As the Pope flew back to Rome and Christians attended worship services Sunday, President Obama warned and mocked Christian leaders, telling them they will not succeed in their attempts to assert their religious freedom against the homosexual agenda---mocking Dr. Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Senator Ted Cruz.
He told the sold out crowd, "We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and profoundly respect religious traditions, but..."
"We also have to say clearly," he continued, "that our religious freedom doesn't grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights."
The event was a sold out massive fundraiser for the Democratic National Convention specifically billed as an "LGBT Gala" held in New York City last Sunday.
He told the crowd, "American has left the leaders of the Republican Party behind," referring, of course, to those leaders who actually believe what the Republican Party declares in its platform statements.
He ridiculed Dr. Ben Carson for suggesting that "prison turns people gay."
He said another Republican leader is boasting of his introduction of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage---a direct reference to Sen. Ted Cruz, who is working on that as we speak.
Alluding to Mike Huckabee and his support for the Kentucky county court clerk Kim Davis, the president mocked a candidate who said that "Americans should just disobey the Supreme Court's ruling entirely."
Continuing, the president said, mockingly, "I'm sure he [Huckabee] loves the Constitution---except for Article III... And maybe the Equal Protection Amendment. And the 14th Amendment generally."
With pride, the president told the audience he will not back down in his efforts to advance the homosexual agenda, asking them to stand with him and be "vigilant."
It's not surprising, at least to me, that a recent poll by the Barna Group, commissioned by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), has revealed, "more Americans believe religious freedom is worse today than it was 10 years ago."
Those who feel most strongly about the loss is this generation---the Millennial's.
Alison Edwards, with ADF, herself a Millennial, says, "It makes sense that Millennial's have greater concerns about the loss of religious freedom, as the erosion of freedom has increased in our lifetime more rapidly than in any generation before us. We've grown up seeing bakers, photographers, CEO's, florists, sportscasters, professors and fire chiefs get attacked and pushed out of their careers because of their moral convictions."
She says, "We've seen the consequences heavy handed government and reckless court rulings on individuals, families, businesses, and our most precious freedoms."
Here's what their poll revealed:
- Forty-one percent of Americans say religious freedom is worse off than 10 years ago, compared to 33 percent just three years ago.
- Although concern is prevalent among Christians at 52 percent, it has almost doubled for Americans of other faiths from 19 percent to 32 percent, and has grown from 23 percent to 32 percent among atheists, agnostics, and the religiously unaffiliated since 2012.
- Fifty-five percent of practicing Christian Millennial's believe religious freedom is worse today, up from 32 percent in 2012.
- Fifty-six percent of practicing Christian Millennial's are “very concerned” about the future of religious freedom, up from 19 percent since 2012.
- Sixty percent of Christian Gen-Xers believe religious freedom is worse today, compared to 40 percent in 2012.
Edwards is very optimistic about how she and other young people of this generation are going to respond to the obvious attack on religious freedom---specifically faith based on biblical teaching.
President Obama is wrong on so many fronts.
He told the New York City crowd, "What makes America special is, is that though sometimes we zig and zag, eventually hope wins out. But it only wins out because folks like you put your shoulder behind the wheel and push it in that direction."
No one denies that this president "zigs and zags" or that he has put his shoulder behind the efforts to redefine marriage and normalize that which stands against Nature and Nature's God, but he's dead wrong.
Hope, wrongly place---false hope, never wins out.
Truth always wins out.
Leaders and followers alike have come and gone who have built their ideologies, political and moral world view and lifestyles on the shifting sands of relativism.
The prophets said it, and Jesus taught it.
Following the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:24-27), He compares and contrasts two builders: one wise one foolish.
Being a carpenter, and working with his earthly father Joseph, Jesus knew the difference between shoddy building and good solid building.
Building a house was an excellent illustration. The people got it. This generation seems to be getting it as well.
A house built on the sand may appear stable while the sun is shinning and the weather is great, but when the rains come and the wind drives the storms on shore, it collapses.
The house built on the "rock"---the unchanging Truth of God's Word, stands the test.
This generation gets that.
Our Founding Fathers got it as well: George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
Later, Andrew Jackson said, "That book, sir, is the rock on which our Republic stands."
And that "book" does not condone same-sex marriage or abortion, no matter how much this president "hopes" it does.
Still later, Abraham Lincoln said of God's Word, "But for it we could not know right from wrong.'
Our Founders understood the importance of unchanging eternal values and principles. Those who followed in American leadership also understood. Now we find that this generation of kids, by observing the folly of building a house on the sand, are beginning to call for a "house on the rock"---and that includes religious freedom to worship God and practice our beliefs according to biblical teaching and our conscience.
More than 7 million people who identify as "evangelical" voted for this "hopeful" president.
I pray those 7 million and others can at least be as smart as their 5th graders, and get their vote right next time around.
Be Encouraged. Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.