Who owns Christianity?

Headlines today attack Senator Barack Obama’s interpretation of the Christian Bible. Really? Seriously? Is this an issue?

Apparently, James Dobson, a conservative Christian with millions of books published, challenged Obama’s interpretation as “dragging Biblical understanding through the gutter.” Mr. Dobson fails to appreciate the differences among the differing versions of Christianity. Honestly, has Dobson challenged the Catholic church and its designation of the Pope being second only to God, the prayers to Mary?

WHY take on Senator Obama’s religion? No one person or entity owns or possesses the ultimate understanding and control of christianity. People choose to believe what they believe; Dobson and the Christian Right cannot control this. But the Christian right continues to strive to foist its own interpretation of Christianity on society: prime example-the abortion issue.

The actual reason to challenge Obama’s Christianity, to create animosity over a wedge issue instead of dealing with real issues. The Christian right is NOT unanimous in opposition to abortion. The Right hopes to separate Obama from those Reagan Democrats through religion and interpretation of the Bible.

Please find real political issues to create drama. Religion and esoteric religious interpretations are better left for pulpits and dinner tables. If individuals follow the religious beliefs that Obama espouses then they will follow Obama. Beating Obama over the head with a Bible and disparaging his beliefs will only serve to alienate those who follow him. To convert the “mislead” the Right should make a better, more persuasive argument. Ad hominem attacks will only turn people away.

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6 responses to “Who owns Christianity?

  1. It was Senator Obama who brought up the “esoteric religous interpretations” – Dobson simply responded to the VERY POOR job he did at making those interpretations! It was a typical political tool, often used by both sides of the political spectrum – quote or discuss Biblical themes in your speeches in order to curry favor with those who like that sort of thing. All Obama did was reveal his own ignorance of orthodox Christian faith and thereby alienate those who DO read the Bible and practice a true Christian faith.

  2. humanity

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    IN GOD (Rib) WE TRUST WE HAVE FAITH IN HUMANITY (Rabi).

  3. I have to give it to Dobson here. There are far too many that seek to use the bible to lend credence to their inane policy wishes. Obama is a fraud on so many issues, I just believe this is another. It seems that NO ONE running for office can truly claim to be a secular person. Americans like religion and will support a religious person (except maybe Islam) over a secular person. Leiberman got called out on where he differed from Judaism, Kerry from where he was not a good Catholic…We want a person of the book, or so it seems.

    Personally, I want a believer that keeps it to themselves and does not see the need to quote scripture.

  4. salmonandgrits

    Honestly, religion is not the best means to attack. How many years have faithful Muslims tried to distance themselves from the extremists? Here, Obama and Dodson read the same book (maybe not the same translation). The Baptists and the Episcopals read the same book but you don’t see folks verbally flogging each (in this century) over the differences for being saved: dunked vs. sprinkled. It’s just silly to me that Dodson would pick this issue to attack.

  5. “How many years have faithful Muslims tried to distance themselves from the extremists?” None that I have noticed…
    It makes since for Dobson because the Religious Left make claims all the time about faith that is neither supported by tradition nor text, they try to change the meaning (much like leftist lawyers and the Constitution…).

  6. aiken

    “All Obama did was reveal his own ignorance of orthodox Christian faith and thereby alienate those who DO read the Bible and practice a true Christian faith,” says one respondent.

    I’m sorry. ” . . . TRUE Christian faith?” Which one would that be?

    Is THAT the one that assures us “God is on our side?”

    Religious appeals are, sadly, unavoidable; as noted, the majority of Americans seem to feel comfort knowing someone is a believer–preferably one in the listener’s chosen faith. It’s reassuring, self-affirming; the listener feels better & that translates into votes. It’s a gimmick; a commerical; another means of persuasion, based largely on social psychology.

    I know that I am not “up” on politics, as the blog’s author is nor as many respondents. I don’t care what the religious preference of officials are as long as they don’t bring them into policies. What I want to know is the stance on domestic and foreign issues, specifically “No Child Left Behind” and the prices at the pumps. The ENTIRE country is hurting from oil companies like EXXON, who made $40 billion plus last year. People want representatives who have genuine solutions, NOT rhetoric. Their emotions may be stirred by the invocation of Jehovah but once those die down, they have to put gas in their car. After all, they do have to get to church; you know, the one that practices the “true Christian faith.”

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