Should A Christian Support Obama?
I'm sorry, friend, but I cannot sit by in silence and approve of an individual's choice to continually strip dignity and humanity away from innocent human children
Recently I posted this. Well, following its publication, I engaged in a conversation with someone very close to me, who did not think it very "Christian" of me to dislike our current POTUS. The following is a letter I wrote to this individual. My intent was never to post this but after much thought and prayer, I realized what I said needed to be heard. I've edited the letter to remove this person's name and any identifiers.
I know we disagree on politics. We don't have to agree on political issues, but since you chose to reprimand me by stating that as a Christian I should not say the things I say about Obama, I must firmly disagree. Respectfully, I must prove that you are wrong in your assertion that being a Christian means you must like everyone.
I once read:
St. Paul writes to Timothy (2 Tim 4:2-4), Proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths..
At no place in the Sacred Scriptures does it say: Be nice! However, popular portrayals of Christianity would lead us to think that the first and greatest commandment is niceness.
I was originally going to focus on three things in this letter. 1. Abortion 2. Same-sex marriage 3. Religious freedom
However, I realized that each of these issues is very detailed and therefore to ensure that I can fully relay as much information as possible, I decided to center on one issue; and to be quite honest, all I need is one, to make my point.
Your belief system regarding this issue is essential to whether you are a Christian. The term Christian refers to all that is good, noble and Christ-like.literally meaning, "to follow Christ." Because you identify as a Christian I will make the assumption that the Bible is important to you and that your adherence to it is in accord to the Will of God. Because you do not believe in the Magisterium of the Catholic Church I will not reference the Catechism or any doctrines aside from what can be found in the Bible.
Let's discuss Abortion..
In reference to pregnant women, the term "with child" occurs twenty-six times in the Bible. The term "fetus" (which is Latin for offspring) never occurs once.
Luke 1:36 "And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren."
Luke 1: 41 "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb."
In these two verses, God does not say that Elizabeth conceived a "non-viable thing" in her womb, or that a "fetus" leaped in her womb! He says she conceived a SON and the INFANT leaped. "Infant" was also the word used to describe Christ in the manger AFTER He is born (Luke 2:12). According to God, an unborn infant and a newborn infant are the same.living human beings!
Jeremiah 1:5:"Before I formed you in the belly I knew you. Before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you."
Isn't it awesome that God KNEW Jeremiah in the womb; that he appointed him a prophet before birth? God does not wait to view you fully human at birth. He knows you as human at conception. God says that life begins at conception, and the unborn child is a human being, so as a Christian, wouldn't you agree?
Proverbs 6:16-17: "There are six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood."
Deuteronomy 27:25: "Cursed be he who accepts payment for slaying an innocent man!"
Psalm 127:3: "Children too are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward."
Psalm 139:13-15: "You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth. Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be."
Galatians 1:15: "But when God, who from my mother's womb had set me apart and called through his ...
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