In 1835, Alexis de Toqueville a French political thinker and historian explored the inner-workings of the United States to understand the mystery and fiery tenacity seen in this young nation still in its infancy, but teeming with energy and genius. Like America, France had also undergone a revolution to overthrow a monarchy and ruling class of elites. Unlike the United States of America, the French took the road to atheism and secularism instead of basing their freedom and liberty upon unalienable rights given by the Creator. After many journeys and investigative probes, de Toqueville wrote the following in his analysis and description of American life, Democracy in America, published in 1835:
"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her ample rivers - it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits ablaze with righteousness did I meet the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."
If de Toqueville came to America today, would he find such inspiration? When our pulpits emit strange fire, what are those in the pews to do? It has been reported that a significant number of black pastors have been "heart-broken" over President Barack Obama's decision to make public his support for same-sex marriage, and are making arrangements to meet with him and attempt to have him reconsider. However, president Obama had done much more before and after he was elected President of the United States of America, while many of the same pastors were silent at the least and complicit at the most! Although there has also been a considerable number of pastors who recognized even then presidential candidate Obama for who he really was, the overwhelming consensus became bewitched by his eloquence, good looks, attractiveness and let us not forget—yes his skin color!
The Rev. William Owens, organizer and president of yet another group called the Coalition of Arfican American Pastors, said "President Obama is the fulfillment of our dreams for our sons-- and he has broken our hearts by using his power and position to endorse as a civil right something that is simply wrong." This strongly suggests that the majority of the pastors did not consider the spiritual make up of the president, but have dedicated themselves to him simply because he was black! Now, like a jilted lover, they want to beg him to come back.
There was apparently no evidence of any concern about candidate Obama’s anti-Christian agenda, which is supposed to be the foremost concern of the “watchmen on the wall.” Even before this abominable event, the pastors should have taken heed of what candidate Obama stood for, which most likely would have spared them this heart-breaking moment! Some of the things that the pastors could have spoken out against were when Obama:
- Stated in an interview with Cathleen Falsani of the Chicago Sun Times stating his belief that there were other ways to heaven besides Jesus Christ. Has President Obama changed his position? 1 John 4:3 tells the believer that "... every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
- "Fought vigorously against the Illinois state senate legislation called the "Born Alive Act" and voted to continue the barbaric practice of abandoning babies that the mother does not want after a failed abortion attempt to die.
- Cancelled the Washington D.C. school voucher program enabling low-income minority children to attend more effective private shcools or public schools in other communities.
- Declared that America is no longer a Christian nation when delivering a speech in Istanbul, Turkey.
- Eliminated the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military, thus opening the doors to open homosexuality.
- Ordered the Georgetown University officials to cover up the symbolic representation of Jesus’ name.
What was the response of the pastors in regards to any of these travesties? Imagine crickets chirping! In Amos 3:3, God spoke through the Old Testament prophet with the question, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” He was speaking to the nation of Israel in light of the people’s departure from Him and his pronouncement of their pending doom. In light of three years of the Obama administration, has there been anything the heart-broken pastors been even concerned with?
Now why would the pastors feel heart-broken? Do they feel betrayed? Disappointed? Do they lament because of President Obama’s anti-Biblical agenda? Are they embarrassed? Or are the pastors ashamed? It is not clear! Are they not the very elect, responsible for the well-being of hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of souls? Was the Biblical principles followed to vet then candidate Obama or are we witnessing what happens when interpretative malpractice is in play?
So now they are planning to meet with President Obama to plead with him to change his mind on the homosexual marriage position, with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder having to speak with them first, to coach them on what to say in order to avoid losing their 501(c)3 tax exempt status. Does this not appear to be a veiled threat?
If the pastor’s hearts are broken, let it be for the right reason and not because President Obama has placed a political stumbling block in their path to government-assisted bliss. May their hearts be broken for the mangled, dismembered bodies of the 50 million babies torn from their mothers’ wombs. Let them be broken-hearted because the man they chose to lead this great and wonderful nation has sought to dismantle it from the inside out in order to reconstruct it not in the name of Jesus, but in the name of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin! May their hearts be broken in repentance so that our God who is slow to anger, but swift to mercy might heal them and begin the process of setting the pulpits ablaze again with righteousness. Let us pray for their broken hearts, that they might not seek the necessary solutions in President Barack Obama or Washington, D.C. at all, but turn back to the God of this nation—the one true and living God who brought us!
There was apparently no evidence of any concern about candidate Obama’s anti-Christian agenda, which is supposed to be the foremost concern of the “watchmen on the wall.” Even before this abominable event, the pastors should have taken heed of what candidate Obama stood for, which most likely would have spared them this heart-breaking moment! Some of the things that the pastors could have spoken out against were not only his stance against homosexuality and abortion, but matters revolving around his administration's attempts to restrict Christian activities at national veteran's cemetaries; his connections with avowed communists like Van Jones and Mark Lloyd. They have also failed to search for the truth of President Obama's efforts to bring "change" to America. What does Obama's change actually mean?
So the question remains: If the clergy was in error in their judgment of candidate Obama's spiritual agenda, then what makes one believe that they are correct in other matters?