Senator Obama – Muslim, Christian, or what?
One of the great things about our nation is that every so often we get a chance to elect like valued people into public office. One of the not so great things is trying to sort their perceived values, from their true values and sort campaign rhetoric, from what are sometimes just outright lies. I don’t necessarily choose a person solely on their faith, but a person’s faith and how sincere they are in their following of that faith can help predict how a person will carry themselves once elected. After all, when the big decisions are made behind closed doors, only God will be watching and I want elected officials who care about what God thinks.
I wrote a post a while back titled Governor Gregoire – Catholic, Christian, or what? because her faith claims and her actions were not in sync. For instance, as a self proclaimed follower of the Catholic faith I would expect her to be pro-life, but her actions as Governor said different. If I had voted for her based on an assumption that she, as a Catholic, would be pro-life, I would be sorely disappointed.
So what of Barrack Obama? I think it’s a stretch to believe some of the stories of Senator Obama being a secret “sleeper Muslim” based on his early childhood and his father’s religious affiliations. I spent quite a few years in an LDS church growing up, yet I am not a Mormon. And his very loose affiliations with the Nation of Islam doesn’t make him a Muslim either. Some would argue that even devout members of the Nation of Islam are not really Muslim. So, there really isn’t much to traction for the secret Muslim conspiracy.
But is there anymore traction for believing that he is a Christian? You don’t have to do much Googling to find those who treat him as if he were a messiah and he apparently has attended a Christian church for the past two decades and enjoys a strong relationship with his pastor; but is he a Christian? First, I’ll admit that the ultimate answer to that question rests with Christ and certainly not I, but I do think we voters have a right to consider the state of a candidate’s faith.
So continuing to consider the Christian faith of Barrack Obama, let’s consider his words.
During a campaign stop yesterday in Greensboro, North Carolina, Senator Obama told the audience that he believes he “can have everlasting life” because Jesus Christ died for his sins. But he then told a questioner that he believes Jews and Muslims who live moral lives are just as much “children of God” as he is.
The Illinois Democrat added that his late mother didn’t share his faith but was a kind and generous person, so he’s “sure she’s in heaven.”
OK, I’ve considered his words and have one very gigantic concern. Mr. Obama is obviously claiming that he is a Christian and then following with several statements indicating that he really does not understand Christianity. In John 14:6 Christ said very plainly:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The tough love is that you don’t get to heaven on kindness and generosity alone, you don’t get there by being a “moral” Jew, nor a “moral” Muslim and of course you can’t get there on roller skates. You must become a follower of Christ and you must choose to follow him on the narrow road.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. “
Contradicting God’s word, Senator Obama is claiming that the wide gate and the broad road, lead to heaven. It’s my feeling that Sen. Obama is either using false doctrine to gain support in this election, or he is espousing false doctrine because he really doesn’t understand Christianity. I prefer to believe it is his lack of understanding. And this seems quite likely given that his church of the last 20 years, Trinity United Church of Christ, seems confused as to whether they are joined by skin color or by faith in Christ. But if Sen. Obama and/or Rev. Wright are putting forth false doctrine for their own gain, then I pray they would take a glance at this small verse.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
(Mark 8:36 KJV)
And I hope that for the sake of those who look to them for leadership, that they would put Christ’s full message at the forefront of their life and ministry.