Dear Lovers of the Unity of the Faith (of God),
On Saturday Illinois Senator and 2008 Democrat Presidential hopeful Barack Obama delivered a speech on faith and politics at the United Church of Christ General Synod in Hartford, Connecticut. “Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked. Part of it’s because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who’ve been eager to exploit what divides us…My faith teaches me that I can sit in church and pray all I want, but I won’t be fulfilling God’s will unless I go out and do the Lord’s work.”
Well, Senator, you got it partially correct. You stated the obvious about the Religious Right. Now we know you were trying to make political hay before your own religious denomination. But it is true. The doctrine of fundamentalist Christianity by its very nature seeks to divide and conquer. Forget about the specific political issues you mentioned (“gay marriage and abortion”), how about the most critical issue of them all, whether or not certain individuals or groups are more righteous in the sight of God or not? They are taught and believe that some are headed toward eternal peace with God and some for eternal torment and punishment. Talk about divisive!
But, Senator, we have good news for you and everyone else. There is no division in the Christ you say you believe in. The Bible says there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, bond nor free. In other words, we are ALL one in Him.
Regarding Senator Obama’s claim that faith teaches that he won’t be fulfilling God’s will unless “I go out and do the Lord’s work”, he could not be more wrong. The Bible proclaims clearly that “Christ Jesus is the will of God”. And that He, only He, did the Lord’s work. That makes sense, right? If Jesus is the only Lord (and He is) then it just goes to reason that only He could accomplish the work of the Lord. When He punched in to the “time clock” of His time on this Earth, and completed His task successfully, we ALL got credit for His hours. No overtime is needed. When He got promoted and ascended to Heaven, we ALL went with Him and now according to the Bible are “seated with Him in heavenly places.”
So, know this Senator Obama, if you get promoted to become the President of the United States or not, this will not be the will of God being accomplished in your life. Because the will of God, Jesus the Messiah, has cast His vote for you and ALL other humans (including those of the Christian Right) as righteous and holy. By the way, at the end of the day, His vote is the only one that counts.
More Good News like the above will be shared with you and yours as Michael Williams, the President of the Gospel Revolution, joins me this Wednesday night on our weekly Webcast heard from 9-10 Eastern Live or at your convenience on the archives @ www.glennkleinonline.com. If you have not listened to last week’s show, please do so. It was a goooood one!
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