Have you met Julia? No not Julia Roberts, or Julia Childs, or even Raul Julia. Julia is a fictional female created by President Obama’s reelection campaign. She is designed to show how the President’s programs, in contrast to Mitt Romney’s, provide for Julia throughout life.
You can find Julia here: http://www.barackobama.com/life-of-julia?source=women-for-obama-hero. The slideshow moves through phases of Julia’s life, beginning with the Head Start Program in Pre-K and continuing to retirement at 67. She benefits from several government programs along the way, such as federal student loans, universal health care, and federal small business loans. She spends her retirement volunteering in a community garden. Her life is worry free because of Social Security.
I know that many benefit from the government programs that provide for Julia. My goal is not to debate the extent of government. Rather, there are fundamental assumptions in the life of Julia that are in direct conflict with biblical teaching.
After graduating from college, Julia works as a web designer. The slide for her twenty seventh year reads, “For the past four years, Julia has worked full-time as a web designer. Thanks to Obamacare, her health insurance is required to cover birth control and preventive care, letting Julia focus on her work rather than worry about her health.”
Did you catch it? Julia does not have to worry about becoming pregnant. The slideshow calls pregnancy part of “her health.” Obamacare’s access to birth control allows her to be worry free and concentrate on work.
Here’s the problem. The slideshow never mentions a male. No husband, or even boyfriend, appears in the timeline. Why does she need birth control? The slideshow assumes sex outside of marriage.
The next slide takes this assumption to a higher level. When Julia is thirty seven the slide reads, “Julia decides to have a child. Throughout her pregnancy, she benefits from maternal checkups, prenatal care, and free screenings under health care reform.”
And where does this baby come from? Does it come from some unmentioned husband or boyfriend? Or does it come from Daddy Donations R US? Feminism has come a long way, but there is still only one way to make a baby—a dad and a mom.
This sideways attack on the family is subtle. The slideshow never directly states that Julia doesn’t need a husband or a father for her child. But what other conclusion can be drawn? Julia’s life tells us that the government serves as father.
Many single moms (and dads too) have successfully raised children. President Obama serves as such a success story. These exceptions, however, do not negate God’s design for family.
Genesis 2:18 says, “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him (ESV).’”
Later the Bible says in Genesis 2:21–25, “21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (ESV).”
God’s plan is for one man to marry one woman and for that couple to “be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 1:28).” This command means that children should have a mother and father in the home. The life of Julia, and therefore the President, stands in contrast to this plan. God is clear about His design for the family.
Maybe Julia will find James, or Jerry, or some other character to build a family.
That’s a slideshow I’d like to see.