Focus on the Family implies that Obama is a pagan

Nebuchadnezzar: the Obama of Babylonia?

You had to figure that the folks at Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family would react to the election of Barack Obama with memorable dismay. After all, Focus on the Family Action, the outfit's lobbying arm, recently published "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," which predicted all manner of catastrophes in the event that John McCain failed to attain the presidency; get details in the October 27 blog, "Focus on the Family's Nightmare Scenario about an Obama Victory."

Fortunately, the organization didn't disappoint. Shortly after the Obama win,, Focus' political affiliate, posted a news item likening the next president of the United States -- an avowed Christian -- to pagan rulers such as Nebuchadnezzar, Darius and Cyrus.

The top item in the news section at this writing is, "Obama Won't Have 60 Senators to Back Him Up," a glass-half-full report glorying in the fact that Democrats didn't earn enough seats in the Senate to form a filibuster-proof majority. More telling, though, is "'We Need to Continue to Be in Prayer for America,'" a Tom Hess piece that aims to hearten the Focus faithful. It reads:

With an Obama administration forthcoming, Focus Action’s Tom Minnery says, “We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us.”

He and FRC Action President Tony Perkins encouraged CitizenLink viewers to remain hopeful of what God might do in the next four years -- and to be in prayer.

“For those who have been praying for weeks, our responsibility does not end today,” Perkins said. “In Luke 18, Jesus said men should not lose heart, but they should pray. We need to continue to be in prayer for America.”

Minnery pointed out that in the Bible, God worked through pagan rulers such as Nebuchadnezzar, Darius and Cyrus to accomplish his purposes, and that values voters ought to begin praying for President-elect Obama.

“God can use any president for his own purposes,” Minnery said.

Praise be! Even a heathen like Obama can be turned to heavenly purposes when God puts on His puppetmaster hat. -- Michael Roberts

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