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Putin Preaches Godliness to America

PutinOriginally posted at American Thinker

The moral disintegration must be pretty bad if a former KGB officer and current leader of what once was a communist regime feels moved to reprimand Euro-Atlantic nations established primarily upon Judeo-Christian values by calling them “godless.”

Since the fall of communism, religion now plays an important part in Russian life.  Rest assured: communists who’ve lived through state-established atheism surely recognize the obliteration of religious expression when they see it.

That’s why it’s pretty chilling to hear Vladimir Putin hurling accusations at the West and pointing out that what’s going on is identical to what went on when communism was established and religion was completely expunged from the Soviet Union.  Between 1917 and 1937, almost a quarter of a million Christians were executed, and churches that survived destruction were converted into things like museums of atheism.

Russian President Putin, who hasn’t been shy about expressing his disapproval of homosexuality and has banned what he defined as “homosexual propaganda,” had this to say:

Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.

Speaking to his people in the state of the nation address delivered at the end of last year, the Russian president defended traditional values, pointed out the moral bankruptcy of the West, and maintained that conservatism, both religious and societal, is what prevents what he defined as worldwide “chaotic darkness.”

Quite the opposite of what goes on in America, where these days the only form of permissible discrimination involves the denigration of conservatives and people of faith, in Russia, it’s now a criminal offense to “insult” the religious sensibilities of believers.

So it’s come to this.  In lieu of a president who respects Judeo-Christian values, an ex-KGB officer from a formerly atheist country is actually warning the West about how godlessness results in the kind of “chaotic darkness,” “belief in Satan,” and “path to degradation” that America is currently on.

Granted, criminalizing homosexuality and making “insulting religious sensibilities” illegal aren’t policies America should ever emulate.  Moreover, lest we forget, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin preaching Christ does not diminish the Russian president’s dark political and personal past.

But what’s ironic is that in this case, a leader who should be viewed with extreme caution is actually speaking truth to nations hell-bent on repeating Soviet Russia’s mistakes.

Is Barack Obama an Angel of Light?

On numerous occasions it’s been proven that the President, although claiming to embrace Christianity, regularly quotes Scripture either incorrectly or out of context. Usually the quotation cited is specifically chosen to further a policy or message the President is promoting, and sometimes just to remind everyone that he really is a Christian.  However, other than imply that the strength of his leadership could slow the rising oceans and heal an ailing planet, thus far, at least not openly, Obama has not identified himself as a modern-day messiah.

On the other hand, Michelle Obama obviously sees her husband in a different light. At a campaign event in Nashville, the first lady, all pumped up in anticipation of the coming election season, let it slip that she thinks she’s married to a celestial being.

In her closing statements, Michelle said, “I’m so in.  I am going to be working so hard.  We have an amazing story to tell.”

At that juncture, Mrs. Obama should have stopped, because what she said next crossed the line from excited campaign rhetoric into sacrilege territory.

From the sound of things, it appears that Michelle Obama may believe that the amazing story she, and “we,” have to tell could turn out to be the second “Greatest Story Ever Told” because according to Mrs. Obama, “The president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”

In typical Democrat fashion, after making the outrageous statement Michelle didn’t expound on how the President has led America out of the darkness into the light, nor did she offer examples to support her stunning pronouncement.

However, failure to develop her point is only part of the problem, because in 1 Peter 2:9, the way the Apostle identifies God’s people is by saying, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

If Michelle refuses to explain the basis of her observation, those who have eyes to see and ears to hear should focus on the latter part of that verse: “…that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Quite frankly, the 450 people attending the event who applauded Michelle’s disturbing remark are scarier than the woman voicing that sentiment.

By declaring that Barack Obama has led America out of the darkness and into the light, what Mrs. Obama proved is that either the Obamas didn’t really attend Reverend Wright’s church for 20 years as they claimed, or for some reason Jeremiah never had time to preach from the Scripture.

In the Bible there are many verses that refer to light and darkness and in almost all of them, it is God turning darkness to light or identifying Himself as the literal Light. In 2 Samuel 22:29 while singing a song of deliverance, the psalmist David said of the Lord, “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness to light.”

In Isaiah 42:16 God speaks to the prophet and says, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.”

And of course in the New Testament, in John 9:5, Jesus referred to Himself when He said “I am the light of the world.”

So, maybe Michelle was unaware of the analogy she was making, or maybe she was fully aware.  Either way, over the last three years the man who promised the miraculous has failed miserably.   Therefore, either Michelle or the object of her adoration should explain that, contrary to popular opinion in some circles, Barack Obama is not “The way, the truth, and the life.”

If the first lady’s ‘out of the darkness into the light’ comment isn’t eventually either retracted or at least explained, maybe somebody should make Michelle Obama and those in Nashville who applauded her aware of another Scripture in 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 that also references a man of light:  “…such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

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