Christian Apologetics Society

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Obama Unchurched?

It seems that Senator Obama, the soon to be President Elect1 may be unchurched.

Allegedly, in the three weeks since the national elections, the senator has decided to workout on Sundays, but has not attended church. This is a marked change from past presidents who largely attended church both before and after their inagurations. We and other Christians find this behavior troubling as the senator is not modeling behaviors for the current and future generations of American Christian youth. This strikes us as a distinct lack of moral leadership. What is a parent to answer when a teenager points out that even the President skips church, so what's the big deal?

When asked about the senator's Sunday behavior, an aide stated:

"Because they have a great deal of respect for places of worship, they do not want to draw unwelcome or inappropriate attention to a church not used to the attention their attendance would draw."

Attention hasn't seemed to have been an impediment to past Presidents. Why suddenly now? There are any number of ministers, priests, rabbis, and/or imams that would make "housecalls" and hold a private worship service for the Obamas and their transition staff.

Already at least one pro-Obama site has stepped in to the senator's defense. The site notes that the reporters "ignored numerous reports of Bush's infrequent church attendance over the past eight years, as well as his reported lack of membership in a Washington congregation."

Since when does poor behavior by another mature adult excuse the behavior of another mature adult? Where does one find that teaching in scripture? One doesn't.

The current defense of the senator's Sunday behavior, or lack thereof, is to claim that the senator has not yet "shopped" for a church in Washington D.C.. To which we would ask the good senator, where have you been attending church the past two years that you have represented your state in the senate? Surely the senator has remained in D.C. over a weekend while the senate was in session. Where did the senator attend church previously?

Personally, when someone tells us about "shopping" for a church, we would ask where is that taught in scripture. No where in scripture does one find the teaching to "shop" for a church. Shopping for a church is unbiblical.

Numerous D.C. area ministers have offered to host the Obamas at their church. Most notably, the Episcopal Church has offered the National Cathedral citing their "inclusiveness". With the recent layoffs of personnel at the National Cathedral, we have no doubts that they would like the first family as congregants and the security funding that may accompany the family. The cathedral is in need of repair and maintenance.

In closing, we ask the senator to reconsider his behavior and the message it conveys to current and future Christians. We ask that you, our readers, take a few moments right now to join us and other readers in praying for the senator and for a change in behavior.

[1 For the civics challenged: During the November elections, the American people voted for their state's electors. The electors have yet to vote, thus Obama is not yet the President Elect. It seems safe that he will be elected by the electors, unless the Supreme Court determines that he is ineligible due to not being a natural born citizen.

2 Also, in the interest of full disclosure, we did not vote for either Senator Obama nor Senator McCain, but voted our conscience for the best Christian candidate on our ballot. Our state went for McCain's electors by a large margin.]

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Source: Obama skips church, heads to gym



Blogger Timothy said...

Greetings and Christ's peace be with you, brother Ted.

We have received and read your comment with the link to the Obama video. Our first reaction is that its blatant political spam. Rather than delete it, we will in Christian charity assume you have the best of intentions, did not post out of hatred, and give your comment further consideration.

Having webmastered dozens of sites and blogs for over a decade, we have a good feel for what spam and what isn't.

God bless... +Timothy

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