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Church sign links Obama with Osama bin Laden

JONESVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina pastor says he wasn’t trying to be politicalwhen he posted a sign in front of his church linking Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Pastor Roger Byrd said he just wanted to make people think when he put up a sign reading “Obama, Osama — humm, are they brothers” in front of the Jonesville Church of God on Thursday.

Obama, a Christian, attends Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Fifteen percent of respondents to a recent Associated Press-Yahoo News poll said they thought the Illinois senator was a Muslim.

WYFF-TV reported Monday on its Web site that Byrd said he won’t take the sign down. He said his congregation voted unanimously Sunday to keep it up.

The church is part of the Church of God, a Pentecostal denomination based in Cleveland, Tenn., according to the organization’s Web site.

Jonesville is a town of about 1,000 people in northwestern South Carolina. [Source]

Believers, we have to do better than this. Slurs directed at someone because of the name his parents gave him are never Christ-like.  Trying to analogize somebody you disagree with to a bloodthirsty terrorist is below a cheap shot.  What are seekers to think when they see such a sign? Oh yeah, I know what: Christianity is for the ignorant, Christianity is racist, blah blah blah.

I have always been a little queasy when believers on the left, right, or in the middle attempt to baptize their candidate (or a particular policy) as God’s will.  How would any of us know?  Remember all of the times God allowed Israel to suffer at the hands of her enemies?

Furthermore, while I love the U.S. and am deeply grateful to live here, I don’t believe for a second that we have any claim to being “God’s favorites” or that He necessarily has a vested interest in the outcome of any election.  I think that somehow the God who sent His son and established a church in the decadence of 1st century Rome will still see His will done, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office.

Every time another one of those asinine forwards about some candidate kicking puppies, sympathizing with terrorists, or sacrificing roosters to Satan lands in my inbox, the more appealing the Lipscomb doctrine of civil government looks.  David Lipscomb (1831-1917), the Restoration leader, proposed that Christians had no business dealing with the government beyond what was mandated by law; in other words, paying taxes.  While most of the time I can find many flaws in his argument, lately it looks more and more appealing to me.

I honestly don’t care who any Christian votes for. It’s not my business. But if/when you vote, do it for a good reason.

                             

If you want to hear the Old Testament read in a whole new way, click here.  What possible commentary could I add to this? [H/T: The Wittenburg Blog]

                             

I know that I am making a habit of pimping blogs and sites lately, but I have to recommend a blog by Jay Guin.  An elder at the Tuscaloosa Church of Christ (Roll Tide!), Guinis addressing touchy topics with style, keen Biblical knowledge, and consistent compassion. He is currently addressing the need for church of Christ schools to reorder their priorities. Among other things, he suggests dropping athletic scholarships and funneling that money into scholarships for Bible majors…hello!  Wonder how that will play amongst the brethren?

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12 Responses

  1. preacherman says:

    Reading this makes me sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Is that where all the stupid Christians go to Church?
    I think people are afraid of change.
    He has a great plan for America and is going to make a great president.
    I am sick of people bashing Him because of his name.
    How low has politics gone?
    I think America needs to wake up and understand that a Republican isn’t going to win this time. After what Bush has done.
    I pray that God gives these people Brains at this church and people like this stop making Christians look stupid.

  2. Tess mabry says:

    You wouldn’t say something like:

    “Jones-James, are they brothers?” So why would you say something like this? Why are they equating one person with another who have nothing in common other than that they both have Muslim fathers?

    It really gives Christians a bad name when we are purveyeors of hatred instead of love. “They will know us by our love.”

  3. David B says:

    Regardless of what you think of Obama, signs like that are a disgrace to the name of Christ. Ignorance is not bliss, just ignorance.

  4. Preacherman says:

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Preacherman says:

    My wife and I had to comment about this one.
    Yes, my wife wanted to post on a blog.
    She does every now and then when something that strikes a nerve other than myself. 🙂
    Kinney Mabry

  6. Preacherman says:

    Ogdie,
    I hope you have a great earth day!

  7. Trey Morgan says:

    Sadly, our society will blame Christians everywhere for stupid stuff like this.

  8. andy says:

    I don’t mind you pimpin’ other sites. A lot of them are good sites. I don’t even know what to say about the Obama/Osama thing, except that I’m almost surprised they didn’t manage to work his middle name in there somehow.

  9. preacherman says:

    I did have a great earth day.
    We planted some plants,(Elephant Ears, and a fruit tree. 🙂

  10. K. Rex Butts says:

    I am very sypathetic towards the Lipscomb view of the Christian relation to government, just as I am towards the Anabaptist view of the Kingdom of God.

    The picture illustrates a growing problem. There are too many professing Christians in North America who are known more for their association and identification with ideologies of either the secular left or secular right than their association with the gospel and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. When I lived in Memphis, it seemed as though the unholy association to the secular was on the right side. Where I live now, Ithaca, NY, it tends to be more on the left side. Nevertheless, the secular left and secular right are both just two sides of the same coin — an ideological coin that denies the reality of a world ruled by God’s sovereignty. Believing they (secular right and left) are in control of history, the refuse to acknowledge the Lordship of God who has determined the course of history through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Interesting post. Thanks also for stopping by my blog.

    Rex
    Ithaca Church of Christ
    Ithaca, NY

  11. […] linked to me here and said some really nice stuff, too. I know that I am making a habit of pimping blogs and sites […]

  12. […] Odgie’s Religion and such I know that I am making a habit of pimping blogs and sites lately, but I have to recommend a blog by Jay Guin.  An elder at the Tuscaloosa Church of Christ (Roll Tide!), Guin is addressing touchy topics with style, keen Biblical knowledge, and consistent compassion. He is currently addressing the need for church of Christ schools to reorder their priorities. Among other things, he suggests dropping athletic scholarships and funneling that money into scholarships for Bible majors…hello!  Wonder how that will play amongst the brethren? […]

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