REUTERS/Jim Young This article in Reuters struck me as odd.  Here is Senator Barack Obama who is a self-proclaimed Christian visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem (remnant of the Jewish Temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD).  That isn’t a big deal because I know many believers in Christ who visit that while in Israel.  It is what he does at the Western Wall that made me take notice this morning.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made a surprise pre-dawn visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Thursday, at the end of a trip aimed at showing his strong support for Israel.

Obama, wearing a Jewish skullcap, placed a prayer he had written in the wall and bowed his head while a rabbi read a psalm calling for peace in the holy city (emphasis mine).

I don’t know to me this seems like extreme, extreme pandering.  Why the skullcap? Why the written prayer and why do you place it in the wall?  As a Christian one surely knows that we are now the temple of the Holy Spirit, (1 Corinthians 6:19).  That other than for historical value, for the Christian, it is pretty well obsolete.  Why leave a prayer at a wall when you are indwelled by the Holy Spirit?  Surely Jews who were there know that isn’t his tradition or faith.

I mean would he visit a mosque and utter The Salat in order to connect with Muslims?  Would he go pray at a Buddhist temple?  Can we expect any special religious activity if he visits Salt Lake City?  Perhaps he can go door to door with some Mormon missionaries in order to show solidarity with the LDS church.

While he was there one worshipper took the opportunity to take at shot at the Senator’s position on Jerusalem (which he has flip flopped on), “Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale.”  No it is not.

Somebody needs to let the Senator know that political pandering does not belong in the religious realm, and a visit to the Western Wall does not make one a friend of Israel.

37 comments
  1. I think you are probably right, I think he would probably- when at a buddhist temple- do as they do and when at any other religious activity- do as they do (except maybe for muslim because that just would not be good for his image right now). It’s all part of the tolerance of everything and everything being acceptable- gay marriages, abortions… The perfect example of the cliche: stand for nothing and you fall for anything and everything.

  2. I think you are probably right, I think he would probably- when at a buddhist temple- do as they do and when at any other religious activity- do as they do (except maybe for muslim because that just would not be good for his image right now). It’s all part of the tolerance of everything and everything being acceptable- gay marriages, abortions… The perfect example of the cliche: stand for nothing and you fall for anything and everything.

  3. I think you are probably right, I think he would probably- when at a buddhist temple- do as they do and when at any other religious activity- do as they do (except maybe for muslim because that just would not be good for his image right now). It’s all part of the tolerance of everything and everything being acceptable- gay marriages, abortions… The perfect example of the cliche: stand for nothing and you fall for anything and everything.

  4. Is it me or do most political folks running for office or in office do this anyhow? Obama definitely isn’t the first.

  5. I think that to a point every politician does this, but Obama seems to have taken it to a whole new level.

    You normally don’t see candidates participating like that with other faiths. If they are Christian or have a Christian background you’ll see them going to churches of different denominations though.

    It struck me as odd. Maybe I’m the only one who saw it that way. I see this as, ripplegirl does, it is a sign of his religious pluralism/relativism.

  6. I think that to a point every politician does this, but Obama seems to have taken it to a whole new level.

    You normally don’t see candidates participating like that with other faiths. If they are Christian or have a Christian background you’ll see them going to churches of different denominations though.

    It struck me as odd. Maybe I’m the only one who saw it that way. I see this as, ripplegirl does, it is a sign of his religious pluralism/relativism.

  7. I think that to a point every politician does this, but Obama seems to have taken it to a whole new level.

    You normally don’t see candidates participating like that with other faiths. If they are Christian or have a Christian background you’ll see them going to churches of different denominations though.

    It struck me as odd. Maybe I’m the only one who saw it that way. I see this as, ripplegirl does, it is a sign of his religious pluralism/relativism.

  8. It’s all such a show. I am sure he paused in that position extra long to make sure they got that shot just right. Just like he is forever touching somebody’s arm in a photo- it’s all for show. He must be exhausted by the end of the day…

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  9. It’s all such a show. I am sure he paused in that position extra long to make sure they got that shot just right. Just like he is forever touching somebody’s arm in a photo- it’s all for show. He must be exhausted by the end of the day…

    ripplegirls last blog post..Determined to find Him

  10. It’s all such a show. I am sure he paused in that position extra long to make sure they got that shot just right. Just like he is forever touching somebody’s arm in a photo- it’s all for show. He must be exhausted by the end of the day…

    ripplegirls last blog post..Determined to find Him

  11. Here is the text of his prayer..

    “Lord – Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”

    ..not a bad prayer prayed in any language or in any place of worship.

    I wonder why no one is covering McCain’s religious activities?

  12. Here is the text of his prayer..

    “Lord – Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”

    ..not a bad prayer prayed in any language or in any place of worship.

    I wonder why no one is covering McCain’s religious activities?

  13. Here is the text of his prayer..

    “Lord – Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”

    ..not a bad prayer prayed in any language or in any place of worship.

    I wonder why no one is covering McCain’s religious activities?

  14. Where did you get ahold of the text of his prayer? Just curious.

    As far as McCain… I don’t know. He’s never really tried to appeal to that part of the GOP base. So perhaps there’s not much to cover.

  15. Where did you get ahold of the text of his prayer? Just curious.

    As far as McCain… I don’t know. He’s never really tried to appeal to that part of the GOP base. So perhaps there’s not much to cover.

