Obama: “God bless” Planned Parenthood

Rev. Michael Schuermann calls out the president for confusing his office and for taking God’s name in vain:

President Obama spoke to Planned Parenthood this morning (Friday, April 26th). He said all sorts of things. Yet what was most galling, at least in my mind, is how he ended his speech. Here’s what he said:

“As long as we’ve got to fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we’ve got to fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way,” said Obama. “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”


No, Mr. President. You have authority from God to exercise your leadership of the country for the good of its citizens. You have authority from God to call out an organization which exists in order to murder – and advocate for the ever-increasing “legality” of such murder – the most helpless among us, namely the unborn (or even the born).

Unfortunately, you too have consistently advocated for that same murder.

Mr. President, you must repent. Your office – given to you from God – demands that you protect the unborn. This will be unpopular. I imagine your own party will abandon you, maybe even your closest friends and family. Do and say what is right, Mr. President.

And in the meantime do not dare to offer up the Lord’s name in vain. Do not invoke the name of He who gives and loves life as some perverse blessing over an organization that is a source of such evil and death. Mr. President, repent. God does not bless evil, Mr. President. He hinders and destroys it.

via No, Mr. President. Repent. | Daring Lutheran.

Would you say this is a fitting Two-Kingdoms response from a pastor to a governing authority?  Is this not upholding the Two Kingdoms by pointing out that the president is the one violating it?  If this were preached from the pulpit–it wasn’t, as far as I know, just posted on a blog–would this be appropriate, or would it be mixing politics with the church?

HT:  Norm Fisher

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Grace

    Obama says “god bless planned parenthood”!!!

  • fjsteve

    Is it a violation of the Two Kingdoms when any President ends virtually every speech with “God bless (fill in the blank)”, including “God bless America”? There are a lot of reasons the Presidents statement to PP is utterly repugnant but calling it out for blurring the line between the two Kingdoms seems inconsistent to me.

  • Matt Jamison

    Yes. Its really alarming and offensive the way this president has set himself up as a sort of pastor-in-chief of the nation. While most American presidents are guilty of this to some extent, Obama is taking it to a new level. What I really hate are the White House sponsored interfaith grief services that are set up within a couple of days following a national tragedy.

  • Mary

    fjsteve,
    I believe Veith is asking if Pr Scheurmann is crossing the line, not Obama.

  • Mary

    Oops, saw that Veith did also say that he thought the pastor was calling Obama out for crossing the two kingdom line.

  • Michael Schuermann

    I’m lurking here off and on, so I’m happy to clarify things as they come up.

    I would add that I don’t believe President Obama is violating any sort of Two-Kingdom line with his comments. He confesses to be a Christian – although I take issue with some of his confession – and as a Christian he certainly can invoke God’s blessing upon people. The failure here is that God’s blessing ought not be invoked upon something which is overwhelmingly contrary to His clear word. The Two Kingdoms doesn’t keep God and His word out of the public square.

    Also, this was not preached from the pulpit. It was posted online, and I also sent a modified version of it in a letter to President Obama.

  • Tom Hering

    Matt @ 3, didn’t conservatives just spend the last few decades bemoaning the secularization of the public square, and praising those few politicians who dared to mention God? Now, thanks to the way Republicans successfully courted Evangelicals, Democrats have finally adopted faith talk as a political necessity, and you’ve got a President who can’t shut up about God. What? You thought the return of religion to politics would only get you the kind of faith talk you like? Good grief. The Republican nomination of a Mormon should have been enough to clue you in to the fact that mixing religion and politics is going to make a mess of both.

  • Cincinnatus

    I’m actually with Tom@7 on this one, Matt. Where were you for the past 13 years?

  • Trey

    Government should use the moral law and only the moral law. To invoke God to bless an organization that murders the weakest among us is dispacable and blasphemous.

    The church uses the moral law and gospel. It is right to call him to godly repentance -sorrow and faith in Christ.

  • Carl Vehse

    Rev. Schuermann’s imprecatory prayer at the end of his article (rather than a turnaround “I could have done things differently” apology) is certainly unique for the normally quietist Missouri Synod.

    It is doubtful if other LCMS pastors, in Divine Services, will include such an imprecatory prayer against Traitorobama and his regime.

    Nevertheless, as Lutherans confess in the Large Catechism, you and I and other Christians are praying an imprecatory prayer to God that demonic tyrants (like Obama and his Demonicrat supporters) dash themselves to pieces, every time we pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

  • Tom Hering

    Whoa. First Bror starts agreeing with me. Now Cincinnatus. I need to go on a retreat and examine the direction my life has taken.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Re: “mixing politics with the church”, so what?

