The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
By their fruits you shall know them--The White House and Christ
In Matthew 7:15-16, Jesus warns, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits." He repeats again in verse 20, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Jesus also told a parable about an evil sharecropper. The landowner sent his son to collect the fruits owed him from the land. The farmer killed the son. When he finished the parable, Jesus said in Matthew 21:43 "Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof." Both as individuals and as a nation we are known by our fruits. Now discern from this recent exchange at the White House.
Since I have been old enough to notice, every American president has offered his countrymen a greeting or word of commemoration during the most sacred of Christian holidays--the passover meal, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But not this year, and not this man who occupies the Oval Office. When asked about it Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "You know, the President went to the church yesterday; it was well covered. I'm not sure if we put out a statement or not, but he obviously personally celebrated easter with his family and went to church to celebrate that." The reporter responded, "Wait a minute. The highest Christian holiday and you don't know if put out a statement?"
Carney continued, "I'm glad you're asking these key important questions, guys. The fact is, the President took his family to church in a very high-profile way to celebrate easter. I think it was highly visible to most Americans. And he -- as a devoted Christian, he believes it's a very important holiday for him personally, for his family and for Christians around the country." The White House press office evidently is very defensive about this as at the top of its website, it notes that the president delivered remarks about easter at a breakfast last week. He said something about easter last week, attended church for show--as he is not known for attending church--and he is a "devoted Christian."
Why do you suppose then, this president has issued greetings for every Muslim holiday since he has been in office, but has shunned many Christian prayer events, and even, as the reporter said, "The highest Christian holiday"? Are these the actions of a "devoted" Christian? Incidentally, the last question of Monday's news conference was about Franklin Graham saying that the president has some explaining to do regarding his birth record as well as The Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating every level of government. Carney replied: "I would just say I think it's unfortunate that a religious leader would choose Easter Sunday to make preposterous charges. And I'll leave it at that." And so will I.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!