By Bryan Fischer
Someone who calls himself a “Christian” must, at a bare minimum,
have some allegiance to the teachings of Christ. And this allegiance must, of
course, be greatest on matters of the greatest importance, especially the
question of life after death.
On this criterion, President Obama is guilty of an epic fail.
He said something, in his own autobiography, The Audacity of
Hope, that makes it impossible for us to think of him as a Christian. He may
call himself one, but just because I call myself a 1963 Jaguar XKE doesn’t make
me a car.
By the way, the president hasn’t even called himself a Christian
lately. He’s trotted out his second-string spokesman to say it for him.
Now everybody says we should take the president at his word when
he talks about matters of faith. Fine. I completely agree. Unfortunately for
the president, based on his own words, it is impossible for any neutral
observer to call him a Christian. This isn’t even a judgment call.
In a telling excerpt from his memoir, he writes about being asked
by his daughter a question regarding what happens when we die. Talk about
teeing it up for a Christian father! Here is the ultimate question in all of
life, and his daughter wants to know what he, a self-proclaimed follower of
Here are the words of Christ himself on the subject: “I am the
resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he
live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John
Here, in our pseudo-Christian president’s own words, is his answer
to the question of the ages: "I wondered whether I should have told her
the truth, that I wasn't sure what happens when we die, any more than I was
sure of where the soul resides or what existed before the Big Bang."
This is an answer that no Christian could possibly give. It’s an
answer that could only be given by someone who does not believe in Christ, his
mission, and his teaching. It’s an
answer an agnostic could give, an answer an atheist could give, or an answer a
spiritual inquirer could give. It’s even an answer a Muslim could give since a
Muslim can’t know he’s going to paradise unless he blows up some infidels. But
this is not an answer a Christian could give.
Now we can’t be sure exactly what Mr. Obama meant when he
confessed ignorance regarding “what existed before the Big Bang,” but the
Scripture leaves no doubt on that score: “In the beginning, God created the
heavens and the earth”( Genesis 1:1).
So a Christian knows the answer to this question also. What
existed before the Big Bang? That’s easy: God. The answer is found in the very
first words in the Bible.
So the president completely biffs it on the question of the origin
of the universe and the question of life after death, despite the fact the
Christian Scriptures give clear and unambiguous truth statements on both.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me,
though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me
shall never die.” ~ Jesus Christ
"I wondered whether I should have told her the truth, that I
wasn't sure what happens when we die, any more than I was sure of where the
soul resides or what existed before the Big Bang." ~ President Barack
Is President Obama a Christian? Nope.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the
author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family
Association or American Family Radio.)