Blogging, like giving public speeches can sometimes be damning, which is why I try to steer clear of making assertive statments such as, "You're not a good Christian if you...." One of the pitfalls of being quotable is that your words might come back to haunt you. A classic example of this is Barak Obama's June 28, 2006 uninformed tirade regarding Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in which he stated, "...a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."
Finally, in a sermon given at a Chicago, IL church on Father's Day 2008, Obama had this to say about the Sermon on the Mount: "At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus closes by saying, “Whoever hears these words of mine, and does them, shall be likened to a wise man who built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.” " So which is it, I ask? Is the Sermon on the Mount too radical for modern day application as he claims in his initial message, or is it readily applicable when it suits his purpose as demonstrated in the latter two examples? So this brings me to the question of the day: What are the criteria by which you measure who you vote for as President of the worlds principal nation?