I received the following list of quotes by Barack Obama about Christianity to my Facebook page today, and following it is my comment, contending with Obama’s ideas.
#1 “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.”
#2 “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”
#3 “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy which suggest stoning your child if he strays from the faith?”
1, 2) Thanks to liberal/progressive influence over the last hundred years, that may be true. We certainly don’t live by the principles on which this country was founded. There is a serious Christian constituency that is fighting hard to return us to our roots, though.
3) As I stated above, any Christian should know the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The referenced scriptures applied only to the Jews, never to the rest of the world. Trying to imply such authority shows Obama’s ignorance, in spite of sitting twenty years under the tutelage of Rev. Wright.
4) Doesn’t really make any sense. Depends on what “others” he is talking about, and what “modifications” to which he may be referring. The Bible is what it is. The OT is the factual account of history that includes God’s law to the Jewish people. How can that be modified? (Oh, I forgot. Liberals are masters at rewriting history.) The NT is the account of Christ’s coming, His teachings, the Gift of the Holy Spirit, and the formation of the Christian church. If the NT is to be believed divinely inspired, how can it be modified by man?
5, 6) This implies that man DOES have the right and ability to overrule God, and that religion is not as important as politics. It also is mind-boggling that Obama would call a scripture from the NT, the New Covenant that reestablishes the relationship between God and mankind through Christ, the story of the foundation of Christianity, that he would call a scripture from Romans “obscure,” after quoting two OT scriptures irrelevant to Christians or to America (quote #3.) This further shows his ignorance of his proffered faith.
7) I don’t know the answer either, but I know that my God, Whose wisdom is far above man’s, has a fair and just solution. I’m not going to second guess Him, and assume that He must not know what He is doing. I have total faith in God to be just.
8) Right is right, and wrong is wrong. Truth is absolute, and there is no justification for situational ethics. There never needs to be an explanation to justify what is right.9) I’m not exactly sure why Obama would refer someone to the Sermon on the Mount regarding homosexuality, unless he is chastising them for judging. In the Sermon, Jesus said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” That would be referring to condemning someone’s soul to hell. Such judgement is not ours to invoke, but God’s (thankfully, or all us evil, racist, women-hating, greedy, white bread conservatives would be burning right now.) He does tell us, as I mentioned earlier, that we are to judge men’s fruit. To say that homosexuality is sin (based on Romans,) would be in line with that exhortation.