Boston has had 6 feet of snow this winter and all the Global warming folks want us to believe it’s because of Climate Change. Yep, it’s change indeed. It’s actually cyclical. Patterns come and go and this has been happening since the Flood. These folks are pushing this stuff like the Evolution folks push their “theory” as fact. Just take note of that when you are watching the Weather Channel (WC) and reading stuff on the internet. I love the WC, but they have swallowed this hook, line and sinker. Mainly, (in my humble opinion), because they are owned by NBC’s parent company.
Did you hear the President at the Prayer Breakfast last week. Amazing! He compared the Crusades where Christians were seeking to take back the Promised Land from the Muslim Turks with what ISIS is doing with burning people alive. Really, Mr. President??!
Do you now this man?
This is Ravi Zacharias. He’s absolutely brilliant Christian apologist from India. I’ve shared with you about him before. Take a look at his take on the President’s remarks.
President Barack Obama’s address at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, 2015 has reverberated through the corridors of the world and provoked shock and dismay in numerous quarters. Even a professor at the University of London commented on his shallow understanding of the Crusades. I hesitated to write anything on the subject because it would drag me into politics or into a sobering critique of Islam. I am not sure that at a time like this either distraction would be wise, so let me keep it to the minimum.
For those who did not hear the talk, it is sufficient to say that it was the most ill-advised and poorly chosen reprimand ever given at a National Prayer Breakfast. I have been to several and have never, ever heard such absence of wisdom in a setting such as this. I wasn’t at this one but have heard the speech often enough to marvel at the motivation for such thoughts. President Obama basically lectured Christians not to get on a moral high horse in their castigation of the ISIS atrocities by reminding them that the Crusades and slavery were also justified in the name of Christ. Citing the Crusades, he used the single most inflammatory word he could have with which to feed the insatiable rage of the extremists. That is exactly what they want to hear to feed their lunacy. In the Middle East, history never dies and words carry the weight of revenge.
There is so much I would love to say in response but shall refrain. The President obviously does not understand the primary sources of either faith for him to make such a tendentious parallel. The predominant delight in his remarks would be in the Muslim world and the irreligious. The next day Geraldo Rivera, opining favorably, made the oft repeated lie that more people have been killed in the name of God than in any other cause. Try telling that to the Chinese and the Russians and the Cambodians and the victims of the Holocaust! Such intellectual ignorance gains the microphone with pitiable privilege. If a thinking person doesn’t know the difference between the logical outworkings of a philosophy and the illogical ones, to say nothing of the untruth perpetrated, then knowledge has been sacrificed at the altar of prejudice.
But let me get to the President’s final statement, after he had wandered off into erroneous territory. That final remark was true. He said, “It is sin that leads us to distort reality.” He was right. In fact he embodied it in his talk. But there is good news for the President. At least in the Christian message forgiveness is offered for sin. In Islam it isn’t. You must earn it. May I dare suggest that if Christians had been burning Muslims and be-heading them, he would have never dared to go to Saudi Arabia and tell them to get off their high horse. He unwittingly paid a compliment to those who preach grace and forgiveness. That is the dominant theme of the Gospel. That is why we sit in courtesy listening to the distortion of truth, the abuse of a privilege, and the wrong-headedness of a message.
I cannot recall when I have heard such inappropriate words at so important an occasion, in such a time of crisis. The world is burning with fear and apprehension. We need a message that will inspire and encourage and redeem. Ironically, two years ago when Dr. Ben Carson spoke and made some comments about our medical plan and the tax system, the White House demanded an apology from him for straying into controversial terrain, because it felt his comments showed disrespect for the President.
This year’s National Prayer Breakfast speech was a blunder in thought. But there was a silver lining. In the end, President Obama blundered into the truth. Sin distorts… and only Jesus Christ restores the truth. Christ will ever rise up to outlive His pallbearers. Even presidents will have to get off their high horses then and recognize the Lord of life and hope and peace. There will be no speech making then. Only a prayer of surrender… which is what the National Prayer Breakfast was meant to be in the first place.
Amen and amen Ravi!!
Thankfully country boy and NASCAR announcer (and former driver) Darrel Waltrip set things straight.
Darrell was just a feet away from President Obama when he delivered the keynote address. He said: “I did everything to satisfy me,” he said.
When his wife, Stevie, tried to get him to go to church, he responded, “I just don’t have time for this church stuff.”
“I realized that wreck knocked me conscience,” Waltrip said. “It scared the hell out of me. I mean that literally. I realized, what if I had lost my life that day at Daytona? Would I have gone to heaven or would I have gone to hell? I thought I was a good guy, but folks, let me tell you something: good guys go to hell.”
He continued, “If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, if you don’t have a relationship, if he’s not the master of your life, if you’ve never gotten on your knees and asked him to forgive you of your sins, or if you are just a pretty good guy or a pretty good gal, you’re going to go to hell.”
The country boy told the truth. I pray the President was listening.
Franklin Graham nails this situation on the head. The President is all about being politically correct.
Franklin said this at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference on January 26th:
“Secularism and communism are the same thing…they’re godless. They’re anti-Christ. So now we have the secularists who’ve taken control of our country. They’ve taken control of Washington. They’ve taken control our city governments, our local governments, our school boards all across the country, and we have just sat back. It’s happened and we haven’t even realized it’s happened.”
Franklin went on to say…
“Now, you say, Franklin, your father [Billy Graham] wouldn’t get on to these subjects. Wait a second. My father, when he was going to school, they had a Bible in school. When he was going to school, they had the Ten Commandments on the wall. When he was going to school, you could pray in school, and the teachers would lead in those prayers.”
“America has changed and it’s not coming back unless the church takes a stand. There are storms that are coming, and we find ourselves in these storms and many times, we as a church, we run. And we run to the wrong place. You see, Jesus is in the boat [with us]. All we have to do is call Him. Call on His name. But the secularist and the humanist, no. You mention the name of Christ and they jump all over you. I get jumped on all the time. I don’t care. I really don’t. I gave my life to Christ.”
Me too Franklin and I’m not afraid to stand on His name no matter what they do to me. What the humanists want to do is back us into a corner and keep us there with a sock in our mouths. And here’s the deal if you think that we can just “love” people by our actions and not get involved politically (vote), then you will watch this country go down the tubes. And you know what that will mean? It will mean that the country that sends out the most missionaries and sends the most money to spread the Gospel throughout the world will find itself becoming more and more economically powerless and thus the Gospel will be more and more muted. Satan loves that!
Satan hated this…
This was our annual Sportsmen’s Banquet on Saturday. 400+ people! Tons of lives touched!
Christians are seeking to spread the Gospel. ISIS is seeking to spread fear and death. Mr. President, please remember that. And with all due respect sir, it may take you dismounting your “high horse” to understand that.
Weather update. Cold and wet. You know what that might mean? I’m afraid to say. It’s been a “bust” for the winter weather fans. But the blue on the first map and the green on the second might mean an interesting pattern change next week. 🙂