Saturday, January 30, 2010

Keeping Faith in the White House

Whether you're a supporter of our President or not, it's clear from scripture that we need to be praying for him if we call ourselves Christians. It's worth remembering, too, that Barack Obama is himself a Christian. Read his own words:

I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn't 'fall out in church' as they say, but there was a very strong awakening in me of the importance of these issues in my life. I didn't want to walk alone on this journey. Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals. (Christianity Today, 1/23/08)

I read an article tonight I thought was really interesting. It talks about the challenge that Obama faces in finding a church to call home and how he keeps his faith alive during what has to be an amazingly difficult and busy life. Check it out, and let's remember to pray for our brother.


Mike said...

Thanks for this, Matt.

Kabul Kid said...

Matt...Dan Smock here from Grace College once upon a time. Thanks for posting the link to the Obama interview. Nicely done, sir. And his struggle to keep the faith in the middle of being in office. As a huge fan of whenever I get those wacky emails, it's good to see someone doing some due diligence on these kinds of things. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to support the strident voices in the media with any kind of Biblical backing, when everything I read in the Bible in regard to politics says, "pray for them, pay your taxes, love everyone." Appreciate the voice of reason.

Matt Nightingale said...

Thanks for the kind words, Mike & Dan... I am saddened by the lack of civility in the public discourse. On both sides, there is a terrible tendency to demonize and caricature opponents. You're either a commie liberal or a gun-toting fundy. How about those of us who see life in shades of gray rather than black and white? It's never as simple as the political ideologues would like us to think it is.

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