Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Difficult Relationship With Easter

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It seems President Obama is continuing to struggle with his religious identity. In particularly his relationship with Easter.

FOX News reported earlier this week that the President had failed to release a statement or proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, which as most Christians know, is the most sacred Christian holiday.

The President also failed to release a statement regarding Good Friday, but did release an 8-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day.

His weekly address last weekend failed to mention either Easter or Good Friday.

Last year he did make an Easter statement proclaiming, "All of us are striving to make our way in this world: to build a purposeful life. A healthy life. A life, true to its potential. And a life that serves others."

He then added, "These are the aspirations that stretch back through the ages---aspirations at the heart of Judaism, at the heart of Christianity, at the heart of all the world's great religions."

This was offensive to many.

Many were asking why he felt the need to be inclusive in a day that is exclusively Christian. Particularly when he had exclusively proclaimed Ramadan, Hajj and Eid-ul-Fitr, with no attempt at inclusion.

In contrast, President Bush seemed more at peace with Easter. In 2008, he began his Easter statement with, "The resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds people around the world of the presence of a faithful God who offers a love more powerful than death." And continued to explain Easter and what it means to Christians.

In 2007, President Bush began with, "The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event of the Christian faith."

Reporters asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney this week why President Obama had not given a proclamation or Easter statement.

He laughed. I have linked his laughing response.

He said the President went to church in a high profile way and it was well covered by the press.

But was it "well" covered by the press? The press certainly reported that Shiloh Baptist Church was founded by freed slaves during the Civil War, but only after some people took a closer look did we learn that Shiloh is not entirely unlike the Rev. Wright's church where the Obamas were members for 20 years.

I have linked a report from WRNO radio, however, there are a number of reports this week that are similar. I won't go into the details---you can read it and watch the short video from You Tube.

I don't question the President's right to attend the churches of his choice, I only struggle with what he really believes about many things---particularly Easter, with which he seems to have a difficult relationship.

He told his second Easter prayer breakfast meeting last weekend, "We are reminded that there's something about the resurrection---something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything in perspective."

Yet, how do people reconcile that with his statements about those who oppose him politically as "bitter" and "clinging to their guns and Bibles."

And how does Jesus Christ become one's savior, when the one professing says, "Jesus Christ is not the only way to God," and Jesus says, "I am the only way to God."

A difficult relationship with Easter.

President Obama seems to have a basket of Easter problems.

While his people are ramping up his Christian statements and activities, those who attend church regularly have doubts. Much doubt.

The Washington Times
published an editorial this week titled, "Obama To Christians: Forget You," pointing out that among those who regularly attend church, only 36% approve of him---7 points below his national approval rating of 43%.

The editorial is suggesting that he forget about Christian church goers and focus on the folks who do not attend church and would just as soon skip the Christian stuff anyway.

Perhaps a better suggestion would be for the President to review his relationship with Easter.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. His problem is not with religious holidays, rather it's with narrow minded religious cultists who want him to believe and act as they do and to state that theirs is the only true religion.

    He's president of the entire united states and acknowledges that all of our religious beliefs or non-beliefs are equally valid. Get over it.

  2. All presidents are President of the entire United States. Why can't he just tell the truth about what he really believes. He wants to be all things to all people. His poll numbers indicate he is becoming nothing to a growing number of people. Thanks Gary.

  3. Donald Trump had to force him out of hiding on his birth certificate.

  4. 10:46

    Exactly. Thanks to Donald, Obama can no longer hide the fact that he was really born in Hawaii!!! Just as we all suspected!

  5. I just pray he will be saved one day, and truly know God.

  6. The statements by President Bush above about Easter was like fresh air to me. It was like being filled with life, like being rejuvenated.

  7. Mimi,

    I pray that you will one day be saved, and truly know God.

  8. 4:49

    I pray that you will one day be saved, and truly know God

    Craig in Lacey

  9. There is something about Easter that helps put things in a proper perspective. If we are going to have a proper perspective we are going to need the Lord's help. I trust that those who came to God in times of old, finding out about his righteousness, kindness, and mercy, did so with the help of him whom they had not yet seen and this is a great mystery.

    Everything Jesus did was important. It seems to me that everything he did was about the gospel. We're told by the scripture that not everything Jesus did was written, for if they were, it seems the world could not contain them. (John 21:25)

    I suppose some things Jesus did, though they were important, were things that if a man did not read of them, he could still find his way to heaven.

    I believe the resurrection to be one of the more important things. For a lot of reasons it should get our attention.

    I would rather hear of a president talk of these things than the usual things I hear a president speak of, though I know there is a lot of work to be done in this world.

    Those who saw him ascend into heaven went on to Jerusalem rejoicing. How could they not speak of the wonderful things of the Saviour while on their way? And just when it seemed to me that those apostles who saw him ascend, would be getting their perspective in order by what they saw, two messengers of God appear to them and tell them that he is coming back in similar fashion as they saw him ascend.

    I believe this nation as a whole, at least in part, could use some more proper perspective. We will need the Lord's help to gain that.

    I believe a president should seek to please his maker and be tolerant of other religions because of the constitution. God allows a lot of things in this world to go on though he doesn't
    promote them all.

    I don't believe a president needs to promote all religions though he may promote the seeking of God by all people regardless of what religion they are connected to.

    I believe a president may exhort all people everywhere to seek their maker with a pure heart, in sincerity and truth. (I Cor 5:8)

    I believe we have had presidents that have eaten angel's food.
    (see Psalms 78:25,24)

  10. God will save such as will be saved and will be known by such as he will be known by.

  11. Easter is not mentioned in the Bible. The ressurection certainly is...but Easter/Astarte/Ostara has been celebrated since Babylon and in almost every country since as a sun-god celebration/fertility festival. The catholics merely 'christianized' it to convert the pagans. Personally, as a christian, I find it very offensive every time Easter is mentioned in conjunction with Christ (God must be worshiped in spirit and in truth) - and its not our holiday. If the president chooses not to celebrate, or at least not to volcalize any commemoration to Easter, I fully support him in that. The early settlers of America, the puritans, banned Easter and Christmas. (They were persecuted/even killed back in England as 'heathens' for choosing not to celebrate holidays, or at least the extreme debaucheries and excesses on the holidays that happened on christmas, easter, and may day, so they banned the holidays in the new world entirely until taking a more lax approach under the constitution to allow everyone the freedom to worship how they chose without persecution)

    By saying the president has to worship a certain way, that is its own form of persectution. However, the founding fathers did believe that a moral electorate would only ever elect a christian president - not to restrict what that man could do or say once he was president (which would be wrong), but so that our choices on election day would mean the free choices the president makes are more likely to reflect upon us. Most of the choiecs this president makes are not choices I approve of, but then, I did not vote for him. That he did not support Easter, however, I approve of. The christian church would do better to give that holiday back to the celebration of the vernal equinox and start preaching the truth about Jesus's ressurection from the pulpit without obscuring it.


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