You know I continue to be blown away by how many people there are that “say” they are Christians. I really am. As a pastor I do a lot of talking to people about their souls and where they’re headed when they die. The majority…and I mean the vast majority tell me they are saved and on their way to glory to walk those good ole streets of gold. Well, as the old black preacher says, “Ain’t everybody talkin’ about goin’ to heaven goin’ there.” Amen Brother!
I know this may not make everyone real happy…but, a case in point of what I’m talking about is what I read moments ago…
by Kimberly Schwandt | April 25, 2011
Re. Franklin Graham/AP image
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said comments by Rev. Franklin Graham that there were issues surrounding President Obama’s birth were “preposterous charges.” Graham, who has met with Obama before, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and was asked about people like Donald Trump bringing up questions about the president’s birth. “Well, the — the president I know has some issues to deal with here. He can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly. I don’t — I was born in a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, and I know that my records are there,” Graham said.
“You can probably even go and find out what room my mother was in when I was born. I don’t know why he can’t produce that. So I’m not — I don’t know. But it’s an issue that looks like he could — he could answer pretty quickly,” he added.
Carney, in an abrupt answer, reacted and said, “It’s interesting that a minister would use Easter Sunday to make preposterous charges.”
A reporter in the daily White House briefing had asked for reaction to Graham’s comments that aired Sunday and also for other charges that Graham has made about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating all parts of the Obama administration.
The interview with the influential evangelical pastor took place late last week, but aired on Easter Sunday.
The issue of the president’s faith also came up. As recently as last week, President Obama professed his Christianity, also going to church services with his family in D.C. on Sunday. However, the president still battles misperceptions that he is a Muslim.
“Now, he has told me that he is a Christian. But the debate comes, what is a Christian? For him, going to church means he’s a Christian. For me, the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ and are following him in faith and we have trusted him as our lord and savior. That’s the definition of a Christian. It’s not as to what church you are a member of. A membership doesn’t make you a Christian,” Graham said.
The reverend said he does take the president at his word on that. “Well, when he says it, of course, I can’t — I’m not going to say, “Well, no, you’re not.” I mean, God — God is the only one who knows his heart.”
Now, you can agree or disagree with Franklin Graham about whether he should have said what he said. But, I’m appreciate his candor and honesty about the President’s Christianity. Why? Because the truth is, if you and I are truly believers in Jesus Christ then there should be evidence to prove that we are. Does the President like basketball? Do you have to guess? No. Not unless you’ve had your head in the sand. He loves basketball. He’s played with the University of North Carolina a couple of years ago…
He loves playing on his “home court” at the White House…
Does anybody guess if he is an avid basketball fan?
Here is President Obama’s 2011 NCAA tournament bracket…
Pretty convincing, huh? But, is he a Christian? According to Pew poll, 89 percent of Americans are people of faith, and according to Gallup, only 43 percent of Americans are frequent churchgoers. As you may have noticed, 43 is not an “overwhelming majority” of 89. In fact, it is not a majority at all. Most Americans of faith do not attend church frequently. Why? I’m going to say the obvious. Could it be they are NOT believers? Please don’t write me hate mail. 🙂
If I really like or love something or someone, am I not going to want to spend time participating in that activity or doing something with that person? Sure. It makes perfect sense to me.
So, Franklin Graham is being hammered for being honest in my opinion. Now I want to ask you a question. How many people do you know that claim to be a Christian but give little evidence to prove it? Jesus said, “You will know them by the fruit they bear.” He even said that many will come to him on the Day of Judgment and plead with Him that they were good and did great things for Him and even performed miracles and mighty works. Yet, He will tell them, “Depart from me. I don’t know you.”
So, let’s be honest with ourselves and let’s be honest about our souls and the eternal destiny of those we love and care about (and even those we don’t…we are to love our enemies).
If you knew someone was getting ready to drive their car around a curve and the bridge ahead was washed out, wouldn’t you do everything you could to stop them before they went careening down a cliff?
If you really cared you would and so would I.