In his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” President-elect Barack Obama has a curious commentary on Abraham’s willingness to sacrificing his son, Isaac, at God’s command. The item appears in Chapter 6 which is entitled, “Faith,” and is an in depth presentation of Obama’s view of the part religion plays in politics.
Obama’s Take On Faith
God has ordered Abraham to take Isaac to the mountain, place him on an altar and offer him as a burnt sacrifice. Obama writes, “it is fair to say that if any of us saw a twenty-first-century Abraham raising the knife on the roof of his apartment building, we would call the police; we would wrestle him down; even if we saw him lower the knife at the last minute, we would expect the Department of Children and Family Services to take Isaac away and charge Abraham with child abuse.” Obama is saying that since we do not know God’s secret plans, “we do … the best we can” and “act in accordance with those things that are possible for all of us to know.”
Yet Obama seems not to understand that people who fight abortion see precisely this contradiction of a mother having her own child killed. We can hardly believe God is testing the mother and will send down an angel to intercede at the last minute. We have to intercede and that is what we try to do. Obama makes it clear that interceding is exactly what a believing person would do. Why doesn’t Obama?
We act on the evidence we have and try to stop the murder by counseling the woman about the value of her unborn child. Obama supports abortion and has promised the abortion leaders that he will keep abortion legal, sign the Freedom of Choice Act if it is passed by Congress, even pledged to appoint judges who favor Roe. v. Wade. He is clearly not a friend of pro-life but a threat.
Obama Admits He Can’t Discern What Is Moral
Yet one statement in his Chapter 6 is very curious: “I cannot claim infallibility in my support of abortion rights,” he confesses. “I must admit that I may have been infected with society’s prejudices and predilections and attribute them to God; that Jesus’ call to love one another might demand a different conclusion; and that in years hence I may be seen as someone who was on the wrong side of history. I don’t believe such doubts make me a bad Christian. I believe they make me human, limited in my understanding of God’s purpose and therefore prone to sin. I must be continually open to new revelations-whether they come from a lesbian friend or a doctor opposed to abortion.”
Obama seems to be in a quandary over what is moral and what is not, whether gay marriage might turn out to be moral after all, and whether abortion might turn out to be immoral. He seems he needs to have a direct revelation from God to decide what is right and what is wrong. This is a problem many people have when they do not accept absolutes-that some things are always immoral, and situations do not change that fact.
Similarities Between Abortion And Slavery
For a very clever and accurate explanation of why abortion can be compared to slavery, check out Rev. Know-it-all for his talk on slavery and abortion. Father makes a good case for comparing the two and this message from Rev. Know-it-all should get into the hands of the current President-elect.
Celebrate The Feast Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe With Us!
Mark your calendar now for Friday, December 12, when a Solemn Mass will be said at noon in Chicago’s Federal Plaza with Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller as celebrant. It is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Federal Plaza is between Adams and Jackson at Clark. See you there.