Obama is right, America’s Foundation “Wasn’t Built on The Rock”
August 27, 2007 3 Comments
This should not be surprising to anyone, after all the man claims to be a follower of Christ and while attending church does not make one a Christian (just like stepping inside a garage does not make one an automobile), he and his family attend church.
The passage he quoted in this particular speech was from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount from Matthew’s Gospel.
Here is an excerpt from the article,
“Getting ready to talk to you today, I recall what Jesus said at the end of the Sermon on the Mount,” Obama said at New Orleans’ First Emmanuel Baptist Church. “He said, whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock.”
“The rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. But it did not fall, because it was founded on the rock,” he continued.
That rock, he said, was a principal of brotherhood exemplified by the church during Hurricane Katrina — but not the federal government.
“Something was wrong in America. Our foundation wasn’t built on the rock,” he said.
I understand Senator Obama is a highly educated individual but I do not think he is known as a biblical exegete by any stretch of the imagination. Even so, one does not need to be a biblical exegete to know that the Rock Jesus refers to in this parable is Himself not “a principal of brotherhood” (Click here)
Though like Caiphas in regards to Israel, Barack Obama might not know just how accurate his assessment of America is.
There “wasn’t” something wrong with America, there IS something wrong with America. This country was not built on Jesus Christ. While it might have been built on those slippery Judeo-Christian values, by no means is that the same thing as being built on Christ Himself.
The only thing built on Jesus Christ in this earth is His Church. The Body of Believers who are to be found scattered throughout different denominations. Christ’s Church is not a building made of stones but a building composed of living stones, that is people. The United States of America and every other nation on earth will fall at one point in time, why? Because they never were and never will be built on the Rock, Jesus Christ.
What about the Church? This is what Jesus said,
I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. — Matthew 16:18
Hades, more than likely the powers of death, will not overcome Christ’s Church. Whereas all nations will come to an end, His Church will live for eternity. It would have been interesting if Senator Obama would have quoted Jesus’ words in Matthew 16.
By the way, I wonder what the good Senator thinks of Paul’s words to Timothy?
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. — 2 Timothy 2:15
Probably not very favorably considering how he butchered the last part of the Sermon on the Mount. I shouldn’t be too hard on him, he probably knows that the book of Job is not in the New Testament.