“On My Mind: With a due respects, President Obama needs to be more careful when it comes to using quotes from the Bible to justify executive actions. In the course of announcing an executive order that will effectively legalize 5 million people who came to or are in this country illegally (no one disputes that, to my knowledge), the president quoted Exodus 23:9, which says “Also you shall not oppress a stranger: for you know the heart of a stranger, seeing you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (NKJV). The problem with using this verse in this context is that no one is “oppressing” illegal aliens. Republicans are not anti-immigration, as you might have read in the mainstream media or heard on CNN or MSNBC. Republicans are anti- illegal immigration, just as we all should be, just as we should be opposed to the mass breaking of any of our laws. The Founders established a unique form of government, one that featured rule of law (as opposed to the ruler’s whim or rule of who-you-know). When rule of law is overturned in any way, that overturning threatens our democracy. It is not “oppressive” to require that people obey the law and, with respect to the law in question, to refuse to grant citizenship privileges to those that have. In this context, Exodus 23:9 forbids discrimination on the basis of skin color, ethnicity, religion, and so on. Our immigration laws, as they stand (or stood), are not discriminatory. They provide a clear and legal path to citizenship for people who want to become American citizens. Ironically, as demonstrated by Sgt. Tahmooressi’s imprisonment in a Mexican jail for making a driving error, the very country that most of these illegals are coming from can be very oppressive when it comes to “strangers.” If an American enters Mexico illegally and purposefully, he or she, when apprehended, will be jailed. Mexico enforces it’s laws (if in a draconian manner), then expects America to not enforce hers. Furthermore, it is a documented fact that a significant number of the people coming across our southern border are from the Middle East. They are Muslims who fly into Venezuala, learn to speak Spanish, and are then transported to northern Mexico where they slip across the border with folks who hail from Mexico and other Central American nations. There is only one reason why Muslims would want to conceal their entry into the United States. That alone is reason enough to secure our borders.” – John Rosemond
How can we escape the wrath that’s coming upon the earth.
If God lets this United States get by with this iniquity,
He will be obligated to raise up Sodom and Gomorrah
and apologize for burning them up.
— William Branham
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On the Presidential Endorsement
of Same-Sex Marriage
For two decades, the frog has been in the pot while the temperature has been slowly turned up. Yesterday, it was finally cooked and served to the American people in a sauce so thick as to cover the rancid flavor of the dish.
The process began with the Bush presidencies and their toleration for homosexuality. It was advanced in full by the Clinton Administration. It has now reached its logical zenith under Obama. So we should not be surprised by the official announcement that the President of the United States of America has finally declared to the world his opposition to the historical, common law and biblical meaning of marriage. President Obama may be remembered for many things, but few are as fundamental in its treason to his countrymen, to his oath of office and to the living God, then his decision to use the presidency to redefine a definition of marriage that was established on Day Six of Creation and has been the benchmark of civilization for 6,000 years.
Mark your calendars — May 9, 2012 — the President of the United States of America finally crossed a line from which there is no return without repudiation and repentance. Terrorists are dangerous. The economy is a real and present danger. But there is simply nothing other than the holocaust of the unborn which imperils the safety of our country or places our people in jeopardy as does the leader of the Western world publicly raising his fist at the Heavens and declaring that the bedrock institution of society, ordained of God and meant to be protected by the state, is little more than a convention of convenience for the children of Sodom to transform the meaning of something which is precious to Jesus Christ and a living picture of His love for the Church, into a legally protected justification for perversion, and a vehicle of hatred aimed directly at that love.
“Christianity has not, and does not profess to have a detailed political program. It is meant for all men at all times, and the particular program which suited one place or time would not suit another.”
This morning, in the middle of his National Prayer Breakfast speech, President Obama delighted those of us who love irony by quoting C.S. Lewis. It was an interesting moment in a speech that put forth the notion that taxing the wealthy is right in line with the teachings of Jesus. I mean, Jesus did hang out with tax collectors, right? The idea that government welfare is somehow the fulfillment of Jesus’ teaching on charity is a common misconception that many people make, Christians included, and it’s the main reason that liberals believe conservatives are Christian hypocrites. Perhaps if the president visited church more often than only during campaign seasons, he might not be so confused. See, not only do we spend time praising God in church, we also gain insight from our pastors who have surely spent more time in the word of God than we have.
While Obama may have been correct in saying that government mandated, shared responsibility is equal to the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, he is incorrect to group in Jesus’ teaching, “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” Aside from the fact that Jesus was discussing requirements from God, not the government, he was actually teaching his disciples that they were stewards of God’s gift of Revelation. Their requirement was to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. It’s the crux of Christianity that Obama seems to miss. Jesus came because we are imperfect. We could never fulfill all the requirements that the pharisees loved to lord over the people. Jesus’ coming ended the rule of law and the began the acceptance that our only way to God was through Him. Yes, Jesus very much emphasized the importance of giving to the poor, but as a reaction in joy to what we’ve been given; not because of a law. Giving out of obligation is not truly giving, it’s merely following the rules. Just ask anyone who’s ever written a check to pay their taxes, I doubt you’d find them excited.
The Bible also teaches that everything we have, including money, belongs to God. We are called to be good stewards with His money. The government is the epitome of mismanaging money. If you truly want to help the poor, you should probably seek out charities; but that would require a bit of work on the part of the giver and a great many find it easier to just let the government run every aspect of their lives. So it is that welfare money ends up spitting out of strip club ATMs, and those same people who paid their charity to the government wonder why government hasn’t solved the issue. Perhaps they should ask the 27 Democrats who voted against stopping welfare checks from being used at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores.
Another highlight in Obama’s speech was his proud proclamation that his administration has partnered with Catholic charities to help those in poverty. I wonder if those charities are among the ones begging the Obama administration, to no avail, to change the recent ObamaCare edict requiring them to cover birth control costs in their healthcare even though it is against their religious beliefs to do so. Really, slapping them across the face would take less time and probably hurt less.
I also really enjoyed when the president mentioned the half a million Americans who exercised their religious freedom to March for Life recently. Oh wait, he didn’t mention that.
Overall, the president’s National Prayer Breakfast speech was much of what we have become quite familiar with hearing, but sprinkled with some Bible quotes that ultimately fail to give credibility to Obama’s socialist leanings. Thankfully, President Obama did get it right in the end – God will continue to lead our nation, even after those that wish to tax us all into poverty use His word to do so.