It’s always encouraging to hear of a skeptic-turned-believer; especially when that person is a presidential candidate.
Kantor observes that Obama’s faith has “infused not only his life, but also his campaign.” Some instances, she notes: “he began his presidential announcement with the phrase ‘Giving all praise and honor to God,’ [he] often talks about biblical underdogs, the mutual interests of religious and secular America, and the centrality of faith in public life, [he] talks of faith as a moral force essential for solving America’s vexing problems…[and] ”he has said he shares core Christian beliefs in God and in Jesus as his resurrected son…” Ms. Kantor continues,
Mr. Obama has written that when he became a Christian, “[I] felt God’s spirit beckoning” and “submitted myself to His will and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.”
All well and good. But then there’s this,
“[H]e admitted uncertainty about the afterlife, and what existed before the Big Bang….”
“He tends to emphasize the reasonableness of all people.”
And finally this,
“[H]e tells conservative Christians that he understands why abortion horrifies them and why they may prefer to curb H.I.V. through abstinence instead of condoms. (Emphasis added.)
Elsewhere, the junior senator of Illinois said, in reaction to the recent ruling to uphold the partial-birth abortion ban,
“I strongly disagree with today’s Supreme Court ruling, which dramatically departs from previous precedents safeguarding the health of pregnant women.”
While it’s always encouraging to hear of someone coming to faith, I’m not quite sure what to make of the faith that Barach Obama has come to.
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About Regis Nicoll
Regis Nicoll is a Centurion of The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. After a 30-year career as a nuclear specialist, Regis became a freelance writer who writes on current cultural issues from a Christian perspective. His work regularly appears on BreakPoint online and SALVO magazine among other places. Regis also teaches and speaks on a variety of worldview topics, covering everything from Sharing the Gospel in a Postmodern Generation to String Theory. As a men's ministry leader in his community, Regis also conducts seminars for the spiritual development of men.
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