A few days ago, Wisconsin Governor and potential presidential nominee Scott Walker was trolled at a meeting of the National Governors Association:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said Saturday he does not know whether President Obama is a Christian.
“I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion.
“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”
From what is the only possible response to a very stupid question a garden industry has developed in scolding Governor Walker on his comment.
For instance, the GOP Establishment weighed in with its disapproval via its mouthpiece Michael Gerson:
But here Obama has been as forthright as anyone could be. “I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian,” he said in a 2008 Christianity Today interview. “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 most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn’t ‘fall out in church’ as they say, but there was a very strong awakening in me of the importance of these issues in my life. I didn’t want to walk alone on this journey. Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals.”Questioning this affirmation involves a serious charge — an accusation of the worst sort of cynicism. And it is simply not the role of a Christian layman to publicly dispute the self-identification of other Christians, especially in a political context. It is a practice that can lead down ugly alleys of sectarianism.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) March 1, 2015
“a man either intends, by his evil word or deed, to lead another man into sin, or, if he does not so intend, when his deed is of such a nature as to lead another into sin“
What I see of the President reflected in the world is a man who used his faith as a lie to claim he opposed gay marriage when he really did not; who spoke out in favor of allowing abortionists to kill children who survive abortions; who has actively promoted abortion in his Presidency; who has publicly used the courts to curtail the free exercise of religion paring it down to a right to worship; who, when he thought he was off the record, mocked Christians bitterly clinging to guns and religion, etc., etc., etc.
In fact, that ultimately is it. The President, when he thought he was off the record and in the advancement of his political agenda, has been no friend to the church and its orthodox teachings. He trots out religion publicly as a political tool to help himself, not others.
When you say homosexual marriage is okay you are encouraging others to engage in sinful behavior. If you are the president then that action is magnified a million fold. If you encourage a young woman to seek an abortion you are placing her salvation in jeopardy along with yours. When you use the coercive power of the state to ensure millions of children are killed and make abortion a fetish then you increase the damage much beyond what any one person can do alone. When you set people against each other based on income, wealth, race, and social class you are encouraging others to act sinfully based on your words and deeds. When you are charged with enforcing the laws of the land without fear or favor and you only obey those laws you like, you encourage others to do exactly the same. Quite honestly, Jeb Bush has exactly the same problem in this regard as Barack Obama.