Obama Embraced By The Religious Community, Except…


Newsweek has an excellent article this week about how everyone in the “faith community” helped to get Barack Obama elected as our 44th President:

A Post-Evangelical America

…If this week’s exit polls tell us anything about religion, they remind us that there are tens of millions of voters in this country who believe in God, read their Scripture, pray, regularly attend a house of worship—and do not consider themselves born-again Christians. In 2008, 44 percent of Americans who go to religious services more than once a week voted for Obama; in 2004, just 35 percent of those people voted for Kerry—a nine-point increase and the most surprising number in all the religious polling. “It’s very cool,” says Jim Wallis, founder of the left-leaning evangelical group Sojourners, “that the story is not white evangelicals again.”

Make that everyone in the “faith community” EXCEPT those of us who believe that Jesus is the ONLY path to salvation unto God and our access to eternal life:

Overall, the religious vote for Obama did not reflect a massive shift in ideology and priorities among evangelicals but rather muscle-flexing by a coalition of others of faith—including and especially African-American churchgoers and Latinos who tend to be both more religious and more socially conservative than the population at large. The pro-Obama faithful represent a wild diversity of the American religious experience, including mainline Protestants, church-shoppers, the curious, the spiritual but not religious, the heterodox (those who subscribe to several traditions), the intermarried, the community-minded, the intellectually provoked but skeptical, and the traditionalists. Indeed, it includes almost every committed person of faith except those whose church culture insists on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Not a big surprise, there. Many Christians voted for Obama because they could identify with his race or his rhetoric of “changing the world” with “hope”. The end of the paragraph pretty much sums up how Obama packaged his religion along with other story lines in his life to appeal to the broad body politic:

Obama—his deep religious faith and his peripatetic spiritual biography—shines a light on all other religious paths in America, various as they are, and infinite.

We know that Obama is deeply religious…it’s just that his “deep religious faith” (in all of it’s mish-mashiness) runs counter to the Word of God that I and others hold dear. But hey, who cares about biblical truth when Obama will pay for our gas and our mortgages, right?



9 Responses to “Obama Embraced By The Religious Community, Except…”

  1. 1 BlackWomenBlowTheTrumpet.blogspot.com November 9, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Hello there!

    Obama is “deeply religious”??


    I haven’t seen any evidence of this devotion to his religion….and then there is also the fact that Christianity (that he “claims” he identifies with) is NOT EVEN A RELIGION….

  2. 2 GaryV November 10, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Couldn’t agree more. Nice article brother.

  3. 3 dr. jay worth allen November 10, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Everything Is Overcome By Religion – what a man worships, that’s what he serves

    In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul addressed himself to the false apostles and prophets who come into the body of Christ and preach, what Paul refers to as “another Jesus” – the word another, is the Greek word, alas; meaning: another of the same kind (Our English word alias is also drawn from the same Greek word.) – “another Jesus” who looks and acts like the Jesus we’ve heard about, but he’s not the same Jesus at all. He doesn’t have the same reliable qualities as the Jesus we know from our Bibles – he’s another Jesus of the same kind. An alias savior. A Jesus who seems compassionate, loving, and redemptive; everything the people of God know the real Jesus to be, but when we are exposed to this other Jesus, we experience another gospel of a different kind. A false gospel – a gospel of man made precepts jumbled up with grace. By accepting this message, we thereby receive another spirit of a different kind – a spirit who makes man the measure of all things. What man says is no longer from God’s word, but rather from the human spirit, which has nothing in common with the Word of the Eternal God. This is a gospel of sorts. A gospel of a different kind. It comes across like good news, but it isn’t good news at all. Call it Christian if you want . . .

    Dr. Jay

  4. 4 Pastor Jim November 10, 2008 at 9:17 am

    True. And curious. Makes me wonder what God in His divine Providence is up to here in America?

    Well written and thought provoking ST. May the Lord find us being faithful.

  5. 5 wannabereal November 10, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Hey ST:
    I’m just so glad to see that there are still a few (VERY FEW) Christian brothers and sisters that have not yet drunk the Obama kool-aid. While my hope is never in a political process, i must say that after this election i have found myself almost fighting depression of sorts. It is sad and difficult to see so many in my own community (who are SUPPOSED to be Christians) set aside their beliefs in order to ‘rejoice at the coming of Obama’ so to speak. I didn’t expect to feel so isolated. Many of my friends who i knew were Obama fans but who i thought were solid Biblically are starting to sound eerily like somethhing out of “invasion of the body snatchers”. I just don’t understand why Christianity does not seem to TRUMP everything—including RACE. Though i recognize the historical significance of his election etc etc, I would be more elated to see he (or his followers) stand for BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES.
    He has said so many things in contradiction of Biblical Christianity and obviously does not have a true Christian worldview. And sadly, that doesn’t seem to bother many “christians”. They still this as a beacon of hope and change rather than what it really is.
    I thought about it last night, and sad to say yesterday at church was almost painful. (got some hard choices to make in the not too distant future). But i’m becoming convinced that if the antichrist were to be actually black, he’d get a LOT of “black christians” without batting an eye. Truly sad.

  6. 6 Anonymous November 10, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    i didn’t drink the Obama Aid either.i find the whole spectacle outrageous. i didn’t go along with the crowd.

  7. 7 lostnowfound November 10, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    I have to confess, I’ve been seriously sinning and in the world (but praise God, He did not let me stay in my sin) and to be honest, even though I was very spiritually not where I should have been, I could not fall for the Obama carnival. When I voted last week, I hadn’t yet confessed my sin to God and repented but I did not vote for either. If I had a pencil, I would have wrote in Jesus Christ the Messiah for president.

    President Obama… I will pray for him and his family that they’ll be saved and that God will shed His grace on him. I know that it was God’s will that Obama’s president, God sets up kings and deposes them at His will. But, this election scares me so much because I feel that the US has gotten something that they had no idea they were going to get…

  8. 8 Ken November 11, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Another thought provoking post as usual. I can identify with Wannabereal as I sat in a church service and heard the minister extol the virtues of Obama from the pulpit and watched in horror as seemingly the entire congregation erupted in shouts of hosanna. When race trumps Christ it’s a clear indication that we are not thinking biblically. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul,” Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all”.
    These next four years may be the true Church’s greatest challenge, at least in my lifetime. We will find out who speaks for God, who stands for truth, and who will refuse to bow down to the 21st century version of the golden calf.
    At the same time, we do not lose hope, not only is this our greatest challenge it is also our greatest opportunity to preach Christ and him crucified. Because that message is the antithesis of the man centered, seeker sensitive, health, wealth nonsense permeating the church. We do not lose hope because we know that God is sovereign and the heart of the king is in His hands.

    “Our hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and rightousness”
    “I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name”
    On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand,all other ground is sinking sand.”

    Sola Scriptura

  9. 9 John November 11, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    The people have spoke…. Exactly why we need to be more passionate about preaching the Gospel. If even so-called Christians support Obama, how will they respond when they are really tested?

    Great post! Very inspiring stuff here.

    The Way of Truth Blog

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