Friday, November 9, 2012

Is Obama a Muslim?

Following the 2012 presidential election many Christians are seeing the election of Barak Obama as a sign of the "end times" and pointing to his apparent Muslim faith as evidence that he is some sort of antichrist figure.

According to a survey by Public Policy Polling in 2011, a majority of Republicans in Alabama and Mississippi believed that President Obama was a Muslim. In Alabama, 45% of Republican voters thought Obama was a Muslim, while 41%were not sure.

I hate to disappoint people, but Obama is actually a Christian.

Excerpts from Barack Obama's search for faith, by Jodi Kantor, New York Times, Monday, April 30, 2007:

His embrace of faith was a sharp change for a man whose family offered him something of a crash course in comparative religion but no belief to call his own. "He comes from a very secular, skeptical family," said Jim Wallis, a Christian antipoverty activist and longtime friend of Mr. Obama. "His faith is really a personal and an adult choice. His is a conversion story."
"I remained a reluctant skeptic, doubtful of my own motives, wary of expedient conversion, having too many quarrels with God to accept a salvation too easily won," he wrote in his first book, "Dreams From My Father."
It was a 1988 sermon called "The Audacity to Hope" that turned Mr. Obama, in his late 20s, from spiritual outsider to enthusiastic churchgoer. Mr. Wright in the sermon jumped from 19th-century art to his own youthful brushes with crime and Islam to illustrate faith's power to inspire underdogs. Mr. Obama was seeing the same thing in public housing projects where poor residents sustained themselves through sheer belief.
In "Dreams From My Father," Mr. Obama described his teary-eyed reaction to the minister's words. "Inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion's den, Ezekiel's field of dry bones," Mr. Obama wrote. "Those stories — of survival, and freedom, and hope — became our story, my story."
Mr. Obama was baptized that year....
Mr. Obama has written that when he became a Christian, he "felt God's spirit beckoning" and "submitted myself to His will and dedicated myself to discovering His truth." While he has said he shares core Christian beliefs in God and in Jesus as his resurrected son, he sometimes mentions doubts. 

At this point I would like to remind my Christian fundamentalist friends of some verses from the bible:

"that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9  

Meaning that if Obama has been baptised as a Christian, made a confession of faith, and believes in the resurrection he has done exactly what you are tryng to persuade people to do through your evangelistic activities. He is just as Christian as all those people you have been involved in converting. He is also just as much a Christian as those people from around the world who you hold up as examples of  persecuted Christians - catholics, orthodox and coptic - although you rarely mention Palestinian Christians).

However, the fact that President Obama is a Christian does not mean you have to agree with his policies.

Being a Christian does not make anyone - and that includes you and Mr Obama - perfect or holy or beyond criticism so remember this:

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone". John 8:7

You may not agree with Obama's policies, but that doesn't stop him being a Christian or make him a Muslim.

The biggest problem facing humanity today is our inability to continue liking someone with whom we disagree  on some political or religious issue. We see it in religious, political and our own social circles where people are congregating in smaller and smaller groups of only like minded people. People seem to feel endangered by ideas they disagree with and distrust those who think differently. They only way they seem to be able to cope is by demonising those they disagree with.

Lets remember how Jesus acted. He was not scared of associating with people who had other ideas, were of other religions or even oppressors.

I will leave the last word to him:

Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them. As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners? When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Mark 2:13-17