Truth is the beginning of wisdom…

Obama leads America down the road of death.

Americans watched on television as President Bush’s jumbo jet soared out of sight Tuesday – and with him, a long record of protecting the unborn. The Obama administration was just a little over 24 hours old when the new President’s anti-family anti-life promises were officially unveiled on the new White House website.

Obama's Pro-Life? PolicyMinutes after Obama took the oath of office, the transfer of power was made complete on the White House website. The page, once home to a host of family values, now welcomes an extreme collection of anti-life, anti-woman, and anti-family agendas. Disguised under the caption “civil rights,” Obama pledges to fight for nationwide civil unions, repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, homosexual adoption, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, expanded “hate crimes,” and over 1,100 costly same-sex benefits. He promises to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as well as block a federal amendment to preserve marriage. In exchange for the support of groups like Planned Parenthood, the multi-billion dollar abortion business is also due for a rich payoff from the 44th president, including his support of abortion-on-demand, more funding for “family planning” programs, embryonic stem cell experiments, and tax-funded abortion.

Barack Obama had pledged (if anyone was listening to what he was saying instead of worshipping their new messiah) to overturn virtually all abortion restrictions, upend the Defense of Marriage Act, and bring open homosexuality into the armed forces … and that’s just what he did. Congress has lurched further to the left, making this almost certainly the most liberal Congress in the history of our nation. Solid majorities in both the House and Senate stand ready to march lock-step with Obama’s agenda.

Obama has pledged, and now enacted, the most radical pro-abortion agenda in American history. He did what he said, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA). Toppling FOCA overturns hundreds of pro-life measures and partial-birth abortion.

This toppling is the work of the foolish * … whether they call themselves Christians or not. The evidence of  true believers are those who are obedient to God’s Word and demonstrat the fruits of the Spirit. Until Obama demonstrates this, don’t try to tell me he is a Christian … church attendance and words are a sorry excuse for the evidence of obedience to God. I wish the evidence in Obama’s life was different … but at this point in time is isn’t.

I ask you to pray for a change of heart for President Obama. Also, for those who would put their own interests, emotions and desires before God’s Word and directives and think that it is okay. It is not!

The interesting thing is that if this kind of evil legislation was accepted as the norm when Obama was conceived he very likely would never have become the first black president of the United States of American … he would have just been another statistic.

* The Old Testament. Several Hebrew words are rendered “fool,” with nuances ranging all the way from the naive but teachable person (Prov 14:15 peti [yit.P], derived from the Hebrew root meaning “open, ” hence impressionable ) to the hopelessly incorrigible person who deserves no corrective efforts since such will be in vain (Prov 26:3 kesil [lyis.K]). In most cases the context will help the reader determine which of the many meanings is to be preferred.

The heaviest concentration of the Hebrew words referring to foolishness is in the Wisdom literature, where the fool is constantly contrasted with the wise. The fool is not so much stupid (except when the context demands such a meaning) as immoral and pernicious. The fool’s problem is not so much intellectual as practical and spiritual. In fact, the terms “wise” and “fool” are used by the sages to designate respectively the faithful and the sinners.

A further insight into the nature of the fool is provided by the Hebrew word nabal [l’b”n]. This is the word used in Psalm 14:1, where the fool declares, “There is no God.” Not only is the fool immoral, he is also godless. His mind is closed to God (as Nabal’s mind was closed to reason 1 Sam 25:25). He conducts his life without any recognition of God and thus is corrupt and perverse (Psalms 14:1 Psalms 14:3). He does not fear the Lord and hence knows nothing of wisdom (Prov 1:29). The same Hebrew term is also applied to the nations. Wisdom is seen as the gift of God, expressed in the Torah. To be without it as the Gentile nations were (Deut 32:21) or to ignore it as Israel did (Deut 32:6) is to be foolish.

* The New Testament. There are fewer Greek terms employed for the fool and these are essentially negative, indicating that the fool is lacking in sense and intelligence. The gravity of the condition of the fool can be seen in the warning of Jesus that to call a person such is to be in danger of “the fire of hell” (Matt 5:22). The designation “fool” is considerably more derogatory than other terms of abuse. Clearly, to be a fool in this biblical sense is a serious matter.

Paul makes frequent ironic reference to foolishness, particularly in 1 and 2 Corinthians. He deprecates the wisdom of the world, which characterizes God’s action in Jesus as nonsensical and scandalous. Human understanding erroneously takes God’s wisdom to be foolishness and God’s strength to be weakness since God’s actions do not fit human reason or expectation. Indeed, from a worldly perspective God uses the foolish thing and calls the foolish person (1 Cor 1:27-28).

Elsewhere in the New Testament foolish has a more conventional sense. Believers are urged not to be foolish (Eph 5:15-16) and to distinguish carefully between heavenly and earthly wisdom (Jas 3:13-18).

This negative attitude toward foolishness is understandable when its practices are observed. Among these practices are: relying on earthly wealth (Luke 12:20); failing to recognize that the ministry of Jesus is God’s visitation to claim his own bride (Matt 25:1-13); turning away from the gospel of grace to legalism (Gal 3:1-3); worshiping the creature rather than the Creator (Rom 1:18-23); and abrogating the demands of God with meaningless distinctions (Matt 23:16-22). Perhaps even more significant than the above characteristics is a failure to act on the words of Jesus by building a house without an adequate foundation (Matt 7:26-27), and a failure to believe the good news of Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 24:25 here the foolish are described as “slow of heart” the Old Testament expression is “without heart, ” without understanding, as in Prov 9:16). The believer is not to be foolish, but to “understand what the Lord’s will is” (Eph 5:17).