Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’
Unbelievable! Obama declared Easter Sunday 2013 to be “Cesar Chavez Day,” in honor of a fellow Alinsky disciple and socialist activist.
President Obama is the only president to name a day after Chavez. So who exactly is Cesar Chavez and what is his “enduring legacy”?
Cesar Chavez became a protege of Saul Alinsky in the early 1950s when he was hired as a staff member to organize Mexican-American voter registration drives for Community Services Organization–Alinsky’s organization. Chavez learned first hand from Alinsky, theself-proclaimed ”professional radical,” about the tactics of revolution and community organizing.
In 1962, Chavez left CSO to cultivate his own farm workers’ union. He spent years organizing farm workers across the state of California to engage in strikes against grape growers that lasted years at a time. In 1970, after nearly three years of grape strikes, 26 California Grape Growers caved into Chavez and signed three-year contracts with UFW.
Chavez was out of luck three years later when the Teamsters Union outbid Chavez and the UFW with lower costs and less hassle. Chavez organized a second grape strike despite the circumstances (significantly depleted staff and contract supply).
While Chavez previously managed to maintain a violence-free atmosphere (the most extreme tactic being a hunger strike), a spree of violence erupted between the UFW and the Teamsters that resulted in numerous clashes and the death of two UFW members.
Radicalism, violence, scare tactics, and bullying–that’s quite a legacy.
Obama deliberately chooses these kinds of radical, extremist religious leaders to guide his family and his faith. That tells you a lot about how radical his core beliefs really are. Obama doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a follower of the “Social Gospel,” which teaches collective salvation through good (government) works, not individual salvation by grace.
The pastor at the Washington, D.C. church where the Obama family celebrated Easter on Sunday said members of the religious right want blacks “in the back of the bus,” women “back in the kitchen” and immigrants “back on their side of the border.”
“It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back…for blacks to be back in the back of the bus…for women to be back in the kitchen…for immigrants to be back on their side of the border,” Rev. Dr. Luis Leon said in his sermon, according to the White House press pool report.
Reuters reporter Jeff Mason tweeted that Leon also said the religious right wants gays in the closet.
What a classy, uplifting sermon for Resurrection Sunday.
This isn’t the first time his nut-job pastor has said something like this, either. Where does he find these crazies? I’ve grown up in different church across the denominational spectrum all my life, and NOT ONCE have I ever a pastor give sermon that specifically bashed political opponents.
This year, it has been a lot harder to get into the holiday spirit, what with the loss of our baby and a good friend, looming tax hikes and inflation putting the pinch on our budget, the murder of a young woman down the street from us, a shooting at our local mall, the massacre of school children in Connecticut, Socialists intent on imposing their agenda and stripping away our liberties, Islamic Radicals and Christian persecution on the rise around the world (emboldened by our own weak foreign policy), and a sleepy American church seemingly content to either blindly or apathetically sit on the sidelines, scanning the skies for a quick rapture getaway while leaving the world around them to self-destruct. It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel.
Yet, while all the jovial music, decorations, parties, presents, feasting and celebration seem out of place in all this madness, the story of Christmas is exactly the reminder we need most. God incarnate came into a world of grinding poverty, injustice, oppression, religious legalism and hypocrisy, and routine slaughter of the innocent. The Father did not spare His Son from suffering the same ugly realities that we face, and many much worse.
And that is what we celebrate: Immanuel…God with us. The God who sees. The God who suffers. The God who loves unconditionally, who humbled Himself and gave His own life to save us. And the promise that one day, He will return and restore everything to rights.
Christmas is a popular time of year for Islamic terrorists to attack the Christian minorities in their countries. Pray for the safety of the persecuted church this Christmas!
The Associated Press reports (via Jihad Watch):
With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a main battleground in Syria’s civil war.
Her parents have refused to join her in Lebanon, but they are taking one simple precaution inside their besieged city. For the first time, Mira says, her parents will not put up a Christmas tree this year for fear that their religion might make them a target.
“They want to stay to guard the property so nobody takes it,” said Mira, who spoke to The Associated Press in Lebanon on condition that only her first name be published, out of concern for her family.
“They cannot celebrate Christmas properly. It’s not safe. They are in a Christian area, but they don’t feel secure to put a tree, even inside their apartment,” Mira said.
