Friday, August 27, 2010

Obama's Faith Defenders

Not surprisingly, the president's Christian loyalists have rallied to his defense. In an open letter bizarrely entitled, Faith is Not a Political Issue", several ministerial leaders offer a resounding affirmation of Mr. Obama's Christian convictions. Questioning a political leader's faith conviction is not a topic of public discourse, they say. I beg your pardon? This isn't China - it's the United States. The history of political jousting for higher office in the US is immersed in questions of religious fitness, Christian critique, jibes, controversy, and certainly innuendo - from the Quaker abolitionists to the Mormons of Utah to the Irish Roman Catholics. It might help to put down a theology book and pick up a history book.

And I hate to break it to you guys, but in a free-speech zone, as yet exists in the USA, Mr. Obama's faith and his allegiance to that Faith remain a topic of concern to the electorate.

But look, the real issue is that very little the president's said or done in executive office sounds or looks uniquely Christian to anyone. And tellingly, nothing in this letter defends his faith, either. And I dare say that if the president had been in the habit of performing overtly Christian acts, his deeds would have surely been enumerated. The list reads like a Who's Who of Progressive and hard-Left social justice Christians, AME's, UCC's, PCUSAs, and the occasional gay-ish "community" church leaders who are all "deeply troubled" about the political discourse surrounding Obama's faith, but apparently expressed no opinion about the Christian president's continual absence from their pews, nor was there a line in the letter prodding Michelle, at least perhaps, to bring the girls to church.

Hey, we who are the so-called conservative believers were just asking. And we still are. Even non-believers send their kids to church. Show us a devoutly Christian gesture that engenders confidence in your Christianity Mr. President. We live in a land steeped in the Judeo-Christian tradition. We Americans know a Christian act when we see one. So, come now, throw us a bone. We are waiting.

Ah, Reverend T.D. Jakes, I have always liked you, but even the good ones can slip up I suppose.


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