The Gospel according to Barack Obama - John Van Sloten

February 24, 2008

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to talk about American politician Barack Obama. Why? Because God cares about nations, about the public good and about people living in healthy, equitable, flourishing communities. God cares about politics and leadership; he authored them, and he has something to say through them.

“What I offer is something more modest... some thoughts on the ways that our current political discourse unnecessarily divides us, and my own best assessment – based on my experience as senator and lawyer, husband and father, Christian and skeptic – of the ways we can ground our politics in the notion of a common good.”
Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope, page 9, prologue

“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you're irresponsible to the state, then you're irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you're trying to get by with something.
Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.”
The Apostle Paul to the Roman Church, chapter 13:3

“Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them.”
Re: God’s community of faith in Judges 2:18

“My heart is filled with love for this country.”
Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope, page 9, prologue

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16, The Bible

Calgary Herald Article - Barack Obama; God's man of the hour?

Obama and Reconciliation, from John's blog

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Part 1 - Leadership via "You Tube"

Part 2 - Reconciliation via "You tube"


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July 29, 2011
Really? That's your take on why God has Obama in office! Reconciliation! The Gospel divides. It does not bring anything goes together. Here you are carrying the Bible in view, preaching a great apostasy.Shame...
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March 03, 2010
We or at least I know obama is the anti christ. It's not God working through obama but satan .

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April 24, 2009
Grow up, He not allowing the killing of innocent babies, and he does not or has not mocked christians, you sound crazy yourself. There is a separation between politics and religion, people like you seem to forget that. If you need medical attention and the only way you can get some help comes from stemcell research, you know damn well you are going to take that help. Worried about killing innocent, look at those innocent soldiers bush sent to death in Iraq and Afganistan.

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April 07, 2009
I BOW DOWN TO METALLICA they are the best band ever next to jonas brothers KIDDING f**k them but metallica has been threw a ton and i didnt really like st anger since the band was going threw a tought time watch some kind of monster its about st anger and the stuff they went threw
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March 24, 2009
I've heard everything now! WOWOWOW a "Christian" pastor? I think not! This is a wolf people. Get in the Word pastor! That's what your people need to hear not some ObamaRama message of lies.

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March 09, 2009
Absolutely nutty, no matter your spiritual or political convictions.

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November 22, 2008
You should be ashamed of yourself. You are not a man of God, supporting this man. He is full of lawlessness. He wants to take all peoples money and pay for murdering innocent babies. He mocks the bible and Christians. He says there are many ways to God!! He said Christians have the same God as Muslims. He campaigned for his Islamo fascist cousin Odinga, who was responsible for thousands of Chrisians death!! READ YOUR BIBLE FALSE PROPHET!!

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November 02, 2008
So I was at your service today, for only the second time as we have just moved here and to Canada in fact and I was a bit curious about several things but mainly about the final , I guess "political statement". I won't say that I disagree with your choice for US president, I find many reasons in fact to support this candidate, but more the venue. As someone who has attended churches of all stripes while traveling around this great world I have often wrestled at what role the church should play in political advocacy, and more specifically the advocacy of a specific candidate. Having gone to some pretty conservative churches at times I was always quite annoyed when the pulpit was used to promote one party (I am referring to US parties at this point) as being on the right side of a pet issue within the church and hence the obvious choice. (This often ignored of course the obvious blind spots in terms of how we treat the poor or those who Christ was always asking us to remember and support). So while I appreciated the humorous presentation of your support I was left with the same uncomfortable feeling once the shoe was on the other foot or behind the other candidate as it were.

So while I can't say I was offended or will really think about this much beyond Tuesday, I would be curious as to what your position is in regards to the advocacy of specific candidates from the pulpit. I must say my parents who were with me were incredibly offended for a moment, (on the basis that they strongly believe that the church should function outside of politics) until they remembered they were "just in Canada, visiting" and most people in the audience won't actually be voting so probably if some pastor in the US flashed an NDP tanktop no-one would blink...

Anyway that was just a question I had. I really thought the message last week incorporating the poetry of Dillon was very thought provoking.


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October 29, 2008
I believe that Barak Obama is definitely the Man for this present era, he is the next President of USA. However, this is a time to keep our eyes on the Biblical Clock, our eyes must be focus of Jesus Christ is the one true Hero of all times. We must pray for those who are behind the iron bars of racism to be delivered from the prison of the rulers of the darkness of this world. Too long principalities and wickedness in high places have bound the earth with religious deception. Powers of darkness have ruled far too long now is the time for the saints of God to bring back Jesus Christ to this world with our total submission to His word.

