What’s more important, human rights or climate change?

Just as President Obama’s domestic agenda disturbs many, comes word of his misguided – if not shameful – foreign policy agenda….

A Christian professor and author of note, wrote a short blog post on On Not Speaking Truth to Power

Obama refuses to meet with the Dali Lama and 1143237_little_girlfigures opposed to tyranny. This is typical of the hard left. They refuse to support those who speak truth to tyrannical power; instead they curry favor from the powerful, as long as they are hostile to the West. This is unjust, perverse, and ungodly in the extreme. Wake up, America. Your president is a no friend of freedom, democracy, or “hope.”

Beyond the shiny spectacle of this “historic” president is an empty suit, political mantras (meaningless), a magic teleprompter, and a man who is putting America and its deepest ideals at risk for the sake of his neo-Marxist ideology.

What had triggered this?? He’d read an article by one of the senior statesmen of evangelicalism, Chuck Colson, on human rights (here). That article begins with some shocking revelations….

What’s more important to the administration’s foreign policy—climate change or human rights? The disturbing answer.

Many were shocked last February when Secretary of State Clinton said that pressing China about its human rights abuses “can’t interfere” with more important things — like “the global 1053013_great_wall_chinaeconomic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis.”

Even the Washington Post was shocked; its editors said Clinton’s comments were “misguided.” But now it seems that Clinton was only stating what was to be official Obama administration policy.

We saw this same attitude last month when Barack Obama declined to meet with the Dali Lama. The snub was an apparent effort to curry favor with Chinese leaders — leaders who deny religious liberty and human rights, not only to their own citizens, but also to Tibetans.
(read the rest here)

Friends, the need to pray for our country, and for those in power, has seldom been greater than in our own time…
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Shame on Barack Obama

How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation
(by John Piper, emphasis added)

At Barack Obama’s request, [Sunday] in the Lincoln Memorial, Gene Robinson, the first openly non-celibate homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church, will deliver the invocation for the inauguration kick-off.

This is tragic not mainly because Obama is willing to hold up the legitimacy of homosexual intercourse, but because he is willing to get behind the church endorsement of sexual intercourse between men.

It is one thing to say: Two men may legally have sex. It is another to say: The Christian church acted acceptably in blessing Robinson’s sex with men.

The implications of this are serious.

It means that Barack Obama is willing, not just to tolerate, but to feature a person and a viewpoint that makes the church a minister of damnation. Again, the tragedy here is not that many people in public life hold views (like atheism) that lead to damnation, but that Obama is making the church the minister of damnation.

The apostle Paul says,

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves , nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

What is Paul saying about things like adultery, greed, stealing, and homosexual practice? As J. I. Packer puts it, “They are ways of sin that, if not repented of and forsaken, will keep people out of God’s kingdom of salvation.” (Christianity Today, January 2003, p. 48).

In other words, to bless people in these sins, instead of offering them forgiveness and deliverance from them, is to minister damnation to them, not salvation.

The gospel, with its forgiveness and deliverance from homosexual practice, offers salvation. Gene Robinson, with his blessing and approval of homosexual practice, offers damnation. And he does it in the name of Christ.

It is as though Obama sought out a church which blessed stealing and adultery, and then chose its most well-known thief and adulterer, and asked him to pray.

One more time: The issue here is not that presidents may need to tolerate things they don’t approve of. The issue is this: In linking the Christian ministry to the approval of homosexual activity, Christ is made a minister of condemnation.

Pray, my friends, for God is not mocked!
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Prayin’ for President-elect Obama? We must…

I’ve been not feeling well today, but that always makes me more prayerful (part of God’s plan I suspect). Pastor Ligon Duncan has written some good words on a crucial topic for all believers this week: Praying for President-elect Obama. It’s really straight-forward and helpful. Read it, then spend a few minutes in prayer. I pray you do
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ligonWell, my country and much of the rest of the world are electric with the election of Barack Obama as the new President of the United States of America. To say that it is historic, is a gross understatement.

Justin Taylor and Al Mohler, have both inspired some reflection on the question of how we as Christians –Bible-believing, Reformed, Christians– ought to pray for him, and I have freely borrowed many of their words and thoughts on this. But here are some ideas for leading our people to pray for our President-Elect. Barack Obama.

We ought to commit ourselves to pray for our new President, for his wife and family, for his administration, and for the nation. We will do this, not only because of the biblical command to pray for our rulers, but because of the Continue reading “Prayin’ for President-elect Obama? We must…”

Dr Al Mohler reminds us how we should pray…

Al Mohler on his blog spoke yesterday of how we should pray for this election. His points on election results and the future (#8, #9 & #10) are worth reviewing:

1. We should pray that God will bless America with leaders better than we deserve. Continue reading “Dr Al Mohler reminds us how we should pray…”

Obama’s associates, a window on the man

One of the brightest public thinkers around these days is columnist Charles Krauthammer. His recent article on the importance of the associations of Barak Obama is important to read. If you think it is merely a “guilt by association” piece, you are being misled, and should read his second paragraph:

But associations are important. They provide a significant insight into character. They are particularly relevant in relation to a potential president as new, unknown, opaque and self-contained as Obama. With the economy overshadowing everything, it may be too late politically to be raising this issue. But that does not make it, as conventional wisdom holds, in any way illegitimate.

And a little further into the article (after bemoaning the McCain campaign’s behavior) he writes this transition:

Why are these associations important? Do I think Obama is as corrupt as Rezko? Or shares Wright’s angry racism or Ayers’ unreconstructed 1960s radicalism?

No. But that does not make these associations irrelevant. They tell us two important things about Obama.

You will need to click above, or HERE to read the whole thing. Let’s be thinkers about current events and not merely spectators.

And as for our associates, may we hear and heed the truth of Psalm 1:

1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

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Disappointment with Obama’s ‘moral’ answers

Let me comment on ONE of the items from the recent Saddleback Civil Forum, particularly the answers of Barak Obama on key moral issues of our day.

WHEN DOES A BABY GAIN CIVIL RIGHTS? In a rhetorical dodge, Obama said answering such a question was “above his pay grade.” As president, will he not need to protect the civil rights of all Americans? Shouldn’t a president have an answer to this question? Of course! Yet this same US Senator doggedly supports the taking of life in abortions.

When asked, Senator McCain said very simply: “life begins at conception” — and, thus, civil rights for the unborn do as well. Amen.

Fellow believers: If you listen to the positions of the two candidates for president, there are some clear differences that ought to inform your vote.

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Is Obama a Christian?

Here is a clear article written by evangelical Christian journalist, Cal Thomas. Friends, we must be unequivocal with the biblical terms for our faith. This issue is one believers should take an interest in. (I hope to post on the same question of John McCain in the near future).

Cal Thomas includes several quotes from Obama, then comes to this inescapable conclusion Continue reading “Is Obama a Christian?”