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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Do Conservative Christians Believe in Redemption?

The "Obama is a Muslim" email reveals a cynicism about the redemptive power of God among evangelicals.

Like many politicians, Obama seems to have held back from the ugly Swiftboating he's received about supposedly being a Muslim probably for fear of legitimizing it.

This charge is zig zagging from one Christian's in-box to another by the gazillions. Perhaps you received the email yourself:

If you do not ever forward anything else, please forward this to all your contacts...this is very scary to think of what lies ahead of us here in our own United States...better heed this and pray about it and share it.

Who is Barack Obama?

Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta. Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.

Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential candidacy.

The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level - through the President of the United States , one of their own!!!!
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[I've shortened it. Click on the link to read the whole odious thing.]

Finally this last week, Barak has started to speak out directly against the charge:
At a rally to kick off a weeklong campaign for the South Carolina primary, Obama tried to set the record straight from an attack circulating widely on the Internet that is designed to play into prejudices against Muslims and fears of terrorism.

"I've been to the same church _ the same Christian church _ for almost 20 years," Obama said, stressing the word Christian and drawing cheers from the faithful in reply. "I was sworn in with my hand on the family Bible. Whenever I'm in the United States Senate, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. So if you get some silly e-mail ... send it back to whoever sent it and tell them this is all crazy. Educate."
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This email shows once again that conservative Christians will gleefully and glibly break the ninth commandment for cheap political gain.

This particular campaign of lies also reveals just how much conservative Christians don't believe in redemption.

Let's say the premise of the email is true (although it is not): Obama was raised as a Muslim.

Shouldn't Evangelical Christians be REJOICING that he has accepted the Lord and is now a Christian?

But no! Instead, they believe that any claim of salvation must be false and that the grip of Islam must be more powerful than the saving power of Jesus Christ.

It is tragic how the heretical politics of Jerry Falwell and the Religious Right have ruined the most sacred belief of the Evangelical church -- that Jesus could save anybody.

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