June 3, 2009
Steve Collins
Two days ago, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation declaring June, 2009 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.” The first link below is from Christianity Today’s blog about this proclamation. President Obama’s proclamation is included below the link so you can all read it. I wish to thank the unnamed reader of this website who brought this to my attention.
President Obama has now openly proclaimed his support for behaviors which God calls “abominations” in Leviticus 18:22-30. This scripture warns that God will cause the very land itself to “vomit out her inhabitants” if people turn to these behaviors. President Obama has officially endorsed homosexuality, the sin which finally provoked God to destroy the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). How long will God withhold his judgment against America, which has received such marvelous blessings from God, but is now officially rebelling against God and his laws?
Believers may take some hope in Genesis 18. In this chapter, God proved to be very responsive to the intercessory prayers of one man, Abraham, who progressively “bargained down” God’s threshold of mercy to such a point that God would have spared Sodom if a mere ten righteous persons could be found in it. Not even that many righteous persons were present in Sodom so God destroyed the city. Even though America’s leaders (that includes leaders in the media, education and entertainment industries as well as in government) are rebelling against God and his laws, there are still millions of believers in America in many different religious denominations, churches and synagogues who still “fear God” in their personal lifestyle choices (I’ll bet even many Islamic Americans in their mosques would also not support this endorsement of homosexuality by Obama).
It is my suggestion that we all intercede with God for his mercy upon our nation using exactly the same approach taken by Abraham in Genesis 19: that God not destroy a minority of righteous people along with the guilty ones. How much more can we boldly make such an intercession when we are asking (as readers of my books know) for God’s mercy upon the descendants of Abraham himself, the very man who pled for God’s mercy on sinners in Genesis 19? I do not expect God to “destroy” America as he did ancient Sodom. However, because of America’s special position of being a “birthright” seed of Abraham and, therefore, a recipient of the greatest blessings given to any nation on earth, I would not be surprised to see God begin a period of Judgment upon the USA (and the other nations of the western world which used to have a Christian heritage) even as a caring father would correct wayward children in need of discipline.
The USA, under President Obama, is quickly abandoning its Christian heritage. That much is increasingly obvious. The “falling away” from biblical beliefs and standards prophesied in II Thessalonians 2:3-4 is now an official reality. I don’t think there is any doubt that we are entering a time of important fulfillments of latter-day prophesies. Matthew 25:1-13 warns that believers in the latter-days will be overwhelmingly surprised when latter-day events occur before they have prepared for them. I Thessalonians 5:1-3 gives us the same warning.  Jesus Christ warned in Matthew 25:13 that believers need to “watch” world events to discern when the climax of the latter-day period is drawing near. Are you “watching,” and are you ready for the momentous times that the world is entering?

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                     June 1, 2009

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Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.