Thursday, September 30, 2010

Obama's New Age Christianity

Obama professed his Christian faith in an effort to combat confusion among the electorate regarding his religion.

But his own explanation of why he is a Christian is very confused. Two statements he made that I found the most troubling:

(1) "But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace.”; and

(2) "This is a country that is still predominantly Christian, but we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own, and that’s part of what makes our country what it is."

As Christians we do not help people "find their own grace," but help them participate in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Also, there is only one path to that saving grace, it is through Christ and not through any other religion. People from other religions might be saved, but it is through Christ and His Body, the Church, by which they will be saved. They are not saved by following "their own path to grace," i.e., their erroneous religion.

Christians must respect everyone's freedom of religion. But that does not mean that we should stop spreading the good news that the only name under which anyone can be saved is that of Christ Jesus. Indeed, the concepts of salvation and grace are foreign to most other religions. 

Helping people find their own grace or their own path to grace rather than finding Christ who is the source of grace sounds pretty New Age to me. What about you? Are Obama's statements of his Christian faith enough to convenience you he is a serious Christian or do you think he just views Christianity through the lense of the New Age/modernist spiritual creed of "I'm okay/you're okay."

Acts 4:10-12: "Be it known to you all and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God has raised from the dead, even by him, this man stands here before you, whole. 11 This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which has become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved."

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