Obama’s faith

Before I share anything, I would urge you to stop by the library or local store and grab a copy of this book (or click on the cover and buy it from Amazon). I’m not a reader, but had to get some truth from facts about the man himself and not just the media. I wanted to learn more about Obama and his faith, and this book really opened my eyes even more.

From Obama’s “Call to Renewal” book (and page 54 in this book):
“There are aspects of the Christian tradition that I’m comfortable with and aspects that I’m not. There are passages in the Bible that make perfect sense to me and others that I go, ‘Ya know, I’m not so sure about that.'”

From interview with Cathleen Falsani in the Chicago Sun Times on April 5, 2005 (and page 55 of this book):
“I am a man rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.” He first saw this broad embrace of faith modeled by his mother. “In our household,” he has explained, “The Bible, the Koran, and Bhagavad Gita sat on the same shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.” Thus, for Obama, Christianity is but one religious tree rooted in the common ethical soil of all human experience.

In the same interview with Cathleen Falsani he continued (and page 57 in this book):
Asked by a reporter how he can so warmly embrace non-Christian faiths when Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me,” Obama insisted that this is only a “particular verse” and that its meaning depends on how the few words are interpreted.

Many people have tried to make me think that Obama is a Christian. I will be the first to state that only God knows a man’s heart, and only He can accept the man or woman into heaven as a result of their true motives. The only thing I know for certain is my faith alone. I don’t take most people’s words for granted. I don’t even trust myself most of the time. We’re human. We’re known to slip here and there, stretch a story too far, or only tell parts of it that we feel comfortable sharing.

Those who blast me about this like I am trying to make our government a Christian government (really a relationship, not a cult, lol) don’t realize that this is the lens I look at everything through and it hasn’t let me down. Unlike Obama, I don’t doubt a single piece of God’s Word or question whether or not it should apply or be clear to me. If it’s hard to understand or apply, 100% of the time I find myself to be the one lacking, not God. I find the words of Obama from these past few years to be much more troubling than those of McCain. Sure, McCain had issues with his marriage and sinned as we all do, but he even publicly admitted that he confessed his actions to God and that those were very bad times for him.

The faith of Obama that has been shared in this book is the faith he has today. The Christian faith is not as simple as accepting Christ’s death and slipping into heaven (fire insurance from hell), it is a changed life of repentance and dedication to following only God’s truths alone. From my personal perspective going into this coming week’s election, Obama is a man that wants everyone to feel happy. He doesn’t want to offend homosexuals by giving them their freedom. He wants to please Christians by saying “he is one”. He doesn’t want to offend women by being fine with them making choices about which humans deserve life and which don’t. He wants to sit down and talk with terrorists who want to blast God’s chosen people (Israel) off of the face of the earth.

And all of this comes from a man who spent MANY (around 20) years sitting in a church that is nothing less than racist. From a man who ditched those closest to “his faith” (his church) when they were hurting his political campaign. I’ve discussed this material at length with “Christians who support Obama” and they continue to point to the war or the economy, or try to make me think I’ve missed the last 8 years of hell with George Bush, lol. Get real. How stupid can you be? Take a few seconds and turn your dial off of your biased news stations and papers and relate the fruits of this man’s life to the life Jesus calls us to. Some Christians are sold when they see someone say they’ve “accepted Christ”. The individual (even if they graduated from Harvard or can run for president) is still human and their words about their own faith only go so far. The fruit of the Spirit sure shows itself, doesn’t it?

Matthew 7:20 “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

  1. What a thoughtful and well-stated post. I not only appreciate, but agree with your views and wish other Christians could recognize the same things you point out here.

  2. Stand for God ALONE……………..to take a stand…..to stand firm…to KNOW…what you stand for….I believe GOD is getting us to be more ” black and white ” and less grey !  GREAT BLOG !

  3. 1. Thanks for my birthday date.
    2. Thanks for speaking boldly when God lays stuff on your heart.
    3. Thanks for ruining the ending of the Obama book for me. (I’m only halfway through!) 🙂

  4. Thank you for this explanation that really clarifies where Obama stands in the faith realm.  This along with his unwillingness to produce a birth certificate to prove he is a natural born citizen of the US should make all of us question his character.  Why would you not want to dispell any question of yor citizenship…whether earthly or heavenly?

  5. Gabe,
    All I have to say is ‘THANK YOU’! I hope you didn’t mind, but I forwarded your post to a few friends of mine who are those Christians who are being led astray by Obama’s tactics. I gave you the credit for the blog, though, of course!

    May we pray and fast for this nation, as next Tuesday lies just days away.

