By Rev. Lainie Dowell
Whenever someone comes along and professes to passers by in their life that they are (a) Christian, many in the Judeo-Christian faith rejoice and eagerly await their testimony. It is one of the most blessed times, because we want to share in that moment when, together, we can glorify Jesus and give praises to our Father for saving one more soul from sin and death, as only He can and will do. Therefore, many Christian believers, its fair to say, must be disappointed that we have not had any such public profession from Barack Obama as he prepares to take the reins of President of our nation.
Barack Obama, CYA!
CYA? Yes. Christians Yearn For Answers.
We know that you were a parishioner of the Trinity United Church of Christ in your adopted home, Chicago, for approximately 20 years. You have acknowledged that you sat under the pastorship-mentorship of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. And, you seemed to have endured the black liberation theology preaching he conducted there for all of that time in silence. And I'm sure we'd be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, if you said that you were hearing from the Lord Jesus to remain, because we know He'll do that for His purpose.
Christianity - Jesus - Salvation - Baptism
Did you hear from heaven while sitting in that church? Did you discern the Lord's voice speaking to your spirit to tune out the false doctrine of black liberation theology, when Jesus has set all mankind free who believe and receive Him as God's salvation? But, if you heard from heaven, then is that why you stayed there until you ran for the Office of President and this nation finally got to listen to some of the preaching-teaching of your pastor and became aghast by what they were hearing coming from that pulpit?
Did you of your own free will make the choice to get baptized in the Trinity baptismal fount? Did you actually go through with it? If so, what was your initial reaction when you came up from out of the water? And, if so, have you realized any difference in your day-to-day life?
Now here's a really big one. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? Who is He to you? Do you believe Jesus is just "one of the prophets" as Islamists and black muslims believe? What do you know, on a personal level, about God's saving grace? What is your testimonial?
Abortions - Roe v. Wade - Feminists
During the 2008 election campaign, you and John McCain participated in a political forum conducted by Rick Warren, pastor, Saddleback Church. When he asked you to comment about your thoughts concerning unborn babies and abortions (which kill them in the womb and finish off the massacre, if they manage to survive following that atrocious attempt to murder them) ---- oh, lets continue --- to continue, you said without batting an eyelash that babies in the womb are "potential humans."
I wonder if, when you and your wife, Michelle, got to see the first pictures of each of your girls while they were forming in the womb either of you said those babies were "potential" anything but your daughter? Can you recall? Truthfully speaking, was your initial response that this was your child and that you couldn't wait to hold her? In that very moment, did you believe that the "potential" was, in fact, in that very instant, a whole living, breathing child? Your child?
If all of that which has gone before is spoken truthfully, then how can you justify approving of abortions at any stage of pregnancy, much less the end stage and, even, following the birth. What would cause you to change your mind? Suppose the Lord caused the faces of all of those aborted babies to come into your sight morning, noon, and night, as they must be doing before the eyes of those women (and men who agreed to it)? Answer?
Homosexuality - Same-Sex Marriage
Warren, during the Saddleback forum, posed another question regarding same-sex marriage (that's an enigmatic oxymoron within itself). You said that you do not support same-sex marriage but that you do support civil unions (of same-sex couples?) Can you please explain what you believe to be the difference(s), if any?
The homosexual community tries to explain it by saying that traditional religious marriages are performed in churches but that civil unions are not religious, (gays say) because they are being performed in government buildings by government officials and they will receive government certificates. If, as you said, you believe traditional marriage is between one man and one woman, then how do you justify the homosexual lifestyle with any credibility and Godly justification?
Do you believe that Christians are wrong to point out Godly admonition to people who are going against God's will for their lives, whatever it might be? Do you believe it is natural, normal, healthy, and Godly for males to lie with males and females to lie with females (in the biblical way)? Do you believe that Christian silence in the face of such obvious perversion is the best response any Christian can have to it?
The Holy Bible - The Word of God
Barack Obama, are you born again? Do you know if you are converted by God? Conversion only comes from God. Do you know the Word of the Lord and has He pressed it into your own heart? Do you know that Christians who know the Lord also know His voice, His will, His Word, and His way? Did you know it is by those means they are able to discern even the hearts and thoughts of mankind? Did you know the Holy Ghost is real? Does He lead you? Did you know, beyond the doctrines and disciplines of mankind that He is real regardless of what mankind says and does to try to disregard His direction?
Here's a big one. Do you know and understand what happens to those who profess to be Christian but reject the Holy Ghost? Do you know that even Satan the devil can say the name, Jesus, and does many times? Did you know that Satan has his own disciples and synagogue? Did you know that everybody who says they are a child of God ---- is not? What do you think of that? Answer.
So, you see, if your desire is to have the confidence of Christians when (if) you are to be (our) President, then your testimonial is very important and must be honest and sincere to give glory of our God. Christianity is not a factor of who you know, if it is anybody or anything but Jesus Christ, as Lord, Personal Savior, and soon-coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Christianity and the Lord's salvation has nothing to do with who is your pastor, who are your friends, what church you attend, how much you tithe and contribute, how often you attend church, who your parents are or were, or how many souls you saved or failed to save (only the Lord Jesus saves souls from sin and death).
Did you know that no one can buy their way into heaven? Answer.
Change? Prayer Changes Things!
Christians continue praying that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And, having so prayed, Christians follow the leading of the true and living God. And we know that He desires that we live and not die. And, therefore, anything and anybody that espouses life with deadly consequences apart from God must stand to testify about why they believe they do not fall into that category.
Christians understand that Godly change is the only change we can believe in that will make any Godly difference on earth and throughout the universe.
Is there any reason why Christians Yearn for Your Answers (CYA)?
May God bless you and yours, as He changes your heart, is my prayer.
May God continue to bless America, is our prayer. And, we pray it all in the name of Jesus. And we thank Him and call it done. Amen.