    It was the President who did the mixing in the first place. When the politics of the day inserts itself into the realm of religion, it is entirely appropriate for the Church to respond.

    Even from the pulpit, in my opinion.

  • John C

    God does enjoy an imprecatory prayer Carl.
    But here is a curse just for you Carl. May all your electricity bills be large ones.
    Its hardly a curse but I would not want to see you or anyone else dashed to pieces.

  • Steve Bauer

    1. Is the mere invocation of a diety by a civic leader a confusion of the two kingdoms? I do not think Luther would have classified Elector Frederick’s or even the Emperor’s use of God’s name in a public pronouncment as a case of mixing the two.
    2. Even if the answer to the question above is “yes”, the issue is not whether “President Obama did it first.” Presidents and politicians are doing this all the time,as has been already noted. The issue is whether it is mixing the two kingdoms for a pastor to publically call out a politician for doing so. I would say “no”.
    3. If a politician crosses the line between the two kingdoms, a pastor should call that politician out publically regardless of whether the pastor agrees or disagrees with the politician or policy.

  • Jon H.

    I personally wish the president would stop ending each speech with “And God bless the United States of America.” It sounds jingoistic to me, like the US alone is somehow God’s own country. Yet it’s easy to find online speeches to the NRA by Republican office holders, who invoke God’s blessings on the organization its membership – none of which, to my knowledge, elicited a peep from the pulpiteers. Yet guns often kill the most helpless among us. It’s precisely what they are designed to do. How shameful to invoke God’s blessings on the gun lobby.

  • LAJ

    Guns don’t kill people; people use guns sometimes to kill people. Much more shameful is what Pres. Obama did above.

  • Carl Vehse

    Barry: “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”

    From Part 4 of a LifeSiteNews series on babies born alive during an abortion:

    After being involved in the pro-choice movement for a number of years, [Presbyterian Pastor Zolton] Phillips was given the opportunity to witness abortion procedures. He was shocked at what he saw. The first abortion he witnessed in the Planned Parenthood clinic was a suction abortion in the first trimester. He describes his horror at seeing a fully formed hand caught in the gauze bag covering the jar that collected the aborted baby parts. He then saw two other suction abortions. The fourth abortion that he saw, a late-term abortion, was even more disturbing:

    After the saline abortion, the baby was born alive. Shocked, I appealed to the nurse saying, “Hey, he’s trying to live, help him!” She replied, “I can’t because they’ve signed the papers that he’s dead.”

  • SKPeterson

    Tom @ 11 – I’ll just have to oppose you for your own mental health then. :)

  • Al Bergstrazer

    I diagree with brother Schuermann on only one point, and that is that President Obama’s party will abandon him. Mr. Obama has turned the Democrat party into a secular cult, the ‘can do no wrong/too good to be true’ ethos sweeps all transguressions under the carpet.

  • Carl Vehse

    “Mr. Obama has turned the Democrat party into a secular cult”

    It’s a secular entitlement cult. Don’t forget the free Obamaphone: “He gave us a phone.”

  • http://concordiakoinonia.com/ Mark Schroeder

    I do not think that President Obama has turned the Democratic Party into a secular cult. This has been happening for a number of years. He has been able to focus the party on himself with the willing assistance of the masses. But it did not start with him. One of the most controversial issues of Touchstone was “Godless Party”, 2003, http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/issue.php?id=59. It all started in January of ’73. Why has the Democratic Party become “godless”? Defending the indefensible, abortion and infanticide, et. al., and automatically the Lord God is out of the picture and the party becomes it’s own religion in order to self-justify the wrong and all those who embrace the murder of millions…supposedly by “choice”, supposedly cleanly and antiseptically. President Obama won re-election on abortion and contraception. It started with the Democrats but it is has been embraced many more. It’s called idolatry. But who in Israel listened to the prophets? Pr. Schuermann is probably being too nice. Many have embraced the void and someone has filled the void and will. If the culture dumps the President, a new christ will be found. Bonhoeffer wrote that this embracing of the void as god is not a crisis among crises it is the crisis of the Western World…tonight my wife and I talked about the fact that now we know how so many did not “know” what was happening next door in Auschwitz and never said a word. A whole neighborhood around Gosnell’s clinic said not a word. So many turn a blind eye and a deaf ear because the gods and goddesses are so alluring.

  • http://secularsquare.blogspot.com Secular Square

    Maybe the President meant another god altogether, that long forgotten Middle Eastern rival to Yahweh who demands that worshipers murder their infants and ” pass them through the fire” to him.

    I heard he still lives.


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