Just truth-telling


Regarding President Barack Obama's 'do-over' of the oath of office, and objections to doing this without a Bible, Simon Barrow of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia points out that many Christians reject the notion of swearing on the Bible or using the name of God to secure an oath, following the example of Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew 5.33-37).

He says: "The 'Obama doesn't swear on the Bible' story was a fuss about nothing. In any case, Anabaptists, Quakers, Baptists and many other Christians reject oaths, believing that truth-telling is indivisible and that using God's name to mortgage our claims is an instrumental misuse. Most of the Christians of the early centuries of whom we have record repudiated oath-taking, affirmed their commitment to truthfulness, and rooted their convictions in Jesus’ words and actions - not official sanction."