Who does Obama serve?
While only God and Obama hold the ultimate answer, there remains a significant and lingering question in the minds of many Americans. In a Pew poll published in August of last year, there is a clear decline in the number of Americans that even believe that Obama is a Christian.
“A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined. More than a year and a half into his presidency, a plurality of the public says they do not know what religion Obama follows.
Beliefs about Obama’s religion are closely linked to political judgments about him. Those who say he is a Muslim overwhelmingly disapprove of his job performance, while a majority of those who think he is a Christian approve of the job Obama is doing. Those who are unsure about Obama’s religion are about evenly divided in their views of his performance.” source: Pew Research Center
There are those who suggest that some Americans are blinded by their dislike of the president’s politics, and that this leads to a distrust of his claims in matters of faith. For anyone that has been paying attention to what the president says and does, there is a quite a bit more to the story than just petty politics.
Today at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Obama used the opportunity to defend his religious beliefs and to acknowledge those who have questions about his faith.
In his speech, he recounted working with churches in Chicago in his days as a community organizer and how he “came to know Jesus Christ for myself and embrace him as my lord and savior.”
The president reflected on the difficulties that he and the first lady have suffered as leaders of this great nation, and the doubts that they have faced regarding their personal religious beliefs. “My Christian faith then has been a sustaining force for me over these last few years, all the more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time…We are reminded that, ultimately, what matters is not what other people say about us, but whether we’re being true to our conscience and true to our God.”
For those who would question the President he advised, “Surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith, or for that matter, my citizenship.”
He also stressed that in today’s “bitterly polarized” politics, “it’s useful to go back to scripture to remind ourselves that none of us has all the answers.” source: Yahoo! News
What is it about our current president that keeps people guessing as to what he is really about? Is it the fact that to this day, we still know so little about him and about his past? Is it the countless outreaches to and praises for the Muslim community while simultaneously snubbing Christians and declaring that America is no longer a Christian nation?
It is important to point out that it is not only Christian Americans that question this president and to whom his true allegiances belong. A 2009 poll of Israelis showed that 39% believe Obama to be a Muslim. On the flip side, there are Muslims who refuse to say that Obama is not a Muslim as displayed in the commentary entitled, “My Muslim President Obama, Why members of the Islamic faith see him as one of the flock.”
Whatever the reasons for questioning Barack Obama’s faith, everyone most certainly has the right to do so. This is still America, isn’t it? Coming from a Christian perspective, we can look to the word of God for the answers, and for direct instruction by our Lord and Saviour on how to know if we are looking at a true follower of Christ. Jesus gives a stern warning in Matthew 7:15-20 which ends with, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” We must ask ourselves, what fruits do we see Obama producing not only in our nation, but throughout the world?
Of course, we know that Jesus Christ is the ultimate judge of who truly belongs to Him, and many of us pray that Obama would be one counted among them. It is a healthy thing for Christians to seek wisdom and discernment when assessing those who profess to be fellow believers in Jesus, and we are in fact commanded to do so by Christ’s own words. Far be it from anyone to judge Christians in “personal matters of faith between them and their God,” right?
Let’s pray that our President is genuine in describing a focus of his daily prayer: “When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people. And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins and look after my family and the American people and make me an instrument of His will.”
Lord knows, this nation needs a president who is on his knees every day, submitting himself to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and believing on the remission of sins through the blood of His only begotten son, Jesus Christ. America desperately needs a president who waits on God and looks for His direction and His will. Hear our prayers Lord and may it be so.
Click here to read more about Obama’s faith as revealed by his own words and actions.