Syria is not the only country where Christians are forced to watch their backs around the holidays. Iran is threatening similar attacks:
Iranian Church leaders have urged prayers for Christians in Iran amid concerns authorities will raid more house churches and detain believers over the Christmas and Western New Year period.
[...] They said it was important to also pray for “Leaders of recognized churches, many under pressure to cancel or limit Christmas celebrations” and officials of house churches and others seeking to worship this Christmas.
Additionally they asked prayers for Iranian Christians who are facing financial difficulties because they lost their work or helped to pay for bail and lawyers fees for those behind bars.
Nigerian Christians are also asking for prayer as they face the brutal Islamic Terrorist group Boko Haram:
Nigerian Christians are asking churches across the world to pray for their safety from deadly attacks this Christmas, amid renewed threats.
The radical Islamist group Boko Haram has been carrying out a series of attacks on Christians from northern Nigeria.
[...] Mr Asake says that that the security situation will still not prevent Nigerian Christians from going to church on Christmas, one of the holiest occasions of the year.
[...] Over 770 people have been killed in Boko Haram attacks so far this year, making 2012 the worst year of violence attributed to the group, says Religion Today website.
As you celebrate the season in relative peace with typical holiday stresses, remember those who are truly suffering in the name of the One who came on Christmas Day.
Before leaving his 54 Christmas trees and giant gingerbread White House for a $4 million Hawaiian vacation at taxpayer expense, the President and First Lady took it upon themselves to explain to us lowly serfs what the Christmas season is really about.
CNS News has the transcript. Here are the key points:
THE FIRST LADY: That’s what makes this season so special – getting to spend time with the people we love most.
THE PRESIDENT: And this year, that’s especially true for some of our military families. You see, the war in Iraq is over. The transition in Afghanistan is underway. After a decade of war, our heroes are coming home. And all across America, military families are reuniting.
Spike the football for withdrawing troops from an Islamist-run Iraq and preparing to hand Afghanistan back over to the Taliban? Check!
Then they go on to thank military families for their sacrifice.
Our military families sacrifice so much on our behalf, and Barack and I believe that we should serve them as well as they serve this country. That’s why Dr. Jill Biden and I started Joining Forces – an effort to rally all Americans to honor and support our veterans and military families. Just go to joiningforces.gov to find out how you can show your gratitude for their service.
For my family and millions of Americans, it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. To reflect on His life and learn from His example. Every year, we commit to love one another. To give of ourselves. To be our brother’s keeper. To be our sister’s keeper.
“Brother’s keeper” is a favorite mantra of Obama’s, which he continually attributes to Jesus Christ. Just one problem: JESUS NEVER SAID IT.
The original phrase from scripture is, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9) It was a sarcastic response from the murderer Cain when God questioned him about his dead brother. Essentially he was saying to God, “How would I know where my brother is? I’m not his babysitter,” when in fact he knew that he was guilty of his brother’s blood. Liberation theology has twisted Cain’s guilty response into an endorsement of socialist policies such as redistribution. Obama, as an adherent of Black Liberation Theology, has learned this misinterpretation so well that he continually quotes it as justification for his Marxist ideology, and now promotes it once again in his Christmas address as an idea he supposedly learned from Christ.
But those ideas are not just part of our faith. They’re part of all faiths. And they unite us as Americans.
ALL faiths promote your Marxist ideas, Obama? That would certainly come as a shock to most of their adherents! And this ideology certainly doesn’t UNITE Americans. If anything, his Socialist “faith” has done more to divide Americans than at any other time since the Civil War.
THE FIRST LADY: In this country, we take care of each other. And in this season of giving, it’s inspiring to see so many people all across America taking the time to help those most in need.
Yes, it is. But the greatest successes in charity and disaster relief come from PRIVATE CHARITIES, which your husband is doing his best to undercut and destroy.
So until next year, lowly serfs, politically correct holiday greetings.
Just this past summer, Obama commemorated Neil Armstrong’s death with a photo of himself gazing at the stars:
On December 4th, he “honored” Rosa Parks with a photo of himself in her place:
Now he’s inserting himself into Pearl Harbor Day:
Inserting himself into history has become such a bad habit for Obama that it’s become something of a running internet joke.
