The apostle Paul admonishes us pray for all men, especially those in positions of authority. As a fundamentalist Christian; one who is a committed follower of Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord, I believe that the Bible is a divinely inspired book of proven principles, ideologies and truths by which we should anchor our society and conduct our lives. I have chosen to live my life by its edicts; and do heed the apostles’ instructions to pray for our leaders; especially our President.
I do this with the understanding that the ideology of those who are in power always translates into public policy, and will undoubtedly effect us all. This sentiment holds true for a President or a parent.
Like many Christians I did struggle back in 2008 whether or not to vote for Obama simply because of the historic; and I have to add the racial component that existed in that presidential race.
For the first time in American history, there was legitimate Black or in his case mixed-ethic presidential candidate unlike the first two (Jackson and Sharpton) who could actually be the President!
He is obviously an extremely gifted, intelligent and a charismatic figure. And by all appearances a loving husband and father to his wife and children, and I have to admit; I really, really wanted to vote for him. But as a Christian and a responsible voter should do; I pushed past my emotions and began to look at his voting record while he was a State Senator in Illinois and as a U.S. Senator in Congress. Although I knew his voting record was that of a committed liberal legislator. I decided because of the historical magnitude of that election, I would give him the benefit of an examination first.
His US Senate record was questionable, but typical for a liberal; his two year span as US Senator was not enough for me to make qualitative decision. But his eight year record as a state senator would be more definitive. And a deeper look into what kind of liberal he really is. His legislative record fell in line with the normal pro-gun control, higher taxes, pro-union etc…liberal/progressive ideology.
But a couple of votes stood out to me in particular.
The first, his co-sponsoring of a bill that would have banned discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation. Not because I’m anti-gay; but because I’m anti-bad laws that violate the expression of religious freedom and conscience in the marketplace and burdens business-owners with useless, expensive and frivolous lawsuits.
Second and most egregious to me was his record on “partial birth abortion bans” and his opposition to a vote on the 2001 and 2002 “born alive” bills. In which Obama’s priority was solely about protecting a woman’s right to abort, even if it meant allowing a baby to die, even if it was birthed alive from a failed abortion procedure!
According to factcheck.org these are words that State Senator Obama said about the proposed bill on the senate floor back in 2001, 2002:
Obama, Senate floor, 2001: Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a – a child, a nine-month-old – child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it – it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an antiabortion statute.
And in reference to having a second doctor available (to help save the life of a viable infant outside the womb) after failed abortion procedures, he said:
Obama, Senate floor, 2002: [A]dding a – an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion. … I think it’s important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births.
UPDATE…Recently audio of this legislative session was found:
That was all I needed to make up my mind…. his skin color…. the historical significance of that election…. the power of relativity… the blind black allegiance that many of the professional black left were pushing at the time(and still do today). All of these elements for me became inconsequential.
All of that was trumped by the Judeo-Christian worldview that I had adopted years ago as my moral compass. It became my standard for all things having to do with my life, my family, my Nation and my vote. And not just relegating my views to what I do on Sundays and in my own home or based on some ludicrous “because he is black code”.
I have found no reference in the writings; neither of the Bible nor within our Constitution in which “a judiciary created right to privacy” trumps the right to protect the life of the unborn!
I have not found any reference in the Bible that affirms or condones same-sex marriage. Nor any clause; expressly the 14th amendment of our Constitution which when interpreted correctly, that infers rights or protections based solely on sexual orientations or gender identity.
It gave me a clear picture of the type of ideology that Senator Obama, adhered too. His progressive worldview has a greater influence, and determines his public policy decisions.
Although he has stated he is a Christian. His public policy decisions do not reflect a Judeo-Christian worldview. Additional, a speech he gave at a Sojourners event back in 2006 he declared :
“Moreover, given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers”.
In 2009 while giving a speech in Turkey he reiterated his belief that Americans don’t consider themselves a Christian Nation! (Not true by the way, based on every poll taken on this issue). Words no sitting U.S. President has ever said to my knowledge and while on foreign soil as well! Again unusual for one who identifies as a Christian.
I wholeheartedly disagree. We are Nation in which Jews, Muslims, Buddhist and Atheist can live freely. But make no mistake about it… We are a Christian Nation!
Therefore, I could not in good conscience vote for him in 2008.
Unfortunately, many people of faith did; and choose to make Senator Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
Obama received higher levels of support from religious groups than Gore did in 2000 and Kerry 2004. The biggest percentage point swing came from Catholics; who by a majority of 54% voted for Obama. Ironic, in light of the most recent controversy between the White House and the Catholic Church.
Since his inauguration he has been true to his promise and vision of bringing liberal/progressive change to America.
Within the first thirty days of his Presidency he rescinded the Mexico City Policy which re-allocates taxpayer funds to provide for international abortions. LifeNews.com lists his complete pro-abortion record in detail since he has been in office.
The President, along with a super-majority in congress for the first two years of his administration, enacted a plethora of unprecedented legislative and policy changes favoring the LGBT community. Included the nomination of Harry Hay admirer, Kevin Jennings as the ”safe schools czar”. Mr. Jennings was the founder of GLSEN, a group that advocates for homosexuality curriculum in public schools. His forward in the book “queering elementary education,”, along with his other writings and speeches were a clear indication of his extremely misguided intentions for the youth of this nation.
And yet, President Obama chose him to help set policy for our public schools!
He directed his DOJ office not to defend DOMA. And enacting a foreign aid plan that included a demand for protections of LGBT’s abroad and offers of asylum and refugee status if they want come to the U.S.
He became the first US President to public endorse same-sex marriage while in office.
He has committed to signing ENDA; proposed legislation that would violate the first amendment and penalizes employers of faith whether they be Jewish, Christian or Muslim. ENDA will force employers with 15 or more employees to allow transgender workers to cross-dress at the workplace and hire openly gay applicants.
He appointed Chai Feldblum one of the four Commissioners of the EEOC. Who has written “that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, that may negatively affect homosexual “equality.” And that “religious liberty — which she also calls “belief liberty”must be placed second to the “identity liberty” of homosexuals. In May of this year the EEOC added “gender identity” to the 1965 Civil Rights Act Title VII statue.
And I could go and on…Not to mentioned most of his economics policies that increase dependence on the State and decrease reliance on GOD.
To be clear, this has nothing to do with the man Barack Obama. It has everything to do with the President Barack Obama his policies, and his desire to promote and enact domestic and foreign policies that are antithetical to the Judeo-Christians principles’ upon which this Nation was founded.
These few issues alone are sufficient reason for the faithful not to make the same mistake in the voting booth in 2012.