There is so much I would love to say in response but shall refrain. The President obviously does not understand the primary sources of either faith for him to make such a tendentious parallel. The predominant delight in his remarks would be in the Muslim world and the irreligious. The next day Geraldo Rivera, opining favorably, made the oft repeated lie that more people have been killed in the name of God than in any other cause. Try telling that to the Chinese and the Russians and the Cambodians and the victims of the Holocaust! Such intellectual ignorance gains the microphone with pitiable privilege. If a thinking person doesn’t know the difference between the logical outworkings of a philosophy and the illogical ones, to say nothing of the untruth perpetrated, then knowledge has been sacrificed at the altar of prejudice.
But let me get to the President’s final statement, after he had wandered off into erroneous territory. That final remark was true. He said, “It is sin that leads us to distort reality.” He was right. In fact he embodied it in his talk. But there is good news for the President. At least in the Christian message forgiveness is offered for sin. In Islam it isn’t. You must earn it. May I dare suggest that if Christians had been burning Muslims and be-heading them, he would have never dared to go to Saudi Arabia and tell them to get off their high horse. He unwittingly paid a compliment to those who preach grace and forgiveness. That is the dominant theme of the Gospel. That is why we sit in courtesy listening to the distortion of truth, the abuse of a privilege, and the wrong-headedness of a message.
I cannot recall when I have heard such inappropriate words at so important an occasion, in such a time of crisis. The world is burning with fear and apprehension. We need a message that will inspire and encourage and redeem. Ironically, two years ago when Dr. Ben Carson spoke and made some comments about our medical plan and the tax system, the White House demanded an apology from him for straying into controversial terrain, because it felt his comments showed disrespect for the President.
This year’s National Prayer Breakfast speech was a blunder in thought. But there was a silver lining. In the end, President Obama blundered into the truth. Sin distorts… and only Jesus Christ restores the truth. Christ will ever rise up to outlive His pallbearers. Even presidents will have to get off their high horses then and recognize the Lord of life and hope and peace. There will be no speech making then. Only a prayer of surrender… which is what the National Prayer Breakfast was meant to be in the first place.
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Ravi Zacharias is a man well-respected in Christian circles and secular as a man of knowledge and restraint. We can well imagine how difficult it was for him to write the above. However, unlike Obama, who cannot call radical Islam by that name, this Christian minister felt he MUST report accurately what Obama presented. “Poorly chosen.” “Ill-advised.” “Absence of wisdom.” “Shallow understanding.” “Distortion of truth.” “Abuse of privilege.” “Wrong-headedness” in a message of “untruth.” “Not heard such inappropriate words at so important an occasion.” Our man in the Oval Office, friends, just doesn’t get it. Worse, he doesn’t care that the world sees him in this light. He entered his elected office arrogantly thinking he was going to bring light and salvation to the American people. He had the gall to tell us his was going to be the “most transparent” administration ever…then proceeded to show us repeatedly that he either did not understand the meaning of his own words, or simply uttered them as one more lie with no intent at all to perform. Obama has willfully told more lies while in office than any other president in modern times. Even now, he is planning to tell many more.