After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told reporters on Saturday that he “doesn’t know” if Barack Obama is a Christian, a nationally-syndicated radio host is speaking out, explaining that just because someone claims to be a Christian, Jesus said that a “tree is known by its fruit.”
The Washington Post had posed the question to Walker, the son of an evangelical minister, as he was attending the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.
“I don’t know,” he replied.
Reporters with the publication then stated that Obama has often spoken about his profession of faith.
“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said. “I’ve never asked him that. You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”
But spokesperson Jocelyn Webster then contacted the Washington Post to state that Walker doesn’t necessarily doubt Obama’s faith, but rather dodged the question to make a “point of principle.”
“Of course the governor thinks the president is a Christian,” she stated, according to the publication. “He thinks these kinds of gotcha questions distract from what he’s doing as governor of Wisconsin to make the state better and make life better for people in his state.”
Following word of the incident, nationally-syndicated radio talk show host and author Steve Deace penned an article noting that the Bible already provides instruction recognizing the marks of a Christian.
“Just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn’t mean they are one,” he wrote, pointing to Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
“Jesus commands us not to lie, yet Mr. Obama has lied repeatedly (‘if you like your current health care plan you can keep it,’ as just one example). Jesus commands us not to murder, yet Mr. Obama is the most pro-murder president we have ever had,” Deace said, referring to his pro-abortion stance. “Jesus says marriage is between a man and a woman, and we are created male and female. Yet Mr. Obama promotes redefining marriage and so-called transgenderism.”
He noted other concerns surrounding the American president.
“Jesus gave [the] commandment to his followers [to love one another], yet under Mr. Obama we see Christians consistently targeted for their beliefs (Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-a, Little Sisters of the Poor, military personnel, and numerous other Christians who refuse to comply with Obama-imposed immorality),” Deace said. “Why would a president who’s a Christian use his power to consistently target other Christians?”
The talk show host cited Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:16-20, where He advised that a Christian will be known by His actions.
“Ye shall know them by their fruits,” the Scripture reads. “Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.”
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