently a video was made by C.J. Pearson, who happens to be 12 years old and black, and he is also voicing his opinion regarding Obama’s lack of love for the country and its citizens. What should that tell us?

Do you remember in 2008 when the then presidential candidate Obama accused President George W. Bush of being unpatriotic for increasing the national debt to over $4 trillion? People rewarded him with cheers, loud applauses and loud screaming encouraging him in his denigration of Bush. Under Obama the national debt is beyond the $18 trillion mark; wouldn’t you say that is beyond being unpatriotic? 

The American experiment of civil government was never meant to shelter elected officials, bureaucrats, or any other person in public service. It was never meant for people to create sacred cows out of public officials and to worship them. Pagan ideologies do worship those in authority, woe to the populace if they don’t; they always pay with their lives, prison or enslavement. The American presidency was never meant to be worshiped and can only be respected if the person occupying that position has earned the right to be respected. 

Jesus did not think the highest office in the land was worthy of respect when the person occupying that position had no fruit to back it up. Jesus called King Herod a fox and that was not meant to be a compliment at all, neither an honoring recognition by Jesus.

This King Herod Antipas or the tetrarch, was the son of Herod the Great, remember him? The one who wanted to kill Jesus and in the process massacred all the male children in the Bethlehem region who were two years and under (Matthew 2:16-18). That is not what you would call a loving king who had his people in high regard, would you?

Why did Jesus call Herod Antipas a fox? Was he resentful because his father wanted to kill him when he was an infant and instead slaughtered all those innocent children? Is this why he was insulting Herod Antipas? Was it an insult to call Herod a fox? Yes, it was, foxes were unclean animals.  

Jesus did not consider Herod to be a lover of the Jewish nation, much less a great leader. Most Jewish people did not look kindly to him nor trust him, rather, they saw him for what he was, a puppet of the Roman Empire. Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor, appointed him to office in 4 B.C. Herod bowed down to the Roman power and demonstrated his loyalty by building a new capital named Tiberius.

This was the same Herod who had John the Baptist decapitated to please Herodias, his unlawful wife, who hated John because he condemned that marriage and was a constant critic of the king’s evil behavior. Everything about Herod Antipas manifested the fruit of unrighteousness, not quite the description of a godly leader. Jesus knew that Herod wanted to kill him and didn’t avoid him out of fear but because he knew Galilee was not the place for him to die (Luke 13:30-35). So, why did he want to kill Jesus? Jesus’ fame was greater than Herod’s in his own assigned territory by Rome; evil rulers do not like competition, especially from those who have the truth of God on their side. 

When Jesus was before Pontius Pilate he did not recognize him as someone with greater power to determine whether he lived or died. Was Jesus dishonoring Pilate’s position of authority? No, he was just letting him know that his authority came not from Rome but from out of this world and that scared the Roman appointee (John 19:9-11).

Jesus not only condemned the immoral behavior of civil rulers, but also the religious leaders who for centuries had distorted God’s moral law and taught the people wrong, leading them to embrace evil ideologies that were manifested in their culture. Jesus was not kind with his words while blasting Israel’s religious leadership (Matthew 23).

Jesus also spoke against the religiosity of the people of Israel who believed they were the chosen nation of God, regardless of their rebellion against Him. They were in open rebellion against His Commandments, Statutes, Precepts and His Moral Law. This is one of the reasons why Jesus openly told them they were the sons of the devil because they were reflecting Satan’s culture not God’s (John 8). He also revealed to them that the Temple and Jerusalem were going to be destroyed by the same Roman Empire, whose hands they were licking now (Matthew 24).

Jesus did not and could not respect the civil and religious leaders or any other lifestyle that did not produce the fruit of a life walking in obedience to God’s will. Yes, Jesus was and still is right. Each one of us cannot escape the reality of who we are and what we worship, whether known or unknown, in our culture, regardless of our social status. A tree cannot hide its fruit; if it is good it is good, if it is bad, it is bad. We manifest who we are (Matthew 7:15-20; 12:30-37).

God, through His moral law and the prophets, made this very clear and so did Jesus and Paul; they understood this unchanging truth very well.  Paul explained who is worthy of our respect and admiration, not our worship “…respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed” (Romans 13:7).

We gain respect when we do what is right and acceptable to our God.