Michael Gantt Ministries

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A Most Religious Man

 

I suppose, in an effort to bolster Joe Biden’s image among more Americans, the media is running with the story that “Joe Biden is the most religious President of modern times.” Much has been made of his Catholic faith. Here is a quote from the New York Times: 

“There are myriad changes with the incoming Biden administration. One of the most significant: a president who has spent a lifetime steeped in Christian rituals and practices,” the Jan. 24 story reads. “Mr. Biden, perhaps the most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century, regularly attends Mass and speaks of how his Catholic faith grounds his life and his policies.”

It is interesting to note that in the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, her faith (she is also Catholic) was one of the primary points of attack by those hoping to derail her confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States. Her “religion” was a hot topic during her inquisition and held up as a major reason she should NOT be confirmed. Diane Feinstein was very concerned that her “religion” would cause her to be too far right to be an unbiased judge. However, in the case of Joe Biden, his “religion” is being trotted out as one of the most appealing aspects of his character. 

In the rush to promote the image of a deeply religious man, the Times has demonstrated how little they truly understand the difference between religion and faith. Believe me, the difference is staggering. 

Let me just say this: Religious men scare the daylights out of me. 

It was religious men who condemned Jesus Christ to crucifixion. 

It was religious men who stoned Stephen in the street. 

More than 32,000 people were tortured and killed during the Spanish Inquisition, by religious men. 

It was religious men who burned William Tyndale at the stake.

It was religious men who burned women (as witches) at the stake in Salem, MA.

It was religious men who barred black people from attending their white churches

It was religious men who beheaded a dozen Ethiopian Christians on camera in the name of Allah. 

And, it was religious men who brought down the twin towers in New York City on September 11, 2001.

So, I hope you will forgive me if I am not overly impressed by the presentation of Joe Biden as a deeply religious man. Because it is this deeply religious man who has declared that his presidency will result in the codification of Roe v. Wade as federal law. This deeply religious man has committed to protect the murder of the unborn under the misappropriation of the idea of “a woman’s right to privacy.”

Yes, he does quote scripture, but is often out of context and entirely for the purposes of bolstering his image as a deeply religious man. I saw a remark on social media this week from a person attacking someone who dared to bring Joe Biden’s faith into question. Of course, in their own ignorance of God’s Holy Word they declared, “You cannot JUDGE his faith.” 

I do not need to judge Joe Biden’s faith––his actions make a compelling argument. The apostle James perhaps said it best: But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”  James 2:18. 

I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY MY WORKS. I don’t need the New York Times to run a feature article telling people how religious I am, standing in front of an altar at the front of the church. Many a religious scoundrel has been photographed in a similar pose – and often, for the same reasons.  

Our faith is always exposed by our actions. No man needs to judge them. Our actions are judged by the Word of God. The celebration and protection of abortion judges Joe Biden’s faith. The shedding of innocent blood is a potent condemnation of his “religion.” His religion is exposed for what it is by his support for men sharing toilet and bath facilities with women; or, by allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports events, leaving young girls at the mercy of any pervert who wants to put on a pink tutu and “identify” as a female. The party that proclaims itself as the champion of women has been exposed as the champion of perversion. 

So you see, it is entirely possible to be deeply religious and totally bereft of true faith. As I look back over history to view the grief and carnage inflicted upon the innocent in the name of religion, I see dark, dark days ahead for our nation as our course is steered by the most “religious president of modern times.” Joe Biden has certainly convinced many of his religiosity, but has failed to demonstrate a life-style that speaks of Godly faith. 

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Discussion (5)

There are 5 responses to “A Most Religious Man”.

  1. David King responded:

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    I BEEN A BLIND MAN

    I been a blind man
    with what I believed.
    I been a blind man,
    seeing what I believed.
    Believers like me
    climb out limbs on tall trees.

    When I was a young man,
    my mother said,
    “You made your choice;
    see where it has led.”
    When I was a young man,
    my mother said,
    “And consider your source
    with what you are fed.”

    I been a blind man
    digging up holes,
    I been a blind man
    seeing light in dark souls,
    ‘cause I been believing
    my own rigmarole.

    Now, I am an old man,
    seen many things come.
    Now, I am an old man,
    seen as many things done.
    Now, I see with my heart
    what I believe to my soul:
    The Lord is my shepherd,
    seeing me home.

    DAVID TRISTAN KING
    70 YRS in 2021

    • David, thank you so much for sharing (apparently from the time stamp on your comment you were up pretty late). I always appreciate your wit and insight when you compose a piece of poetry. You, along with Dave Webb who also commented on this article, are spot on – so many are enamored by “religion” but devoid of any actual relationship with the God they claim to worship. Many in our government, on all sides, see religion as a PR piece, rather than a genuine devotion to God. Bless you for your faithfulness.

  2. David Webb 64 YRS in 2021 responded:

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    I am with DTK’s poem. Religion has been the death off me much of my life. It’s not the religion of Christianity, but my personal relationship in Jesus Christ that has given me back my life! Religion takes away the default of grace, so in that love is never shown on a deeper level. Putting others before myself. That is the servanthood of Christ shared in Philippians 2, and what religion can never truly imitate.

    • David, you and Dave King are right on target. Religion is more about death than it is life. Religion is easily maintained without godly faith, as so many today are demonstrating. Bless you Bro – keep up the good fight!

  3. Michael, as always, you hit the nail on the head with a big hammer. It is always a stimulating, thoughtful, and insightful pleasure to read your comments.
    Continue to continue in His name.

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