In a recent speech, President Obama said:
“Throughout our history, Christianity has contributed to the character of our country, and Christian-Americans, and their good works, have helped to build our nation – and we’ve seen the results. We’ve seen those results in generations of Christian immigrants – farmers and factory workers, helping to lay the railroads and build our cities…Every day, Christian-Americans are helping to shape the way that we think and the way that we work and the way that we do business. And that’s the spirit that we celebrate tonight – the dreamers, the creators whose ideas are pioneering new industries, creating new jobs and unleashing new opportunities for all of us.”
If I told you that the quote above was absolutely accurate, would you believe it? If I said that it was slightly altered, would you believe me? If you believe that it is, in fact, altered, in what way would you say it was changed? Do you think that Obama would go out of his way to praise Christians and Christianity at large? If he did, do you think the reaction would be positive?
Allow me to answer some of these questions. The quote is not wholly, word-for-word accurate. If you want the original quote, replace the word “Christianity” with “Islam,” and the word “Christian” with “Muslim.” The speech Obama gave was a tribute to the religious holiday of Ramadan. Barack Obama praised Islam and American Muslims, as well as the contribution they have made to our country.
There is nothing inherently wrong with what Obama said, but that’s not the point. When you first read the altered quote, did it shock you? It would have shocked me. If the most Liberal President in history (or any President at all) had taken to the stage to praise Christians and Christianity, can you imagine the backlash he would have received from the Press? You don’t even have to imagine, because we all know, it would be monumental.
So, what can we glean from this? The Press is suitably happy with the remarks made by the President regarding Islam. Had they been about Christianity, the reaction would have been shouts of “Crucify him!” This means that our Press is biased. Duh, right? Again, not quite the point.
What we can learn from this is that our Press is not only actively biased against Christianity, but passively biased as well. Active bias is obvious; anyone can point out an attack. But passive bias is much more dangerous; not everyone can point out an insidious incursion. Not everyone can call a passive assault. And there’s the danger. No one notices the undertow.
More often than direct, aggressive assaults, we are subject to passive, around-the-back incursions. We are losing the fight. Our culture is slowly becoming a wasteland. Our society is making Christianity into the enemy, and we are letting it happen. The very fact that Obama’s praise of Islam makes no waves, whereas if he were to praise Christianity, he would be subject to a tsunami of condemnation shows just how far we’ve fallen.
Beware of passive assaults. Satan loves to pretend to be an agent of light, shining so brightly that we don’t notice every single other light being consumed by darkness. When his light burns out, and we are left in utter blackness, it will be no one’s fault but ours.