Dennis Campbell
July 2, 2007
The oddity of liberals expounding on Christianity
By Dennis Campbell

Listening to a liberal politician expound on Christianity brings to mind the comment by 18th Century British author Samuel Johnson upon hearing a woman preach. He likened it to "a dog's walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."

The comment seems apropos to Sen. Barack Obama's recent remarks to members of the United Church of Christ.

Obama, seeking to represent Democrats in the 2008 presidential election, said, "Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart. Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us.

"I don't know what Bible they're reading, but it doesn't jibe with my version."

The United Church of Christ is one of those supposedly Christian denominations that have adopted a make-it-up-as-you-go approach to the faith. They say that "God is still speaking," and quote late entertainer Gracie Allen's admonition not to "put a period where God has put a comma."

Scripture is merely a general guide to life. It is not the inerrant Word of God, unchanging and immutable, so they simply reject what they don't like.

Case in point: The United Church of Christ approves of same-sex marriage and ordains homosexuals. Obama wonders what Bible conservatives are reading. Perhaps it is the New American Standard, which says:

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." Man and woman. Not man and man, not woman and woman. Perhaps Obama is reading another version say, the popular New International version. Maybe it says something different. No, it's right there: "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."

As for embracing homosexual behavior, perhaps the Bible Obama is using says something different from this: "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error."

Lest someone say the Apostle Paul was describing pederasty or wanton temple behavior, he also wrote this: "Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

I don't know what Bible Obama reads, but this one clearly lumps homosexuality in with a host of nasty vices. You may not like it, but you cannot deny it.

When Obama talks about faith dividing us, he demonstrates his biblical ignorance. Jesus said, "Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three...."

Those who say that Jesus associated with the lowly, with criminals and outcasts are correct. When they say he turned away no one they are wrong. He clearly would have nothing to do with those who practiced hypocritical self-righteousness, calling them "vipers" and "whitewashed tombs" full of dead men's bones. But at the same time, he said that "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

And to what did he call them? To repentance, to "go, and sin no more." Christ never excused sin or rationalized it. He confronted it and condemned it.

Finally, to those who say that Jesus never said a word about homosexuality, Christians believe that Jesus was and is God. They also believe that scripture is inspired of God, and every word of it is His. You do not have to believe that, but if you call yourself a Christian and do not believe it, you are swimming in dangerous waters indeed. And if the Bible is the word of God, every word in it is the word of Christ. It's His book.

Someone should tell Obama this is the Bible conservatives have been reading.

© Dennis Campbell

 

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