Heaven forbid American school kids learn the history of a popular cultural holiday from one of its primary sources. They might actually be EDUCATED!
A church in Little Rock, Ark., canceled one performance of “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” after an atheist organization complained and said students should not be exposed to a show with Christian themes as part of a school field trip.
Happy Caldwell, pastor of Agape Church, issued a statement on the church’s website on Wednesday, stating that while he believes the school was within its constitutional rights to bring students to the production, the church has nevertheless decided to cancel a Friday showing for students.
“It is not our desire to put hard working, sacrificial teachers and cast members in harm’s way,” wrote Caldwell. “What we want said is that we love our city, our schools, parents and families. People are at the heart of the matter to us.”
He also said Principal Sandra Register of Terry Elementary School took a “courageous stand” when she decided not to cancel the trip after learning that someone had complained about it.
The controversy began when a parent became upset at the school’s offer to take students to the church to watch the play, which is based on the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” cartoon and contains some Christian themes. Although the field trip was optional, the woman planned to allow her daughter to attend the production out of fear she would be singled-out by her classmates. The upset mother also contacted the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers (ASF), the organization that complained to the Little Rock School District on her behalf.
You know, when a Christian parent doesn’t want their kids participating in a voluntary field trip or activity, they don’t recruit legal thugs to make sure nobody else can enjoy the event, either. They simply keep their kids home, and that’s the end of it. Which group is really being “tolerant,” here?
The legal group “Liberty Counsel” is offering to help defend the rights of church and school:
Liberty Counsel has offered pro bono legal counsel and, if needed, legal defense to the Little Rock superintendent of schools and Agape Church to defend the right of students to attend the Merry Christmas Charlie Brown play at a local church.
[...] The fact that the play is being held at a local church with parental consent is of no constitutional import. Cultural activities that happen to occur at a religious or nonsecular venue are permissible in the educational context. If the district would have accepted an invitation from a local theater to observe aChristmas play, it is permissible for it to accept the invitation of a church for the same thing.
“Neither the school nor the church should back down. There is no constitutional violation when the Charlie Brown Christmas play is held off campus with parental consent. ‘Good grief,’ as Lucy would say. These atheists are ‘blockheads,’” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Cottondale Community Responds to Ban of Nativity Scene at School
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How sad…they school doesn’t want to do it, but they’re being threatened with lawsuits they can’t afford by bullies who want to squash anyone’s free expression that they’re “offended” by.
The Nativity scene has been part of Cottondale Elementary School’s Christmas display for many years, but it is absent this year.
The school’s administration declined to put it out this year, sparking some criticism by those who believe it should be on display along with the secular pieces like Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman.
Cottondale Elementary School Principal Brenda Jones had spoken this week with Channel 7 in Panama City about the matter, but declined Thursday to speak with the Jackson County Floridan . In her interview with the television station, Jones cited a visit by an attorney which included a discussion about the need for schools to follow the laws demanding separation of church and state.
There is NO law on the books prohibiting religious holiday displays on public property. If there were, the school could be slapped with a ticket or fine. Instead, activist lawyers from groups of anti-religious bullies abuse the legal system to threaten costly lawsuits, forcing people to censor themselves and give up their 1st Amendment rights simply because they can’t afford to go to court to defend them.
This is intimidation and a gross misuse of our judicial system, pure and simple.
Former Jackson County School Board member Betty Duffee said situations like this make her glad she retired last year.
“I don’t’ think she had a choice,” Duffee said of Jones’ decision. “There are people in the community that are threatening to sue the school board (over separation of church and state issues), and it costs a tremendous amount of money to defend something you know you will lose; there’s no doubt about that. It’s not that we’re against it (the Nativity scene); it’s just that federal law prohibits it. An attorney for the school board and the superintendent came and talked to us all and to a group of ministers later that day in a separate meeting, and they made it very clear. We must observe the separation of church and state.
“It’s a tragic thing as far as I’m concerned, but the school system is not in any kind of shape to fight a lawsuit they know that they’re going to lose…I know it’s hard to see this happen, because it feels like we’re losing a freedom, but this is the state of affairs in this nation.”
The tragedy is that the school doesn’t understand their rights or how to defend them. Legal groups like Liberty Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, and the American Center for Law and Justice stand ready to defend against exactly these kinds of 1st Amendment assaults.
