Apostles and Prophets
I write this short booklet, to answer the question that is on the mind of so many Christians. As you listen to Christian media we are continually bombarded with the suggestion that we should not vote for Barack Obama. From one Christian media outlet to the next Christian media outlet, we are told that Barack Obama is not worthy of our vote. Unfortunately in a very careful examination of these various Christian media outlets it doesn't take long to discover. Their reasoning in implying that we should vote for Obama is not entirely biblical but many times political. Most of the major Christian media outlets today are Republican conservatives. Much of their current day theology is processed through the prism of that political philosophy. Current day conservative Christianity has distilled the righteousness of God down to two issues, abortion and homosexuality. The people that say that Barack Obama should not be reelected because his platform is anti-Christian, come to this conclusion based on these two issues. The real question we need to ask is this. Has the kingdom of God and all of the righteousness of God been distilled down to two issues, abortion and homosexuality? I think any honest and objective person, who is a student of the Scripture could not answer that question, Yes. The Scripture plainly speaks about a broader set of issues, that denote kingdom righteousness than just abortion and homosexuality. What about the issue of poverty, racism, oppression, rejection of the poor? In fact the Bible has over two thousands scriptural references relating to poverty and injustice. To really come to any conclusion any real biblical student understands that we need to first go to the Scriptures. In going to the Scriptures we must begin to understand scriptural principles of interpretation. The number one thing that we as biblical believers need to understand is that we must always interpret Scripture based on how Jesus dealt with a subject. With that in mind let's look at what Jesus had to say as relates to the issues at hand.
Matthew 10:14-15 (KJV)
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Matthew 11:23-24 (KJV)
23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
It is very plain to see from the scriptural interpretation of the Savior himself. That in the mind of God there are sins that are just as grievous to him as homosexuality. In fact Jesus seems to imply that homosexuality in the economy of God was not going to be the thing that brought the severest judgment. We can extrapolate from this, from what Jesus said to Capernaum which was his headquarters city. It was a place were tremendous signs, miracles and wonders were demonstrated. We could possibly call Capernaum modern-day America, in that no nation apart from Israel has ever seen the hand of God move for them so bountifully. Jesus said that Capernaum would receive a more severe judgment than Sodom. Indicating that again in God's thinking there was a far worse sin that homosexuality. This is not to say or imply that homosexuality was not sin. But the Scripture teaches us that we need to have a just balance and a just weight. Not the unjust balance of inequity that we see coming out of right-wing conservative. This is contrary to what is been taught to us by right wing Christians.
Ezekiel 16:49-50 (KJV)
49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
We hear much teaching about the abomination of Sodom. It is true that homosexuality was one of the sins but in this verse we see a greater insight into all the sins of Sodom. Pride, fullness of bread and abundance of Idleness. Here is the rendering of that verse in the Niv
Ezekiel 16:49-50 (NIV)
49 "'Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
This is very interesting to see as you read and understand what the Holy Spirt has to say. Yes we know without a doubt that homosexuality is a very grievous sin. But we have been lead to believe that it is the most important sin along with abortion.
Exodus 20:13 (ASV)
13 Thou shalt not kill.
One of the hot bed issues among evangelical christens is the issue of abortion. There can be no debate as to whether or not abortion is sin. Abortion is sin there is no doubt about it. Evangelical Christians have distilled the morality of God down to, two issues abortion and homosexuality.. The Bible plainly tells us that we need to understand the spirit of the law and not just the letter of the law. It is amazing to me as I frequently see antiabortion people in black communities picketing in front of abortion clinics. But young black males are killed in the street day after day. They are being aborted many times by each other and unjust murderous police. The same people are nowhere to be found. What about postnatal abortion. To abort means to cut off before performance. Many black and minority children are aborted in their communities because of racism. Yet the gospel has been hijacked by conservative operatives, legitimate concern for the poor has been pushed aside. Abortion could be called a form of genocide. It is interesting to note that the United States was the last nation to finally agree with the UN covenant on genocide simply because it explains genocide in a much broader term than creating a physical of a person.
