Wednesday, June 3, 2009

It’s Not Lincoln or FDR – You Have to Go Back Much Further for An Accurate Comparison!

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 1, 2009

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President Obama issued a proclamation on June 1, 2009. It declares June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. In the latter part of the proclamation the president said,

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

In light of such a proclamation plus numerous other things this president has been doing in his administration, including his many appointments of persons to high level positions, it is time to revisit the attempts to compare him to earlier leaders. He delights in the mass media comparisons and the publicity “icing on the cake” in which he is regarded as another FDR or another Lincoln.

Nothing could be further from the truth and is a gross insult to the memory of Lincoln especially. While he is doing some things such as FDR attempted to do, it must be pointed out that FDR took this country for quite a ride when he was president.

However, the best comparison to make when it comes to leadership is to go back quite a few centuries to the ancient kingdom of Judah. The king who eventually came to power was Manasseh.

His father, Hezekiah, was a godly king and not only set a personal example of godliness but insisted that the citizens of his kingdom fear, respect and honor the living God of Israel. Many were the blessings that came to Hezekiah and his people during the years that he ruled.

But his son, Manasseh, was determined to do about everything that was contrary to the standards God had established for a sane, sensible, serene and stable society. Here in part is how his administration did things – bear in mind it was an administration of “change:”

And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. He also built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem I will put My name." And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger. --- 2 Kings 21:2-6

Barack Hussein Obama is demonstrating the spirit of a resurrected Manasseh in numerous ways, beginning with his low view of human life and the intent to insure continued mass destruction of the unborn. His ready acceptance of immoral lifestyles which are condemned by Almighty God will not enhance the quality of life in our nation. His own rejection of disciplined worship and lack of a serious intent to seek the will of God for our nation provides ample evidence that he is treading the same path as did king Manasseh.

You can read how things eventually turned out for the kingdom of Judah – the disaster that eventually came is attributed to the fact that Manasseh’s negative influence brought the wrath of God upon the people a number of years later.

So in keeping with the “spirit” and attitude of the Obama administration perhaps we should just throw our Bibles into the garbage can, shut down our churches and padlock the doors, and then adopt the philosophy referred to by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “And in that day the Lord GOD of hosts called for weeping and for mourning, for baldness and for girding with sackcloth. But instead, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating meat and drinking wine: ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!’" (Isaiah 22:12, 13).

The resurrected spirit of king Manasseh rules in Washington DC. How long then will it be until the Creator of this universe says, “This ungodly foolishness has gone on long enough – it is time to end it!” One thing certain – no presidential “proclamation” will change or hinder God’s plan of action once it is put in motion!

Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD. --- 2 Kings 21:16

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