Originally posted at American Thinker. blog
In America today there is a new fad called Designer Christianity. Cherry-picked Christian ideology has zero to do with God’s Word and everything to do with the moral relativism that now pervades modern philosophy. It is a pick-and-choose brand of religion where a person selects exactly what they want to believe, misinterprets and takes Scripture out of context, and then labels those who object to that sacrilege as mean-spirited, un-Jesus-like, and anti-Christian.
It’s a mentality that says a personal interpretation of Scripture trumps the canon of God’s Word and anything can be justified because God is much bigger than small-minded, fundamentalist-style thinking. Rather than align with truth, designer Christians mistakenly believe that God is eager to conform to public opinion and expectations.
Using Scripture to justify one’s own desires or beliefs is the highest form of opportunism. The truth is that when it comes to misusing Christianity, Barack “Audacity” Obama issues edicts against religious organizations one day and then quotes Scripture to justify forcing Christians to support abortion the next.
This year at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Barack Obama spoke on Jesus’ behalf and claimed “support from on high to defend two of his most controversial legislative achievements” – one being healthcare reform, an aspect of which includes funding abortion on demand.
Good Samaritan Barack Obama must believe Christian charity includes supplying free abortions and contraceptives to everyone in America, because just as he said, God knows “far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years.” Over breakfast, President Obama shared the importance of obeying God’s commandment to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” What he didn’t mention was that he makes an exception to that rule for women seeking an abortion, because “Thou shalt not kill” doesn’t apply when the victim is in utero.
The President even provided the National Prayer Breakfast attendees with mental imagery of himself as Jacob wrestling with God and prevailing when he reportedly said that he often “falls to his knees in prayer,” and where he “emphasized the role of his religious values in determining where to lead the country.” One wonders whether it was during one of those prayer sessions the President managed to convince the Lord to change His mind and give dispensation to government to force Catholic institutions, against their beliefs, to provide coverage for contraceptives, sterilization, and ultimately abortion.
We’ll never know, but nonetheless, while speaking to the prayer breakfast crowd the President, in the name of God, also maintained that he is “call[ing] for the wealthiest to give up their tax breaks…out of economic necessity, but also in line with biblical teachings.” Could it be that Barack Obama is suggesting mixing church and state together? After all, Jesus did say to “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s.” Is Barack Obama now suggesting that paying taxes to the government fulfills our responsibility to both Caesar and God?
Waxing homiletic, Obama invited America into the solitude of his prayer closet when he said, “And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.”
Then, pulling a pick-and-choose maneuver, the President followed that up by saying, “But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’ teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.'”
The Obama doctrine is such that, to the President – to whom we all know ‘much has been given’ – caring for the poor in the name of Jesus Christ includes monetary extortion. Furthermore, Barack’s dogma obviously adheres to the heretical belief that neither he nor his congregants will be required to explain exactly how caring for the least among us includes supporting abortion.
In “defense” of the innocent, the President defends either himself, or a policy that further enhances his largely government-driven religious convictions. In a stunning example of his typical cluelessness, Obama “defended foreign aid from assault, noting that it not just enhances the nation’s security,” – and here’s where it gets really good – “but fulfills the biblical requirement to look out for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
When referencing foreign aid, Uganda, and human trafficking, the President said, “It’s also about the biblical call to care for the least of these – for the poor; for those at the margins of our society. To answer the responsibility we’re given in Proverbs to ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.'” Interestingly enough, another translation of that Proverb reads: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.”
But never mind all that “justice for those being crushed” talk, because once again at yet another National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama attempted to maintain his religious credibility while employing a pick-and-choose form of Christianity. He shared with the faithful that he gains spiritual insight and values through a unique interpretation of the Bible and “private moments of prayer.” In other words, the President seeks divine approval to administer policy for the common good and to do ‘God’s work’ in the form of providing unlimited funding and unfettered access to abort those Americans “who cannot speak for themselves.”