While reading the web this morning I fell upon this speech given during the National Prayer Breakfast. The speech sounded dry, generic at the beginning (it is two pages long), but in the second page the words heat up. The President begins talking about God strengthening him through the Spirit then he jumps to the misuse of God's name for acts of evil. All of a sudden within the next few paragraphs acts of evil committed by the Muslim terror group Isis is being compared to Christianity. What?!?!
I am reading through, up and down. what President Obama is saying. In my head repeating the question: what does Jesus Christ and the Cross have to do with brutes chopping journalists' heads off? President Obama goes on to say that in various places in the world we have people helping the "poor", a common buzz word used when one tries to confuse people about Jesus and Christianity. Obama lists current crimes and reigns of terror that are being committed by various Muslim groups in countries like Nigeria, Pakistan, France, Central African Republic, and others. Then, in a strange twist, he begins talking about reconciliation, love - another common buzz word used to confuse people about Jesus and Christianity -, slavery, Jesus, and Jim Crow. President Obama what are you talking about?
Obama what does slavery and Jim Crow have to do with Isis chopping the heads off of American journalists, a Japanese adventurist, and murdering hundreds and thousands of people in countries like Iraq, Syria, for simply not wanting to be Muslims? More importantly what does such acts of evil have to do with Christians?
Obama makes a common comparison used by atheists to attack the purity of Christianity. He compares the acts of evil men who sold and branded slaves to Muslims who chop the heads of Christians and non-Muslims in Nigeria. He commits the common error of branding such acts as Christianity simply because some men who encouraged slavery and owned slaves used the Bible as a source of reference for such deeds. A lot of cults and deranged people have openly confessed to God and His Words in the Scriptures. Obama himself openly confessed in front of America that he is a christian before being elected president then eventually opening America's doorway towards greater acceptance of gay marriage, abortion, and homosexuality. Obama, if he is reading his bible, should know that calling oneself a christian does not make one a child of God. Obama should know that in the Bible Jesus Christ was being sent to the Cross by the very same people who should have been His greatest followers. Moses was often rebelled against and threatened by his own people that he was trying to lead to the promise land. King David's kingdom and life was threatened by Absalom, his son, of all people. Does Obama believe that David's son Absalom is in heaven? Does he believe that the Jews who called themselves Son's of Abraham whom Jesus called Son's of the Devil, are Christians? What the Latin Roman Catholic Church was doing against the Byzantine empire and the eastern part of the world had nothing to do with what Jesus preached to His disciples. The crusaders were working under the order of the pope who claimed to be given orders by Jesus Christ Himself. Nowhere in the Bible does the Word ever give affirmation to such authority. God never gave Christians the command or permission to go seek the pope on Christ's behalf.
It is here when a person who has read the Bible and has accepted the Word as above the words of presidents, popes, news heads, and rock stars has to return to the Scriptures, read what the Word is saying, have a dialogue with God before accepting what he or she hears as truth. Obama obviously does not read his Bible or check with God before accepting within his heart such well traveled and now common information. It was Jesus that told Peter to "put your sword back in its place" after they were surrounded by Roman soldiers (Matthew 26:52). Can one honestly consider a Boko Haram, Al Quada warrior putting down his axe before chopping the heads off of one of his captives? Can one imagine an ISIL leader telling his suicide bomber to forget blowing himself off in front of the local church or planting hidden bombs at a camp where American doctors and humanitarians are trying to heal the sicknesses and wounds of local civilians? Did Jesus Christ ever lead a crusade?
I believe that people like Obama often misunderstand the Old Testament in the Bible when God led the Israelites against the Philistines and the Syrians. They forget or did not read that many of these countries were trying to wipe out the Israelites and these men were fighting for the survival of their nation. They forget that the children of Israel was kept as slaves for many years by King Pharaoh. They forget that there was constant wars against the Philistines who believed the Israelites were inferior to them and their gods. They don't understand that even the King of the Jews was thought to be inferior by people like King Herod, the Roman soldier, the pharisees, and the Sadducees. There is a lot of information in the Bible that is and has been twisted and misread. One cannot place blind faith on any of these leaders, including the pope or the president to set them on the straight path. One wants to gather wisdom from an individual who represents the true nature of a Christian.
The Muslims, Islam, Boko Haram, Al Quada, Isis need to be held accountable for the crimes they have committed and are committing. Obama needs to get off his objective of pleasing the majority and the media by not offending Muslims and simply state the truth. These people are hacking people's heads off all in the name of Allah and simply because their victims don't want to follow Islam. That is it. They are chopping the heads off of babies and burning down houses and schools in order to shove their point down the throats of people who wish to be left alone. Obama needs to step up. The Democratic party needs to step up. The Republican party needs to step up. The American media needs to step up. America needs to step up. These wars go all the way back down to the Crusades when Europe and their kingdoms had their battles with Muslim warriors. The Quaran is not preaching peace and love between people and nations. It is pleading war and conquer and that is what ISIS, Al Quada, and Boko Haram are doing. They are battling, waging war, and a few of these groups are conquering some territories here and there. I know many Americans and westerners don't view these terrorist groups as seriously capable of taking on might powers like United States, Britain, and France. But they have been waging these little battles here and there for the past 20 plus years and they are still going. They are killing over hundreds and thousands of people. Westerners are included in these numbers. These terrorists have to be taken seriously. And enough with the excuses. Don't hide behind the Crusades that occurred 800 some years ago Obama. Don't use past holy wars to scapegoat people's heads getting chopped off. This is your problem right now. Isis, Al Quada, Boko Haram are on a quest to murder non-Muslims, Muslims and possibly rule the world. Take care of them. You wanted to be president. This is your responsibility as a world leader. Take care of the enemies of America and her allies. Stop the planned takeover of innocent people and nations who want to live free and make their own decisions. Allow people in Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan to worship whomever the choose to worship. The Roman Catholic armies back in the Middle Ages tried to conquer the world and were temporarily successful. Their conquest had nothing to do with Jesus Christ or Christianity. The Roman empire involved some egomaniac popes and their spoiled rulers desiring to be worshiped while using the name of Jesus to con people into believing that what they were doing was from God. Read the Bible, read the Book well and one will learn that such were serpents sent by the devil to deceive people.
1 John 4:1