I Didn't Really Want to Mention This, But . . .

The devotion to Obama seems to have few boundaries. Perhaps you have seen some of the videos making the rounds on YouTube: children singing his praises; teens marching and spouting off on how Obama has given them new hope and has inspired them to succeed in life. Some would say, “What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that a positive thing?”

What’s wrong can be summarized in one word: idolatry.

Many have mentioned the cult that has arisen around this presumed political savior. Some, I fear, have taken it even further. It is rather chilling to view the raptured faces whenever he speaks. This is why some have referred to him critically as the “Obamessiah.”

Personally, I am distressed by the lack of rational thinking on the part of his adoring fans. I have noted a number of interviews with Obama supporters being asked “Just what has he accomplished as a senator?” They have trouble coming up with anything. This is a cult of personality with no substance.

Well, maybe that’s not exactly true. There is substance there, only hidden: Marxist roots; liberation theology; close associations with radicals out to change the very nature of American society. But you would never know that from the reports of the mainstream media.

It is very possible that we may wake up the day after the election to an Obama victory. That will be only the beginning of our national woes.

False Messiah?
False Messiah?

My mind keeps returning to a warning straight from the mouth of Jesus:

Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many…. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you in advance.

We haven’t seen any “signs and wonders” yet, but I am concerned that some of my brothers and sisters in the Lord are being deceived. For the sake of the church and the nation, I urge any of you who are contemplating voting for Obama to reconsider. Please check out the concerns I have raised here and in previous posts.

Cartoonists Are Catching On

This ACORN story is taking off. You can tell by what political cartoonists are focusing on now. I’ll just let these speak for themselves.

And I particularly love this commentary on who we may find in an Obama cabinet.

Obama's ACORN Problem

The revelations continue. Yet how many voters are aware of what is happening? Is the mainstream media telling them about the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN)?

This very left-leaning group supposedly does “good” things, like get people to register to vote. Its voter-registration drives have led to prosecutions and convictions for fraud. Currently, 15 states are investigating this organization for voter fraud. The goal is to obtain as many votes for Obama as possible, whether they are legitimate or not.

What is the connection with Obama directly? Well, first of all, back in the early 1990s, he worked for ACORN as director of its “Project Vote,” the same project that is currently under investigation. In his capacity as a lawyer, he also represented the organization in a lawsuit to push for “Motor Voter” laws. That’s not all. When Obama served as chairman of two foundations, he directed funding to ACORN.

Well, that’s ancient history, right? Not exactly. During the primaries for his presidential bid this past year, he actively sought ACORN’s endorsement (big surprise of the day–he received it), saying, “Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.”

Finished? Not yet.

It has recently been learned that during this current campaign, Obama has paid an ACORN subsidiary $800,000 for . . . voter registration drives. The very voter registration drives that have led to the fraud accusations and investigations. This payment was not properly disclosed to the Federal Election Commission as mandated by law. “A clerical error” is the campaign’s “explanation.”

I can hear the cries even now: “Wait a minute, we are innocent until proven guilty! These are merely accusations.” At the moment, yes, but ACORN workers have already been convicted of similar charges from previous campaigns. Does it really take a Ph.D. to figure out that they have established a pattern?

Will this news get out? Aside from the Internet and Fox News Channel, mention of it seems to be slight. Or if it is mentioned, will the media put such a slant on its reporting that people will be convinced it’s not a real problem?

One of my focused prayers for this election is that the truth will come to light.

Obama's Friends and Mentors

It has been virtually impossible to get the mainstream media to properly investigate all of Obama’s allies. Hardly anyone mentions Obama’s connection to the writings of Saul Alinsky, the “original” community organizer whose philosophy was decidedly Marxist. What does Obama say about Alinsky?

Finally, a few days ago, the New York Times wrote an article about William Ayers, one of the founders of the radical group Weatherman. Ayers set bombs at the Pentagon and the Capitol back in the early 1970s. Everyone knows he did it; he got off only on a technicality regarding prosecutorial malpractice. He does not regret what he did; he wishes he could have done more. The only problem with the Times piece is that it is an apologetic for Obama, concluding he didn’t really know Ayers all that well–an assertion that is easily refuted.

Obama’s political career started in William Ayers’s living room. He served on boards with Ayers. He channeled money to Ayers that was used to indoctrinate children into radical politics. What does Obama say about Ayers?

Tony Rezko is a real estate wheeler-dealer who contributed to Obama’s campaign and helped him get a house through rather shady practices. He was recently convicted of fraud and bribery. Obama, of course, comments:

And how can one forget the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for over 20 years? He and his church are the epitome of radical thought based on liberation theology. Obama supposedly listened to him all those years and yet his attitude toward him right now?

