According to an
August 19 report from The Pew Research Center for the People and the
Press, two-thirds of Americans do not trust President
Obama's claim to be a Christian. Eighteen percent of these suspect
that he is a secret Muslim. Forty-three percent "don't know" what
his religion is. Even more notably, a
recent online Harris poll found that fourteen percent of Americans
"think he may be the Antichrist".
The liberal press and the
White House have been trying to combat these widespread
White House spokesman
Bill Burton said, "The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday."
To paraphrase, the media reaction in sum has been, "Of course the
President is a Christian, because he has told us so on multiple
occasions. And if you don't believe that, then you must be ignorant,
stupid, uneducated, gullible enough to swallow anything a right-wing
talk show host tells you, venting your frustrations, or perhaps RACIST."
The last accusation - the one of racism - seems to be
getting the most emphasis as of late.
Now, I will grant you that most Americans, like most
of the people of the world, choose, in varying degrees, to be willfully ignorant of
many things that don't immediately
concern their daily lives. This does not mean that they are stupid,
but rather that they exercise a practical economy. Does a cafeteria
worker, a framing carpenter, or a young stay-at-home mother with two
small children really need to be a talking encyclopedia? Of course not. But they do need
to have the ability to discern a mans' character by his actions. And
most of them, though they may at first be fooled by smooth talk and
lofty rhetoric, are pretty good at judging character, once they have
time to see how a person acts.
And that is the obvious cause of these perceptions about our
President. Most Americans see a huge disconnect between Obama's actions -
most notably his support for homosexuality and abortion (both of which
the Bible condemns), and his
claim to be a Christian. It is as simple as that. But for some reason -
hmm, I wonder what it might be - most of our media elite have
not even mentioned this possibility in their speculations as to
the cause of these perceptions!
Rusty Entrekin is a theology
graduate of Louisiana College. He and his wife Julie have seven
children, with four still at home, and four grandchildren. Currently,
he resides in Kennesaw, GA. He writes apologetic and theological
articles to help people come to know Christ and grow closer to the