Monday, December 8, 2008

The debate on Obama's Faith

Every 4 years, the US Presidential election focuses a spotlight on the religious views of the candidates, and in this 2004 interview Chicago Sun Times columnist Cathleen Falsani interviews U.S. President elect Barack Obama about his Christian faith.

Evangelicals seem divided on how "Christian" Obama truly is, with some optimistic and others seemingly convinced he is not really a Christian. Catholics are also engaged in these discussions because of the issue on abortion. And of course the misinformed who labeled Obama a Muslim because of his color and name.

As citizens of the United States, we exercised our right to vote on November 4th. Regarding the continuous debate on the quality of Barack Obama as a Christian, we have been reminded our place is not to judge (Matthew 7:3) and like the famous icon of the Ladder of Divine Ascent our Christian duty is to always push ourselves to be perfect like God is perfect (Matthew 5:48). Recalling the wisdom of CS Lewis, "if they are wrong, they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules that is common to (Christianity)"

1 comment:

Jason Kora said...

"Misinformed" is right. The guy's a Christian. The issue I have with this though is, assuming for the sake of argument,that Obama IS a Muslim, should that be an obstacle to the presidency? Is being Christian a pre-requisite to holding public office in America? I think Colin Powell expresses my views on this most eloquently:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYELqbZAQ4M