  16. Where did you get ahold of the text of his prayer? Just curious.

    As far as McCain… I don’t know. He’s never really tried to appeal to that part of the GOP base. So perhaps there’s not much to cover.

  17. Found it here:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/2460192/Barack-Obama-private-prayer-at-Jerusalem-Western-Wall-subject-of-publication-row.html

    I would be interested in hearing something about McCain and Jesus. Here is what Obama said last year in a speech:

    You need to come to church in the first place precisely because you are first of this world, not apart from it. You need to embrace Christ precisely because you have sins to wash away – because you are human and need an ally in this difficult journey.

    It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street in the Southside of Chicago one day and affirm my Christian faith. It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.”

    Here is what he said to a Christianity today reporter:

    I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn’t ‘fall out in church’ as they say, but there was a very strong awakening in me of the importance of these issues in my life. I didn’t want to walk alone on this journey. Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..New Bumper Sticker?

  18. Found it here:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/2460192/Barack-Obama-private-prayer-at-Jerusalem-Western-Wall-subject-of-publication-row.html

    I would be interested in hearing something about McCain and Jesus. Here is what Obama said last year in a speech:

    You need to come to church in the first place precisely because you are first of this world, not apart from it. You need to embrace Christ precisely because you have sins to wash away – because you are human and need an ally in this difficult journey.

    It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street in the Southside of Chicago one day and affirm my Christian faith. It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.”

    Here is what he said to a Christianity today reporter:

    I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn’t ‘fall out in church’ as they say, but there was a very strong awakening in me of the importance of these issues in my life. I didn’t want to walk alone on this journey. Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..New Bumper Sticker?

  19. Found it here:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/2460192/Barack-Obama-private-prayer-at-Jerusalem-Western-Wall-subject-of-publication-row.html

    I would be interested in hearing something about McCain and Jesus. Here is what Obama said last year in a speech:

    You need to come to church in the first place precisely because you are first of this world, not apart from it. You need to embrace Christ precisely because you have sins to wash away – because you are human and need an ally in this difficult journey.

    It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street in the Southside of Chicago one day and affirm my Christian faith. It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.”

    Here is what he said to a Christianity today reporter:

    I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn’t ‘fall out in church’ as they say, but there was a very strong awakening in me of the importance of these issues in my life. I didn’t want to walk alone on this journey. Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..New Bumper Sticker?

  20. And how many of you would call it pandering if it were John McCain?

    You speak as if 90% of the presidential candidates and actual presidents don’t pander all the time and look for photo ops like this.

    Obama didn’t take this to a whole new level. It’s just that many of you plain don’t like him and perceive more pandering than there is.

    Is it pandering? To some extent, yes. Is Obama special in this regard? Not one freaking bit.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..A Note From the Management

  21. And how many of you would call it pandering if it were John McCain?

    You speak as if 90% of the presidential candidates and actual presidents don’t pander all the time and look for photo ops like this.

    Obama didn’t take this to a whole new level. It’s just that many of you plain don’t like him and perceive more pandering than there is.

    Is it pandering? To some extent, yes. Is Obama special in this regard? Not one freaking bit.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..A Note From the Management

  22. And how many of you would call it pandering if it were John McCain?

    You speak as if 90% of the presidential candidates and actual presidents don’t pander all the time and look for photo ops like this.

    Obama didn’t take this to a whole new level. It’s just that many of you plain don’t like him and perceive more pandering than there is.

    Is it pandering? To some extent, yes. Is Obama special in this regard? Not one freaking bit.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..A Note From the Management

  23. Deacon Blue-
    When it comes out of the blue, it’s clearly pandering.

    Obama was really loud about his church…until it was clear what his church *was*, then he didn’t really know it. He was loud about wearing a flag pin being a substitute for real patriotism– until he started wearing it to be popular.

    The guy will take no hard stances, so you can find a quote from him for nearly every view.

    For crying out loud, he even called for Jerusalem to be the undivided capitol of Israel– then next week changed!

    McCain is a jerk, but he’s honest and when he changed his view, it’s for a bloody good reason– like a, what, total of $90 rise between the first and second view?

    Foxfiers last blog post..Just When You Thought Obama Might Be Smarter-

  24. Deacon Blue-
    When it comes out of the blue, it’s clearly pandering.

    Obama was really loud about his church…until it was clear what his church *was*, then he didn’t really know it. He was loud about wearing a flag pin being a substitute for real patriotism– until he started wearing it to be popular.

    The guy will take no hard stances, so you can find a quote from him for nearly every view.

    For crying out loud, he even called for Jerusalem to be the undivided capitol of Israel– then next week changed!

    McCain is a jerk, but he’s honest and when he changed his view, it’s for a bloody good reason– like a, what, total of $90 rise between the first and second view?

    Foxfiers last blog post..Just When You Thought Obama Might Be Smarter-

  25. Deacon Blue-
    When it comes out of the blue, it’s clearly pandering.

    Obama was really loud about his church…until it was clear what his church *was*, then he didn’t really know it. He was loud about wearing a flag pin being a substitute for real patriotism– until he started wearing it to be popular.

    The guy will take no hard stances, so you can find a quote from him for nearly every view.

    For crying out loud, he even called for Jerusalem to be the undivided capitol of Israel– then next week changed!

    McCain is a jerk, but he’s honest and when he changed his view, it’s for a bloody good reason– like a, what, total of $90 rise between the first and second view?

    Foxfiers last blog post..Just When You Thought Obama Might Be Smarter-

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