Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Faith Choices -- A White House Easter

The birth of Christ Jesus is the singular event that changed human history for all time. From that moment, God walked with us, not in the garden of paradise as once before, but among sinful men to reconcile man to God. A sinless New-Adam to atone for the original sin of Adam. This Nativity of Our Lord is not a fairytale as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, described it several years ago. It is an event in human history, a documented event with a tradition that has been passed down orally, written down in the Gospels and eventually compiled by the Church into the canon of the Bible.

Why does Mr. Obama, who dismisses the critique that he is not a Christian, also dismiss the celebration of Christmas? In a time when the nation is clamoring over whether he is or is not Christian; American-born, Muslim, etc., why would he intentionally cast any further doubt upon himself? A Time magazine article from 2009 confirms that in his first year as President of the United States, Mr. Obama did not attend Christian worship services with his family to mark Christmas. Fox News Radio  reported that the Obamas don't observe Christmas even in a secular manner foregoing the traditional exchange of gifts.

So why is this coming to mind at Easter?

Because Mr. Obama's faith choices are nothing more than confusing and a source of doubt and distrust.

To illustrate this point, consider the two things Mr. Obama decided to do at this most sacred time for Christians: 1) not make an Easter address 2) attend a "service" at a faith community in Washington, D.C.

Fox Nation reported the following:
President Obama failed to release a statement or a proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, Christianity's most sacred holiday.
By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.
The report also mentioned that he failed to recognize Good Friday, but managed an 8 paragraph tribute to Earth Day which happened to land on the same day. If there are ways to convince critics of Mr. Obama's Christianity, this is not one of them. Just exactly what are his handlers thinking?

And that question leads to the next point. The Obamas chose to worship at the Shiloh Baptist Church in D.C. for Easter this year. (Last year they went Methodist) Shouldn't it at least be reassuring that Mr. Obama is attending a Christian faith community?

Apparently not.

 The Blaze reports that the Easter sermon contained highly inflammatory political rhetoric that the mainstream media ignored in its reporting. Not mentioned in their reports were "the views held by the church’s pastor. And while those views have not been delivered in the same fiery manner as Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, they sound eerily familiar. What views are those? How about him saying in 2010 that the country is still racist, that racists get programs on Fox News, and that Rush Limbaugh is the new KKK."

Clearly, there is a recurring problem here. What are the Obama handlers doing? Did anyone bother to vet this particular preacher and his caustic views?  Is this just arrogance -- does it really not matter, or are we seeing the true colors of our President? (At the moment he appears to be a committed non-denominational agnostic with Islamic and environmental leanings -- this is based on both the liberal and conservative commentary on his faith behavior).Will they really stay on this path of continuously thumbing their noses at the American public even though it makes them look callous and incompetent? Is this really the best way to improve Mr. Obama's popularity with the people -- a popularity that he will desperately need in order to be reelected in 2012.

One final thought:

There is indeed "something about the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that puts everything in perspective." In the end, I pray that Mr. Obama will recognize that the "something" to which he refers is really the salvific and miraculous act of Someone. Then, he'll truly have Hope he can believe in.

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