Mario Diaz

President Obama promotes these policies even though he has said repeatedly that he is not sure when life begins. Remembering the Creator would have him turn in a different direction and maybe proceed with much more caution.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you. — Jeremiah 1:5

The second of those inalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration is liberty. But President Obama envisions only a partial liberty for Christians and other religious groups that oppose homosexual activism and want to protect the traditional definition of marriage. He supports the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), supports “hate crime” legislation that can be used to silence Christian teachings, supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA,) and has made sure his administration promotes “gay adoption,” a practice that has forced many Christian adoption agencies to stop rendering services.

In the aforementioned Defense Authorization Bill, liberals tried to force a repeal of the ban on homosexual conduct in the military, something Obama knows will result in the censorship of pastors and the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality.

The pursuit of happiness is the last example of our inalienable rights in that line from the Declaration. And once again, the policies promoted by President Obama are making it harder every day to pursue that dream. His vision puts the government in charge of our private health care decisions, picking winners and losers in the marketplace and silencing dissenting opinion.

His radical appointments are a clear example of his distorted vision for America. His first judicial appointment, David Hamilton, was a judge who ordered the Speaker of the Indiana House to immediately stop the practice of “sectarian prayers” at the opening of the legislative session because the prayers were too Christian. Hamilton argued that praying in the name of Jesus is unconstitutional, but praying to Allah is perfectly fine. And there are so many other radicals that several books have been written about them.

Whatever his personal beliefs may be, President Obama’s policies stand in stark contrast to the vision of the Founders and the acknowledgment of a Creator. That’s the big picture.

And that’s the danger.

The Declaration of Independence is the ringbolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes and at whatever cost. — Abolitionist Frederick Douglas (1818-1895).

But that big picture brings with it a great hope for the President — the hope of redemption through the grace and mercy of that Creator that America has called upon since its birth. President Obama can turn his presidency around by approaching his service as Jefferson did. Here are the words from Jefferson’s Inaugural Address (1805):

I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessities and comforts of life, who has covered our infancy with His Providence and our riper years with His wisdom and Power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join with me in supplications that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils and prosper their measures, that whatever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.

So we need our presidents to remember the Creator, not only when quoting the Declaration of Independence, but we need them to remember Him in their whole approach to governing as well.

And perhaps more importantly, we must remember the Creator.

[I]f My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. — 2 Chronicles 7:14


Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz is the Policy Director for Legal Issues at Concerned Women for America.

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