WHEN WILL WE WAKE UP?
AN URGENT TWO-FOLD QUESTION
FOR TODAY: FIRST, WHEN WILL HE
WAKE UP? SECOND, WHEN WILL WE
Sometimes a statement from an independent, outside observer says it
best. In Canada, our neighbor to the North, Howard Galganov is an
editorial writer, whose editorials appear in more than a score of
Canadian newspapers. Last week he wrote: "I'm going to make yet
another prediction: OBAMA WILL PROBABLY NOT FINISH HIS
4-YEAR TERM, at least not in a conventional way. He is such a political
HORROR-SHOW, and so detrimental to the USA and his own
Democratic Party, that the Democrats themselves will either FORCE
him to resign or figure out a way to have him thrown out."
Or within our own borders, syndicated columnist Sher Zieve just last
week offered this comment: "At this juncture, I think it safe to observe
that neither our Legislative nor Executive branches of government are
listening to We-the-People and have no intention of doing so now or
in the foreseeable future. Obama plans to destroy us as quickly and
completely as is possible."
Just those two examples, out of so many in similar vein, lead us to
today's first question, "When will he wake up?" With his approval
ratings falling through the floor, it is obvious that the American
people simply do not trust him. The polls are all uniform in this
report, although in slightly varying degrees. Gallup polls, for example,
placed him at an unsurpassed high of 83 in January ... and saw that
public approval fall to 52 in September. And although he experienced
a slight rebound to 56 last week, at the same time Hillary Clinton sur -
passed him in public approval at 62. Rasmussen polls have recorded
his fall from 65 to 47, while their daily index rating has become firmly
entrenched in negative territory, double digit at present.
But he shows no signs of waking-up ... he is still flying across country,
delivering the same teleprompter message, taking advantage of every
opportunity to get before TV cameras ... not seeming to understand
that he just isn't liked or trusted in America. The entrancement with
"Change you can believe in" has now worn off.
But that brings up the second question: "When will we wake up?"
There are probably some Christians who voted for Obama. Looking
back over the past 9 months, it is difficult to understand why. His
views of the Christian faith are totally anti-Christian. In his pep rally
speech to the homosexuals on the eve of their march on Washington,
he reassured them: "When you look back on these years,you will see
a time in which we as a nation finally recognized relationships
between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as
relationships between a man and a woman."
And he promised to end "Don't Ask; Don't Tell" in the armed services,
and promised to pass "hate crimes" legislation in their behalf, and to
repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. And he said this about Christians
who believe the Bible: "Despite the real gains that we've made, there's
still laws to change and there's still hearts to open. There are still
fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors, even loved ones - good and decent
people -- who hold fast to outworn arguments and old attitudes, And
that's painful and it's heartbreaking."
Obama's catering to the homosexuals would seem to be at odds with
the results of a Pew poll in August which found that 49% of American
adults feel that homosexuality is morally wrong; 9% find it morally
acceptable, and 35% do not find it a moral issue. During the past 8
years Gallup polls have found that 48 to 55% of American adults find
homosexuality to be morally wrong.
Another pressing issue on the president's agenda is whether he will
commit more troops to Afghanistan – the "good war." But first we
have to win the battle at home – the battle to convince Obama to learn
the right lessons from history and to heed the wise counsel of his own
generals. In the realm of international affairs, Mr. Obama is equally as
remiss as he is with respect to moral issues.
A few weeks ago, Obama attempted to "reset" relations with Russia,
and had given in to Russia by cancelling the missile defense shield in
Eastern Europe. It was his theory that the grateful Russians would
surely side with us and get tough on Iran. But Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton flew to Moscow last week to finalize how Russia would work
with us to impose real sanctions on Iran. But instead, she received a
warning from Russia's Putin for the US and the rest of the world not
to attempt to "intimidate" Iran, and added that talk of sanctions was
"premature." And beyond that, Obama has given Russia permission to
inspect our total nuclear armamanent; count our bombs, etc. Nice.
And so it appears that either with respect to moral issues or with
respect to dealings on the international scene, it is time that we -- the
Christian church of America -- should wake up, and involve ourselves
in reclaiming this nation to the moral and spiritual principles upon
which it was founded. And for a suggested date for that awakening:
Election Day, November 2, 2010.
The president's potential new pastor ... the Rev. Jeremiah Wright
is long gone ... the fond hopes of Rick Warren are now almost forgotten
inauguration day memories ... and the pastor the president hears
preach most often is Carey Cash (at Camp David), Johnny Cash's
great nephew, and a Southern Baptist who served in Iraq and holds
that Islam is a violent faith. He may be the most valuable element in
One feature we hate to give up: just these few choice "one liners:"
"Nothing is inevitable. For America today, decline is not a condition.
Decline is a choice. Decline-or continued ascendancy-is in our hands."
"The United States of America is the greatest, the noblest, and in its
original founding principles, the only moral country in the history
of the world (save Israel), and it is being led by an amoral radical."
And it doesn't seem right to ignore our Founding Fathers' ideals.
"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon
the power of government, far from it. We've staked the future of all
our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves
according to the Ten Commandments of God." -- James Madison, 1778
Not from a "Founding Father," but from a present day pastor:
"After hearing about the East African Revival while I was in Uganda
last week, I was convinced that this type of movement is the only
thing that will pull the United States out of its current despair. We
must have a spiritual awakening, or we die. Political engineering,
economic policies, government bailouts and stimulus packages will
not save us. No politician, Democrat or Republican, will reverse our
course toward destruction. Our only hope is that a backslidden
American church will be zealous and repent" -- Rev. J. Lee Grady
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