President Obama also provided an interview for the magazine, in which he made several statements that helped highlight the change that has occurred in the Western culture’s thinking over the past few decades. He stated, “There had been a remarkable attitude shift — in hearts and minds — across America. The [Supreme Court] ruling [legalizing gay marriage] reflected that. It reflected our values as a nation founded on the principle that we are all created equal.” Now, this is ironic. Obama clearly believes in evolution. He even called the supposed human ancestor “Lucy” (really just an extinct ape variety) “our oldest ancestor” and said that “all the people of the world are part of the same human family, the same chain” because of our evolutionary connection! So first he says that we are all equal because we all evolved from a common ancestor, but now he says we’re all equal because we were created that way, which is a biblical principle. You really can’t have it both ways—did we evolve from a common ancestor or were we created to be equal? But President Obama is often inconsistent in his worldview!
He is right, however, in saying “there has been a remarkable attitude shift—in hearts and minds—across America” and that the Supreme Court ruling was a result of that. Our culture has, by and large, turned away from a biblical worldview—and President Obama has been leading this change in many ways. Instead of basing our morality on the firm, unchanging foundation of God’s Word, our culture has decided that whatever is right in its own eyes (Judges 21:25) is right and moral. This change has been dramatic, and many of the moral ills of our society (like abortion and gay “marriage”) are a result of this fundamental shift in our nation’s thinking.
“No Tolerance for Intolerance”?
President Obama then goes on and makes several contradictory statements in his interview. He says that his daughters, Malia and Shasha, are part of a “new generation that has no tolerance for intolerance.” Now this statement is an oxymoron—you can’t have “no tolerance for intolerance” because that is . . . intolerance! Someone who is not tolerant of something is, by definition, intolerant of that! So his daughters are intolerant of intolerance, which makes them intolerant. His statement makes no sense! But it does highlight the thinking of this generation. They pride themselves on being “tolerant,” but really they are just tolerant of those who agree with them and are highly, often viciously, intolerant of those with whom they disagree (just as Obama is intolerant of those who stand on the biblical doctrine of marriage being one man for one woman—and just as he is intolerant of those who stand on God’s Word against killing human beings in their mothers’ wombs). It’s a false definition of tolerance that really is not tolerance at all.
Our President goes on to say, “to Malia and Sasha and their friends, discrimination in any form against anyone doesn’t make sense.” But would Obama encourage Malia and Sasha not to discriminate against Christians who take a biblical stand against gay “marriage”? It’s pretty clear, rather, that he is encouraging discrimination against Bible-believing Christians—something that is also clearly happening across America. So, really, this new generation doesn’t believe that “discrimination in any form against anyone doesn’t make any sense.” What they believe is that discrimination against those they agree with doesn’t make sense—but discrimination against anyone who doesn’t agree with them (because of their assumption that only they are right—but based on what standard?) is perfectly acceptable.
This hypocrisy is ridiculous, but it represents the anti-God thinking of this current generation. As clearly shown in the example above, there is no such thing as neutrality. You are either for or against Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:30)—there is no middle ground! This is yet another example of those who have taken a stand against our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave us the true definition of marriage:
And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh.” (Matthew 19:4–6)
So President Obama then says, “When we talk about LGBT issues, we emphasize the importance of universal human rights—the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and the importance of non-violence, non-discrimination and equality under the law . . . the truth is that LGBT people are members of all societies and the protection of human rights is a universal value.” But these “universal human rights” only seem to apply to those that agree with Obama and those like him. These rights are increasingly not applied to Christians who stand on God’s Word, and it’s only going to get worse.
A Shift Has Occurred in Our Culture
Obama’s statements and appearance in an LGBT magazine show the shift that has occurred in our culture. Sadly, it’s only going to get worse as our culture continues to turn away from God’s Word. So what should Christians do? Well, we need to continue to stand solidly on God’s Word, refusing to compromise with man’s ideas of morality. We need to start our thinking with Scripture! And we need to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. It’s the gospel that changes hearts and minds for eternity. It’s this gospel that President Obama, Malia, Shasha, and millions of others like them desperately need to hear and consider! Please pray that our leaders will be drawn to Jesus Christ and the salvation that He freely offers. We need to continue to “do business” until He comes (Luke 19:13). In other words, we should not become overwhelmed with the drastic shift away from God's Word; rather, we need to be doing our best to do the business of the King—sharing God’s Word and the gospel in increasingly difficult circumstances. That’s what we try to do through all facets of the Answers in Genesis ministry.
And please be in prayer for our Ark Encounter project. We’re building a full-size Ark as an evangelistic outreach. Millions of people (research shows 1.4–2 million people will visit in the first year!) will come through the Ark and will have an encounter with God’s Word as we answer the skeptical questions of our culture and clearly represent the gospel of Jesus Christ. I truly believe Ark Encounter will be one of the greatest evangelistic outreaches of our time. You can learn more about Ark Encounter at ArkEncounter.com, and also check out our news release where you will learn about opening date and about upcoming plans on how you can reserve a ticket.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.