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Barack Obama and Religion

June 1, 2008

Continually raking “hot coals into one’s bosom” is not a wise way to live and politicians are no exception. As the Democratic front runner, Barack Obama has finally decided to leave the church that he has belonged to for so long. Barack and Michelle Obama have opted to be free of the media oppression and close scrutiny that is routinely cast on religion. “We don’t want to have to answer for everything that’s stated in the church. We also don’t want the church subjected to the scrutiny that a presidential campaign legitimately undergoes.”

Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, began discussing a departure from the church after Wright spoke at the National Press Club on April 28. During the appearance, Wright said that Obama had “distanced” himself the fiery pastor for political reasons.

One thing that some Americans are hopeful for is that Barack Obama isn’t leaving God entirely on the sideline or his view of what is right before the God he professes. The world view of Christian religion is that God and religion are synonymous. More educated and knowledgeable Christians, as well as realistic human beings know that human religion in and of itself often uses the name of God as a counterweight. Traditions of men and human philosophy reign supreme in many churches instead of Biblical knowledge and teaching. Many churches wisely avoid politics and political battles in favor of the spiritual.

In this case, Barack Obama has been forced to depart from the heated political atmosphere of his former church so that the media will quit trying to tie him with everything that goes on at Trinity. This is likely a wise decision, considering the hot bed of debate that has circled around the church for so long. Barack Obama has been forced to distance himself from religion. What the media should be concerned with is whether Barack Obama is distancing himself from God. In an increasingly secular nation, perhaps the significance of the question is a mute point. Unfortunately, the media isn’t smart enough to ask that question.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2008 10:47 am

    Well said, PapaK.

  2. June 3, 2008 10:46 am

    It was a wise decision of Obama to leave this particular controversial church. It does not necessarily mean he will distance himself from his religion.

  3. June 2, 2008 10:45 am

    This post should be called RELIGION, WHY?

    Does a personal religious beliefs depend upon the amount of times they attend church? If a person attends church all their lives does that automatically give them a ticket to heaven? Does your religious strength come from a church or does it reside within you?

    These are all a bit loaded questions but are to the point. I’m not a religious person and I seriously believe that religion has no place in politics or government. The more we continue to bring it up to me means that we are trying to defend something that we ourselves are uncertain about.

    Are we going to heaven because we believe? Does someone who repents right before they die go to heaven? Why do these questions even come up? Because we are uncertain that it even exists except with our own heads. Is what I’m doing right? Ask a serial killer he might say that what he’s doing is right does that give him a ticket to heaven? Just because you go to church and have hate and evil in your heart will that give you a ticket to heaven?

    I don’t think there is a heaven or a hell. People make this up for any number of reasons. For money (Hagee), for something to give them hope, for peace, to justify their hate, who knows. Religion is bad, it created evil it has to be bad and the people who believe in religion which created evil must also be evil so therefore all people who have a religion will never go to heaven.

    It’s here, not in some cloud fog filled area with virgins or angles it’s right here so make the best of it and live your life without hate.

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