First, hear me clearly on this — whatever your political preference or personal opinion is of our current president, Obama is NOT TO BLAME for the reality that makes these survey results possible.
Second, be careful to not point fingers with too much enthusiasm if you find yourself, like I did, a bit boiling with frustration at this reality. If people who do not know God do not associate His Word with justice, whose fault do you think that is? It is my fault because I know God and I know his Word and my life — which should reflect both — has not made the truth shine. My light is too often hidden under a bushel basket or they would have noticed.
Third, while I am not as negative about special interest Bible versions as some people I know (the paragraphs below are the opening sentences from a new release from the American Bible Society promoting a new “justice” Bible), I don’t think that a Bible that pre-highlights things topically will really do the trick. Product development and distribution will not transform people. [This publication probably is a useful resource and I have great respect for the work of the American Bible Society in general — my intention is not to slam them in any way. If I’m frustrated with anyone it is with myself and those of us who know the Truth and who are still acting like we don’t so much. We are children of the light walking around with blindfolds on.]
Like I said, don’t get me riled up. Even with Sara Groves on the iPod and some great progress being made on the projects I’m working on today and a wonderful holiday tomorrow, this story cuts me to the quick.
Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Obama or God: Who Said It?
Survey Shows More U.S. Adults Attribute Bible Verse to President Obama Than The Good Book
NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2009— Americans are confusing President Barack Obama’s messages of hope with quotes from the Bible. A survey released today found 54 percent of U.S. adults attributed a Bible verse about caring for the poor and oppressed to celebrities, politicians, and others including Oprah, Bono, and Angelina Jolie rather than the Bible. Obama received the highest percentage of attributions.
The survey found a quarter of U.S. adults attributed the Old Testament verse “You must defend those who are helpless and have no hope. Be fair and give justice to the poor and homeless” to either President Obama or the Dalai Lama. Only 13 percent correctly identified the source as the Bible.