I thought there might be a slight chance that we would finally be past this. You know, the “God/Jesus told me to do it” form of leadership that Dubya was so often going on about.
As I have stated many times, I have no problem with any person, politician or not, having a strong personal belief system. Where it goes wrong is when you are taking specific directions from some ethereal spirit. To quote Barry in his speech yesterday:
“This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.”
Really? Did God call on us? I must not have gotten the message. Did he actually call or was it a text message? Was it only for his followers or for all of us? Couldn’t the Big Guy just cut to the chase and shape the future by himself?
I really do not like this line of thinking. It is how wars get started and people get killed. “God called on us to do it”. Barry is not on the job one freaking day and he is already playing the God card.
He went on to say that with “God’s grace upon us”, we would continue to have freedom. What if God does not put his grace upon us? Does that mean that what limited freedom we currently have gets completely taken away?
Lastly, he closed with the “and God bless the United States of America” line. Does God bless one nation at a time? Could you have not just said “God bless the world” and covered a lot more territory? What is wrong with sharing a little love with the non-US peeps out there. Maybe you could have said “God bless North America”. That way, some of His blessings would have covered Mexico and Canada. Are they not worthy of mention?
Please President Obama…stop going to church everyday and waiting for a lighting bolt to hit you in the head and tell you what to do. Do that on your own time. You are now on the peoples time and there is enough to do as it is. You are a smart guy so I am sure you can figure it out.
If there is a God, here is what I know. God does not care about arbitrary, man made boundaries and nationality. He doesn’t love Americans anymore than he loves any other nation. Just like he doesn’t love the Cardinals anymore than the Steelers. It is up to President Obama to make the hard decisions that need to be made. Don’t pull a Dubya and talk about how Jesus tells you when to eat each day. Be a leader and separate your faith from your politics.
If you will put aside your personal beliefs while on official business, maybe other world leaders can be convinced to do the same. Your goals will be a lot easier to achieve if you do not have to have a conversation on whether Jesus could kick Buddha’s butt in a steel cage match. Non Christian religions do not want to be Christian so get over that goal. Just be a good man and do good things for people, regardless of creed, color, or religion. That should do the trick.
Hallelujah and pass the salvation.