Simply Speaking: The 83 percent
When Barack Obama made the statement about two and one/half years ago that America was no longer a Christian nation, we need an interpretation.
Actually, toward the middle of April 2009, speaking at a press conference in Turkey (a 97.8 percent Muslim country), Obama said of Americans, “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Muslim nation, but rather a nation of citizens who are, uh, bound by a set of values.”
Incidentally, according to a 2004 ABCNEWS/Beliefnet poll, 83 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians.
Further, 13 percent have no religion, leaving 4 percent as adherents of all non-Christian religions.
Certainly, Obama must have been aware of this ABC poll, as well as many other polls revealing similar numbers on America’s faith, so what is the interpretation of Obama’s seeming contrary statement as to how we believe? Might the announcements reveal a number of things about the current US president?
Maybe Obama’s “Christian nation, not” statements strongly hint at he himself falling into the 13 percent category (see above).
Perhaps, more accurately, Barack falls into the Obamaites cult column, which is what narcissistism is mostly about, but, in his case, also having close ties over in the 4 percent column (see above).
Remember, this latest statement was made in 97.8 percent Muslim Turkey.
In some ways, it’s as if America is no longer a Christian nation.
Take, for instance, the 20th Century removal of the Christian Bible and its readings, prayer to the Christian God, and any reference on the public square or in the classroom to His Ten Commandments, all of these, seemingly, calmly tolerated by the 83 percent.
Go figure if we really are seriously Christian.
And what about the 1973 Roe Vs. Wade supreme court decision to ‘go the way of the false god Moloch,’ used in olden times to pass innocent babies through its deathly fiery furnace as a sort of demented sacrifice, which is strongly akin to the world’s abortion clinics of today.
Millions sacrificed at abortion’s alter, but America’s 83 percent unable to halt the slaughter.
Historically, at least, our forebears gave homage to God’s name in written declarations, in such significant documents such as the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, and in preambles to each of the fifty states’ constitutions.
I believe we meant what we said in word, if not wholly in deed.
We’re often reminded of our God’s prescription for personal and national success and survival in His 2 Chronicles 7:14 admonition to the 83 percent: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
But hard to actually do.
We have not been doing it, knowing we should, but not able to do it in our own power, as an 83 percent nation of Christians.
Let us return to knee power.
Let’s get down on our knees and do that Chronicle praying, along with the remainder of the prescription.
(Get off the sermon soap box, Simmons)
May Yahweh God bless us in the doing through Yeshua, Christ Jesus, King of the Universe.