The question of Obama’s faith continues to come up. A while back, a startling poll revealed than nearly 20 percent of Americans think Obama is a Muslim. (Also startling, we learned that atheists and agnostics know the basics of the religion better than the religious. But I digress.)
Back in 2008, right before Obama was elected President, the question of the candidate’s faith arose. That’s when the rumor that Barak Hussein Obama is really a Muslim surfaced.
This week, Obama told an Albuquerque audience “I’m a Christian by choice.” We’ll take Obama at face value that he is not a Muslim. But, let’s look at his position as a Christian.
Read the article for yourself. But I will point to key quotes that show me that Obama is deceived and ignorant about the faith he claims.
Christian doctrine, not tradition, says Jesus is the only path to this “higher power.” Jesus said it himself:
The same Sun-Times piece, says Obama “doesn’t believe he, or anyone else, will go to hell. But he’s not sure if he’ll be going to heaven, either.”
“I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die,” he says. “When I tuck in my daughters at night, and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them, and I see in them that I am transferring values that I got from my mother and that they’re kind people and that they’re honest people, and they’re curious people, that’s a little piece of heaven.”
Why do people think it’s presumptuous to know whether or not one has the expectation of eternal life? Because people think it’s based on good works, even as Obama says above. So, yeah, if one is making a judgment of whether self is good enough to get into heaven, it sounds arrogant.
True Christian theology states the opposite. ALL have sinned and come short of the praise of God. Romans 3 hammers away at how no one could be good enough to earn eternal life. Not me. Not you. That same chapter then explains that our faith — our trust — that God has paid our debt of sin saves us, gives us eternal life (John 3).
God paid the debt without us asking. But we need to accept the payment, sign off, if you will, for it to count. The check is written, but the bank can’t cash it unless you endorse it. And once you’ve deposited the check, you can count that there’s money in the bank. Once you’ve accepted the gift of reconciliation, you can be sure you’ll have eternal life.
Obama’s lack of assurance in his salvation implies he doesn’t know if he’s saved. He doesn’t know Jesus (and when I say ‘know,’ I mean know His character and His promises). He is just another man blinded, deceived by the Adversary, a man who needs prayer.
This discussion of faith (as well as our Biblical illiteracy) should make each of us question our positions. Do I really believe everything that Jesus said?
Obama says “the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead – being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me.” Great! But that is not enough. Jesus said there is only one path to this “higher power.” Either you take everything He said or nothing, because taking just some of it will do you no good.