29 September 2010

"Christian by Choice"

Okay, let's get this settled once and for all. Just because someone supports and encourages the murder of millions of innocent unborn children, lauds the blatant, unashamed parading of the sin of homosexuality, defends a pagan, hateful, murderous religion at every turn, and fights relentlessly for such unethical scientific research as embryonic stem cell research (by the way, did you hear the ban was overturned?) does not mean that person isn't a Christian! Come on, now, stop being so intolerant and judgmental! (Yes, I hope you heard the sarcasm that is absolutely dripping from these words).

One News Now reports:
"I am a Christian by choice," Obama began, standing beneath a blazing sun, when asked why he is a Christian.
"So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead - being my brothers' and sisters' keeper, treating others as they would treat me," he continued.

"And I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we're sinful and we're flawed and we make mistakes, and that we achieve salvation through the grace of God," Obama said. "But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace."

Obama said he seeks to do that through daily prayer and public service. "That's what I strive to do. That's what I pray to do every day," he said. "I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith."
"One thing I want to emphasize, having spoken about something that obviously relates to me very personally, as president of the United States I'm also somebody who deeply believes that part of the bedrock strength of this country is that it embraces people of many faiths and no faith," he said. "That this is a country that is still predominantly Christian, but we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and that their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own." (Online source, bold emphasis mine).
I'm thinking our illustrious leader may have gotten lost on his own "path to grace" with such a flawed idea of what it means to be a Christian. Unless he's going for that whole Christian Universalism thing, in which case he's pretty much spot-on. That "path to grace" of his must be awfully wide...
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." Matthew 7:13-14

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