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Joseph E. Hébert, Ph.D.

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By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them

Barack Hussein Obama was raised Muslim but now says that he is a Christian. So why do so many people doubt him? Perhaps it's because he was, for a time at least, educated in a Wahabi medrasah in Jakarta, Indonesia. These schools teach, after all, that it is honorable to pretend to be a Christian, so long as it is an effort to deceive the infidels in the furtherance of Islam. Perhaps people distrust him because they know that most of the world's Muslims are in Indonesia (where he was educated), where the radical-extremist-intolerant Wahabi form of Islam is so pervasive that those few who do show peace-loving tendencies are killed as infidels. Or maybe people distrust his claims for no better reason than prejudice toward the sound of his middle name.

But maybe there's another reason so many people distrust his claim of Christianity. Oh, to be sure, scripture warns us not to judge.

Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7: 1).

But the word here translated "judge" means "condemn." Specifically, it means to "decide" as opposed to "discern." But more importantly, if one reads the whole passage in context one quickly comes to understand that God is admonishing us not to become hypocritical toward others, condemning them for their sins all the while ignoring our own. Indeed, at times it becomes our Christian duty to "judge" others, especially those who claim to be Christian. To see this clearly, continue reading Matthew 7.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them (Matthew 7: 15 - 20).

I submit to you that this may very well have more to do with people distrusting Barack Hussein Obama's claim of Christian faith than any of his Islamic background. Consider his fruits.

He has a history of subscribing to Black Liberation Theology. I know little of this theology, but I know that his mentor and pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, has described it by saying that the Jesus of the slave is not the same as the Jesus of the slave owner, and that the God of the slave is not the same as the God of the slave owner. But scripture tells us that that the opposite is true. Scripture tells us that there is one God, that He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and that He is the Lord over us all, slave and slave owner (bond and free) alike.

I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me, (Exodus 20: 2, 3).

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (Deuteronomy 6: 4).

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Hebrews 13: 8).

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3: 28).

And make no mistake. This Black Liberation Theology is not just spoken of by Barack Hussein Obama's pastor. It is espoused in his own writings too. Moreover, Mr. Obama has cited the Lord's Sermon on the Mount as support for his own position of embracing homosexual marriage. Now I ask you, how is it possible that anyone saved by our Lord, born again of the water and the Spirit, indwelt by the Holy Spirit for instruction, how could such a person ever espouse such beliefs?

But these beliefs are not the only fruits by which we can know Mr. Obama. We also know that he has repeatedly voted to preserve infanticide as a corrective measure when babies survive abortion procedures. And we know that he has voted to impose comprehensive sex education on kindergarten children. So, given what we know of Barack Hussein Obama's fruits, does it really seem odd that Christians doubt his claims of Christianity?

But, you say, Jesus said that whoever is not against us is for us. And you're right.

And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part, (Mark 9: 38 - 40).

The important point to note here is that this man was casting out devils. He was actually doing kingdom work, the work of the Lord, not just professing it with his mouth. And, as Jesus pointed out earlier, we can know him by his fruits.

Now I know that it might be amusing for some to pile-on, denouncing Barack Hussein Obama, but it occurs to me that there is a far more important matter to be considered; there is a far more important moral to be noted here. If we assume (hypothetically as it were) that Mr. Obama is not in truth a Christian, that he only professes Christianity in order to garner acceptance in the community, I dare say that if elected he would not be the first to occupy the Oval Office under such circumstance. I doubt that he would be the first to occupy any office under such circumstance. In fact, I dare say that he would not be the first to occupy a church pew under such circumstance. So instead of discerning Barack Hussein Obama's fruits, and in keeping with Jesus' admonition, let's all take a hard and honest look at our own before we do anything else.

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye, (Matthew 7: 5).

Instead of considering Barack Hussein Obama, whether he is doing kingdom work, the Lord's work, ask the same question of yourself. Whose work are you doing? What is the last thing you did for the Lord? And please don't say "I went to church." Church is like the Sabbath; it was created for man, not the other way around.

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: (Mark 2: 27).

When you rise during the week and go about your work, are you working for the Lord, or yourself? Do you live your life as a testimony to Him? Do your co-workers use the Lord's name in vain in your presence? And if they do, how do you react? Do they go their way knowing that they've sinned against God, or do they still believe that it's okay to do so in your company? Do they share dirty jokes with you, or keep them to themselves?

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness, (II Timothy 2: 16).

How do your coworkers treat you? Do they treat you like the life of the party, or do they exclude you from their after-hours activities?

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake, (Luke 6: 22).

What about your children? Are you raising them to love God? Or are your children pretty much indistinguishable from the children of the world? In short, what can we know by your fruits?

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit, (John 15: 1, 2).

Has the Lord purged you, which is to say cleansed you from unrighteousness (see also I John 1: 9), or do you still prefer to continue in the same sinful lifestyle as before you professed Christianity? Do you still like to go out for beers with your friends, or do you now actually prefer to stay home with your family? And note that I'm not asking which you do, but which you'd rather do. People can put on a show for a time, but is it real? Examine your own heart. Judge yourself. Have you truly surrendered your life to God? Then what kind of fruit do you bear? Read John 15: 2 again, and answer this one last question. If you say that you're really saved, but you aren't bearing fruit, then why hasn't God taken you away yet?

I John 1: 9    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.