Ten Obama Quotes About Christianity

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?”

#4 “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”
#5 “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.”
#6 From Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope: “I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.”
#7 “I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup.”
#8 “Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will–they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.”
#9 On his support for civil unions for gay couples: “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.”
#10 “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”
My comment:
While there is no religious litmus test for being President, everyone has the right to know who their candidates are, what they stand for, their beliefs (including religious,) and what kind of person they are. Criticisms of Obama include his politics, social leanings, character (honesty perhaps the biggest concern,) personality (everyone concurs that Obama is a very congenial person,) and his religion. Religious people are not barred from participating in government, either from running for office, nor supporting a candidate.Now regarding the Bible: The Old Testament is not Christian Law. It is simply a history of the Jewish people and their law. Most Christians believe the authors were divinely inspired to insure accuracy in portraying God’s will. Christianity came along later when Christ died for the sins of the world, establishing a New Covenant. Any Christian should know the difference. Many people do not, and anyone who does not needs to put more effort into studying and learning the truth if they are serious about their religion, which brings up a unique point about Christianity. It is not a religion. It is a relationship with God, through Christ and the Holy Spirit.The Word of God warns us not to judge people, but does exhort us to judge their fruit, ie. their actions and their words. Obama purports to be a Christian, and we must accept him at his word on that without judgement. However, his deeds and the statements quoted above cast doubt on his affirmation. This bowing business before foreign leaders does not reflect Christian attitude. His favoritism of Muslims over Jews is certainly not commensurate with Christianity either. Now of course none of us is perfect. We are all sinners and make mistakes. Just sayin’. Judge the fruit. Good or bad?Regarding the above quotes:
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.
10) “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No man comes to the Father except by Me.” All religions believe they have unique access to their particular goal of everlasting life, enlightenment, Nirvana, 72 virgins, or whatever. Obama has his right to believe whatever he wants. It should be understood, though, that this belief (quote #10) is inconsistent with Christianity. So though there is no religious litmus test for candidates, knowing a man’s religious beliefs tells us much about that person, and is important to those who hold religious views. If a candidate were an alcoholic or had a gambling addiction, or was promiscuous, or any other character flaw, or if he were a communist, a racist, a Keynesian economist, or have any number of non-litmus test attributes, these are all things I would want to know about my candidate before I vote. Though these things may not legally disqualify a candidate, they will influence my decision regarding his worthiness for the job. Just as views on abortion are important to a right-to-lifer, or economic policies are important to someone out of a job, etc., religious views are important to a Christian. There is nothing wrong with that.
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