I declare Barak Obama will not be killed he was predestined to be the next President of the USA.

Miriam Jack

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August 31, 2008
To the extreme Left Wing, many of whom are agnostics or atheists, the PolitiChrist Obama subconsciously fulfills the basic human need to worship an entity. His every word is infallible and his judgement is beyond reproach. Those that dare challenge the annointed PolitiChrist Obama are tagged as "racist war-mongers". So, go out ye Obama apostles and inflate your tires.
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March 28, 2008
To Pastor John:
Hi John, while surfing around YouTube, I stumbled on your sermons about Barack Obama and the theme of reconciliation. I don't know if the controversies about Rev. Wright may have tempered your enthusiasm somewhat, but if not I wanted to congratulate you on lifting up this issue.

I am pastor of a Methodist Church in Dallas, and I really appreciated your take on Obama and what I also gage to be his very sincere attempt at doing politics a different way.

This let me to surf around your church's website for a while, and to come away extremely impressed by your preaching and the church in general. I must confess my bias (confession is good for the soul?) that it seems to me many contemporary churches shun political or social issues...but you seem to relish taking them on. I very much appreciate that. (and am willing to admit it my be my world that's too small...)

Just an email to say I appreciate you and am glad to have bumped into you out here on the web.
Grace and Peace,

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March 28, 2008
Obama Is the worst thing for the US, He wants to Take control of Our Kids for Birth to College. I Pray you will look deep into what he wants to do. Listen to his words.

Please Listen Please listen. With the ears of God. We must not rely on the Goverment nor any man to provide, teach or rise our Kids. They are arrows in our bows.......(Gods Arrows)

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February 25, 2008
Michael Gaynor, TCV, 24/02/08 says, "[T]hese days Barack Hussein Obama is thinking that he will be elected the 44th President of the United States this November". Illinois State Senator Barack Hussein Obama was steadfast Probortion and Pro-INFANTICIDE in 2002 and now as a U.S. Senator campaigning for President of the United States.

"That June 2002, the U.S. Senate voted 98-0 in favor of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act (although it failed to become law that year). Pro-abortion Democrats supported it because this language was added: 'Nothing in this section shall be construed to affirm, deny, expand or contract any legal status or legal right applicable to any member of the species homo sapiens at any point prior to being born alive as defined in this section.'"

"In 2001, Illinois State Sen. Patrick O'Malley introduced three bills to help such babies. One required a second physician to be present at the abortion to determine if a surviving baby was viable. Another gave the parents or a public guardian the right to sue to protect the baby's rights. A third, almost identical to the federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act President Bush signed in 2002, simply said a 'homo sapiens' wholly emerged from his mother with a 'beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord or definite movement of voluntary muscles' should be treated as a '"person," "human being," "child" and "individual."' Obama voted against!

"In 2003, Democrats took control of the Illinois Senate. Obama became chairman of the Health and Human Services committee. The Born Alive Infant bill, now sponsored by Sen. Richard Winkel, was referred to this committee. Winkel also sponsored an amendment to make the Illinois bill identical to the federal law, adding  word for word  the language Barbara Boxer said protected Roe v. Wade. Obama still held the bill hostage in his committee, never calling a vote so it could be sent to the full senate.

"A year later, when Republican U.S. senate candidate Alan Keyes challenged Obama in a debate for his opposition to the Born Alive Infant Bill, Obama said: 'At the federal level there was a similar bill that passed because it had an amendment saying this does not encroach on Roe v. Wade. I would have voted for that bill.'

Terrence Jeffrey, NR, says, "In fact, Obama had personally killed exactly that bill." "In 2004, U.S. Senate-candidate Obama mischaracterized his opposition to this legislation. Now, as a presidential frontrunner, he should be held accountable for what he actually said and did about the Born Alive Infants Bill.

"He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede  as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor  that these babies, fully outside their 'mothers wombs', with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact 'persons.'"

"Jill Stanek, who was a nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., testified in the U.S. Congress in 2000 and 2001 about how 'induced labor abortions' were handled at her hospital. "'One night,' she said in testimony entered into the Congressional Record, 'a nursing co-worker was taking an aborted Down's Syndrome baby who was born alive to our Soiled Utility room, so I cradled and rocked him for the 45 minutes that he lived.'"

