In the aftermath of the attack on the American embassy in Libya, in which three Americans and ambassador Chris Stevens were killed, I have found myself literally shaking with anger at the tepid response of our President, Barack Obama.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here is a quick summary:
- An Israeli filmmaker living the United States made a film which ridicules the prophet Muhammad and depicts him in a severely unflattering light. The years since 9/11 have taught us that radical Muslims react violently to any depiction of Muhammad. The film posted trailers on YouTube, which quickly reached the Muslim world.
- Islamic protestors stormed the U.S. embassy in Egypt, scaled its walls, tore down the American flag, and replaced it with an Islamic banner.
- Protestors began firing guns outside the U.S. embassy in Libya, causing security forces to open fire, further inciting the crowd, which fired rocket-propelled grenades at the embassy.
- Three Americans and U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens were killed, and their bodies were dragged into the streets (warning: graphic photo of Stevens).
What sort of a response would you expect from our administration? This is clearly a delicate situation, as both Egypt and Libyan have recently experienced political upheaval, but was this really the response we needed?
In his own statement, President Obama rejected the denigration of religious beliefs, but condemned the violent response.
“While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants,” Obama said.
Don’t preface your disapproval of the attacks with a slap on the wrist of the filmmakers! Show outrage over the violence! Express contempt for the mindless mobs who unleash extreme violence over the smallest of offenses! And even though Obama promised that “justice will be done,” I have no faith, based on his track record, that anything of consequence will be done.
Christianity has suffered persecution since its earliest days, and the overwhelming majority of its followers respond to that persecution peacefully, with dialogue and tolerance. You didn’t see Christians dragging Hollywood producers into the streets and killing them upon the release of Jesus Christ, Superstar.
Members of the media and the Democratic Party are already rebuking Mitt Romney for his “politicizing” the event, but Obama’s tone is not in sync with the American people at the present time.
America needs to wake up.
We cannot re-elect a President who:
- Supports partial-birth abortion
- Does not support Israel, which faces increasing pressure from Iran
- Has grown our national debt from $10.6 trillion to over $16 trillion (and rising)
- Does not support the sanctity of marriage
- Seeks to introduce a broken system, which would increase our debt even further ($1.76 trillion over ten years)
- Believes that successful American’s are not responsible for their success
- Has said, “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
These are but a few of the issues that should alarm every God-fearing American, but consider these words from our President:
“Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages — the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity — are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”
Interpretation: the Bible does not apply to “modern life” if it is diametrically opposed to the liberal left’s secularist world view.
“Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will — they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.”
This quote shouldn’t be surprisingly from the most consistently pro-abortion Senator in U.S. history.
Concerning his stands on same-sex marriage:
“If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.”
I fail to recall Jesus taking the time to throw his support behind Elton John and David Furnish whilst delivering the most famous sermon of all-time, but I digress.
“That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”
Do these negative stereotypes include their consistent long history of violence towards people of other faiths?
From NBC Washington’s site:
The gold “IHS” monogram inscribed on a pediment in the hall was covered over by a piece of black-painted plywood, and remained covered over the next day, CNSNews.com reported.
This from the President who hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House, but refused to observe the National Day of Prayer except for a token letter.
President Obama has also consistently removed mention of “the Creator” from the Declaration of Independence.
“And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Obama said.
Obama’s famous statement concerning Tea Party followers has hardly disappeared from people’s memories.
More evidence of the Obama administration’s bias against religious institutions:
The federal government will no longer forgive student loans in exchange for public service if that service is related to religion, according to a new Education Department rule from the Obama administration.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program announced the change Jan. 31 with little fanfare, while most of Washington was focused on the new ObamaCare rule requiring religious organizations to provide free birth control through health insurance.
What does this mean? Read on:
“Generally, the type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes,” reads the new language.
“However, if you work for a nonprofit organization, your employment will not qualify for PSLF if your job duties are related to religious instruction, worship services, or any form of proselytizing,” the announcement said. Also, the organization cannot be a labor union or a partisan political organization.
