The Obama campaign has announced the release of a new line of faith merchandise:
Dear friends,Great news! We now have faith merchandise available for you to show your support for Barack Obama as a person of faith.
Check out the Believers for Barack, Pro-Family Pro-Obama, and Catholics for Obama buttons, bumper stickers and signs….
Take good care,
Deputy Director of Religous Affairs
Obama for America
Ah, yes. The perfect compliment to your bible, which clearly says, Intentionally. Killing. Innocent. People. Is. Sin. There simply isn’t a biblical justification for an openly pro-murder candidate. Now, it’s true that four Republican presidents have been unsuccessful in overturning Roe. But is that an excuse to vote for a pro-murder candidate that has supported legislation to make abortions easier to have? Absolutely not. It’s hypocritical.
Abortion is not something any president is going to handle on his own. It’s a moral issue that needs two treatments, in this order: 1. prayer. And 2. political support. Past presidents have done all they could. George W. Bush managed to get Partial-birth abortion banned and made it more difficult for minors to get abortions with parental notifications laws. Those are key accomplishments that often get lost in the fray because Roe has not been overturned yet. But even if he didn’t achieve those things, that’s not a reason to vote for a candidate who has supported and will continue to support legislation that will make abortions easier to obtain in the name of “change.”
So order your faith merchandise from Barack Obama, if it makes you feel better. Just know that you are a hypocrite and leading others astray. As Christians, our faith is in the Messiah of the bible, not the messiah of the Democrats.
UPDATE: Commenter, birdfan, notes an interview Cathleen Falsani of the Chicago Sun Times did with Obama that is worth posting (Falsani goes by GG in the transcript):
GG: What do you believe?
OBAMA: I am a Christian…I believe that there are many paths to the same place.
GG: Do you believe in heaven?
OBAMA: What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing. When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them…that’s a little piece of heaven.
GG: Do you believe in sin?
GG: What is sin?
OBAMA: Being out of alignment with my values.
GG: What happens if you have sin in your life?
OBAMA: I think it’s the same thing as the question about heaven. In the same way that if I’m true to myself and my faith that that is its own reward, when I’m not true to it, it’s its own punishment.
GG: Who’s Jesus to you?
(He laughs nervously)
Jesus is an historical figure for me, and he’s also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher.
And he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think it’s important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history.
GG: Do you ever have people who know you’re a Christian question a particular stance you take on an issue, how can you be a Christian and …
OBAMA: Like the right to choose.
I’m always stuck by how much common sense the American people have. They get confused sometimes, watch FoxNews or listen to talk radio. That’s dangerous sometimes. But generally, Americans are tolerant and I think recognize that faith is a personal thing, and they may feel very strongly about an issue like abortion or gay marriage, but if they discuss it with me as an elected official they will discuss it with me in those terms and not, say, as ‘you call yourself a Christian.’
WOW! So, we’ve got getting to heaven on your own deeds, sin is out of line with his values, Jesus as a dead, historical figure, and only discussing moral issues on political playing fields. I’m not calling his salvation into question, but I am questioning his judgment. And it’s not a select few disagreements Christians have with his worldview. It’s everything. I’d have to stretch to find common ground here.