Hardball’s Chris Matthews asked about why the White House does not fight back the lies of some Americans thinking that he is Muslim and was not born in the United States. We all should be able to agree that Christians take their cues from the Bible and not some poll regardless of who conducted it. If we can agree with that then maybe Romans Chapter 12 verse 19 will shed some light on why this president does not wish to avenge his name. It tells us “Dear Friends never avenge yourselves.” “Leave that to God, for he said that he will repay those who deserve it.”
For it can be said that the power behind much of this grave injustice perpetrated by this president are the very same ones who claim Christianity but chooses to ignore Romans Chapter 13 verses 1 and 2 which say “obey the government, for God is the one who put them there.” “There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power.” This chapter also tells us to pay our taxes but if we are completely honest with each other, how many of those behind the scene are gladly paying theirs or not pushing to pay less. These same Christians wish you to believe that he is nothing like us and when they say that, I often wonder if they mean that about me as well, because he is something like me. I wonder if when they say that he is a Muslim, as if that in itself was something wrong with that, would this soon began to apply to Baptists or Catholics or maybe even Methodist.
If we are true to our Christian beliefs then Romans Chapter 14 verse 1 says “Don’t criticize him for having different ideas from yours about what is right and wrong.” What this may say to many is its okay to disagree about what you think is right or wrong but to demean or criticize another because they may see things differently goes against the word of God. In other words, just because someone does not see things the way you do does not mean that they are aliens from another planet and deserve to be lied about to make them seem less than you, too scary or not to be heard.
Eugene Robinson and Howard Fineman both suggested that if the president would have joined a church as soon as he got to Washington or can be seen walking out of a church clutching a Bible it would have eliminated this question of his religion. With all due respect to those great men, I strongly disagree. There are those who will not ever wish to see any good in anyone and for those there is nothing that you can do to change their minds. There is an old saying which states that even if you wear a suit everyday, somebody will still talk about you. Because one has no control over the action of another, you will never be able to control what they say, when they say it or how it is said. All anyone can do is answer honestly when asked about it. Regarding walking out of a church clutching a Bible, lest we forget Matthews Chapter 6 verses 5 and 6 “And about prayer.” “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who pretend piety by praying publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them.” “But when you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, and shut the door behind you and pray to your Father secretly.” We say we are a nation of Christians then why do we have to be constantly reminded about the word of God? Do we really mean it or is it to hide the serving of two masters?