One Web site that claims to be Christian declares Barack Obama to be the most pro-life candidate in the race. Another declares Obama is the only real Christian in the race. Yet another proclaims that life under an Obama presidency will mean the restoration of true justice in America. Yet another claims Obama would never fully support the Lesbian, Bisexual Gay, Transgender (LBGT) agenda. How can well-meaning, good intentioned people who claim to be speaking as representatives of Jesus Christ be so deceived? There is one indisputable fact in this election and that is Barack Obama is the most pro-choice, pro-homosexual rights candidate to ever receive a major political party’s endorsement for president. From his stand against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which would have simply protected the life of a baby who managed to survive a botched abortion, to his 100 percent pro-choice Senate rating, Barack Obama has never met an abortion he didn’t like.
Last year in a speech before the radically pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood, Obama promised that his first act as President would be to overturn the nation-wide bans on partial-birth abortion and to require taxpayer funds be used to pay for abortions. Obama has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-choice, an organization which spends millions of dollars each year lobbying for increased abortion rights, both in the United States and overseas. NARAL Pro-choice provides the funds for lawsuits against pro-life legislation and organizations and sponsors public sex education that excludes any mention of abstinence. The very idea that Barack Obama is pro-life would be laughable if not for the multitudes of believers who are buying into this nonsense.
Christians who believe Barack Obama would defend marriage just because he stated during the debates with John McCain that he believes in traditional marriage should check out Obama’s interviews with pro-gay publications like Advocate.com. In October of 2007, Obama left no doubt where he stands concerning the advancement of LBGT special rights. He told an interviewer for Advocate.com “one thing that I do want to make sure is included in this article is that on issues from don’t ask, don’t tell to DOMA to the gay marriage amendment to the human rights ordinance in Illinois that is the equivalent of what we’ve been attempting to do at the federal level and that I was chief cosponsor of and then passed…there has not been a stronger and more consistent advocate on LGBT issues than I have been.”
How can conservative, traditional, Bible believing, born-again Christians seriously consider an Obama candidacy? I believe Harry R. Jackson Jr. and Tony Perkins discovered the answer in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel. On page 44 of their new book Personal Faith, Public Policy Jackson and Perkins say, “The Lord figuratively referred to the cultural problems of Ezekiel’s day as breaches in the wall.” Ezekiel 13:4-5 says, “Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals among ruins. You did not go up to the gaps or restore the wall around the house of Israel so that it might stand in battle on the day of the Lord.” In 586 B.C., the day of the Lord arrived for Judah when Jerusalem fell and the Babylonians took the Jews into captivity. The prophets of God had become like jackals wandering among the ruins of a once great culture while the spiritual gaps in the walls continued to widen. When the destruction of the Jewish culture came, the Watchmen on the wall of Ezekiel 33 had long since abandoned their post and the spiritual gaps opened up by the lack of a true prophetic voice allowed the enemy to completely ransack the city. The people of God became a people in bondage to their own refusal to see beyond the deception of the coming calamity.
I fear we live in a day when the Watchmen (with the exception of a remnant) are strangely silent and the prophetic voices of our age are refusing to shore up the gaps of spiritual deception with the truth of God’s Word. That is the only explanation that can begin to account for the reason so many people believe Barack Obama really is pro-life and pro-family in the biblical sense. Just as Nehemiah was faced with a people who, because of the confusion and oppression of the day, had lost their strength and confidence, we seem to be a people with the same problem. Nehemiah’s answer was to exhort the people to not be afraid but to, “Remember the great and awe-inspiring Lord, and fight for your countrymen, your sons and daughters, your wives and your homes” (Nehemiah 4:14 HCSB).
In less than two weeks, we will exercise one of our most precious rights in this Constitutional Republic. We will go to the polls and select the man who will lead not only America, but also all of the free world for the next four years. Our future is fraught with much peril and uncertainty. I ask you to join me in praying for the strength, wisdom, courage, and discernment to hear and follow the remnant voice of truth in a day that is filled with much spiritual confusion.
Dr. Tony Beam is Vice-President for Student Services and Director of the Christian Worldview Center at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina.