The Making (or Faking) of a Christian President

September 30th, 2010

Much hoo-hah is being made over the president’sseemingextreme spiritual  makeover. It seems the apologists are working overtime to polish up the tarnished “piety” of POTUS.

After spending many years of Sundays under Jeremiah Wright’s tutelage, it seems urgent for everyone to know that Barack Obama is a Christian.

During a town hall meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 28 September 2010, the president was asked this question, “Why are you a Christian?”

His answer, beginning at about 7:45 in the video link above, is as follows…

You know, I’m a Christian by choice. My family didn’t – frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week. And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn’t raise me in the church.

I know you do not have to go to church to be a Christian, but if not under the discipline of a body of believers and like minded people, doctrine tends to drift, so-to-say.

He continues…

So I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead – being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me.

Hmmm… now this is where I really start to wonder. First, understanding what Jesus was saying in Matthew 7:12, He was talking specifically in the context of serving others. But it seems that our president wants to be responsible for, or worse yet, to control others. This is not what Jesus Christ taught, ever! Quite frankly it is not taught anywhere else in the bible.

But let us continue…

And I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we’re sinful and we’re flawed and we make mistakes, and that we achieve salvation through the grace of God.

Respectfully, Mr. President, I think you get it wrong, it is not about us. It was Jesus Who was humbled (Philippians 2:5-8) for our sins. It was He Who died a shameful death (Isaiah 53:4-5) and took our just punishment. Yeah, we are sinful, (Romans 3:10) willful-disobedient (John 3:19-20) wretches! We offer NOTHING to a holy God, but to agree with Him about our sin, repent and then humbly serve Him and others.

Furthermore, would you continue to steal glory from God, by stating WE achieve salvation? It is only by His longsuffering, His mercy toward us, and His great sacrifice of grace that we are saved! Hallelujah!

But, as someone who has totally missed the grace of Jesus, our president would instruct us to help others.

He continued…

But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace.

My job is NOT to see God in others, that sounds a bit pantheistic, or universal, not surprising for a post-modern man. But we do not help people “find their own grace.” That grace is useless! It is only the grace of God (John 3:36) of that saves. There is salvation in no other name, but the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12, John 14:6.)

Jesus teaches us how to identify Christians, first, by their fruits as written in Matthew 7:16. And then by the love we have for one another as written in  John 13:34-35. Some of that fruit can be found in this previous post.

Make no mistake, I am not judging the president. I am only being like a Berean, and testing what he says against what the bible says is true!

If President Obama did as Jesus instructed in John 13:15-16. My mind might be changed. But I think the woe that Jesus spoke to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:25-26 may apply.

2 Responses to “The Making (or Faking) of a Christian President”

  1. bradfoot on September 30, 2010 11:19 pm

    sounds more like the church of Oprah's version of Jesus than the one I know.
    II Chronicles 7:14 still applies. Those who are called by the REAL God's name need to humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, not the progressive pretenders who are just trying to get elected or stay elected.

  2. 1DeadManWalking on October 1, 2010 4:53 pm

    In his own words…

    “In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans … have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging,” he laments. “I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    Barack Obama — The Audacity of Hope

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