DADT and the President’s Faith

By Richard Land
Dec 18, 2010

I recently sent a personal letter to President Barack Obama urging him to consider the tenets of his faith and to reconsider his stance on the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. I thought it would be of value to share that letter with you.

As messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention expressed in 2009, we commend you for the fatherly example you clearly display to your family and are eager to work with you “to advance causes of justice insofar as those efforts are consistent with biblical principles.” However, we regret we find ourselves greatly troubled by your efforts to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy as homosexual behavior conflicts with the teachings of our shared Holy Scripture.

Since you join us in confessing the Christian faith, we request your attention to the Scripture, which is “…God-breathed…useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

We emphasize the hope and salvation God provides for all humans, including those who struggle with homosexual attraction: “such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11, emphasis added).

This is an encouraging passage, written to Christians among whom were people who struggled with the same forms of sin and temptation we face today. They broke free from sinful bondage expressly because of the Gospel. Thus, we applaud church efforts to lovingly and redemptively minister to homosexuals so they may find spiritual, sexual, and emotional wholeness in Christ.

It remains clear, however, that homosexual behavior cannot be normalized without rejecting God’s moral standards (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10). The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2009 resolution recognizes that the Bible describes homosexual behavior as both a contributing cause (Gen. 18:20-21; Lev. 18:24-28; Jude 7) and a consequence of God’s judgment (Rom. 1:18-32). We believe it to be contrary to Scripture to commend open homosexual relationships in general, including within the military ranks. Our nation has moved from God in so many ways and we are deeply concerned that an increasingly affirming policy toward homosexual behavior will provide further impetus for God’s judgment on our nation.

Our all-volunteer military is among the most respected institutions in American life. We are saddened that this institution in which membership is a privilege not a right would break from a tradition of high moral conduct, and we urge you to reconsider your stated intent on this issue.

Richard Land

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1 On Dec 20, 2010, at 5:34am, Jim wrote:

DADT repealed, “liberty and justice for all!”. America is a nation of progress.  Amen and so be it!

2 On Dec 21, 2010, at 11:42pm, Marvin Suitt wrote:

Dr. Land, Thank you for your stand on this matter. I too am hurt in my heart to see our leaders make such a foolish decision. I sincerely believe the greatest military in the world has just been destroyed. It will take time to see the evidence but it will come. Many years ago I served our nations as a soldier in the US Army, but I personally would refuse to serve under these conditions. I not only believe we will see many quit the military and others who will refuse to serve, I personally would encourage them not to serve under these conditions. I would not want my own child to be put in such circumstances. Thank you for all you do. Marvin Suitt

3 On Dec 21, 2010, at 11:43pm, Javier L. Taylor wrote:

Thank you for writing this letter I think it was written well and still represented our concern for the decision of our countries leadership.  Well done!

4 On Dec 21, 2010, at 11:46pm, Bonnie Kirk wrote:

As one with a grandson and granddaughter in the US AirForce and living near a base with many military friends and aquaintances they along with myself agree that to agree with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will do great harm for those serving our country and ultimately the USA.

5 On Dec 22, 2010, at 12:55am, Harris Malcom wrote:

Thank you Dr. Land for your strong stand for the gospel.  Your presence in our nations capital and for righteousness sake is appreciated by Southern Baptists like me.

May God bless you this Christmas season.

6 On Dec 22, 2010, at 1:26am, Mike wrote:

The letter conveys exactly what needed to be said. However it appears from President’s Obama’s actions, he does not even come close to being a Christian. I remember the words, “If you went to trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Obviously the President, with his pro-abortion stance, his membership in a church pastored by the Hate filled Jeremiah Wright, and friendship with terroist Bill Ayers, he is not. President Obama may be many things, but being a Christian is not one of them, from what I have seen.

7 On Dec 22, 2010, at 3:08am, Charles Enlow wrote:

The repeal of DADT was not an end in itself, but a step toward universal approval of homosexuality. Christians - chaplains and troops - in the military will be subjected to “education and training” that homosexuality is OK, and anyone who disapproves had better shut up or face the consequences.  Other segments of our culture will follow, until a “consensus” is insinuated and legal penalties are imposed upon any who echo the Lord’s Word on the subject of homosexuality.

8 On Dec 22, 2010, at 5:46am, Gary Claborn wrote:

I applaud Dr. Land’s letter to the President, but we have another in a string of nominal (in name only) Christians in Barak Obama. It is convenient for them to call themselves Christians, but their politics and social agenda are their real gods. He’s just like Bill Clinton who did all he could do to advance the cause of abortion while he was president, and, if he had had the same Congress as Obama, don’t ask don’t tell would have been gone a long time ago. Obama will not listen to nor will he heed Dr. Land’s letter because he doesn’t really share the same convictions or beliefs.

9 On Dec 22, 2010, at 7:26am, Terry Beals wrote:

Thank you for effort, Dr. Land.  However, he will not respond because he does not believe the Bible to be THAT infallible Word of God.  Also, I would not have just said that “We believe it to be contrary to scripture…” but rather, “We agree with the scripture…”  Our standard is not a belief system from us as Baptist but a system clearly and precisely set forth by simple and direct statements from the Bible which we literally believe to be absolute truth.
Thank you

10 On Dec 22, 2010, at 6:13pm, Dennis Wilder wrote:

Thank you on your Biblical Stance.

11 On Dec 27, 2010, at 2:15pm, Paul Borisovich wrote:

In 2001-2009 US gave $53 bln. to Afghanistan “administrative and military reform” money
In 2010 US sold to the resurgent terrorrist state of Saudi Arabia military-mashnes in ammount of $60 bln,
In 2011 Defence budget is proposed to be cut to $600 bln from today’s $700 bln.
In 2011- 2012 expect DADT do more damage than any listed above.

