size 3 doc martens Obama For Not Attending Church And Not Defending Christmas
For the religious right, public displays of Christianity are the true mark of good character. So, several years ago, as part of its unrelenting attempt to impugn Pres. Obama’s character, Fox News expressed concern about President Obama’s church attendance. Obama’s involvement of church leaders, in health care reform, was considered “disingenuous” because he hadn’t selected a church. Fox Nation asked why the president didn’t attend church. Fox priest, Fr. Jonathan Morris, who wasn’t judging, oh, no, sweetly questioned how Obama could have faith when wait for it he hadn’t chosen a church. Bill O’Reilly, who was clearly judging, declared that Obama should attend church more often because “seeing” the president in church is “a good thing.” Flash forward to 2013 and the divinely inspired Bill, who judges others on the basis of how their standards comport with his, hasn’t changed his tune. In what was purported to be a segment about the President’s faith, O’Reilly could barely contain his judgment.
O’Reilly’s “Impact Segment” was about “President Obama and faith.” He wasted no time in reminding us that the president is a Christian (he’s not a Muslim?) and “for years was pastored” by Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Bill noted that the president “doesn’t worship publicly very much and his theological beliefs are not well known.” (Unlike Bill who let his readers know that he attends weekly Mass and who brags about his Catholicism at every opportunity.) He introduced his guest, the Rev. Joshua DuBois who has written a book, ” The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama” which is about prayers and readings that Pres. Obama shared with Rev. DuBois.
Bill immediately asked if he was wrong about the president not having “a lot of use for traditional organized religion” a question which seems to reflect Bill’s not so thinly veiled contempt for those who, unlike Bill, don’t subscribe to “Judeo Christan” religious orthodoxy with all its trappings.
O’Reilly zeroed in for the kill: “I’m wondering, if he went to church with Jeremiah Wright, almost, a couple of times a month [questionable assertion] he was there a lot, but now he doesn’t, I’m not sure, I don’t know why.” When DuBois cited recent instances of Obama’s church attendance, O’Reilly overtalked him: “He doesn’t go on a regular basis.” Still over talking, O’Reilly asked “you don’t see it necessary for him to be a public kind of guy?”
O’Reilly noted that Rev. Wright is an “advocacy preacher” and asked if Obama uses his Christianity to advocate for issues. When DuBois said that Obama “leads with his relationship with Jesus,” O’Reilly opined that he’s “never heard him say the word Jesus.” (OMG) DuBois refuted that claim and encouraged Bill to read Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast speech. O’Reilly claimed that he “wasn’t casting aspersions” on the president’s faith. (Fail!)
The conversation became all about Bill. He reminded DuBois that he wrote “Killing Jesus” and asserted that “as a secular broadcaster,” he “doesn’t proselytize” and “respects all beliefs.” (WTF? He hates “fascist” atheists and damns anybody who doesn’t say Merry Christmas!) He noted, however, that he “defends” his beliefs. He shouted,”We don’t see that kind of defense from the president. For example, we’ve never seen him say, ‘Why don’t you knock off the anti Christmas business? It’s really wrong for the nation.’ I’ve never heard him say it.”
If only everybody followed Bill O’Reilly’s advice, the world would be a better place?!
Hiding your faith, not wearing your faith on your sleeve, not wanting to be with with other Christians, not giving testimony to others about how Christ has changed your life, are all things that are spoken of in the bible. You don hide your light, (Christ). You share it with others because you love them and want them to know the love that Christ has for them. If you don go to church, because you think they are all self rightgeous, as jeanne c Owens says, maybe you are attending the wrong church. Eternal life means you will be spending eternity with Gods chosen. If you don want to be with them here on Earth why would you want to spend eternity with them? Christians are always growing in their faith, they are not perfect people. But they all share the gift of the Holy Spirit,
and for that reason alone Christians should love one another
I am a Christian, I was baptized when I was old enough to understand why I wanted to accept Christ into my life. I do not go to church every week or every month either but that does not change who I am and my Christian faith. I read from the bible every night before bed and when I need guidance. I do not need a self righteous church to dictate how I should act and feel. There is to much hate in this world. I wish everyone would just try to say nice things about people even when they may disagree.
Who would take advice from a cafeteria Catholic? Based on Billy past behaviors, he is in NO position to tell people to attend church. Obviously, his church attendance didn change his behavior.
These cafeteria Catholics at this fraudulent network are full of themselves. They act one way in front of the camera, and another in private.
Billy does not act like a good little Catholic boy, especially when he is battling the boys on the Second Floor, and he knows exactly what we mean.
NOTE TO BILLY
A very behavior, eh Billy?Also, I meant to note that, as a (lapsed) Methodist (I really have no use for any sort of religion), my ministers always pointed out that church was more about with like minded others but that, if you accepted God and Jesus, you didn really need church. Your as a Christian never relied on church attendance IF you made certain to set aside some time in prayer/meditation or just basically for God on at least a weekly basis. Church was largely little more than a way to do this in an fashion.
Of course, living in the South, I also remember seeing a number of grown men in the congregation glancing at their watches during the Sunday sermon during football season make sure they were going to be able to make it home in time for whatever kick off they were looking forward to. Just because your body was sitting in a church pew didn mean your mind or spirit was there performing the function either of them was supposed to do. I also remember a number of men who you see going to Sunday School, but were never in a church pew listening to the minister least not until football season was over for the year (including the Super Bowl the Super Bowl was typically broadcast during the Eastern and Central time zones early to midafternoon until the 90s).
Of course, it a fact (not just an opinion) that IF Obama were to be seen attending any church on a regular basis, that O would be lambasting that as mere photo ops.
Now, I don know which particular version of the Bible he reads (as the Roman Catholic he is), but here are three translations of a passage he might want to refamiliarize himself with. The verses are Matthew 6:5 6.
you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (New American Standard Version)
when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (King James Version)
whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. (New Revised Standard Version)
I wasn completely aware that there not a single standard Bible used by Catholics (obviously, I not thinking in terms of since the Bible is translated in thousands of languages and dialects just parts of it, at any rate) until I checked around. (It be like having a copy of Quixote in Spanish or Miserables in French or Goethe in German simply because I studied one of those languages for 1 year in high school. All it would really show is a touch of pomposity; unless, of course, you bought the work at a used book sale for less than a dollar, looked inside once and realized you didn have nearly enough knowledge to understand the language relying on Google translate.)