There is an article making the rounds written by Dr. Russell D. Moore who is Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Moore’s article is entitled “Christians, Let’s Honor the President,” in which Moore makes the argument that as Christians we have a duty and responsibility to honor and respect President Obama and submit without question to the his civilian authority.
To which we say, “heifer hockey.”
Dr. Moore writes:
We are going to disagree with the President on some (important) things; there will be other areas where we can work with the President. But whether in agreement or disagreement, we can honor.
Before we “honor” someone, it would be good to know what the word “honor” means. After all, how can we “honor” someone if we don’t know what “honor” entails?
As we are dealing with the Bible, the best place to look for the definition may be in Strong’s which defines “honor” as:
honour which belongs or is shown to one
a) of the honour which one has by reason of rank and state of office which he holds
It is here that the first chink in Dr. Moore’s argument begins to show. It is not to Barack Obama we should show honor, but rather to the Office of the President. It doesn’t matter what person fills the position, our duty is to honor the position, but not necessarily the person in that position. This means we have a duty to honor the office of the President but have no duty to honor Barack Obama the man. (more…)
“I am both Muslim and Christian, just like I’m both an American of African descent and a woman. I’m 100 percent both.”
For the life of us, we can’t figure how this supposed woman of faith can believe this. We certainly cannot believe how she is allowed to teach the New Testament as a visiting assistant professor at Seattle University this fall.
Redding doesn’t feel she has to resolve all the contradictions. People within one religion can’t even agree on all the details, she said. “So why would I spend time to try to reconcile all of Christian belief with all of Islam?
“At the most basic level, I understand the two religions to be compatible. That’s all I need.”
“At the most basic level” is Jesus Christ. Who that man is defines each religion. To Christians, Jesus Christ is God incarnate. He is God in the flesh, who walked amongst us. To Muslims, Christ is not God, but a really good prophet, but not as good of a prophet as Mohammad.
In fact, Christ’s teaching of:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6, NIV
is disputed by those within the Muslim faith. Not only it is disputed, it is blasphemy within Islam to teach Christ is the only path to heaven.
“Who Christ is” is not some minor detail such as being pre-trib, post-trib, or mid-trib. In fact, what most Christian denominations disagree about has nothing to do with the basic tenant of the faith. (more…)