Saturday, August 22, 2009
I want to know why it's okay for President Obama to use religious talk when he wants to get a health care bill passed, but if Sarah Palin simply whispers "God," people rant and rave that she's trying to evangelize the nation! These are the same people who leave comments on Yahoo! Buzz--people who have come to my site, read my brief profile, and then go up one side of me and down the other because, according to them, I am a religious nut who wants to preach to everybody! These are people who have a problem with God period, and as soon as you make even the slightest reference to Him, their blood pressure sky rockets, for they can't believe I'm not ashamed to mention that Jesus is my Lord.
The fact that Sarah Palin is a born again Christian is enough to make some spin around, convulse, and pass out. Some even find that sufficient reason to call her youngest child names and attack her daughters. Her crime? She's a Christian. The craziest part of that is that I have never heard Sarah use politics to preach. Her recent statements have been on issues involving health care and energy. However, some people continue to attack her simply because they know she is a woman of faith. Such attacks are to be expected when one understands the spiritual battle that exists in our culture right now, but it reveals a deep sickness within the hearts of some people.
If you can stomach the comments about Sarah, me, and this site, you can go over to Yahoo! Buzz and read them by clicking here. These are comments left about the article called "Sarah Palin & I Want to Know: Why is 'Drill, Baby, Drill' Okay for Brazil but not US?" Now, I don't have a big problem with people who disagree with Sarah's position about helping Brazil (people have a right to their own opinions), but it does turn my stomach to read sexist and perverted comments about her, inhumane comments about her baby Trig who has Down Syndrome, and attacks on her daughters. Her faith in God is really the main issue for some of these people, and I have always said the hatred is demonic, so I shouldn't be surprised by them--but I have yet to be able to get used to them.
While Sarah Palin cannot say, "God bless you" to someone who sneezes without being accused of trying to force her religion on the nation, President Obama conducts a conference call with 1,000 religious leaders so he can try to gain support for his government health care proposal. It amazes me how easy it is for people to talk the talk when they have something to gain from it. The National Day of Prayer comes, and the president refuses to acknowledge it. He goes to Georgetown to speak and asks them to cover the name of Jesus so it won't be seen. But he lapses into religious jargon when he stands to benefit from it.
Andrea Tantaros wrote about this in an article she entitled "Obama Plays the God Card." Isn't that what politicians do? They always know their crowd, and they work that crowd to receive the desired response. Then you have a public servant, a Sarah Palin, who simply lives the life, who speaks as she does because that's who she is.
But President Obama may have gone too far this time. I'd like to believe that something didn't settle right for some of these religious leaders when he said, "We are God's partners in matters of life and death." It's this very mindset that gives people concerns about rationed health care. The government does NOT partner with God when making these kinds of decisions.
Further, Pastor Obama said that many were "bearing false witness" and took a shot at his opposition calling the pushback to date: "fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation: that is that we look out for one another, that I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper. In the wealthiest nation on earth right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call.
I pray these leaders are smart enough to know that anyone can quote Scripture and blur the issues in an attempt to get what they want. To suggest that you are doing God's work by pushing through a health care bill that will determine who is and is not worthy of care and who does and does not have the "level of productivity" in society to warrant that care is, well, to quote Sarah Palin, "downright evil."
Bishop Harry Jackson, a minister in DC who works closely with Martin Luther King's niece, Dr. Alveda King, puts this whole health care debate in proper perspective. I encourage you to listen to what he has to say about the issue, including his own personal story about how ObamaCare would have affected his life. He also puts abortion into the mix because the truth is, although President Obama continues to say that abortion is not in the health care bill, he's being disingenuous. Obama knows what some people do not know: unless the bill specifically states that abortion is NOT to be covered, it MUST be covered. Bishop Jackson exposes how this health care bill will affect the unborn--particularly Black babies. He calls the bill as it stands "ungodly and evil." Hmmm...Seems he's come to the same conclusion as Governor Palin. Watch it for yourself below.