    Amber

  6. I wonder sometimes if we don’t lose sight of the Sovereignty of God throughout this whole mess. Romans 13 is very clear on who puts people in places of authority concerning the Government. so you need to ask yourself a question…what if Obama wins? Will you still do all you can to pray for this man whom (if it happens) God put there. Second question: will you constantly pick apart everything the man does instead of doing what we were commanded to do…love our enemies! Paul said we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. We probably ought to re-examine what that means…our job, as Christians, is to focus on Jesus. Perry Noble said it well the other day…the Jews missed the Messiah because of politics.
    And before you judge me, know that my vote is for McCain.

  7. @Lyle Parker – It’s obvious God already knows who is going to win on Tuesday. I will continue to pray for this nation, and every nation under God, until He returns or I leave first. You can’t just dodge learning more about a candidate’s faith and show up at the polls on Tuesday knowing as little as possible and checking the box without a good understanding. That’s the point of blog posts like this. Not voting isn’t an option if that’s what you are saying. Hopefully you’re not just letting the rest of the nation decide and dealing with the results as an aftermath.

  8. As we go to the polls, as difficult as it may be, try not to focus on what candidate will apparently benefit you the most (usually our focus is on financial matters).  Please  consider the wisdom of those who made great sacrifices to make our nation what is is today…

    “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who … will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” – Samuel Adams

    please do your homework, not only on the candidates, but do some looking back into our history and see if the candidate fits the mold that was intended by those who framed our government.

  9. Hi Gabe – I’m one of Marla’s readers, too. You’re so right… the fruits of the Spirit never lie. Yet, our culture is so good at distracting us from that. Thanks for the reminder of that truth.

    @luvmynoah – Thanks for recommending Gabe’s post!

  10. thanks for addy this.  i watched fox red eye news last night and joh slosser was on, i think? i was trying to sleep last night after cleaning until 3;30 am!  he is a jounralist…appears to be around 40…no older…a republican from new york, where it is not very popular to be republican!  he did a study on the 20 somethings and received the most hate mail he has ever gotten! 

    he went to concerts..dances, and also talked to people milling outside the concerts to be fair…in the study.  please remember i was very tired!  i believe he said only 1-2 people knew who biden was.  50% knew who Palin was.  I don’t remember the figures for mccain and obama, but they were not really as good as palin, but better than  biden.  i believe more knew about obama than mccain, but knew nothing about what he stood for, his platform, etc. there were voting for the rock star persona…

    i believe slosser wrote an article, or went on a jornalism show perhaps, and stated that uniformed IDIOTS should not be voting. and I AGREE.

    numerous other studies have asked obama voters about the platform, mentioning all of mccain’s, and they all were shocked to hear they had jsut agreed to mccain, and not obama!  IF YOU ARE AN IDIOT, PLEASE DO NOT VOTE! i agree with the journalist.  you have NO BUSINESS VOTING….OR GET INFORMED FOR PETE’S SAKE!

  11. slosser..i hope that is his name  lol..said that most of the 20 somethings are a very rebellious group, and he feels are voting for obama in rebellion of their parents, bush, war, economy, instead  of being a thinking group, and looking at all of the issues. i agree with this whole heartedly as well.

  12. @ellie10899 – to me, this highluights the importance of good Godly parenting, and raising children (the future voting generations) that will be Godly, righteous, and wise in their patriotic duties.

  13. Your post was excellent. I believe that you stated the truth without passing judgement. You also have a very healthy dose of common sense; the very thing I see lacking during this election. Bless you as you put God first!

  14. @gtaviano – 

    I never said DON’T VOTE nor did I imply not being informed. I told you before…my vote is for McCain. I have taken the time to inform myself, and quite honestly I think that it boils down to choosing the lesser of two evils. I think back to David who, because of his own sinful nature, was left with three choices given to him by God in 1 Chronicles 21. Gad delivered the bad news and David had to choose, in his mind, what would be the lesser and live with the consequences. The nation’s current state is not solely the previous administration’s fault. The greed and corruption of the American people have gotten us into this mess on multiple levels..whether it be in the housing market or politics or anything else. the only thing that will change that is us doing our jobs demonstrating the ever changing power of Jesus. Please hear me…I AM NOT SAYING DON’T VOTE OR VOTE BLINDLY. I am saying don’t put too much faith where it does not belong.

  15. Thanks for this post, Gabe.  I agree 100%.  Sadly I’ve not really been as informed in past elections as I have this one.  There are just too many unanswered questions I have about Obama and he’s not answering them and that says a lot!

  16. Wow…good stuff. Thank you for that. I agree that God knows who’s winning Tuesday! But I will continue to pray…no matter who wins. It’s a spiritual battle for this country and our hearts.

  17. I’m reading this way past the election, but very good post. Isn’t it wonderful that God also gives us hope, even when things don’t look so good.

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