Before I share anything, I would urge you to stop by the library or local store and grab a copy of this book (or click on the cover and buy it from Amazon). I’m not a reader, but had to get some truth from facts about the man himself and not just the media. I wanted to learn more about Obama and his faith, and this book really opened my eyes even more.
From Obama’s “Call to Renewal” book (and page 54 in this book):
“There are aspects of the Christian tradition that I’m comfortable with and aspects that I’m not. There are passages in the Bible that make perfect sense to me and others that I go, ‘Ya know, I’m not so sure about that.'”
From interview with Cathleen Falsani in the Chicago Sun Times on April 5, 2005 (and page 55 of this book):
“I am a man rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.” He first saw this broad embrace of faith modeled by his mother. “In our household,” he has explained, “The Bible, the Koran, and Bhagavad Gita sat on the same shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.” Thus, for Obama, Christianity is but one religious tree rooted in the common ethical soil of all human experience.
In the same interview with Cathleen Falsani he continued (and page 57 in this book):
Asked by a reporter how he can so warmly embrace non-Christian faiths when Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me,” Obama insisted that this is only a “particular verse” and that its meaning depends on how the few words are interpreted.
Many people have tried to make me think that Obama is a Christian. I will be the first to state that only God knows a man’s heart, and only He can accept the man or woman into heaven as a result of their true motives. The only thing I know for certain is my faith alone. I don’t take most people’s words for granted. I don’t even trust myself most of the time. We’re human. We’re known to slip here and there, stretch a story too far, or only tell parts of it that we feel comfortable sharing.
Those who blast me about this like I am trying to make our government a Christian government (really a relationship, not a cult, lol) don’t realize that this is the lens I look at everything through and it hasn’t let me down. Unlike Obama, I don’t doubt a single piece of God’s Word or question whether or not it should apply or be clear to me. If it’s hard to understand or apply, 100% of the time I find myself to be the one lacking, not God. I find the words of Obama from these past few years to be much more troubling than those of McCain. Sure, McCain had issues with his marriage and sinned as we all do, but he even publicly admitted that he confessed his actions to God and that those were very bad times for him.
The faith of Obama that has been shared in this book is the faith he has today. The Christian faith is not as simple as accepting Christ’s death and slipping into heaven (fire insurance from hell), it is a changed life of repentance and dedication to following only God’s truths alone. From my personal perspective going into this coming week’s election, Obama is a man that wants everyone to feel happy. He doesn’t want to offend homosexuals by giving them their freedom. He wants to please Christians by saying “he is one”. He doesn’t want to offend women by being fine with them making choices about which humans deserve life and which don’t. He wants to sit down and talk with terrorists who want to blast God’s chosen people (Israel) off of the face of the earth.
And all of this comes from a man who spent MANY (around 20) years sitting in a church that is nothing less than racist. From a man who ditched those closest to “his faith” (his church) when they were hurting his political campaign. I’ve discussed this material at length with “Christians who support Obama” and they continue to point to the war or the economy, or try to make me think I’ve missed the last 8 years of hell with George Bush, lol. Get real. How stupid can you be? Take a few seconds and turn your dial off of your biased news stations and papers and relate the fruits of this man’s life to the life Jesus calls us to. Some Christians are sold when they see someone say they’ve “accepted Christ”. The individual (even if they graduated from Harvard or can run for president) is still human and their words about their own faith only go so far. The fruit of the Spirit sure shows itself, doesn’t it?
Matthew 7:20 “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”