For a man who claims to be Christian, President Obama sure does like to do battle against members of his own faith.
There is no good reason for his administration to oppose the right of companies like Hobby Lobby to decide whether or not they want to pay for their employer's birth control. While birth control is a debatable issue within the Christian community, the side which sees it as permissible would never attempt to legally prohibit the alternate viewpoint.
Though reasonable people can disagree about whether or not government-sanctioned marriage is a matter of civil equality, Obama's administration seems to have an obsession about LGBT "rights." That includes the (non-right) to not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual identity, which is an assault on Christian values and liberty.
Barack Obama has also been a strong proponent of abortion. In the Illinois state legislature, he even voted to allow infanticide.
And then there is his foreign policy of encouraging disruption and revolution in the Middle East. As a result, Christians are being slaughtered, persecuted, and displaced.
Those are just four well publicized cases. David Barton has documented 94 specific instances of Obama's hostility towards Christianity.
So what explains these actions? Why would a Christian do such things?
What explains theologically ignorant comments like this? (He doesn't differentiate between the two scriptural covenants.)
"Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount - a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let's read our bibles. Folks haven't been reading their bibles."
Or this? (He doesn't acknowledge that the Bible warns of false prophets.)
"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."
How about this one? (The Golden Rule is about loving people, not embracing sin.)
"In the end, the values that I care most deeply about, and she (Michelle Obama) cares most deeply about is how we treat other people. We're both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but when we think about our faith the thing at root that we think about is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf but it's also the Golden Rule – treat others the way you'd want to be treated."
The answer is simple: A Christian would not do or say such things. I do not believe Barack Obama is a Christian. Yes, this is a bold statement, but I will back it up. Let's start from the beginning.
By his own admission he was raised in a non-religious household. In his book the Audacity of Hope he wrote:
"I was not raised in a religious household. For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness. However, in her mind, a working knowledge of the world's great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology.
On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well."
From an early age, Obama was introduced to multiple faiths even though he didn't partake in a particular one. He spent two years in a Muslim school and two years in a Catholic school, receiving religious teaching in each. It is understandable that all of this would lead to considerable confusion for the young man.
Fast forward to 1992. Obama joins Rev. Wright's black liberation church, which he remained with until 2008. He has not rejoined a church since.
Black liberation theology has been described by Anthony Bradley of the Acton Institute as follows:
Black theology is a theology of black liberation. It seeks to plumb the black condition in the light of God's revelation in Jesus Christ, so that the black community can see that the gospel is commensurate with the achievements of black humanity. Black theology is a theology of 'blackness.' It is the affirmation of black humanity that emancipates black people from White racism, thus providing authentic freedom for both white and black people. It affirms the humanity of white people in that it says 'No' to the encroachment of white oppression.
Bradley's entire article is worth reading. In short, black liberation theology selects aspects of Christianity in order to further a racially exclusive social/cultural/political movement. Most Christians would not consider this the message of the Bible.
Not surprisingly, Obama has been left confused after attending Rev. Wright's church for all those years.
In 2006, while he was running for Senate, the topic of a debate between he and his opponent Alan Keyes turned to Christianity.
Obama stated that he would have more important questions for God than the Senate race, saying "I'd rather want to know whether I was going up or down." He also said "I don't want to presume my faith is absolute and therefore presume that people that have different faiths and have different perspectives are somehow evil or wrong"
If you are a Christian, you don't have to worry about going up or down because you are saved by faith through Jesus Christ.
But Obama's second statement explains his reasoning for the first. If he does not believe his religion is absolute and true, than there is no assurance that he will go to heaven.
Barack Obama has said that: "I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life."
But then he has also said this: “I believe that there are many paths to the same place. All people of faith—Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, everyone knows the same God.”
So he believes he has found the right path to God, but that there are also other ways as well. Even though Jesus said he was the only path to God.
But wait, how can Obama trust that Jesus leads to God when he has said this: “Now this is going to be difficult for some who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, as many evangelicals do.”
And this: “The difficult thing about… Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize... There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they're going to hell.”
The bottom line is this: Barack Obama has claimed to be a Christian. But a whole host of statements show he does not understand basic Christian theology, and more deeply troubling, he does not accept Jesus Christ as the sole path to salvation.
Only God knows the heart. But we know what Barack Obama has said and the actions he has taken.
Surely some who read this will quote Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, that you not be judged."
The verse has long been misinterpreted by those who do not want to take a stand for Biblical principles. In reality, the point the verse is making is that Christians should not judge in a hateful or hypocritical manner. This article doesn't presume to make the final judgement of Barack Obama that only God can make, but rather, pointing out heretical errors in his religious beliefs.
We should pray that Barack Obama accepts Jesus has the one and true savior of the human race. Only then will he see the light and relent his attacks on Christianity.