Genocide is defined as "the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group", though what constitutes enough of a "part" to qualify as genocide has been subject to much debate by legal scholars. While a precise definition varies among genocide scholars, a legal definition is found in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG). Article 2 of this convention defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
This is the United Nations definition of genocide. If you notice, it references preventing physical births as a form of genocide. But also references mental harm to a group or deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. Because of this particular line the United States refused to sign the UN convention on genocide for over 60 years. Because the United States recognized it had actually created these conditions among African-Americans, Indians and other people. In fact these people have been aborted, it is called postnatal abortion. God sees this as just a grade a sin as aborting a fetus in the womb. This is the evangelical hypocrisy on the issue of abortion. People in my community are aborted daily, African American males are the only group in America with a decreasing life expectancy because of conditions inflicted upon them as a group designed to bring physical destruction to the group. So now that we understand abortion in a more extended way let's look at a recent example of mass abortion, that the American evangelical church basically ignored ignored and generally supported.
The Abortion of the Iraqi People in the Iraq War.
On Friday, 14 September 2007, ORB (Opinion Research Business), an independent polling agency located in London, published estimates of the total war casualties in Iraq since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. At over 1.2 million deaths (1,220,580), this estimate is the highest number published so far. From the poll margin of error of +/-2.5% ORB calculated a range of 733,158 to 1,446,063 deaths. The ORB estimate was performed by a random survey of 1,720 adults aged 18+, out of which 1,499 responded, in fifteen of the eighteen governorates within Iraq, between August 12 and August 19, 2007. In comparison, the 2006 Lancet survey suggested almost half this number (654,965 deaths) through the end of June 2006. The Lancet authors calculated a range of 392,979 to 942,636 deaths.
On 28 January 2008, ORB published an update based on additional work carried out in rural areas of Iraq. Some 600 additional interviews were undertaken September 20 to 24, 2007. As a result of this the death estimate was revised to 1,033,000 with a given range of 946,000 to 1,120,000.. This again is the evangelical hypocrisy as relates to abortion.
To those that say I should not vote for Barack Obama because he declared that America was not a Christian nation. These people don't really understand history. Barack Obama simply stated what the United States has stated about itself over 200 years ago in the Treaty of Tripoli. And also by some of the statements of the founding fathers of this nation.
The Treaty of Tripoli
The treaty was a routine diplomatic agreement but has attracted later attention because the English version included a clause about religion in the United States.
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],-and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Muslim] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries. Treaty of Tripoli.
Signed November 4, 1796
Quote from the founding fathers.
The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state. [James Madison, 1819, in Boston, Why The Religious Right is Wrong about the Separation of Church and State]
As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?" --- John Adams, letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816
"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth. Thomas Jefferson
America is not a Christian nation, it has never been a Christian nation. It is just a nation where there are many Christians. But it has never been officially a Christian nation. In fact America has already declared itself decades ago not to be a Christian nation. So why would we continue to delude ourselves and deceive ourselves and make decisions based on something that's not true. The notion that Barack Obama declared that America was not a Christian nation is just not true just another lie told by right wing liars.
God's concern for the poor
Psalm 12:5 (KJV)
5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
This election will be decided based on this Scripture. God's concern for the poor, as I stated in the past there are over 2000 references in the Scripture that relate to poverty and injustice. The Republicans have plainly demonstrated their disdain and contempt for the poor. We already heard it directly out of the mouth of the nominee Mitt Romney that the poor and those struggling in life basically mean nothing. How could this possibly be the party of God that has so many things collectively that are against God. Not focusing only on the two sins of abortion and homosexuality.
I can't tell you who to vote for. But I do want to present to you scriptural information, that that will give you the ability to properly process your decision. The right wing conservative Christian message has permeated the airwaves because currently they have the resources and platforms. But just because they have the loudest voices and the most money still does not make it true.
As for me I'm voting for Barack Obama because I believe I have a clear scriptural basis to do it. And I believe that's what God is leading me to do.