“I think your heart is in the right place.”

– Bill O’Reilly to Barack Obama in pre-Super Bowl interview

Do you agree with Bill O’Reilly that Barack Obama’s heart is in the right place?

How does Bill O’Reilly know?

Is it the job of a newsman to judge the hearts of their interview subjects?

What special insight does Bill O’Reilly have into the hearts of his interviewees?

It’s really a shame that we simply don’t have a press in America that understands its proper role as a watchdog on government fraud, waste, abuse and corruption.

Our Founding Fathers enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution protections for the free press because they intuitively understood this then brand-new institution would be critical to self-governance and preservation of their new concept of constitutionally limited government.

But the American press has become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

Fox News, with its marketing promise of a “fair and balanced” approach, while refreshing in comparison with its more statist competitors, is hardly the antidote America needs to preserve liberty.

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And liberty is very much in danger today in America.

Who cares what is in Obama’s heart? Can we even know short of observing his actions?

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Can Bill O’Reilly know it? What special training and insight might he have?

Everything about Obama’s actions suggests neither his heart nor his soul is in the right place.

He is behaving lawlessly and undermining the institutions that safeguard America’s principles:

  • He misuses his office and abuses his power to punish his critics;

  • He exceeds his constitutional authority by attempting to legislate from the executive branch;
  • He lies to the American people about his beneficence in wanting to extend them health care, while actually denying it;
  • He encourages the ritual sacrifice of millions of unborn babies through the abortion practice he says allows woman to “fulfill their dreams.”

How can anyone conclude from these actions that his heart is in the right place?

And who cares if his heart is in the right place if his actions are lawless and hurtful to the country?

Can anyone but God actually know our hearts?

I don’t think so.

It’s not a training I received to become a newsman.

But there are plenty of lessons in the Bible about reading the heart.

In Egypt, God hardened the heart of Pharaoh to serve His purposes. God sought to deliver His people from bondage in Egypt. Is it entirely possible God is hardening the heart of Obama today to deliver His people from bondage once again?

The Hebrew people were not excited about leaving bondage in Egypt. As bad as conditions were, the unknown frightened them. Even after the Red Sea was parted, saving them from annihilation by the Egyptian army, many sought to return to Egypt from the safety of the wilderness.

In a similar way, I believe Obama’s role is to force Americans to make a decision about their future:

Will we continue down the road toward bondage or reverse course and seek liberty in the ways of God?

Will we accept government’s handouts and control over our lives or depend on God and the work of our own minds and hands?

Will we follow God or will we make government our god the way the children of Israel made one of a golden calf?

I will believe Barack Obama’s heart is in the right place when he vows that he is a follower of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and will take no actions and make no pronouncements that he cannot square with His Holy Word. I will believe Barack Obama’s heart is in the right place when he repents of all the evil he has wrought since assuming office five years ago. I will believe Barack Obama’s heart is in the right place when he turns from his wicked ways, scrupulously follows the law of the land and listens not only for the voice of God but for the voice of the people he is sworn to serve.

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