Finally (at least for the purposes of this post), there is Franklin Raines, former Clinton administration official who then went on to “manage” Fannie Mae. When he left, he took with him over $90 million in bonuses. He has been one of Obama’s financial advisors (just because he is not on the payroll doesn’t mean he isn’t actively involved in the campaign). Obama on Raines?

In light of all this, what should America say to Obama?

Burdens, Anger, Sorrow, and Prayer

As I sit down and write in this blog today, I’m not really sure where my thoughts are going to end up. All I know is that I am terribly burdened for the future of this nation. Christians sometimes talk about feeling a burden for a specific person or problem; well, that’s where I am today.

Where is the line between anger and sorrow? I reach a point where I don’t want to hear the same old lies over and over as I listen to the political debate. An anger stirs within me that wants to be released in a shout or a prophetic utterance of some kind. How I wish at times I could be Jeremiah, and point to certain individuals and say, “You want to know what evil is? Here, look at this person. This is evil.”

Yet I cannot allow the anger to take over. There is such a thing as righteous anger, and when you feel it, you have not sinned. What it should lead to, though, is a deep sorrow–sorrow over the deceptive practices, sorrow over the blindness of the people who are led astray, sorrow over what this portends for the country as a whole.

Too many Christians, I’m afraid, retreat into a well-worn phrase: “God is still in control.” While I agree that ultimately all people will answer to Him, I am also quite aware that not everything that happens is His will. He has given us the ability to choose, and more often than not, people choose sin. We cannot simply rest on the idea that God is in control. What we do in this life has consequences. Can God overrule some decisions? Of course. Can He bring good out of evil? He has done so many times. But that doesn’t mean the evil is not real; it doesn’t mean that there won’t be disastrous results emanating from our sinful choices.

So that’s where I am today. This burden I feel should lead to prayer. That is where we find the presence of God; that is where He gives us direction; that is where He offers His peace; and only through prayer will anything change.

The presidential and congressional elections are now less than one month away. If you feel this same burden, I urge you to pray for God’s will to be done.

Obama, Abortion, & Infanticide

My last post talked about the image of God in man and how that relates to the sanctity of life. If you really want to see into the heart and soul of a person, the abortion issue opens that window wide. Take Barack Obama, for instance.

When he was an Illinois state senator, Obama, on more than one occasion, stopped a bill from passing that would have ensured that babies born alive in an abortion attempt would receive medical care. At one point, he was the only senator to speak out against the bill. His reasoning is quite clear: he was afraid that the passage of that bill would somehow overturn the “right” to an abortion.

Now, he has since indignantly denied that he would ever vote to withhold medical care from such infants. I won’t go through all the twists and turns of the denials he has offered, but if you want to check that out, you can go directly to this article from the National Right to Life Committee. It makes the case: http://www.nrlc.org/obamaBAIPA/Obamacoveruponbornalive.htm

In short, for Obama, the so-called right to abortion has a higher priority than protecting the life of an innocent child who “accidentally” was born alive during an abortion procedure. The following cartoon, I think, depicts the attitude accurately.

Naturally, Obama doesn’t want the truth about this to come out, but as John Adams once stated in making his case before a jury:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

Principle: Made in God's Image

In early America, there was little debate about who man was. Nearly everyone agreed man was a being made in the image of God. What did that mean?

First, it meant that God had transferred many of His attributes to his creation: man was given intellect, emotions, and the power to choose good and evil. He also had a spirit. Just as God is a spirit, so man was more than a material being. He also would live forever, the destination predicated on his choice.

Second, it meant that man was God’s highest creation and that the life He breathed into him was the greatest gift that could possibly be given. It was a gift that was to be honored and protected. It meant that life was sacred. We know that’s how God viewed it when He declared that anyone who would take away the life of another would suffer the same penalty, thereby sanctioning capital punishment.

There is a difference between taking the life of a murderer (a task given to civil society) and taking the life of an innocent person. The ultimate innocent person is one who has never chosen right from wrong because he or she is still inside the womb.

The Ultimate Innocent Person

The Ultimate Innocent Person

When we later adopted the view that man simply evolved from lower life forms, we discarded the idea that man is a special creation of God. We reduced him to a mass of chemicals or a blob of tissue. That’s why it is so much easier now to discard unwanted human life, either in the womb or when a person is no longer considered “useful” to society.

A society that can allow this type of behavior is a society in rebellion against its Creator. It will pay a penalty. Our mission is to trumpet the message that man IS made in God’s own image, as we seek to reverse policies that destroy innocent life.