This is a political season but I have no intention of getting into party politics. It is neither my place nor my desire to enter the fray of presidential election politics. I have my views on political philosophy and policy but it is outside the remit of this program for me to discuss such matters. So you will hear nothing from me to indicate support for any presidential candidate. What you will hear from me is a defense of Christ and of Scripture, even when the person attacking them happens to be a leading presidential candidate. That brings me to Senator Barack Obama and his blasphemous statements about Christ and Scripture.
The first Sunday in March, Obama spoke at Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio, and said this:
"I don't think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state. If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans."
Obama also told the crowd that his support of legalized abortion does not make him any "less Christian."
Now follow the logic of this self-proclaimed "Christian." He obviously knows that the plain statement of the Apostle Paul in Romans 1 condemns all homosexual acts. So what does he do? He-quite dishonestly-labels the passage in Romans as "obscure," which means either that it is difficult to locate or to understand. On both scores, Obama is stating a blatant untruth and one would have to presume that he is perfectly well aware that Paul's words are neither difficult to find nor to understand. But it suited his purpose to make the passage appear unimportant. Obama's second line of argument is that Christ is a higher authority than Paul and that He provides us with the moral and legal justification for recognizing homosexual unions. According to Obama, he can support homosexuals living in state-recognized unions because of the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ in His Sermon on the Mount.
Of course, Obama nowhere says where in the Sermon on the Mount Christ did any such thing. Others have pressed His "golden rule" into service: "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" (Matthew 7:12). Some use Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, that ye be not judge." In both cases, the context is entirely ignored. Jesus does not command us never to judge sin; He does command us not to judge others by a standard to which we do not hold ourselves. What he tells us to do to others is what is good, not what will bring them under the wrath of God, as homosexuality most assuredly does.