Jeffrey said, "She told me this week he [Obama] was 'unfazed' by her story of holding the baby who survived an induced labor abortion".

Senators McCain and Clinton should require Senator Obama to explain his connections with:

His mentor,Frank Marshall Davis (deceased), a member of the Communist Party USA;

His minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, friend, and sounding board for more than two decades who is anti-White America and anti-Semitic and special friends with Louis Farrakan, Muslim Leader of the Nation of Islam;

His brother, Abongo "Roy" Obama, a militant Muslim who lives in Kenya;

His paternal cousin, Raila Odinga, Presidential candidate who invited Obama to Kenya; lost to Christian, Mwai Kibaki;

His election as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review without having anything written by him published there oar anywhere as HLR President.

Contributing writers were Terrence Jeffrey, NR and Donald Hanks, WND.

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February 24, 2008

Thanks for the note. Graeme Morton did write a piece that might insinuate that I filly support Obama in all of his views/policies. In fact I do not. But I’ve learned years ago that there is no single candidate whose policies I 100 percent adhere to. In one talk Obama addresses the matter directly when he says something to the effect of, “I’m called to be the senator of Illinois, not it’s minister...”

Personally I do not share his view on abortion. But I also understand that a politicians personal view on a matter cannot be imposed on the populace. Even George Bush couldn’t get away with that.

Reading Obama’s book this week, and coming to understand his personal faith and commitment to Christ give me hope here though. Barack also seems to be the kind of person who would tighten up abortion legislation where that the way God moved in the American people (And in him!). I’m not sure about what you say about ‘partial birth abortions’ though... I recall him referencing that issue in the book and seemingly upset at some pro-lifers who blocked legislation limiting partial birth abortions (under the guise of ‘we don’t want any abortions at all... so we won’t even vote for this!)

Got to go preach now... thanks for taking the time to remind me of this Leslie.

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February 24, 2008
I submitted a Letter To the Herald" in reference to this column, which they will probably not print, especially if Graham Morton has any say in the matter. Does Van Sloten really believe that the omnipotent creator of the entire universe has nothing better to occupy his time than decide who is the best candidate for President of the U.S.A. in the Democratic Party, and then make his plan personally known to Van Sloten. It must be very handy to be privy to the mind of an omniscient being, especially one whose existence has never been proven and exists only in the minds of very gullible people.
Apparently he personally selected the current President, as Dubya states he is more or less carrying out the will of this fantastic creature. Although, considering the mess Bush has made of almost anything he touches, one has to wonder about the claimed omniscience of this big invisible man in the sky. Bush's only answer to any calamity is to call for prayer and as sure as night follows day and day follows night all this prayer has absolutely no discernible effect. It is in fact a colossal waste of time. (see the website "Why won't God heal amputees" for clarification of this matter).
Other websites that might clarify the truth as it is, without resorting to the old "God did it, God works in mysterious ways, we are not to know the mind of God, etc.", are Ebon Musings,, Bible inconsistencies and contradictions, and a host of other reason based sites. I know it is not the Christian way to question, reason, doubt and ask why, but merely to slavishly believe what you have been told is the truth, but check out these sites for the real truth.
Unlike Van Sloten I am not allowed access to the miss-named Faith & Reason section of the Herald, apparently the editor Graham Morton has a great aversion to anything contrary to faith being printed, his faith being rather shallow and his believes not provable.

Rick Wilm

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February 23, 2008
Dear Pastor Van Sloten
I read with interest the story in today's Herald regarding your admiration for Sen Obama. I too find Barack Obama to be a dynamic, charismatic personality, very appealing in many ways.
I wonder, though, if you are aware of Sen Obama's consistently pro- abortion voting record, his support for partial-birth abortion (infanticide), his endorsement by Planned Parenthood (largest abortion provider in the US), and his recent endorsement by Frances Kissing, former president of Catholics for Free Choice, who considers him the best candidate to continue the legacy of Roe v Wade?
These issues are enough to give me as a prolife Christian serious pause as to whether he deserves support or promotion by a Christian minister.
I am not familiar with your church's position on life issues; perhaps Obama's views on the 'right to choose' are yours as well. If not, and you would like further information, is a great place to start. It is a reliable, intelligent news service with a prolife perspective.

Leslie Blair, MA

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