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Three Cheers for Michelle Obama

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Written by deangonzales

December 4, 2008 at 12:43 am

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  1. If you believe these people I know about a good deal on a bridge in NY.


    December 4, 2008 at 4:57 am

  2. Dr. Joe,

    Thanks for your somewhat satirical caution. It’s certainly possible that Michelle Obama’s professed devotion to the role of mother may prove to be empty in the end. Hence, we should not be gullible and read too much into her words.

    Nevertheless, I’m not so sure it’s inappropriate to acknowledge and to be grateful that the soon-to-be First Lady has publicly honored the role of motherhood. True, her professed devotion to her God-given calling may in the end fall short of the biblical norm. So did King Ahab’s public display of humility and contrition (1 Kings 21:27). But that fact didn’t prevent God from commending Ahab’s public gesture (1 Kings 21:29).

    Thanks to God’s common grace even the non-believer is kept from becoming as wicked as he or she could be. And because even the unregenerate continue to be images of God (Genesis 9:6), they may still reflect, to varying degrees, traces of virtue. Of course, that virtue will lack the kind of God-centered motivation (1 Corinthians 10:31) to qualify for God’s truest commendation. But if God could call the pagan monarch Cyrus His “Shepherd” (Isaiah 41:28), His “Messiah” (Isaiah 42:1) and if God could use him to free his people from exile (Isaiah 41:25; 45:1-6; 46:11; 48:14-15)–though Cyrus himself was likely ignorant of the truer significance of his deeds–then can’t we allow for the possibility that God may use the words of Michelle Obama to restore some measure of respect to the sacred office of motherhood?

    Sincerely yours,
    Bob Gonzales


    December 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm

  3. Since the children will be in school all day, I wonder if the whitehouse cooks and housekeepers will be out of a job?

    Frank Pontillo

    frank pontillo

    December 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm

  4. Bob,

    I appreciate your balanced input on this backed by bibilical examples. I find it helpful when looking at these types of things. It can be too easy to be black and white on these issues. Thanks for the input.


    Rob Morrison

    Rob Morrison

    December 5, 2008 at 12:09 am

  5. When dealing with people who are associated with people that she is associated with I would rather be telling the people in my area of influence to “Beware.” rather than cheering them on.

    Gregg Farrier

    December 5, 2008 at 4:01 am

  6. Well, at least she cares about her own 2 children. She would have the rest of America’s murdered. Please read the part particularly about her fundraiser:


    December 5, 2008 at 5:32 pm

  7. Wow. I thought I’d get past “surprise” from how this election has exposed the hearts of people who are “Believers”, and whom I call brother/sister. I know that we are all entitled to our opinons and comments, but it’s very disheartening to hear that we can’t just simply take Mrs. Obama’s word and that her intentions are pure. Wow! What a concept.


    December 5, 2008 at 5:46 pm

  8. Dear Stefanie and Kelly,

    Be sure to read my comments to Joe. I don’t think it was Pastor Chanski’s intention to provide a positive appraisal of Mrs. Obama’s motives or to predict whether she’ll carry through with her mothering commitment. I believe he was simply drawing attention to a public statement she made in favor of motherhood. I doubt he voted for her husband and would certainly not endorse many of his or her beliefs.

    Of course, one might question whether Michelle Obama was pressured against her will to make a positive statement in favor of the role of mother in order to appease a majority of the American public. If so, we can still be grateful that God’s common grace is operative–if not in her, at least in a significant amount of American’s to whom her statement would appeal.

    I’m aware that she and her husband support abortion. While I believe abortion is a form of murder (see my post entitled, “An Immoral Proposal”), I don’t believe everyone who supports abortion is fully aware of the gravity of their crime in the same way that they’d be aware of wrongdoing if they murdered a five-year old child in cold blood. Of course, such ignorance is not ultimately excusable. But I’m not certain I would place Mrs. Obama in the same class as someone like, say, Hitler, who, with full knowledge of what he was doing, brutally and heartlessly murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent victims.

    In any case, thanks for the link and your counterpoints. Let us pray that God might open the eyes of the President-elect and his wife that they might see not only their sin but the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

    Bob Gonzales


    December 5, 2008 at 11:45 pm

  9. I’m afriad I’m going to have to agree with the more critical elements here. Praising Mrs. Obama’s remarks about how she’s going to have an active role in her children’s upbringing sounds a lot like praising the steward on the Titanic for preventing the chairs on the deck from tipping over while the ship is rapidly going down.

    Equipped with the knowledge we, the American public has, of the Obama’s very liberal and at best psuedo-Christian beliefs, we can only surmize Mrs. Obama’s efforts in the lives of her children will only serve to perpetuate a morality and value system which is ultimately antithetical to a Biblical world and life view. May the Lord see fit to open Mr. & Mrs. Obama’s eyes to this truth.

    David McCrory

    December 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm

  10. Thanks for the slices of wisdom found coming from this little multitude of counselors.


    December 13, 2008 at 1:19 am

  11. I wonder if Sarah Palan is uneasy reading romans 2:25-27 in light of Michele obamas declaration?

    Rick LaJoie

    December 18, 2008 at 5:32 am

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