Ray Windham has been the General Manager of Branning’s Garage across the street from Cottondale Elementary School for years.
The shop has never decorated for Christmas in the past, but this year, Windham said they would. He told us he had decided to proudly display the nativity scene Cottondale Elementary used to set up on their lawn, on his.
Not only that, Windham said he’s been encouraging other business owners to display nativity scenes on their property as well. It’s all part of a growing community effort to keep Christ in ‘Christ’mas- and in the schools.
Wednesday, community member Vicki Barber spoke with News Channel 7 about what she described as her “fire and calling” to bring God back into the schools. Barber, with the help of members from her church, Piney Grove Baptist in Cottondale, has planned to help set up the nativity on Windham’s property Friday, directly facing the school.
Sick and wrong on so many levels!
A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in souther Florida is offering a black Friday discount — including $10 off a visit to the abortion center today.
Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast offered the special, saying, “Visit our West Palm Beach or Kendall Health Center for special after Thanksgiving savings on Friday, November 23rd.”
Pro-life blogger Jill Staneknoticed the Black Friday discount and responded, “Planned Parenthood brings new meaning to the term, “Black Friday,” doesn’t it?”
Here is the text of the official Thanksgiving Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, October 3rd, 1863:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.
Apparently Obama considers God a convenient punchline for wooing voters and winning elections, who doesn’t deserve any acknowledgement or thanks afterwards. I’m no theological expert, but I’d say that qualifies as taking the Lord’s name in vain.
In truth, the Left believes that all rights, blessings and prosperity come from government, so they can be just as easily taken away, and us lowly serfs are supposed to be thankful to them for whatever crumbs they let us keep.
This is the sad result of the Almighty State taking the place of God in people’s lives.
For the fourth year straight, President Obama has omitted any direct statement thanking God in his Thanksgiving address.
In 2009 President Obama made history when he issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation that failed to directly thank God. There was an outcry, and Obama’s subsequent proclamations have made prominent mention of God.
However, as Ben Shapiro of Breitbart points out, his Thanksgiving addresses (as opposed to the proclamations), which he reads to the camera, have continued to eschew mention of God.
[...] Obama’s lack of overt religiosity has been a source of controversy, with polls consistently showingthat a large number of Americans are unaware that Obama is a Christian, or doubt the claim.
The president previously made history on Inauguration Day by explicitly referencing “non-believers” in his speech, which, according to USA Today, was the first time in history that a president had done so. Obama has also said on more than one occasion that the United States is “not a Christian nation.” He has also been criticized for repeatedly misquoting the Declaration of Independence, excluding the word “Creator” from the famous phrase that declares that all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
In 2011 he created a buzz in the conservative press when he failed to issue an Easter statement, after a year in which he repeatedly commemorated Muslim holidays with a series of statements. He has also been criticized for his rare trips to church, including skipping services on Christmas day, and refusing to publicly celebrate the National Day of Prayer.
“The issue is not whether a President has to attend church on a regular basis to be an effective President. They do not,” commented Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Washington, D.C. based Christian Defense Coalition, in 2010. “The issue is one of integrity and honesty.
“To portray yourself as person of deep Christian faith and very involved in the life of the local church during the campaign and then abandon that position after you are elected reduces faith to a commodity and religion to a political tool.”
Revealing Politics went around the streets asking people what Kindergartners should be taught about Thanksgiving. The most common answer? How America is a racist, genocidal, oppressive nation that exterminated the Native Americans and stole all their land:
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I’ll bet none of their Marxist professors told them about all the atrocities of the countries that millions of immigrants have fled to come to these shores, or how Communism killed over 100 million people just in the last century alone. But why quibble over facts?
The video’s producer Ben Howe, a RedState contributor and Revealing Politics creative director, told TheBlaze on Wednesday that the respondents in the video displayed “repulsive anti-Americanism and thought.”
“No nation on earth is blameless. No people are blameless,” he added. “Ideally something like Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to share in our common humanity not our common feelings of guilt. But given that it is a uniquely American holiday, I guess these people just can’t pass up the opportunity to trash her.”
Howe went on: “I’m not saying we don’t bear any responsibility for any scars that were left in our history. Clearly America has had its moral failings. The point is that Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of coming together, but for these people and so many like them they just can’t let go and prefer to live in a world where blame always rests on the shoulders of someone else.”