12 On Jan 1, 2011, at 3:36am, Glynn wrote:

Repeal of DADT does not reflect a lowering of high moral standards in the military.  If allowing homosexuals to serve is reflective of a lowering of high moral standards, then the lowering came with the adoption of DADT back in 1993 (or whenever it was).  Having served in a pre-DADT military, I can state that, unless a lot has changed, our military is not exactly a highly moral body (at least no more so than the public at large, and I don’t know when IT has ever been referred to as being highly moral).  It is an effective fighting force, though, which is all it is supposed to be.

13 On Jan 6, 2011, at 7:45am, Noni wrote:

Dr. Land, Let us pray!  God has opened my heart so wide and is taking me beyond such stances.  I am reminded “Judge not, that ye be not judged…” (Matt.7:1). God is moving in a big way in today’s world and in our lives. Which scripture do we follow? All of them?  Doesn’t His love still supercede? If we don’t agree with you and the SB church, should we seek another church in which to worship?  We just want to be in His Church! We love Him!  We want to praise Him! Should not our spiritual life be most important?  As to DADT, personally, I have seven brothers (and a husband)of high moral standards who served honorably in the military that agree with President Obama on DADT. What would Jesus do?  May God forgive us, bless us, and have mercy on our souls.  Amen.

14 On Jan 8, 2011, at 7:34pm, Captain Terry M. Hestilow, United States Army, Ret wrote:

Dr. Land, your letter to the president was most genial and true. Sadly, its effect on military chaplaincy will be devastating. Chaplains will no longer be able to counsel or preach in accordance with Scripture. Family readiness counseling will have to include positive counsel for homosexual relationships, and chaplains who refuse to counsel in accordance with the new law will be forced from service. Military chaplains will be no more than political officers in our new military (similar to the Soviet “political officers”) who will counsel and report violations of DoD policy. This will end military chaplaincy and violate the Constitutional rights of every Southern Baptist service member deployed abroad since they will no longer be able to practice their faith, or worship according to their faith. It is a tragedy of immeasurably devastating consequence.

15 On Jan 18, 2011, at 6:46pm, WMartin wrote:

It is not liberty and justice for the heterosexual to have to serve alongside someone who has rejected basic standards of morality.

How about protecting THEIR liberty and justice?

obama has shown again that he is a Christian in name only, and not in practice.

16 On Jan 18, 2011, at 9:05pm, Terry Beals wrote:

It is so sad to see our Constitution and the foundations laid by our fathers slowly get eroded away.  Are we truly the United States of America anymore according to our founding documents?  Our first Commander in Chief required morality, now our Commander in Chief requires immorality.

17 On Jan 31, 2011, at 5:19pm, Gerald McLean wrote:

Thanks Dr. Land on your letter to Obama on the DADT, maybe they will come to a better understanding and not do this.
We also have a big problem with the Ellen show on NBC. This does not show a re young people a good way of life.
This show should be taken off the air. I am sure they can find a girl with all the talent without being gay.

18 On Feb 6, 2011, at 7:02pm, Randy wrote:

Your stand on DADT is Un-American.  As a vet and as a gay person I am totally disgusted with your attitude towards your fellow Americans.  Being gay is not a sin.  To tell a lie is.

19 On Feb 9, 2011, at 1:40am, Mrs. Denise Parsons wrote:

“The goal of pleasing the Father is traded for its pygmy cousin, the goal of pleasing men. It almost seems as if the greater the demand for holiness, the greater the opportunity for hypocrisy. This is why I suspect that the danger is potentially most serious among religious leaders.”—D.A. Carson. As a retired SB Church Secretary viewing bigoted e-mails between Pastors and breaking the 9thCommandment, I was saddened rendering the SB Mission&Vision; only lip service…“we work together in love…we consider others…we tell one another the truth..” Perhaps you might not be qualified after all to judge the President focusing on your own eye boulders. Spreading fear about Arabs…aren’t we told to “love our enemies?” Aren’t we told to take care of the poor? Health Care perhaps? Hasn’t the Church been on the wrong side of History many times? This old lady is saying to you… be careful not to call for Barabbas and crucify the wrong one.

20 On Feb 10, 2011, at 3:30am, Joe Pearce wrote:

I appreciate your efforts to take a stand on this matter. I recently realized that we all need to be praying that we get back to being “one nation under God; indivisible”. I have challenged our RA’s to pray about this daily. We seem to have no mention of God, or morals, in our government today. I pray that changes before we have judgement passed upon us.

21 On Feb 13, 2011, at 12:03am, Steven wrote:

DADT was wrong, and it is going to help the military. If you don’t see that then you are blinded by hate and bias. And President Obama is a real Christian, he believes you can be a Christian and be gay. And that you can be a Christian and let people live as they choose. We are far from where we need to be in terms of equality for the LGBT community but this is a step in the right direction.

22 On Feb 13, 2011, at 5:55am, Robin wrote:

Thank you Dr. Land for caring about our country enough to take a biblical stand on this and other issues.  If our country is going to survive, we who are true Christians are going to have to take this type of stand on all moral issues!  Let’s not let it get to the place where God must destry our great country as He had to destroy others in the past!

23 On Feb 14, 2011, at 3:37am, Ross Reynolds wrote:

What difference does it make?  The president worships Saturn, and by the looks of the SBC logo, I’d say you screwballs do too.  This farce has gone on long enough.  Repent now while there is still time.

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