My Predictions Begin to Come True

All you need to do is go to the official White House website and see how quickly Obama has moved to work on behalf of the radical homosexual movement. On the site, the section is called “Support for the LGBT Community.” The goals:

  • Expanding hate crimes statutes
  • Requiring employers to hire homosexuals or be targeted for discrimination suits
  • Promoting civil unions and federal rights for the “community” [in case you are not up on the wording, LGBT means “lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgendered”]
  • Opposing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage [he wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and, despite statements to the contrary, actually believes in same-sex marriage]
  • Repealing of the “Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy in the military
  • Expanding adoption rights for homosexuals

The cultural shift, which is already well underway, is now receiving offical endorsement from the President of the United States. Christians who voted for Obama have helped bring this to pass. It’s time to face the facts. If you say Jesus Christ is Lord, your vote should reflect His ways, not government approval for a sinful lifestyle.

Do You Want Obama to Succeed?

Bill O’ Reilly asked that question in one of his online polls. I didn’t respond. The question is too simplistic, offering no room for explanation for my answer.

I would ask instead, “Do you want the United States to be blessed by God during the Obama presidency?” To that question I can answer an emphatic “yes.” I receive no satisfaction when my nation suffers. I desire that it be an example to the world of righteousness, Biblical morality, and economic prosperity.

But that’s not the same question as “Do you want Obama to succeed?” If he models a Biblical worldview and leads us in a godly direction, then I want him to succeed. If, instead, he maintains his stated goals during the campaign, then I am not in favor of his success.

What does he wish to accomplish? He desires to overturn all laws restricting abortion; he wants to place judges in the federal courts who will treat the Constitution as a “living document,” using the court system to enact a radical liberal agenda; he is in favor of treating homsexuality [characterized as a sin in the Scriptures] as an acceptable, moral lifestyle, even to the point of endorsing same-sex marriage [if you are not aware of this, see my earlier post dated January 13]; and he relishes the idea of the federal government running the economy [otherwise known as socialism]. How can I want those plans to succeed?

My Christian faith has to inform all of my thoughts, attitudes, and decisions. Some would accuse me of being unchristian for not wanting Obama to succeed. I respond that I would be unchristian if I desired any of his plans to come to fruition. Christians need to speak out for God’s standards. I will continue to do that throughout the Obama presidency. If he should happen to put Biblical principles first, I will support him. If he dismisses those principles, I will oppose his efforts. That is the proper Christian response.

The Expectations Game

I have a feeling that some people will suffer very shortly from dashed expectations.

So is this political cartoon stretching the truth? Probably not as much as you think.

A Final Thank You

This would have fit nicely in my analysis of the Bush administration, but I wanted to be sure I didn’t pass it by without passing it on. Sometimes, we can be an ungrateful people.

Inauguration Day

When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. [Proverbs 29:2]

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. [I Timothy 2:1-4]

 

Help Is on the Way?

Those really aren’t the most reassuring words. As Ronald Reagan noted more than once, often the government is the problem, not the solution. We are going to discover that anew over the next few years.

The Bush Presidency: An Analysis (Part VII)

My final critique of the Bush presidency has to do with communication. A president must be able to connect with the American people and explain what he is doing. He will not convince everyone of the rightness of his policies, but he must make the effort, which most people will at least respect.

George Bush started well. After 9/11, his speech to a joint session of Congress was one of the best presidential speeches in recent memory. He was at his best. Unfortunately, he seemed to peak with that speech.

Ever since the Democrats took Congress in the 2006 elections, it’s as if we have had an invisible president. I don’t remember any president in my lifetime disappearing from the public scene as completely as this one has. I have been frustrated many times, wishing he would show more fortitude and combativeness. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you set aside your arguments and become a whipping boy for your enemies. You need to stand firm.

Bush was usually halting in his speech, and was obviously uncomfortable in a number of public speaking venues. That did not serve him well. If indeed there is “Bush fatigue” in the nation, part of the blame is that he became a virtual nonentity, unable to convincingly defend his policies, particularly on Iraq.

What does the Republican party need? Two things:

  • First, principled leadership–politicians who have foundational beliefs based on the Constitution, rule of law, and Biblical morality.
  • Second, leaders who can communicate their principles. There really are a lot of principled people out there getting involved in the political arena, but not many of them seem capable of connecting with people and making the message understandable and appealing. That was the quality Ronald Reagan possessed. Perhaps that is why we are always looking for “the next Reagan.”

President Bush, I salute you for keeping the country safe and for upholding constitutionalism in your choices for the Supreme Court. If you had grounded your domestic policies on principles consistent with the Constitution, you would have left a glowing legacy. As it is, we are now searching for new and effective leaders who can rebuild on the proper foundations.