President Obama owes Christians an apology.
During the National Prayer Breakfast, the President went beyond his refusal to acknowledge radical Muslims as Muslims.
In fact, he compared violent Islam with a fictional violent Christianity.
And he showed contempt for Christians.
President Obama basically condemned Christianity, not Islam….
The Prayer meeting started with an incredible personal testimony and salvation message by NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip.
The room was silent. God was glorified- But then something strange and stunning happened.
President Obama got up and
- Insulted every Christian
- Distorted history
- Elevated the violence of Islam as a moral equivalent to Christianity and Judaism
- Ignored the fact that Christians are under persecution around the globe—modern genocide
Here’s part of what he said:
“And lest we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of
Christ. … So this is not unique to one group or one religion.”
Obama has never said ISIS has committed terrible deeds in the name of Muhammad or Islam in the past or today. But he did reach back to the past to attack Christians.
Let’s take a look at the facts…..
1. President: Wrong to suggest religious similarities.
Jesus never justified violence or discrimination. The Bible’s command is to love.
But Mohammed did justify violence and discrimination. The Koran is a book that advocates barbaric—ISIS—type of behavior.
Yes, individuals have done terrible deeds in the name of Christ, but they were apart from the teachings of Christianity and the word of God.
Jesus said ‘love your enemies. Muhammad said “kill them.” With Christianity, God so loved the world that he gave his son to die for you. With Islam, your own son dies for God.
The Muslim radicals are following the example of Muhammad and the teachings found in the Qur’an.
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah…until they pay the tax in acknowledgement of superiority and they are in a state of subjection. Suna 9:29. The next verse says “May Allah destroy (the Christians and Jews).”
“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter.” Sura 5:33
Or “fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them…fight those who do not believe in God (9: 5,29).”
Muhammad personally beheaded approximately 700 Jewish male captives and sold the women and children into slavery. Muhammad also had killed: three slave girls who had made fun of him; a mother of five as she nursed a child; and numerous other non-threatening civilians. He ordered his followers to “Kill any Jew that falls into your power.” (LOM, 369).
ISIS and radical Muslims follow the doctrine of “abrogation”, which teaches in the Quran’s later violent verses to supersede anything else.
For 1400 years there have been Muslim terrorist attacks, following a strict interpretation of the Koran and Muhammad’s teachings. The result was poverty and government control of the individual.
While condemning Christianity, he failed to say it was Christianity that transformed society to helping the poor and sick, provided education, ending barbarism under Pagan Rome, established respect for property rights, the protection of liberty, which created the greatest economic boom ever, lifting people out of poverty and giving people hope for the first time in history.
2. President: Wrong to equate 1000 years ago with what is happening today.
The Muslim genocide against Christians and religious minorities, against women and children is happening today. Now.
Crucifixions, beheadings, homosexuals thrown off roofs and stoned, forced child marriages, slaves, instructing children to kill, rape, bombings, shooting school kids, woman in bondage, burning people alive in churches, cages and home…it’s all happening as you read this.
3. President: Wrong on the History of the Crusades
It’s true that there were atrocities by some of the Crusaders and Muslims from the end of the 11th to 13th century until the Siege of Acre in 1291.
The Crusades began as a defense act against the barbaric atrocities against Christians by the Muslims who conquered Jerusalem and other lands.
In fact, the ISIS terror group is no different today in its behavior—for it is barbarism—than it was in the time of Muhammad and the crusades.
For over 400 years, Muslim terrorists killed and conquered, taking over Turkey, the Arab nations, Egypt, Eastern Europe, and Israel. These nations were all home to a predominately Christian population…until the Muslims came.
Jerusalem, Syria, and Egypt were the most heavily populated Christian populations in the world, but fell to Muslim slaughter. Soon North Africa fell. And Asia Minor (Turkey) fell to the Muslims in the 2 century, which had been Christian since St. Paul.
The Crusades took place nearly 300 years after the first Muslim attack on Europe. The Moorish Empire conquered Spain and Portugal for more than 100 years. They invaded France, Italy and Greece and conquered most of the Byzantine Empire.
They forced conversions. They beheaded and crucified. They turned Christian churches into mosques. Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 637 AD. 50 years later they built the 2nd holiest mosque on the Temple Mount.
Charles Martel in Poitiers, France halted the onslaught.
The Crusades were an effort to recover areas taken from Christians. It was viewed as an effort to save and rescue Christians, not force “conversions.”
Yes, some did bad and brutal things in the name of Christianity. And that’s largely because the Crusades were done jointly by medieval Catholicism and the power of kings. When government and religion join, bad thing will happen, just as when government joins with ideologies, corporations, and politicians.
The difference: true Christianity conquered the world with love, service and God’s word.
Muslims with unspeakable terror and the sword.
No Mr. President, to use what happened about 1000 years ago as an effort to not condemn violent Islam doesn’t work.
4. President: Wrong to Compare Christianity to the Inquisition
The Inquisition was a horrible time for Christians and Jews. It was government and religious/political leaders, not Christianity that caused it. It was political corruption.
