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A View from the Altar / Revealing moment in the culture wars
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Revealing moment in the culture wars

By now you’re aware that El Presidente’ didn’t mention God in his brief Thanksgiving day speech.  He said he’d spend the day like a lot of Americans, “eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting on how truly lucky we are.”

I understand it’s like a wacky conspiracy theorist to read way too much into an innocuous omission from a speech.  But this one, to my eye, looks like one of those times when the Freudian slip really does open a window into something deeper.  It’s not just that he neglected to mention God.  It’s his giving voice to the view that we’re “truly lucky.”  Luck is the real deity behind Darwinism and Marxism, and Mr. Obama’s Marxist connections are too well known to need any prooftexting by me.  So that’s what caught my eye.  No God, just luck.

And there’s context.  This is a president who has apologized for America and denigrated her in every meeting with foreign meetings, most recently in that great Asian nation of Hawaii.  No special place in Providence for her.  And this is a president who has to know conservatives will be applying hostile analysis to every detail of his speeches.  And this is a president whose claims to Christianity have been challenged from many sources, many times.  To omit reference to God and ascribe America’s unique blessings to luck– well, let’s just say I’m having a hard time blowing past that with a shrug.

The moral of the story for us Christians is that we are kings and priests through him that loved us (Rev 1:6).  If a secular president is obliged to overtly ascribe his blessings to God rather than luck, then how much more the heirs and rulers of a kingdom of priests (Ex 19:6)?  So let’s have no more talk about luck.  For the Christian there is no such thing.  We speak of God’s grace upon us and marvel that we are just like other men (cf. Lk 18:11) and yet the Lord has chosen to love and bless us anyway.  That isn’t even the 32nd cousin to luck.

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