There is an adage, to the effect, that people should not discuss politics or religion over dinner; however, since President Obama chose to broach the subject of his faith at a national prayer conference and since he refrained from delivering an Easter message to Christians, he himself, has opened up the issue for discussion.
The President stated he is a Christian accepting Christ as his savior and since no human can know his heart, no one can legitimately question his belief; however, one can question his actions and past statements on the subject. The President’s pronouncement of his faith in Christ seems to have been inspired by several polls indicating 18-20 percent of the respondents believed Mr. Obama to be a Muslim. One can hardly fault those people for their skepticism regarding the President’s faith, when he himself is so reticent in his defense of Christianity and so quick to make disparaging remarks regarding the Bible, especially the Old Testament teachings, while seeming to never miss an opportunity to praise or weigh in on behalf of Islam. Unfortunately for the President, examples abound! On a trip to Indonesia, he finds time to visit that country’s largest mosque, but can’t find the time to visit a church. He speaks out in defence of the construction of the ground zero mosque in New York City, but doesn’t utter a word about the fact that for the past ten years or so, the same people who fast-tracked permits for the mosque to be built, have refused permits for a Greek Orthodox Church, destroyed in the 911 attacks, to be rebuilt. He and his administration’s reluctance to label Major Hasan’s heinous attack on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, as an Islamist terrorist act, while constantly apologizing to the world, for America’s supposed misunderstanding of the Muslim Faith. His statement, during a speech he delivered in Turkey, that the United States is NOT a Christian Nation and his attendence for over twenty years of a church in Chicago, pastored by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a self-avowed anti-semitic, White America hating “Christian.” The fact that this President, unlike his predecessors, has not forcefully denounced the persecution of Christians all over the world, but especially in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East, most notably Iraq, Afghanistan Pakistan and now Egypt; countries we have aided both financially and militarily (where American Christian soldiers have died) and where Christians are attacked and murdered for simply practicing their religion.
Then, more importantly there is Obama’s documented conduct regarding issues near and dear to the hearts of most Christians. His Pro-Choice stand on abortion, to the extent, that as a legislator in the State of Illinois, he, on several occasions, voted against a bill that would have mandated children surviving a late term abortion be given medical attention, instead of their being consigned to die, unattended, in a closet, as is the current practice in that “liberal” State. He was vociferous in his support of the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which was endorsed by the likes of Presidents Clinton and Bush. Then, there is his unilateral decision that the Defence of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will not be defended in court, (even though it is the law of the land), by Attorney General Holder, an Obama appointee. And, of course, there is his undisguised dislike and antipathy toward one of America’s closest and faithful friends, the nation most revered by the Christian God, the resurrected State of Israel.
Christians maybe excused if the President’s grandeloquent pronouncements of his Christian Faith remind one of the famous line from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” where the Prince says “The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.” It appears many Christians, following in Hamlet’s footsteps, believe Obama “protests too much” about his faith, instead of acting upon it, leaving the impression it has a distinctly political ring to it!