But even then, Alexander Solzhenitsyn noted Lenin ordered more people executed in his first days in power in Russia than the all the fatalities combined in the Spanish Inquisition, which happened over 300 years.
It doesn’t even come close to what is happening today.
5. The President: Wrong to compare Christianity to slavery and the Jim Crow laws.
It was pastors and Christians, lay people that stood the ground against the immorality of slavery. It was William Wilberforce, the great Christian English politician, who helped outlaw it. It was Christians and Martin Luther King that stopped government laws/Jim Crow laws that legalized segregation and racism.
It’s tragic and wrong that some Christians at one time owned slaves. But Jesus never owned slaves. Muhammad owned many slaves, along with Concubines. The slave trade in Africa was run largely by Muslims. Saudi Arabia didn’t outlaw slavery until the 1960’s and slavery is still in practice in Islamic areas.
Christianity did not invent slavery. It’s been a human condition since the earliest times. Before Christ and after, slavery existed. 5th Century Roman Rome had slaves. It was Christianity that changed it.
African Slaves were brought to the Americas in the 17th-18th centuries. It was Africa’s Chieftains and Islamic Slave traders who created the market place.
Historians have estimated that Arabs enslaved over 100 million over 14 centuries. They enslaved in Africa 1,000 years prior to the European African Slave trade. In fact, it continued 100 years after the European’s abolished it.
And slavery in Saudi Arabia was only abolished in the 1960’s.
6. The President: Moral Equivalence is dead wrong
In refusing to condemn Muslim violence, President Obama is denying reality in his moral equivalent position.
Moral equivalence says Christianity is no better than any other religion.
Moral equivalence says America is not better than any other country.
Moral equivalence says freedom is no better than any other societal structure.
Moral equivalence was used by those who justified and apologized for Nazism before and during WWII.
It was used by those who apologized for Communism.
And it’s really a twisted moral equivalence that refuses to condemn Muslim bigotry. And condemn Christians as equally good, equally bad.
In fact, while the President keeps saying “global climate change” is a bigger threat to America than ISIS…the reality is that this is a global, evil war on Western civilization that is as much, if not more dangerous than Nazism or Communism.
7. President: Wrong to distort what Islam really is
Not all Muslims accept violence or barbaric behavior. But there are many sympathizers. And sadly few are speaking out against Islamic terrorism.
Have you seen riots and demonstrations against ISIS? No. Have you seen riots and demonstrations against the US? Yes. Have you seen Muslims rejoicing after beheadings and shootings? Yes.
More and more Muslims are starting to condemn Islamic terrorism. But it’s a small fraction. Interestingly, the Muslim President of Jordan and Egypt have recognized, condemned, and acted against radical Islam, something the President should do as well.
Part of the problem is the nature of Islam.
- All Muslims agree everyone should follow Islam and live under Sharia Law. Some believe by persuasion. Some by force. Those who advocate peace are really inconsistent with the full teachings of the Quran. Those that are peaceful are so despite the Quran and Muhammad, not because of it.
- Most Muslims may agree with persuasion, but far too many sympathize with the force and violent interpretation of Islam. It’s estimated there are 150 million radical Muslims.
- The Muslims do worship a different god. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me. (John 14:6). Our God revealed Himself through Jesus Christ. Our God is a God of personal salvation through faith in the work of the cross. There cannot be two truths. There is no moral equivalency. There is no moral relativism.
- Nothing can be done to make Islam peaceful; they want world domination, imposition of Sharia Law, wiping out Christianity, freedom and free enterprise…complete government/religious state control.
No, Mr. President. All religions are not the same. Only through Christianity does God reach down to man for forgiveness and a relationship. All other religions are reaching up to God.
The Quaran teaches that Allah loves only those who merit his acceptance (2:135, 3:31). The Bible teaches that God loves us as we are, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
Only with Christianity do you have forgiveness of sins based on grace, not works.
Only with Christianity do you have tolerance, based on people’s free choice. Not an imposition of rules by man or government. But tolerance based on freedom. Christianity was not imposed on the Old World, but embraced.
8. The President is wrong to insult and abandon Christians now being persecuted.
Whether they are in jail, or in Iran or Pakistan for being a Christian. Whether they are being beheaded in Lybia or Iraq for being a Christian. For millions, President Obama’s talk was a betrayal. A crushing of hope. A knife in the back of persecuted Christians.
Indeed, the irony of the prayer breakfast: The theme was “Remembering the Armenian Genocide of 1915.” That’s when Muslims slaughtered more than a million Christians. Indeed, what a crushing disappointment to brothers and sisters in Christ being persecuted now in the Middle East and Africa. Christians are being killed, jailed, and persecuted. All to create the global caliphate.
As Christians, we must pray. We must pray for the President and our leaders. We must pray for ISIS and their supporters’ conversions—that Abu Bakr al-baghdadi and other Islamic leaders accept Christ’s forgiveness and salvation.
Remember Matthew 5:44.
“Pray for those who persecute you.”
Notice, it’s a command, not a suggestion.
Remember Luke 6: 27
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you.
Let’s pray. Let’s witness. Let’s do service in God’s name. And let’s tell the truth, in love.
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