This is an extremely bold statement to make, but it is the truth.
George Walker Bush is no more a genuine, Bible-believing, follower of
Jesus Christ and His teachings than I am the King of Norway. Yet
millions of George Walker Bush's supporters, many of them genuine
Christians themselves, believe he is a Christian. He's not, and
the purpose of this editorial is to explain why I believe he is not a
Christian. He professes to be a believer, but his words and actions are
not those of a true Christian. Let us briefly examine his life,
record, and words for any evidence of his purported belief in Jesus
Christ. I believe that once you do, you will see that despite his
professed belief in Jesus Christ, George Walker Bush does not actually
believe in or follow the teaching of Jesus. Once you come to that
viewpoint you will also see why genuine Christians should have nothing
whatsover to do with nor support him. He is a fraud, plain and
simple and I believe the evidence shows that.
Why I believe George Walker Bush is
not a Christian
by Liam Wescott
George Walker Bush is not a Christian.
My purpose here is not to judge or condemn him. I am here to
present the evidence I believe shows he is not who he claims to
be. I make no special claim to virtue or to godliness. I
try to follow the example set by Jesus Christ as best I can. I am
not perfect; not one of us is, but I believe in Jesus Christ and He is
my Lord. I accept that George W. Bush is also a child of
God. God will judge Bush’s life and my own. Only God can judge
him and only he can repent for his misdeeds. He cannot, however,
escape the consequences of the wrongful deeds he has done.
A central theme of those pious people among us who claim to be
Christian is that they follow the Ten Commandments. This is a
good thing. The Commandments basically tell us we should worship
God, honor our parents, don’t lie, don’t steal, and don’t covet.
If he really is a Christian, then George Walker Bush would not go
breaking the Commandments willy-nilly, right? Well, he seems to
at least five of them in the case of the Iraq war, as just one
egregious example of many, many examples. If you support George
Walker Bush, this is who you are supporting:
1) "You shall not bear false witness."
George Walker Bush lied about the this war, why it was so absolutely
necessary, and its eventual cost. Where exactly are these vast
piles of WMD's we were assured Saddam had in quantities that would
dwarf even Mt. McKinley and could be unleashed upon us at a moment's
notice? Don't tell me we haven't "found them yet" because that
excuse is so laughably aburd it might make for material on Saturday
Night Live. There were no WMDs, there are none today, and we will
never find any because they NEVER EXISTED (at least not in many, many
years). How do we know this? Because the Iraqis themselves
told us and in addition for 12 years, Iraq was subject to the most
invasive, comprehensive, and complete weapons inspection program in
United Nations history. In addition, the United States put Iraq
under the most intense scrutiny any nation has ever been placed under,
including satellite surveillance, surveillance by airplanes, surprise
inspections, etc. A camel could not have farted in Bagdhad
without us knowing.
Yet George Walker Bush assured us that "Saddam has weapons of
mass destruction" and that we had to attack his country RIGHT
NOW. This is called "lying" and that is a shorter term for
"bearing false witness" as listed in the Commandments. This is
one of the gravest sins that can be committed in the eyes of God.
2) "You shall not covet."
George Walker Bush is an oil man to the core. He wanted Iraq's
oil for his corporate patrons in the boardrooms of Halliburton,
Bechtel, Chevron, Exxon, Mobil, and all the other places where the
cabal of evil men with very small minds and very black hearts who
bankrolled him and continue to prop him up even today reside.
These men are evil and he serves them, not God.
3) "You shall not steal."
Attacking, invading, and occupying a sovereign nation, a nation that
posed no threat to us, never could
pose a threat to us and had been essentially disarmed and hijacking its
natural resources from its people (who are, after all, the people
entitled to decide what should happen with those resources), is
called "theft" and is proscribed by
the Commandments. This again, is one of the most serious offenses
against the laws of God imaginable.
This is exactly what George Walker Bush did.
4) "You shall honor your mother and
father." It can be argued that 's father was less
than eager for his son's military adventure in Iraq and tried
to hint to the son not to go about it in the way he did. Probably
because George Senior realized back
in 1991 that we could not possibly conquer Iraq without extremely
dire consequences to ourselves and our world standing. Yet George
Walker Bush chose to carry out this mad folly against his father's
wishes. Therefore he dishonored his father.
5) "You shall not kill." in the
process of invading Iraq, over 500 of our soldiers are now dead,
thousands of them are now wounded, some permanently, and countless
thousands of Iraqi civilians are now either dead or maimed for
life. This did not have to happen. War should always be the
last resort, only undertaken after all other options are
exhausted. Yet George Walker Bush chose to plunge this
nation into an endless war whose consequences we are only just now
beginning to appreciate. Please don't tell me those nearly 500
dead American service members died "defending our freedom" because that
implies that our freedom was somehow threatened in some way by Saddam
Hussein or his nation. That is false. John Ashcroft and
George Walker Bush pose a greater and much more dire threat
to our freedom than Saddam ever could. Those nearly 500 American
soldiers now dead in George Walker Bush's war died for no good reason
at all. The taking of a human life is probably the most serious
of all the offenses one can commit in the eyes of God. Make no
mistake, the blood of those dead Americans and Iraqis are on the hands
of George Walker Bush and if you support him, you support a murderer,
liar, and thief.
