By now everyone has heard of President Obama saying that Christianity is no better than Islam at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 4th. I wasn't going to comment on this because there is nothing new here; everyone knows that our president is an apologist for Islam. But since the president's historical revisionism is common among deists and other Bible skeptics I know, I feel compelled to make a post setting the record straight.
Our president said that the Islamic State was “a brutal vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism.” But he went on to say, “Lest we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Our president is doing his best to advance the Leftist narrative that Christians were behind the slavery and racism of this country's history. But the truth is, it was Christians who put their lives and reputations on the line to abolish slavery. Christians were motivated by Scripture to end slavery and helped runaway slaves get to safety. Martin Luther King's appeal at it's core was a Christian movement and Christians of all races were engaged in pressuring our government to pass the Civil Rights Act.
Scripture is very clear that racism should not characterize a true follower of Christ. The apostles had to deal with racial conflict between the Jews and Gentiles in the early church but they learned God "made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith" (Acts 15:9). God revealed this to the church through Peter who said, "in truth I perceive that God shows no partiality" (Acts 10:34 and 1 Peter 1:17). Paul taught that since God didn’t make distinctions between the races, then neither should we (Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, and Colossians 3:25). If we are true followers of Christ, we will obey his command to, "make disciples of all the nations" regardless of race (Matthew 28:19). All races will be represented in heaven, "out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9). Genesis 1:26 tells us that all people were created in the image of God. “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another by profaning the covenant of the fathers?” (Malachi 2:10).
Regarding the president's "high horse" in bringing up the Crusades, any research of the true history beyond the superficial would reveal that the Crusades were a response to Islamic Jihad spreading into Europe. Historical revisionists like to paint the Crusades as expansionist imperialism but their purpose were actually intended to discourage Islamists from expanding into Europe and open Christian holy places again to pilgrimage. Likewise, a serious unbiased investigation into the Inquisition would reveal that the Catholic Church had virtually nothing to do with it. It was the secular authorities who burned the heretics seeing heresy as treason because royal authority was questioned. These same secular authorities criticized the church for not taking a more active role in the Inquisition.
Of course humanists like President Obama don't really care much about history. They are quick to dismiss history saying, "the winners get to write the history" which is just a rationalization to ignore history. Since today's postmodern humanists believe that history is subject to interpretation, they set out to change the record of history by advancing a narrative that makes Christianity out to be a villain. Such historical revisionism is in the spirit of Antichrist and this is growing in our day; The Antichrist will "intend to change times and law" (Daniel 7:25).
It is pretty clear to all who watch current events without a humanist bias that the terrorism going on in the world is due to Islam despite the media trying to put lipstick on the pig. Since 9/11/2001, Muslims have made 41 attacks against non-Muslims in the U.S. causing 71 deaths and 326 injured. I am not aware of any Muslims being killed by Christians in this country. Humanists will say this is evidence that Christianity is just more evolved than Islam, that we just need to be patient with them until they have their reformation. But this only reveals the continuing ignorance of history that characterize humanists. The Protestant Reformation wasn't about repenting of a violent past, it was about returning to biblical authority. Christianity never had a history of pursuing conversions through violence as Islam practices. Jesus said, "you will know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:16); the fruit of Islam is deception, death and destruction.
As radical humanists like President Obama are allowed to have more power in this world, there will be more historical revisionism to stir up the public to turn further from God and His children. Since we are in the season of Christ's return per the parable of the fig tree (Matthew 24:32-35), we can expect the spirit of Antichrist to build culminating in the person of the Antichrist coming to power. I thank God the Church will not be on earth when the Antichrist reigns. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, now is not a good time to be on the fence.