THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Says Nations Must Unite To Overcome Global Challenges
The video can be viewed online at www.whitehouse.gov.
Excerpt of Remarks of President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I speak to you today during a time that is holy and filled with meaning for believers around the world. Earlier this week, Jewish people gathered with family and friends to recite the stories of their ancestors’ struggle and ultimate liberation (Passover). Tomorrow, Christians of all denominations will come together to rejoice and remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Easter).
These are two very different holidays with their own very different traditions. But it seems fitting that we mark them both during the same week. For in a larger sense, they are both moments of reflection and renewal. They are both occasions to think more deeply about the obligations we have to ourselves and the obligations we have to one another, no matter who we are, where we come from, or what faith we practice.
Passover and Easter – very different holidays with very different traditions? Is President Obama kidding? Surely AS A PROFESSED CHRISTIAN he is aware of the intricate historical and biblical linkages between these two holidays? Apparently not.
As Joseph Farah from WorldNetDaily notes (excerpted from Obama, Passover, and Easter),
What immediately struck me about this statement was Obama’s apparent misunderstanding about the two holidays being from very different traditions and the suggestion that they fall in the same week by random chance.
The Hebrew rabbi Yeshua, whose Greek name, Jesus, is more familiar to Christians, was crucified on Passover and rose from the dead three days later. That’s why Passover and His Resurrection are marked in such close proximity….
Christians and Jews are both “people of the Book.” They don’t come from different faiths at all – or shouldn’t. The only thing truly separating them is the question of whether Yeshua was the long-awaited Hebrew messiah or not….
In fact, many Christians, myself included, celebrate the Passover and the Resurrection. After all, our Lord did. His apostles did. That’s just what they were doing at the “Last Supper.” And His apostles continued to observe the Passover and other biblical feasts long after the Resurrection.
Christianity wasn’t a new religion. It was a direct offspring of Judaism. For those of us Christians who take our Bible seriously, we don’t see any divide between the so-called Old Testament (Tanach) and the New Testament (B’rit Hadasha). It is one coherent book, with one consistent story about a God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
But there’s more spiritual illiteracy in Obama’s brief Easter-Passover greeting.
Neither one of these holidays is “a time for think more deeply about the obligations we have to ourselves.”
They are both holidays when we are instructed to focus on our obligations to God.
(W)hat is just a little surprising is the fact that such a statement could have been vetted through all of his many speechwriters and top aides – and not a one of them spotted any problem!
That should tell you something about the kind of people with whom Obama has surrounded himself.