Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kool Aid For Sale

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As summer approaches, we will begin to see kids setting up their Kool Aid stands in the neighborhood. You can buy a cool drink for 5 cents to 50 cents and support the kids in their enterprise.

However there is another younger man who has already set his Kool Aid stand at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his drinks are beginning to create some nausea.

His emerging low view of Christianity and scandalous use of the people's money is causing some a great deal of concern, while others seem content to continue to drink deeply from his cup.

Robert Knight, a senior writer for Coral Ridge Ministries and a Senior Fellow with the American Civil Rights Union, has written a penetrating column titled, "Obama Nation's Low View of Christianity". He isn't buying the Kool Aid.

He carefully notes Obama's comments about Christianity beginning back in a speech he gave in Washington DC in 2006, through his comments in Turkey, France and Cairo. He points out that Obama distorted Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, mocked the Bible's relevance for politics, accused the Christian Right of exploiting what divides us and has said that Scripture is still being "edited". He points to Obama's appointees and nominees as a snapshot of what he really believes and where he really stands on Christianity.

Knight concludes, "More odd things have been happening since Obama's election that should give pause to even the most cynical observers."

Knight says, "If diversity in and of itself is god, where does that leave Jesus Christ...?"

I strongly recommend you read his column.

Newt Gingrich is not drinking it either. He is concerned and thinks others should be as well. In his article, "Once, We Would Have Called It A Scandal," he says, "In 1921, oil tycoon Harry Sinclair gave several prize cattle and around $269,000 to President Harding's Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall."

"In return," Newt recalls, "Sinclair got the exclusive rights to drill in an oil field in Wyoming. Sinclair's no-bid contract became the Teapot Dome scandal, the most notorious example of political corruption in America until Watergate."

Newt says, the United Auto Workers (UAW) gave $23,675,562 to the Democratic Party between 2000-2008 and $4,161,567 to the Democrats and Obama in 2008 alone.

Now, Gingrich points out the UAW received 55% of Chrysler and 17.5% of GM, plus billions of dollars in bailouts. And nobody's calling it a scandal...until now.

He says it's scandalous beyond belief and he makes such a strong case, anyone who cares about our country should read it. I know you care and again I strongly recommend his article.

More than a few are beginning to push back on Obama's full throttle run toward the hard left.

He is truly trying to "remake America." This is a time for people of faith to pray that God will "restore" America.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. I am sure you know that the "Kool Aid" metaphor is drawn from Jim Jones, a deranged mass murderer. It is unbecoming of Christians to use this kind of inflamatory rhetoric, even as we may disagree strongly with our President. It is uncivil, unhelpful, mean and gives us all the reputation the secular left delights in.

    I wonder, if a right wing pundit used that rhetoric about you, you'd be screaming discrimination (wouldn't you?)

    Please be more careful as you offer public reflections to do God work in God's way, "seasoned with grace."

    Byron Borger
    Hearts & Minds books

  2. The term "drinking the Kool aid" is a misnomer. It was actually cyanide laced Flavor-aid that was consumed by the religious adherents at Jonestown.

    Yes Obama doesn't buy into either Knight's Christianist triumphalism nor the old failed policies of Newt Gingrich. The American people were well aware of these things when we voted him into office. There are no revelations here, just the bleating of the losers in the last election cycle.

  3. The Obama speech you reference via Knight's commentary is actually a beautiful expression of faith, and how faith can effectively contribute to debate in today's complex world.

    As a Christian myself trying to navigate a diverse society, I find his words inspiring. Our spiritual identity and relationship to God are, and should be, highly personal. It is only through living as Jesus commanded that we have any hope of bringing others into God's truth.

    Jesus didn't get involved in politics. He healed. He loved. He had compassion. These are qualities that seem to be lacking on this site.

  4. The beverage in question is not kool aid, it's lemonade. And Obama is making it from all the lemons he was handed.

    Yes, he tried to take care of the Chrysler workers the best he could. I believe Jesus would have approved of this. I don't think Jesus would have been on the side of the money changers with their Chrysler bonds.

  5. The Godless Experiment isn't working for America is it? It brings nothing but the trouble we
    deserve. America has slid off it's
    once godly foundation. We were at one time much more solidy founded upon Christ, and we survived the storms.

    Now there are judgments and there will be more. There will also be seen the mercy of our God, giving us all the time and the chance to repent of our sins.

    And we must stay in this fight of faith, to save a nation in Jesus'

    We are now being squeezed by the powers that are in the heavenly realm. It's the time for that, for
    in that there will be healing if we are willing to receive it. The
    pressure that we are in should keep moving us into the kingdom, for we have no real hope but in God.

    As it's been said, the wrath of his press is producing the necessary oil.

    Let's continue on to get God back
    into everything we do.

  6. You’re a little too easy to predict Gary. Everything is party line with your blogs. Republican-good, democrat-bad.

    Way to isolate yourself!

    Do you think that Bush didn't manipulate people with Christian rhetoric? Or that Regan's support of Rios Montt in Guatemala exemplifies good Christian sponsorship?

    Maybe Obama's Christianity doesn't line up w/ yours - but who are you to judge? Isn't tolerance of diversity a good thing?

    Obviously the past 8 years of war has only amounted to more war, more world debt, & more world casualties. Maybe expressing tolerance of diversity and reaching out to the citizens of other nations will increase our allies instead of breed enemies.

    Is reaching out to others around the world who speak different languages and worship in different ways something so intolerable?

    The idea is to build bridges with those who have a common interest in restoring and maintaining peace!

    That is not a democrat or a republican ideology, and it is not solely a Christian one either. If we can overcome the small differences then we can embrace the larger similarities we share as human beings.

  7. Perhaps we need to get something going on impeachment against Obama. There needs to be some way of getting rid of him now. Until this entire nation wakes up and ask for forgiveness, God is not likely to intervent. God has given all of us a choice, and many just don't get it.
    Logansport, La.

  8. Comments singularly = disturbing.
    Comments collectively = frightening.
    God (not Allah) save us all.


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