The war in Iraq is, as I say, just one example of George Walker Bush's
hypocrisy. There are many, many others:
George Walker Bush claims that he is a “compassionate conservative”
without giving much in the way of an explanation of what that
means. Time and time again in the Bible, we see Jesus speaking to
and ministering to the poor, the beggars, the dispossesed, the
homeless. Quite clearly Our Lord cared about these people.
He cared about them and ministered to them to set an example to
us. We should care about those less fortunate than us. In
Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus clearly states what fate shall befall those who
do not help the poor (Matt. 25: 41-46).
Jesus has little good to say about the rich and the well-off. He
lambastes them for their riches and finery while at the same time there
are people in the gutters, dying of starvation and disease. I
think Jesus has little use modern American culture with its emphasis in
acquiring material wealth. Bush’s tax cuts benefit the very rich,
yet as a Christian, he is called upon to show compassion to those in
our society least able to provide for themselves. No true
Christian would propose or support anything that benefits the rich at
the expense of the rest of us. Yet this is exactly what George
Bush is doing.
We are told that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim.
6:10). I believe that this passage refers not just to money, but
to power. Money is equivalent to power. Those who have the
gold make the rules, as the saying goes. But power is a dangerous
thing, like a drug. In moderation and used wisely, it can be a
force for good. Power for the sake of power is bad indeed.
Yet this is what George Walker Bush seems to want. He cares only
attaining power and exhibits dangerously little regard for using that
power wisely. This is not a healthy attitude for a Christian to
have. God wants us to be loving and compassionate and not to be
seduced by power, yet this is exactly what seems to have happened to
George Walker Bush.
If George Walker Bush is really a Christian, then he should believe in
Jesus Christ to the absolute exclusion of all other false gods,
prophets, and anything else that would stand between him and the
Kingdom of God as revealed by His Son. The evidence suggests
otherwise. He has a history of substance abuse and his
unwillingness to discuss that abuse frankly does not lend confidence
that it has ceased. As Christians, we are told that our bodies
are a temple of God and we are not to abuse them (1 Cor. 6:19).
Drug and alcohol abuse is not in keeping with this restriction.
He claims to have sobered up and become responsible when he reached
forty in 1986. However, in 1992 on a videotape made at a
boisterous wedding reception, Bush can be seen drinking a dark liquid
from a glass. See the clip
for yourself. In that clip, he ridicules people who don’t
drink and his behavior in the videotape suggests intoxication.
Other people have noted that George Walker Bush has all the symptoms of
a "dry drunk" and just speaking for myself, I believe that he is still
The single greatest virtue (outside of love) that Jesus taught us is
that we should be humble in all things and demonstrate humility before
God. Those who do so demonstrate an attitude that is much closer
to genuine Christianity than the attitude displayed by many of the
professed followers of Christ. Ever since his assumption of the
office, George W. Bush has displayed remarkably little of either
humility or humbleness. He struts around like a swaggering bully,
asserting that he has a "mandate" to whatever he wants just because he
sits in the White House, the people be damned. Setting aside for
the moment the many questions about his legitimacy, how does this
attitude square with that of Christ? Tell me, would Jesus Christ
act this way?
Matt. 7:20 "By their fruits you shall know them" the Scripture tells
us. George Walker Bush has supped from the Trees of
Hubris, Arrogance, and Pride, and the fruits of same are this: our
once-great nation has now fallen from God's favor; our standing in the
world has dropped considerably, and our international stature has
suffered as a result; he has destroyed the budget surplus bequethed him
by his predecessor; he has ballooned the national deficit in his plan
to hand over the US Treasury to his greedy corporate buddies, he has
wrecked the economy, gutted environmental and food safety laws,
destroyed international treaties as though they were scrap paper, and
in short, has done everything he can to wreck this once-great land.
No, George Bush is not a Christian and those of you who are Christian
and are supporters of his need to take a good hard look at who you are
supporting and why. He did not win the presidency, he does not
deserve to be president, and his life does not reflect the life and
teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He does not deserve our
support, only our prayers because, based on the stated rules laid down
by God in the Bible, George Walker Bush is going to Hell unless he
repents of his misdeeds. Be not deceived (1 Cor. 6:9), either you
with your liar and reap the whirlwind of shame and disgrace he will
inevitably bring down upon himself and this nation or you can renounce
him and save yourself.
The choice is yours.