Having been indoctrinated by government schools to hate their country and loathe its traditions, it should come as no surprise that they are venting their anger online while their countrymen celebrate:
“While many Americans try to set politics aside for the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s too much to ask of a vocal group of Twitter users who are using the day to slam America,” the staff at Twitchy said. [...]
“[H]appy thanksgiving, the most racist/colonialist of ALL the holidays! wiping out native people really gets me in the mood for some pie (sic),” tweeted ”lizzie c.”
“[T]hanksgiving is the most american holiday because like america its hella racist and like america its all about food (sic),” added ”Weed Supreme.”
“I’ll say happy Family Day….’Happy Thanksgiving’ is racist….Native Americans did not sit around & sing kumbaya with the pilgrims smh (sic),” another person tweeted.
Twitchy said that a number attacked cartoon character Charlie Brown as racist.
“You gotta love vaguely-racist-towards-Native-American people Peanuts Thanksgiving specials,” tweeted ”Kyle Elphick.” [...]
Unfortunately, it’s the kind of reaction one expects from liberals on Twitter these days.
“It is sad when our country is belittled and trashed at every turn by Liberals,” a commenter at Twitchy said.
“The Progressive motto: ‘We cannot be happy until you are as miserable as we are.’ Happy Thanksgiving anyway, folks,” another person wrote.
I guess this would explain why George Soros and his union minions planned for months to ruin the holidays for travelers and shoppers this year.
Stuart Varney Interviews Michelle Malkin: Unions Target Airlines, Ports, and Stores ahead of Holidays
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Why do these power-hungry thugs have to try and ruin everyone’s holiday? They’ve been planning this for months, full knowing that they were going to disrupt and hurt innocent people in the process…and they don’t care.
Fox News reports on the travel nightmare unions have deliberately created at LAX:
A labor dispute at America’s third busiest airport turned what was already a bad travel day into a nightmare for some travelers.
One of the nation’s biggest unions snarled traffic as it tried to block two entrances into the Los Angeles International airport Wednesday, in a protest police feared would turn the streets outside into a parking lot at a time when tens of thousands of cars are pouring into the airport.
What’s so important that SEIU has to torture people who just trying to get home to see their families for Thanksgiving?
They say that an airport contract is breaking the city law on living wages – which, of course, is nonsense, since that would be prosecutable. They also say that the contractor has eliminated “affordable healthcare” for over 400 workers. Which is, again, bull. After all, can’t the SEIU just rely on Obamacare?
Leave it to the unions to ruin Thanksgiving. They’ve ruined every other day of the year.
Talk about selfishness! I doubt this will leave people with much sympathy for their whiny grievances or any desire to join them. But no matter. The unions are already implementing their strategy to boost membership: intimidation and force.
The Daily Caller reports that George Soros‘ puppet MoveOn.org has been working to rally Walmart workers to strike on Black Friday in order to force the company to unionize:
MoveOn.org has jumped into the fight for a unionized Wal-Mart workforce.
The liberal group has sent emails to its list nationwide, urging a mass-protest outside Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday. The organization is encouraging people to strike against management even if they aren’t Wal-Mart employees themselves.
[..] Black Friday is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.
[...] Liberal union groups OUR Wal-Mart and Making Change at Wal-Mart, which are working to organize the planned strike, are aggressively trying to harness dues from Wal-Mart’s massive workforce.
But Wal-Mart is notorious for opposing organized labor’s efforts to unionize its workforce.
At every turn, since the days Sam Walton ran the company, Wal-Mart has mostly won its battles against those unions. That hasn’t stopped the nation’s big labor unions from continually trying to pry their way into the Arkansas-headquartered superstore chain, however.
They’re desperate to unionize as many new people as they can. They need the forced dues that let them buy politicians and power.
Now they’re planning to shut down the Port of Portland so that no shipments of Christmas cheer can get through.
This is the sick mentality we’re dealing with, people: the ends justify the means, no matter who they hurt.
I gotta be honest…I don’t see how someone can call themselves a Bible-believing Christian while casting their vote in support of the most pro-abortion, anti-Israel, anti-religious freedom, most Biblically hostile president America has ever known.
