Sunday, February 1, 2009

"Obama's Nonbeliever Nod Unsettles Some"

Simply because Obama mentions other belief and non belief groups Christians think he is suppressing their faith. Well, America is not a religious state. The actions of the believers will spread Christianity faster and effectually than the legalism we try to implement. Anyone who is threatened by the faith of others is insecured. Insecurity is a sign of lack of faith. Whatever is not of faith is sin (Rom 14:23). Thus those who feel threatened because there are other people who believe differently from them are faithless.
One of my friends is a catholic and we do not believe the same. Yet we have been friends for at least 25 years without quarrelling over religion. Another one is from the same Pentecostal background but we do not believe the same. Yet we have been and are still very good friends for at least 5 years today. I lived with Muslims and we never had any skirmishes on religion. As a matter of fact Ali trusted me more then his fellow Muslims. I had his social security and driver license that I applied for jobs for him and read his legal writs against DFACS. When I asked him to go to his people he will tell me my wife trusts you a lot.
When people carry religion rather than God on their heads they get scared of other people who think differently. If God be for us who can be against us (Rom 8:31)? Live your life in a good way; if those around you see that your lifestyle is good for them they will take it. No one resists love.
There are many examples in the Bible that we should follow. The first is that of Gideon. When he was accused for destroying the temple of Baal, and that he should be killed, Joash the father of Gideon told them: why do you plead for Baal. If Baal is God let him defend himself (Judges 6:28-32). Shouldn’t we let God deal with those who blaspheme his name?
The second example is that of Gamaliel when the disciples were accused of peddling false doctrine. The other members of the council recommended that they should be killed. Gamaliel told them that, if what the disciples were doing was not from God it will sum up to naught. But if it is, they will find themselves fighting against God (Acts 5:38-40). And it is hard to kick against the pricks.
Though we know that some of their positions have nothing to do with God and will not enter heaven but it is for God to do the separation. Why worry if Obama does not separate the goats from the sheep. Why worry if Obama mentions the Atheists, Muslims, non believers, animists and those whose religions have no name? That is not one of his job descriptions. There will be a time that the all perfect and holy God will do that.
We mingle with these people at our jobs, schools, neighborhoods, parks, malls, museums, hospitals, airports and we do not cry for their annihilation but just by mentioning them we cry to the top of our voices. If we have to avoid the nonbelievers then we will have to leave this world (Jn 17:15). You know that they exist, follow the recommendation of the Lord not to be equally yoked with them (2 Cor 6:14). The fact that they do not believe in our God does not make our faith in God null and void (Rom 3:3).
Until then, Christians must learn tolerance.
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