On February 22, 2012 I appeared on the Martin Bashir Show. The previous week, I testified before the Congressional House Oversight Committee on the religious liberty implications of Obamacare. NBC worked hard to get me on one of their shows and I somehow assumed that they would at least ask me about my position on religious liberty. I also assumed that I would be treated fairly. I was wrong on both counts. I had never heard of Martin Bashir and was not aware of his tactics to make an interviewee look stupid. Bashir asked no questions about anything that I expected. Instead, he wanted me to tell the world that I knew that President Obama was a Christian. I told him that I had no way of knowing if the president is a Christian since I have never met him.
For Bashir, my lack of knowledge about the president’s spiritual condition was no excuse for my not being able to verify the president’s Christianity. He pressed me for another five minutes, but I kept explaining that I had no way of knowing the president’s spiritual state. I could only say that the president claimed that he was a Christian, so I have to take him at his word. Bashir was frustrated by my response, but I gave the only answer that an Evangelical could.
I still find it interesting that those on the left are so upset when people question whether or not president Obama is a Christian. If president Obama is a Christian, then why does he provide so many indications that he is not? Given the mixed signals, one is only rational to question Obama’s spiritual state. If the president is not a Christian, then that would explain a lot of his behavior. Proverbs 20:11 tells su that ”Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.” Matthew 7:16-20 explains that a tree is known by its fruit.
The Obama administration has been more hostile to those of a Christian faith than any administration before it. He seeks to replace freedom of religion with freedom of worship. The difference is that freedom of worship is limited only within the confines of one’s place of worship. In other words, there is no place for religious expression in the public square. The Obama administration has also been using homosexuality as the tool to destroy the Christian’s freedom of religion. By making homosexuality an issue of civil rights the left hopes to eliminate the morality and cultural influence of the Church. While attempting to minimize the influence of Christianity in this country, president Obama has been doing everything to strengthen the influence of Islam. He has had NASA and the department of Education work towards these ends. In the department of defense, if one shares his faith in Jesus Christ, he can be prosecuted. Just in the last few weeks he has even ordered priests and chaplains not to pray for or to minister to their troops by threatening to prosecute those who do.
President Obama is for abortion, for homosexuality, for Islam, for socialism, against witnessing for Christ, and against religious liberty. With all of this, how can one not question president Obama’s faith. He has mentioned his Muslim faith, and that he was educated in a madrasa while living in Indonesia. Even his old pastor, Jeremiah Wright explained in Ed Klein’s book, The Amateur, that he did not believe that the president ever became a Christian. While he might attend a church on occasion, that does not make him a Christian. Just because he professes Christ does not mean that he possesses Christ. Because he is clearly leading the nation into sin, there is more evidence that he is not a Christian than there is for his salvation.
All of this causes some believers to ask me we should do? I tell people that the scriptures tell us to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2). So the next question that people ask me is how should we pray for the president? I remind people of 2 Chronicles 33 and the story of king Manasseh who lead Israel into sin. The Lord had to use some extreme measures to bring Manasseh to repentance. The early church prayed for the salvation of the Roman emperors who persecuted the church, not for the persecution to stop. All of this shows that our prayers should be confined to his salvation, not his success, not his health, not his safety, not his blessings or anything else that might get in the way of his repentance and conversion.
Some think we should make imprecatory prayers against the president (David prayed evil to come against the enemies of God). Instead, I think that we should not pray for any harm to the president or his family because it reflects a certain kind of mean spiritedness. We must respond just as Jesus Christ did “Father do not hold this sin against them for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).”
The fact that president Obama was re-elected into office tells us that something is wrong with the spiritual condition of America as a whole. We make a huge mistake if we believe that either political party will lead us into justice or righteousness. Consequently, we should pray that the Lord will bring revival to the U.S.A. It is time for every believer to pray for our country