Although the US military naturally has a fixed chain of command and the Veterans Administration is a bureaucracy headed by the President, this situation reported by OneNewsNow seems more in line with a dictatorship than a democracy.
“A Mississippi woman says she was told by workers at a Veterans Administration facility that she could not watch the Fox News Channel in its waiting room because of a directive from the White House.
“Tammy Williams, a resident of Gulfport, Mississippi, spent eight years in the United States Air Force. She and her mother recently visited the Veterans Benefits Office in Jackson to take care of some business involving her father, who had passed away in June, and being the only people in the lobby, they requested that the television be changed from CNN to the Fox News Channel. But the answer was no. “When I called and spoke with the facility manager, he said that that was a direct order from the White House — that they’re not allowed to turn the channels,” Williams reports.
“She goes on to tell OneNewsNow that she decided to make the request because of what a Navy Reserve officer friend told her.
” ‘He was telling me that on ships whenever they deploy, they’re only allowed to listen to CNN … and even if they request for a channel change, they tell them that they can’t change the channel because it’s a directive straight from the White House,’ the veteran relays. ‘And he told me that is the way it is for all government agencies.’
“OneNewsNow has received an e-mail response from a public affairs officer at the Jackson facility that reads, ‘Neither the Jackson Regional Office nor the Department of Veterans Affairs has a policy or directive regarding which television stations are broadcast in our facilities. Fox News is one of the many stations we have available at our facilities. We have clarified the situation with the facility and regret any confusion that may have been caused.’
“But Williams stands by her account of the ordeal.”
As a high-profile person professing Christianity, our President should expect his public behavior to be closely scrutinized. Nonetheless, starting with the 2008 election, Obama has seemed to have been nursing a grudge against Fox News. Therefore we (as inspectors of spiritual fruit) should be able to rightly determine that Ms. Williams’ account closely matches the behavior of Mr. Obama.
Relevant Bible Verses
Based on all of this, both Mr. Obama and the rest of us who tend to hold grudges might consider the following Biblical admonitions.
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18 NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV)
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35 NIV)
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25 NIV)
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.> (Colossians 3:13 NIV)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV)
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8 NIV)
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12 NIV)
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. (James 2:8 NIV)
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12:19 NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! (James 5:9 NIV)