Questions around Obama’s faith continue to stir controversy. Obama was asked point blank by a person “Why did you become a Christian?” The response that followed revealed to me a person that has never had a relationship with Christ and views Christianity as a mere philosophy and not a choice. But what was most telling was how Mr. Obama chose to answer the question. He answered it in a way that would not be blasphemous to his possible Muslim faith. You see, Muslims too believe in Jesus Christ. But they don’t believe in Jesus as the Son of God, part of the Holy Trinity, and through only him can you receive salvation. They view him as a prophet, whose “precepts” they believe in. Similarly, Obama said that his Christianity is founded on a fact that the “precepts” of Jesus align with what he believes. Plato had many revolutionary precepts, but he was not the savior. Obama never said that he is a Christian because he Loves Jesus and accepted the Holy Spirit. That is the only way I know to be a Christian, but maybe that is the problem. Americans use Christian as a way of describing a club of belonging as opposed to a sign of a relationship with the savior. It is such a definition that would allow Obama to slick his way into making people believe he is a Christian like themselves.
What is also revealing is listening to conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh attempt to criticize Obama’s statement. However, in their critique, they also miss skip the mention of being a Christian takes Love and a relationship with Christ. I know that people like Limbaugh and Savage are agnostic, so maybe they should skip the criticism of Obama if they are going to miss the point themselves. I would have loved to have been able to listen to Glenn Beck’s response. Perhaps his response would have revealed the true nature of his faith. And one more point. Lefty Liberals who claim to be Christians can’t do so without stepping over themselves to mention their profound respect and tolerance for other faiths. I think this is a bunch of rubbish. Christ asks us to love our neighbor, but he didn’t say to tolerate their God. He didn’t say to respect their path to grace. Christ didn’t die on the Cross for the salvation of some people, while all others choose a different method. If there was another way to salvation, I think God would have spared his son the Cross. God is a jealous God. He does not want us to celebrate other faiths. He is actively pursuing the lost sheep because he wants all to come to him, not some to him, some to budha, and some to Allah and equal footing. So let’s drop the religious tolerance and embrace Love.