The call is simple and cordial but the questions are biting and will not be easy to answer. Bill Keller has issued the public invitation by saying “I am sending a formal invitation to Senator Obama to sit down with me on camera and deal with these serious questions regarding what he believes about his Christian faith. He has been eager to talk about his faith to the media and has appeared in many televised programs specifically about what he believes. Sadly, those who have interviewed him and moderated these special programs on faith, have either not had the understanding or desire to ask Senator Obama the critical questions to determine what this man really believes regarding the foundational beliefs of Christianity.”
Obama’s silver tongued retorts are easy for him when talking to the general public but Bill Keller’s inquiries will be based on a biblically conservative view of the faith and the tenants of the bible alone. Keller explains that for millions of conservative Christians in America the questions are foremost in their minds. Picking up a little here and there in news broadcast and from pundits would not be near as useful as a one on one Q&A on theological issues that are important to many Americans.
Keller says “"Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." James 4:4” and it is because of this fundamental teaching of the bible that Keller adds “Senator Obama has been very up front during the campaign about his Christian faith. Only God can judge his heart if indeed he has accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, but based on his public statements about his faith as well as his actions, it is critical to explore what he believes and see if this man really is a Christian as he claims. What does Senator Obama believe regarding the basic tenets of the Christian faith? What does he believe about salvation?
Bill Keller is well known for his confrontations with Mitt Romney, and his open challenges to Osama Bin Laden on You Tube. His approach is a no holds barred dialog that allows any answer but if it is not theologically sound Bill will know it in a New York minute. Keller explains “Senator Obama is part of this new and emerging group of Christians I have called the "religious left." The "religious left" is made up of people who identify themselves as Christians and hold strong religious beliefs as well as sharing left-wing ideals. Obviously, this group has risen up in opposition to those who have been tagged the "religious right" or the "Christian right." Those in the "religious left" oppose God on issues like abortion and gay marriage, but are heavily involved in the ecumenical movement, environmental issues, opposing war for any reason, world hunger, and social issues like healthcare, welfare, and education.”
Keller’s talking points and outline is a list of questions that uncounted numbers of Americans would love to hear answered. Bill wants clarification on three spiritual issues that have entered into the political rhetoric of the media lately more than any other time in our history. What better time than now for Senator Obama to explain his views.
The three issues Bill says start with “His position on abortion. His entire political career he has not just voted to uphold the slaughter of innocent babies, but he has been a defender of those rights. He has been such a staunch defender of this practice of legalized infanticide that he was endorsed by NARAL, one of the world's leading baby killing organizations. God calls abortion murder and no Christian in good conscience can defend or support murdering innocent babies.
Keller’s second question would be “His position on the sin of homosexuality. Again, his entire political career Senator Obama has been a staunch ally and supporter of the homosexual community. He is in favor of redefining God's Holy Institution of Marriage to include men marrying men and women marrying women, he is in favor of redefining God's plan for the family to include adoption by same sex couples, and he is in favor of special rights for people who choose to engage in deviant sexual relationships. God calls homosexuality an abomination and the bible defines this act as a sin from the Old Testament through the New Testament.” Keller’s question is simple how can someone who adheres to the words of Christ and his apostles ignore their words so openly and still claim to be a Christian?
Finally says Keller “His position on Israel. Senator Obama is in favor of giving away part of the land that God himself gave to the children of Israel to their enemies, whose stated goal and desire is to kill every Jew and wipe them off the face of the earth. God's promise to Abraham found in Genesis 12:3 is still in effect. It reads, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." “No man has the right to give away the land God himself gave to Israel” says Bill.
Keller is aware as are a lot of people in this day that a new kind of eclectic Christianity is emerging where the adherents are allowed to pick and choose what they want in the religion like a giant spiritual buffet. This view is as far from the teachings of the New Testament as east is from west. Keller’s invitation would satisfy the questions of millions. Will Mr. Obama accept the challenge?
Bill is not asking anything that unusual of Sen. Obama in fact even Christ’s apostles asked the same thing of him in John 7:4. “For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, show thyself to the world.”
For more on Bill Keller’s challenge to Sen. Obama visit http://www.liveprayer.com Rev Michael Bresciani is an author and columnist for several online sites and magazines. His articles are now read throughout the world. For more articles, news, movie reviews and more visit http://www.americanprophet.org