“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
Matthew 7:15-20 (NIV)
Barack Obama has always stated that he is a Christian. He refers to Jesus as his “savior”, and says that he has a “personal relationship with Christ“. However, as far as the mainstream media is concerned, that is the point at which the conversation should end. Any additional questions are treated as hostile. Those who have had the temerity to question his religion have been lambasted as bigots whose motivations are based entirely upon racism. Even when religious leaders who are questioned (usually in a very confrontational manner: “You agree that the President is a Christian, right? You’re not one of those crazy birthers who think he’s a secret muslim?”) about the subject concede that the President’s public pronouncement of adherence to Christianity is adequate, they are denounced for not issuing a strong endorsement of his bona fides.
The questions arise not because of Obama’s race, but because of his actions. During the 2008 election, the mainstream media seemed content to consider the issue closed, overlooking Obama’s more than 20 years in the pews at Jeremiah Wright‘s church. The President embraces abortion and prioritizes a woman’s right to choose to end her pregnancy over the life of the child. Obama is an adherent of a secular world-view, seeking to limit freedom of religion, control gun owners, the vehicles they drive, the food they eat, the fuel they use, their education, their marriages, and their children. By his every action, his policy decisions, and his proncouncements, Obama reveals that the teachings of Christianity, the most fundamental concepts have no place in his world view.
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum recently referred to Obama’s “phony theology” and while the media immediately reacted with outrage, claiming that the former Senator was perhaps implying (as has been a case throughout Obama’s candidacy and presidency) that Obama is secretly a Muslim or, Heaven forbid, not a good Christian. What Senator Santorum was in fact trying to illustrate was the fact that in his actions, Obama betrays the very faith he espouses. He reveals that there is no connection between his faith and his actions. He claims to be a Christian, but his actions speak otherwise. He claims to follow Christ, but the decisions he has made as President are contrary. His type of Christianity is one that other followers of Christ find hard to recognize, much less reconcile.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”