Alright, I have been pretty silent on the whole political thing. Today after reading this headline I have officially boiled over and need to vent.. Here goes.
With the changing of the guard, so to speak, we seem to have also ushered in a new mystical and magical worship of our new President. If you think I am over exaggerating, read the following article and headline. Keep in mind this is one, of many, of the same type things.
Words Made Flesh
Wednesday, January 21, 2009; Page A11
In the end, the history eclipsed everything.
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Had yesterday’s ceremony been merely an inauguration in a time of national crisis, one in which the president signaled fundamental departures in the nation’s conduct of domestic and foreign affairs, those departures would have been the big news. They are big news; they are huge. But they were not the main story. Not today.
For the line in Barack Obama‘s inaugural address that rocked the nation back on its heels, the line that brought the shock of recognition to the moment, was the president’s assertion that by America’s living up to our founding creed, “a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”
That was the history, and everybody knew it. That is what brought the tears.
The speech itself had something of a “last shall be first” air. More than any inaugural address I can think of, it encapsulated the story of America’s working class. Obama celebrated “men and women obscure in their labor” who “toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.”
Such invocations served several distinct but overlapping purposes. They were, first, part of a broader tableau of inclusivity that Obama painted, a nation whose religious census includes “Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers.”
Second, they were an affirmation of the value of work, which, in turn, provided the moral basis for the redistributive economics that was one of the two fundamental departures from past policies that Obama championed in his speech. “The market can spin out of control,” he told us, referring not merely to the current meltdown but also to the ways in which an uncontrolled market can and has damaged the great middle class. “The nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous,” he said. “The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product but on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity but because it is the surest route to our common good.”
We measure the merit of government, he added, not by how wide a berth it gives the market but by “whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.”
With those words, the age of Reagan was ceremoniously but unambiguously interred. For 30 years, the widely shared prosperity created and then enjoyed by the Greatest Generation has been eroding. Obama’s speech was the first presidential inaugural to address the narrowing of American prosperity and to announce the intention to broaden it again.
The age of Bush was also ended, more abruptly, in the very first sentence that concerned foreign and defense policy. “As for our common defense,” Obama said, “we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” Moments later, he added, “Power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please.”
With that, the neoconservative perversion of American ideals — and American security — was flushed to its reward, and a new doctrine, at once more idealistic and realistic than neoconservatism ever was, was articulated by our articulate new president.
Yet for all that the nation is in crisis, and for all that these two reversals of course are of great immediate and historic significance, they are not what brought the tears, the intake of breath, the headshaking disbelief at what was unfolding on the steps of the Capitol.
America’s defining challenge has always been to take seriously the assertion of human equality in our founding document, though many of our Founders were themselves unable to broaden their definition of humanity to include the people whose unpaid work was the basis of their own well-being. The battle to conform American realities to American ideals has been the central narrative of American history. Yesterday, everyone recognized that the story was advancing by chapters, or maybe volumes, before our eyes.
Obama used the moment to affirm his belief that “the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself.”
Good words, but what made yesterday so astounding was that the words, by the decision of the American people in voting booths assembled, were made flesh.
In case anyone needs clarification.. This is a biblical reference.
John 1:14 (New International Version)
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,[a] who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Lets talk about this new “ObamaNation…” This blind faith and worship of man. I recently heard one preacher call his following “Obots” (a play on robots) in essence programmed. I have been watching quite a bit of news lately and frankly the same thing kept ringing out amongst all the other noise… PEACE! Coming together for peace. Sounds eerily familiar to me.
Now, those who know me well, know that I am no end of times, doomsday, type of person. I believe that when my Savior comes, it will all become clear and even if it doesn’t, I will be so inclined as to not even care once I see my makers face. However, I do find all of this interesting. While I do not believe that our President is the Anti-Christ, I do wonder for what he is preparing America. This everyone love everyone doctrine and lets all work together for the common good, sounds like a precursor to a One World Order. A place where everyone cooperates and lives in harmony.
Why does it matter? It matters because we need to be ever diligent in studying the Word of God! (should be anyway) When the persecution rises, we must know on that which we stand! I believe it is drawing near to a time where Christians and Christianity will be blamed for countless things and soon cast aside as a negative thing. We can see this happening even inside our pseudo Christian churches. Even in churches calling themselves, Evangelical Christians, we have an influx of this new age teaching (emmergant church) that we are all one. No matter who you are and what you believe we can be together. Even churches are ignoring scriptures and taking the manmade doctrine to new levels.
I believe that much was missed by the average person in regards to the great lengths taken to ensure political correctness in this whole inaugural process. From Warrens opening speech (sorry, he does not pray to my God) to Joseph Lowery’s (huge gay rights supporter) call of hate, to the all inclusive openly gay marching bands in the parade. Not to mention the previous nights festivities where the controversial gay Episcopalian minister opened with a prayer to “The God of all understanding..” The Cathedral service the following morning included muslim, Christian(?), Jewish, and Hindu leaders.
In this time of Universalism and humanism, we MUST be ever more resolved to pour scripture into ourselves and also to our children. It is a confusing time of evil being called good. (even inside our churches) Reform is needed now more than ever.. As church leaders sit idly by, refusing to risk lower baptism numbers and ousting, their churches become more and more sinful! We have got to take a stand. We have to be clear on Sin! We have to set the bar as Jesus Christ and settle for nothing less than Christ and him crucified!
Wake UP! It is time we quit comparing our spiritual walk with the people in the pews next to us! We must seek on to be found HOLY by the standards set forth in Christ! We can no longer allow the world around us through blatant and psychological means to shade our knowledge of truth!
If we know not our God then how will we ever lose our Life for him! Why would you sacrifice for that which you do not know? Seek God, Seek Truth, Seek the true WORD that was made Flesh!
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a]these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”