Jesus & Obama–Community Organizers?

Jesus continues to be created in the image of man, and Obama continues to be compared to Jesus. The actress Susan Sarandon recently commented,

He [Obama] is a community organizer like Jesus was, and now we’re a community and he can organize us.

The foolishness of such a statement nearly defies analysis. That’s why Jesus came to earth–to organize communities! How could the church have missed that for the past two centuries? And was Jesus’ economic prescription for society the idea that government spending, which then allegedly will help individuals spend more money, will lead to a new era of prosperity? It must have been, since that is Obama’s message.

Jesus never said any such thing, of course. He had a different prescription for “organizing” society. It starts with each individual, called upon to do the following: repent, stop sinning, exercise faith in God, and continue in obedience to His laws. That prescription applies to all of society, including economic policies.

The "All Roads" Philosophy Is Still Strong

Polls for everything abound these days. There’s a new one out recently from the Pew Research Center that says most Americans who claim a religious affiliation take a non-exclusivist view of salvation, with 65% saying that many religions can lead to eternal life, while less than one-quarter say theirs is the one, true faith leading to eternal life.

That’s among all religiously affiliated Americans, not just Christians. Among those who claim to be Christians (which includes the mainline denominations that have gutted the true faith), a 52% majority believes that some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life.

The good news, if you wish to call it that, is that among both white and black evangelical Protestants, the percentage who believe that Christianity is the one true faith has risen in the past year. Should we rejoice that now 49% of evangelical whites and 45% of evangelical blacks actually believe the Christian faith is the only way to salvation? Less than half of both groups believe this.

Here’s the big question: if you call yourself an evangelical Christian, yet don’t believe Jesus’ words that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one can come to the Father except through Him, how can you call yourself a Christian at all?

And we wonder why our nation is in trouble.

How Can He Say This?

President Obama spoke yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast and stated:

We know there is no God who condones the killing of an innocent human being.

I couldn’t agree more. Now, is he going to follow this statement with action? Is he going to rescind his executive order that allows funding of overseas abortions? Is he going to stand resolutely against the Freedom of Choice Act if it passes Congress? In short, is he going to reverse course on all he has promised and acted upon thus far?

Actions speak louder than words, Mr. President. And some words have no meaning at all if one’s actions contradict them. It’s not too late. You can change course. You said you were for change. Here’s a wonderful opportunity. Provide hope for those awaiting their birth. Yes, we need hope and change.

A Scathing Analysis

I normally don’t import wholesale comments from another blog, but Victor Davis Hanson in National Review has posted a wonderful/terrible/awesome analysis of the problems running rampant in the new administration. I have cut some of the details for the sake of brevity, but it is still a little lengthy. However, if you read to the end, you will have the best overview I have seen thus far. He entitles it “The Impending Obama Meltdown.”

Some of us have been warning that it was not healthy for the U.S. media to have deified rather than questioned Obama, especially given that they tore apart Bush, ridiculed Palin, and caricatured Hillary. And now we can see the results of their two years of advocacy rather than scrutiny.

We are quite literally after two weeks teetering on an Obama implosion—and with no Dick Morris to bail him out—brought on by messianic delusions of grandeur, hubris, and a strange naivete that soaring rhetoric and a multiracial profile can add requisite cover to good old-fashioned Chicago politicking.

First, there were the sermons on ethics, belied by the appointments of tax dodgers, crass lobbyists, and wheeler-dealers like Richardson. (And why does Richardson/Daschle go, but not Geithner?).

Second, was the “stimulus” (the euphemism for “borrow/print money”) that was simply a way to go into debt for a generation to shower Democratic constituencies with cash.

Then third, there were the inflated lectures on historic foreign policy to be made by the clumsy political novice who trashed his own country and his predecessor in the most ungracious manner overseas to a censured Saudi-run press organ.

Fourth, there was the campaign rhetoric of Bush shredding the Constitution—FISA, Guantanamo, Patriot Act, Iraq, renditions, etc.—followed by “all that for now stays the same” inasmuch as we haven’t ben hit in over seven years and can’t risk another attack.

Fifth, Gibbs as press secretary is a Scott McClellan nightmare that won’t go away, given his long McClellan-like relationship with Obama (McClellan should have been fired on day hour one on the job). Blaming Fox News for Obama’s calamities is McClellan to the core and doesn’t work. He already reminds me of Rev. Wright’s undoing at the National Press Club—and he will get worse.

Six, Biden is being Biden. Already, he’s ridiculed the chief justice, trashed the former VP, bragged on himself ad nauseam in Bidenesque weird ways, and it’s only been two weeks.

And the result of all this?

At home, Obama is becoming laughable and laying the groundwork for the greatest conservative populist reaction since the Reagan Revolution.

Abroad, some really creepy people are lining up to test Obama’s world view of “Bush did it/but I am the world”: The North Koreans are readying their missiles; the Iranians are calling us passive, bragging on nukes and satellites; Russia is declaring missile defense is over and the Euros in real need of iffy Russian gas; Pakistanis say no more drone attacks (and then our friends the Indians say “shut up” about Kashmir and the Euros order no more ‘buy American”).

This is quite serious. I can’t recall a similarly disastrous start in a half-century (far worse than Bill Clinton’s initial slips). Obama immediately must lower the hope-and-change rhetoric, ignore Reid/Pelosi, drop the therapy, and accept the tragic view that the world abroad is not misunderstood but quite dangerous. If he doesn’t quit the messianic style and perpetual campaign mode, and begin humbly governing, then he will devolve into Carterism—angry that the once-fawning press betrayed him while we the people, due to our American malaise, are to blame.

What Change?

When you run on a platform of hope and change, you raise expectations. What changes have taken place since inauguration day? I can name a few:

  1. The homosexual “community” now has an advocate in the White House
  2. The taxpayers can now enjoy the privilege of funding abortions overseas
  3. For the first time in American history, we have a Treasury Secretary who declined to pay his taxes until he got nominated for the office
  4. The president, in a time of a continuing war on terror, is recommending cuts in the defense budget
  5. Congress is poised to spend nearly one trillion dollars on a bill that does everything except what it is supposed to do–stimulate the economy

I’m sorry, but this is not change I can believe in.

Prayer for our country must continue.

A Problem Avoided

It has just been announced that Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for Health & Human Services Secretary. A good thing. You don’t avoid paying taxes and then get confirmed by the Senate for . . . Oh, wait, that apparently doesn’t apply to nominees for Treasury Secretary.

Now that Daschle has withdrawn, the cartoon below may be beside the point, but it still does make a valid point, one we should all remember: double standards abound.

On a positive note, yesterday, here in Florida, the Republican Speaker of the House had to step down due to allegations of financial wrongdoing. Why is that positive? The entire Republican delegation voted him out of his position. That’s called integrity, and we need a whole lot more of it.

Republican Solidarity

Obama has put on quite a display of outward bipartisanship, inviting Republicans to meet with him and promising that if they have good ideas, he is open to them.

Then those ideas are promptly dismissed.

When the stimulus bill came up for a vote in the House of Representatives, not one single Republican voted for it. Critics say they are playing politics, but I have a different view.

Yes, some Republicans are playing politics, betting that their vote will play well back home, but many more, I believe, cast their vote on principle, unwilling to put their stamp of approval on a bill that is anything but a real stimulus. As I noted in my previous post, it is almost pure pork.

It’s unusual to see this type of solidarity, particularly when the public opinion polls are so favorable to the new president. One can only hope that this is a sign of the development of what has been missing for a number of years: backbone.