I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and for all who are in high positions… (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. (Romans 13:1)But Pat Robertson must not care what the Bible says anymore, because he's not going to pray for this president. Pat's been peddling the standard conservative Republican line that President Obama's a socialist and a dictator and all that jazz, but he must honestly believe all that because here he is after last week's State of the Union scoffing at co-host Wendy Griffith's reminder to pray for him (I included Pat's whole post-SOTU rant, but you can skip to Wendy's reminder at 1:36 into the video):
WENDY GRIFFITH: "But he's our President, and we're praying for him and we wish him well, and we pray God's wisdom for him."
PAT ROBERTSON: [audible hissing sigh of exasperation] "Wendy, that is a beautiful sentiment."
You know who used to remind us that we're supposed to pray for our leaders, even when we don't endorse what our leaders stand for? Pat Robertson. Here he is the day after Bill Clinton's election, reminding viewers that we're commanded to pray for our president. BILL CLINTON. Whitewatering, wannabe healthcare-mandating, Travelgating, draft-dodging, dope-smoking, Chinese money-taking, Gennifer Flowers-diddling, Paula Jones-harassing, Vince Foster-killing (yup, Pat was on that bandwagon) Bill Clinton was not as bad as Barack Obama:
TERRY MEEUWSEN: This is the conclusion of [the 1996] election, and there are those who do not endorse, uh, some of the leaders who were elected. How do we interpret and obey this commandment in Romans 13:1?
PAT ROBERTSON: I think what we do is to pray for them, because God wants us to live a quiet and peaceful life, that we might have peace. And that was said under the despotic emperors of Rome, who were corrupt, venal—you couldn't get much worse than Nero! Whatever is bad in Washington can't hold a candle to the debauched despots of the Roman Empire! And yet Paul said, you obey these authorities, you pray for them so we can live a peaceful, godly life so that the Gospel can go forth…
You couldn't get much worse than Nero! Except for Obama, apparently. That's the only logical conclusion you can draw from this now: OBAMA IS WORSE THAN NERO. And we're talking about a guy who literally had his own mother killed. (Nero, I mean. Not Obama.)