What have they sold the innocent and themselves out for? For “free stuff?” For the glib, false self-righteousness of believing they can fulfill Christ’s mandate to help the poor by stealing from their neighbors?
Bill Blankschaen ponders “5 Things I Don’t Understand about Christians Who Voted for Obama“:
- Life. Obama’s record is one of the most radical in support of abortion. I could understand some thinking Romney might be soft on it, given his late-arriving public opposition. But between the two, one supports the killing of unborn children. The other does not. Again, I’m talking about Christians who supposedly are all about Scripture as the final authority. There can be no neutrality on this issue. You can’t sort of support abortion and sort of not. In the end, something is dead. How do you get around that? By narrowly defining life to after-birth?
- Marriage. I know we’re all supposed to pretend the Bible doesn’t say what it actually says. I know we’re all supposed to bow at the temple of tolerance. I’m pretty sure that’s why the angels told Lot to get out of Sodom. Because the city had refused to be tolerant. Not. Obama has stated clearly that he supports redefining marriage in opposition to how God defines it in Scripture. Romney supported preserving a Biblical definition. Any explanation here, especially from the 20%, would be welcome. And yes, I’m also asking the 95% of Protestant Christians whose skin God made darker than mine who supported Obama. If Kingdom comes before race, how does that vote get cast with a clear conscience? I love you, but I don’t get it.
- Religious Freedom. The HHS Mandate tramples our religious freedom, and it does so unnecessarily. Too many of us think that we can somehow all hold contradictory viewpoints and still make it all work out. Ideas have consequences. What the HSS mandate shows is that Obama values certain perceived freedoms (reproductive rights) as greater than other God-given freedoms. A vote for Obama was a vote to continue to restrict the freedom to freely worship God. 20%? Help me understand.
- Private Property. This concern will sound the least religious to most Christians because we have long embraced the Greek/gnostic thinking that the physical world is inferior to the spiritual, in spite of the fact that the second person of the Godhead will be forever be both spiritual and physical — as will we. God is the ultimate owner of all things. In his sovereignty, he has put His world into our care in general, but into individual hands in particular to steward on His behalf. “You shall not steal” is the clearest affirmation of private property there can be. And yet Obama has expressed that it is the role of government to correct God’s incorrect distribution and spread the wealth around according to another standard. While neither candidate was perfect on this issue, one candidate took a far less Biblical position than the other.
- Leadership. Admittedly, this is the vaguest concern of them all. I could likely find others on which Scripture is clearer for most. So I’m not taking some kind of adamant position on this one. But, as someone who has spent a lifetime studying leaders and leadership principles, I just don’t understand it. Biblical leadership principles — that is, all sound leadership principles, for they all find their foundation in Scripture — leave me confused as to why anyone would think him a sound choice. I know, critics are demanding that I reprint every leadership book ever written. I can’t in this limited space. But I’d be curious as to why that 20% thought Obama the better leader, the more Biblical, or even the wiser choice. I see him as very similar to another Biblical leader named Barak from the book of Judges, a leader who lacked the courage, vision, and integrity to lead faithfully. Or as Rehoboam who foolishly sought to crush his opposition and thus created far more conflict for those he led. Many more poor examples come to mind. But I don’t understand how evangelical Christians could see Obama’s leadership model as being Biblical. A little help?
So, yes. God is sovereign. And yes, I will be praying for President Obama. Just as I would be praying, I hope, for the political leader who may one day order the torch to light the sticks heaped around me. But that doesn’t mean I would understand how fellow Christians could have supported it.
Peter Heck asked the question before the election, “Is it a sin to vote for Barack Obama and the Democrats?” This was part of his answer:
[W]hile it’s certainly true that not every Republican is worthy of our support as Christians, any individual who runs under a platform that justifies the legal slaughter of innocent life made in the image of God is an unacceptable choice. Period.
Reading the list of supposed justifications for why Christians can turn a blind eye towards this outrageous offense, I imagine these Democrat apologists writing similar essays in the 1930s of how the Nazi Party was doing great things for infrastructure and social welfare programs in Germany. “Never mind that killing of the Jews thing,” they would essentially argue. That’s the underlying current of the Christian Democrat defense — “never mind the killing of the unborn beings made in God’s image thing.” That’s not to say that Democrats are Nazis, of course. It’s to say that there is something dreadfully wrong with your priorities and moral compass when you try to find ways to excuse genocide. As a believer, I cannot imagine justifying that to God.
