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I was harshly criticized when I questioned Barack Obama’s claim to be a Christian back in 2008 when he was running for president.

It’s not an easy thing to do to dispute what someone else says he believes. For most people, faith is a private matter. Americans are often uncomfortable talking about religion. It’s considered taboo to scratch beneath the surface of spiritual claims and assertions by politicians. It’s considered bigoted, closed-minded, gauche.

From the reaction, I must have been the first who dared point out the contradictions in Obama’s own description of his brand of Christianity in which many roads lead to the Kingdom of God.

I can’t tell you how many times I was instructed and admonished about Jesus’ words from Matthew 7, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

But, as a Christian, scripture informs me that we will know people by their fruits. Obama’s fruits were well-known and well-documented by the time he first ran for president. Any true believer in the One True God would have had the discernment to view what he had sown and reaped.

Today it’s growing increasingly clear that far from being a believer, as Obama claimed in 2008, he is an enemy of believers – a tormenter of Christians, a persecutor.

In a recent foreign-language interview, Roman Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the highest court at the Vatican, spoke the truth when he said Obama’s policies “have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization.”

Cardinal Burke added that Obama wants to restrict religious freedom and force the individual, outside of his or her place of worship, “to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions.”

“He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies,” said Burke. “Now he wants to restrict the exercise of the freedom of religion to freedom of worship; that is, he holds that one is free to act according to his conscience within the confines of his place of worship but that once the person leaves the place of worship, the government can constrain him to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions. Such policies would have been unimaginable in the United States even 40 years ago. It is true that many faithful Catholics, with strong and clear leadership from their bishops and priests, are reacting against the ever-growing religious persecution in the U.S.”

That last phrase needs to be underlined and boldfaced for emphasis: Obama is leading “ever-growing religious persecution in the U.S.”

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Can there be any doubt for all Christians?

If not, what will it take?

Obama has placed his ideological passion for abortion and homosexuality above freedom of religion.

But it’s more than that.

I believe Obama and the agenda he personifies have used abortion and homosexuality as battering rams against the Christian faith.

For the proponent of unlimited government, God is truly the enemy because He is the author of liberty. He is the enemy because no one must serve a higher god than government. Men have been placing themselves in God’s place, divining right from wrong, since the Garden of Eden. There’s nothing new under the sun. It always leads to one end – disaster, catastrophe, death, destruction, misery, hopelessness.

Obama can scarcely take all the blame for our arrival at this ungodly destination. Believers are more responsible. They let it happen. They continue to allow it to happen. They have the power to direct the nation in a reverse course – just as the children of ancient Israel had the power.

It’s still there for us today. All that is required is that believers follow the prescription God gave us in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Nothing else will work – not the political game, not reason, not debate, not revolution, not doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

It’s up to us.

It’s up to His people who are called by His name to humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways. Only then will this judgment on us be lifted, for He will hear our prayers, forgive our sin and heal our land.

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