Change of Heart

This political cartoon leads me to say something that I have only hinted at, but need to emphasize.

I have been highly critical of the views of our new president, and will remain so. Yet, as a Christian, I believe that even the worst of sinners can change. The apostle Paul started as Saul, the persecutor of Christians. John Newton was a slave trader who was converted and became the writer of “Amazing Grace.”

Can Obama change his views? Yes. Will he? The “odds,” if that is the right term, are against it. He has held these views all of his life, and he was fed a constant radical worldview in college and in all those years in Jeremiah Wright’s “church.”

Yet I cannot close the door to the possibility that God’s Spirit will break through all of those presuppositions. The only way this can reasonably happen is if Christians pray for a true change of heart. We must be faithful to that mission. If Obama does not change, we are in for a very rough patch over the next 4-8 years. That’s why we must concentrate on praying for godly enlightenment.

This does not preclude criticism of his policies and his attitudes. We need to see the reality. There is another reality, however–one that is hidden from human eyes. God is still God. We need to work with Him to see His will done. Isn’t that one of the key provisions of what we call the Lord’s Prayer?

For those of you who are Christians, I urge you to pray for the change of heart that is so desperately needed–for the sake of the unborn, for those who desire to teach Biblical principles, and for the nation as a whole.

Christians really are supposed to be salt and light to this world.

A First Amendment Guarantee

Besides the freedom of religion clauses of the First Amendment, there is another guarantee there that is threatened: freedom of speech. Now, we have, over the years, added some rather foggy ideas of what freedom of speech entails. It has been expanded to include coarse language that used to be avoided and artistic expressions that can only be legitimately described as obscene. That’s not what the Founders intended by the phrase “freedom of speech.”

For them, it was primarily freedom of political speech that needed protection. They wanted the guarantee that they had the liberty to critique government policies without fear of prosecution. Our new Congress, dominated by the Democrats and encouraged by their leadership, is toying with the notion of reviving something called the Fairness Doctrine.

This sounds innocuous enough. Who can be against fairness? In practice, though, it means that if anyone espouses strong conservative views on politics, the media have to provide a forum for the opposing view to be aired. Again, while this may sound “fair,” one needs to consider that the media is already overwhelmingly liberal and no similar requirement will be enacted for programs that already have a liberal perspective. The goal here is to diminish the conservative point of view. The target is clear: talk radio. This is the one part of the mass media (besides the Internet) that liberalism does not dominate. The Fairness Doctrine is an attempt to neutralize the conservative voice in that arena.

Thus, one of the most basic freedoms enunciated by the Founders in the Constitution is under fire. Can it happen? With a Democratic Congress and White House, it is now conceivable.

This Doesn’t Require Any Commentary

The following news report, just out this afternoon, speaks for itself:

President Barack Obama on Friday struck down the Bush administration’s ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.

Obama’s executive order, the latest in an aggressive first week reversing contentious Bush policies, was warmly welcomed by liberal groups and denounced by abortion rights foes.

His action came one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.

In a move related to the lifting of the abortion rule, Obama is also expected to restore funding to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), probably in the next federal budget.

The Bush administration had barred U.S. money from the fund, contending that its work in China supported a Chinese family planning policy of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization.

I’m still waiting for the first surprise in this administration’s policies.

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.