It’s interesting, isn’t it? Christian Democrats used to find ways to justify their support of a party that promoted slavery. Now they do the same for a party promoting abortion. Tragic.
Mario Murillo thinks he’s identified the problem:
My concern is if there was a great shift in America and we did not know it. But the greatest concern is if it is true that 6 million born-again Christians voted for Obama because that is a massive earthquake in the Church. [...]
Why did 6 million Christians vote for Obama? There is plenty of blame to go around. I believe that the Republican Party ignored the fundamental changes in America and especially they lost sight of the concerns of women, including Christian women.
Then there was the Mormonism. I believe that Romney is an honorable man. I would love to see him touched by Christ to see the error of Mormonism, but I still believe that he would have been a great Chief Executive. However, many Christians could not get past his Mormonism. How that alarmed them more than the extremes of Obama is curious.
Finally, there is the real issue: Christians do not know the Bible. Christians have sat under pastors that do not teach Bible doctrine or call for commitment. Many of the posts I have read showed remarkable illiteracy about what the Bible says. They make remarks that remind me of Jay Leno’s man on the street interviews. Where they could not find Montana on a map, or name the vice president of the United States.
I believe that Obama is the crowning achievement of a celebrity cult nation, a nation that prizes style over substance. That same system is why celebrity pastors mishandle truth. Ask yourself, shouldn’t it bother you that your pastor sounds like he is quoting fortune cookies in the pulpit?
The great Bible dumb down has filled buildings but it has emptied our souls. Now we have a Christian constituency that can’t see anything wrong with secular situation ethics. Take for example, one of the most famous young female country singers in America. “I am a Christian but I believe in gay marriage because my pastor said we should not judge.”
With this sloppy agape on their mind, they went into vote blissfully unaware of the glaring contradiction of their faith. All they knew is that they were being cool and nice to people.
Matt Barber warns that “God will not be mocked“:
America has rebelled against God. She has shaken her fist at Him and arrogantly cried, “We don’t need you. We don’t want you. We know better than you. Now go away.”
And so He’s going away.
Hosea talks of judgment against the nation that “plays the harlot” before God: “Though they bring up their children, yet I will bereave them to the last man. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!” (Hosea 9:12)
I grieve for my children. I grieve for America’s children. Evil won on Tuesday. An arrogant and rebellious nation has chosen, for her leader, an arrogant and rebellious man, whose arrogant and rebellious party has, as Pastor John MacArthur put it, “adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform.”
“This is a new day in our country,” he lamented. “Parties that used to differ on economics, now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of God’s law and morality.”
We have mocked God.
God will not be mocked.
[...] We excuse sin. We call that which God calls an abomination, “equality.”
We call that which God calls murder, “reproductive choice.”
We call that which God calls theft, “fundamental fairness.”
We “call evil good and good evil.”
America is divided and her president the divider. The scales have tipped. The 51 percent – the takers, the God-deniers and the subversive, now outnumber the makers, the seekers of righteousness and the patriotic.
Yet, soon after the election results were announced – after several hours of deep mourning for our nation, I found myself smiling. I found myself singing praises to the Creator of the universe: Christ, the way, the truth and the life. Jesus, Y’shua, the very image of God.
Indeed, I found myself experiencing joy.
Through it all, you see, He remains sovereign. His will is being done, even when it is not our own. He is faithful, though we are not. Victory is His. We are His. And so victory is ours.
Those of us who believe needn’t win every battle – any battle – to which we are consigned. We need only remain obedient. We need only remain faithful to his Word and to his commands. We need only remember that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Truly, though God has given over a rebellious nation to the party of Romans 1, we remain the people of Romans 8: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
Still, there will be condemnation for America. Things will get far worse before they get better – if they ever get better. As individuals, we will each stand before God and give an accounting – we will all face judgment. As a nation, we can only be judged in the temporal – in the here and now.
Have we reached the point of no return? Perhaps – perhaps not.
God is faithful. He has promised: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Christ is faithful. He has promised: “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)
The rain is descending. The floods have come and the winds beat down on our great nation. I am thankful that our forefathers, wise men indeed, built America’s house upon Christ, the Rock.