4 Stars Out Of 5
Good book with some concerns
September 20, 2011
Review of the book, "No He Can't: How Barack Obama is Dismantling Hope and Change," by Kevin McCullough
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The author is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and columnist. He is also an active blogger. As a Christian conservative I agree with almost all of the author's opinions on President Obama's policies. He covers issues ranging from what I consider the most important, the moral issues, to economics and national security. I have followed politics for a long time and have read numerous books on the subject, which include many on the current president and his policies.
There is one area in particular that I wish Mr. McCullough would have made a little clearer. That was in his chapter on "Redefining Good and Evil." While the author does briefly touch on the matter of the beliefs of different faiths, and correctly states, "Mr. President, there is a world of difference between the moral code of Islam and that of Jews and Christians." He goes on to state, "Even the debate between Judaism and Christianity is an important one, as the two groups couldn't be further apart on the fundamental understandings of redemption, the Messiah, and what is to come." But what he fails to do is point out that not only is that difference between Islam and Christianity, Jews and Christians, but between all other faiths, the lack of any faith, and even many faiths that are Christian in name only. Those would include Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Roman Catholic Church and others.
The Bible makes it clear that there is only one way to eternal life in heaven, and that is by biblically believing in Jesus Christ. Every other "religion" or belief system teaches in one way or another that you have to basically work your way to heaven. That somehow you can be good enough to get to heaven. That is the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches. The Bible is the only source of absolute truth. Jesus made it clear that He isn't one way to heaven, but the only way.
I am in no way accusing the author of believing in a works based faith. I just wish he would have made it a little clearer in his chapter rightly criticizing the President on his wrongly held and unbiblical beliefs on this matter. I would urge everyone to read a small book that covers this matter in an easy to understand, but powerful way. The book is, "How Good is Good Enough?," by Andy Stanley.
One more topic that I wish the author would have handled differently was his discussion on the Tiger Woods and Brit Hume (Fox News Channel) matter. Mr. Hume correctly pointed out that Mr. Woods needed to come to faith in Jesus Christ in order for "true forgiveness and peace" to take place. Mr. Hume was pointing out that just like everyone of us, Mr. Woods needed to believe in Jesus, who is the only way to salvation. The last two sentences in the book on this discussion state, "In fact, I challenge President Obama to invite Mr. Hume to the people's house and see for himself. I think both Brit and Jesus are totally up to the task."
I believe that Brit Hume would be up to the task, but there is no doubt that Jesus is most certainly up to it. I assume the author wasn't inferring otherwise, but I wish he would have chosen different words to make his point.
So would I recommend this book to others? Yes, with the above reservations, and a few other disagreements that I will not go into in this review. The book makes many good points on how the President is taking this country down the wrong road on almost every issue from morality, to economics, to national security. The American people need to go beyond the so called "mainstream media" coverage of President Obama, and read what rarely is being reported. This book is one means of doing so.