Support that had previously been provided for students who pursued a life of ministry was removed by the Obama administration.
Further evidence of Obama’s obsession with taking all reigns off of abortion:
President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush, a spokesman said.
The Democratic president’s decision was a victory for advocates of abortion rights on an issue that in recent years has become a tit-for-tat policy change each time the White House shifts from one party to the other.
The lifting of these restrictions allows government funding for groups that have, in the past, performed and promoted abortions in foreign nations.
President Barack Obama has apparently shut out pro-life groups from attending today’s health care summit to dialogue on how health care reform should be implemented. However, the White House had no problem inviting Planned Parenthood and other groups that support abortion.
The summit is an attempt by the Obama administration to focus on reducing and containing costs as well as expanding coverage and Obama sees it as a starting point for tackling the overhaul of health care.
With pro-life advocates worried about the attempt to expand abortion by either making taxpayers fund abortions in a national health care plan or requiring insurance companies to pay for them, pro-life groups have a key interest in the outcome of the debate.
However, Obama appeared to shut them out of the discussion.
More details are emerging about a terrorism dictionary the administration of President Barack Obama put together in March. The newly-revealed document comes on the heels of a report the Department of Homeland Security sent out saying pro-life advocates were right-wing extremists.
The latest report to cause national outrage is a document known as the “Domestic Extremism Lexicon,” essentially a terrorism and political extremism dictionary for the Obama administration’s internal use.
The March 26, 2009 document features numerous definitions and the headline “antiabortion extremism,” appears on page two of the eleven-page manual.
The Obama administration calls pro-life advocates violent and claims they employ racist overtones in engaging in criminal actions.
The definition reads: “A movement of groups or individuals who are virulently antiabortion and advocate violence against providers of abortion-related services, their employees, and their facilities. Some cite various racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to justify their criminal activities.”
Despite an HHS study which demonstrated widespread support from both parents and students for programs which advocate abstinence, the Obama administration shut down government funding for 176 abstinence programs.
Why have I listed all these quotes and stories (which are only a fraction of what I’ve found)? As a minister, should I take a stand that does not isolate those who differ with me politically? Should I keep my political stance private?
As a student pastor, I personally believe it is my responsibility to strongly, peacefully, firmly state that Barack Obama is actively seeking to diminish Christianity’s influence on our nation. This is not an irresponsible or reckless statement – his record and his words speak for themselves. My students need to know that despite MTV’s support of Obama, following the cool crowd isn’t always the route a Christian needs to take.
To clarify: my opposition is not exclusive to Obama, or even the Democratic Party, but to all those who seek to push secular humanism on the American people, and have enacted a plan to carry out their will.
I was once accused of being a single-issue voter by an acquaintance with whom I disagreed strongly on abortion. While I would contend that I am not a single-issue voter, it is true that no other single issue better embodies the disparity between the values of the Democratic and Republican parties. The widespread acceptance of abortion is indicative of the moral decay that has overcome our country’s traditional, Judeo-Christian values.
Is Mitt Romney a perfect alternative? Absolutely not.
But we don’t have the option of electing a perfect candidate. We have been given a nominee with a proven financial record who has espoused traditional values, is opposed to abortion, would support Israel, and would not seek to diminish the Christian heritage of our nation.
All this being said, the answer to a turnaround of the heart of America lies not within its politicians, its lobbyists, or even the media. The answer lies within revival — a nation-wide time of repentance, reflection, and rededication towards the God from whom our blessings come.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Obama is not the source of our problems. The source of our problems is the heart of our nation. Don’t be distracted by the things of this world or the teaching of those whose hearts are opposed to God. Turn your heart towards Him, and pray that our land is not too far gone.
SIDE NOTE: I have a number of personal friends who have either had an abortion, and I do not condemn them. Some regret their actions, and some do not. Regardless of their current perspective, I want them to know that even though we disagree strongly on this issue, they are still my friends.