“And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
And there you have it, the words President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast last week.
He’s stirred up quite the ‘ol hornet’s nest, hasn’t he?
I’m not going to write anything new on those words – there’s plenty out there for you to read from both sides of “the aisle.” No, I’m going to share what really struck a nerve with me from President Obama’s speech because it doesn’t seem to be getting a whole bunch of attention.
But it should.
“So humility I think is needed. And the second thing we need is to uphold the distinction between our faith and our governments. Between church and between state. The United States is one of the most religious countries in the world — far more religious than most Western developed countries. And one of the reasons is that our founders wisely embraced the separation of church and state. Our government does not sponsor a religion, nor does it pressure anyone to practice a particular faith, or any faith at all. And the result is a culture where people of all backgrounds and beliefs can freely and proudly worship, without fear, or coercion…”
Really, Mr. President? Do you really think Christians in America are living in a culture where we can freely worship and don’t feel coerced?
I know what some of you are thinking. There’s no American military forcing me to practice one religion over another. No armed militia shows up at my church and forces me to stop praying. You’re right.
But there is a prevalent idea permeating through society and being reinforced by many who make a living as government officials – an idea which says, “Sure, you can practice your Christianity. Just keep it to yourself.”
That’s working out well for America, doncha think?
Gosh knows I’ve had it with the “Holiday Tree,” no prayer in public schools and the current state of political overcorrectness. The systematic removal of Christian ideals and practices in society has led us to a place of moral decay and filth. Without Christian principles as the basis for laws, what do you have? You have a culture full of narcissistic people living according to whatever feels good to them at the time. Oh wait – that’s EXACTLY what we have going on now in America.
I can list story after story of Christians being persecuted in this country because they have the gall to stand up for Jesus in a school, a business, a public setting. So yeah, we Christians DO feel fear because heaven knows if we speak out for Jesus and against anything non-Biblical, well we can just have the current issue of the day rammed down our throats and be forced to comply or lose our businesses and our reputations… So much for worshiping freely…
Our government may not be pressuring anyone to practice a certain religion, but by limiting when and where and how Christians can practice the faith on which this country was founded, well, Mr. President, that IS pressure not to practice “any faith at all.”
So, Mr. President I agree that we should all be humble and seek God. But if you do, if you really humbly seek God Almighty you’ll find He’s on record as being the maker of heaven and earth, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. You and others in these anti-Christian groups can try and get around it, fake it, deny it and even change God into what you want Him to be. But problem numero uno for unbelievers and lukewarm Christians alike is the fact that God doesn’t change because you want Him to or because you’re uncomfortable with who He really is. That fact will be a huge problem for some people when they are finished here on earth and try to explain away their unbelief in, their denial of, their contempt for the Creator of the Universe.
“Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. Do not test the Lord your God. Be sure to keep the commands of the Lord your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land that the Lord promised on oath to your forefathers, thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the Lord said.” (Deuteronomy 6:13-19)
I would comment on that passage, but I think it speaks for itself.
Oh I’ll walk humbly with God, Mr. President.
But for the record, humble ≠ silent.