I hesitate to post this one. I decided to go ahead anyway, but first I wanted to point out a few things:
- As is true with all posts on this blogsite, these thoughts are entirely my own and have no reflection on Oakbrook Church or any of the rest of its staff.
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OK. Enough disclaimers.
I have noticed that quite a few of my Christian friends and aquaintences all across the country seem to be supporting Obama these days. I can tell by the “bumper stickers” on their FaceBook accounts, their announcements on Twitter about rooting for Obama in the debates or in the Jermiah Wright controversy, and I’ve seen references on their blogsites. Some of these people are involved with highly visible and influential churches across the country…probably names you would recognize.
One commonality these supporters have is the kinds of churches they come from. They are all from ultra contemporary, post-modern, or emergent style congregations.
Another commonality these Obama supporters have is their youth. They are almost all in their 20’s and 30’s.
A third commonality is that these supporters are attracted to the causes of social justice, fighting poverty and disease, environmentalism, and volunteerism. This one should not surprise anyone. Anyone who has an authentic, vibrant relationship with God SHOULD have some righteous anger about them. Taking care of the world, feeding the poor, freeing the oppressed, healing the sick are VERY CHRISTIAN values.
A fourth commonality seems to be war fatigue coupled with a disenfranchisement of the existing political system. This is also understandable. A lot of people feel this way (not me – but that’s another post.)
Something that makes total sense to me is Obama’s “hope and change” mantra. People ARE sick of certain things. People want to be part of something that seems to be a positive turn. This makes total sense to me. But here’s my big problem: those things that are attractive about Obama come with strings attached. They come with a high cost (and I’m not talking dollars.) What is that cost? What are the strings?
It’s this: no matter what public perception is, no matter what the P.R. people have “packaged” for us, no matter how many cool YouTube videos will.i.am makes or how many stump speeches Oprah makes, there is the following truth:
Barack Obama is a hard-core liberal. And everything that comes with it. (visit OnTheIssues.Org if you don’t believe me.) Here’s what that means:
That means abortions – and lots of them.
Obama even voted to protect the grotesque practice known as “partial-birth abortion”. He supports Roe v. Wade. And he would no doubt nominate justices who believe as he does – that the Constitution is a living, breathing “conversation”, not a static declaration of law.
It means being pro-homosexuality.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told a crowd at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, Sunday March 2nd that he believes the Sermon on the Mount justifies his support for legal recognition of same-sex unions. He also told the crowd that his position in favor of legalized abortion does not make him “less Christian.”[…] “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans.”
He has also stated that he would be “the most pro-gay president in history.”
It means higher taxes, more spending on entitlement programs.
These policies hurt (not help) poor minority families the most on the following basis – we create an underclass that is dependent on the government to survive. That is cruel. We should instead be teaching people to become self-sufficient. I think there is a spiritual component to this. It is economic enslavement.
It means being lenient on criminals, expecting the state to do the job of the Holy Spirit.
Obama supports alternative sentencing and rehabilitiation over jail time. When has the government ever succeeded in changing hearts and minds of criminals from evil to good? As Christians we should know that the only thing that can do that is the power of God working in us. But he does support harsher penalties for one particular type of crime – Hate Crimes. Obama supports you getting extra punishment if you thought bad things about your victim because of race, sex, religion, or sexal preferences.
He wants to pass out condoms at taxpayer expense, says its OK for Public Education Kindergartners to be taught about homosexuality, and wants a path to citizenship illegal immigrants and guest workers, and even extending welfare and Medicaid to them (this is all verifiable at the OnTheIssues website).
So I’m sorry if this offends you, but as a Christ-follower myself, there is no way that I could vote for this. I love you guys at these other churches and what you do. I love you heart for people and your passion for ministry. But I think you guys are sacrificing too much with Obama.
Hope and Change are wonderful initiatives. But what is the object of that hope? Is it in the government of men or is it in the power of God? Consider Chuck Colson’s message frrom 1994:
“Where is the hope? I meet millions of people who feel demoralized by the decay around us. The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws we pass, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. And that’s where our hope is in this country. And that’s where our hope is in life.”