Professor John Fea of Messiah College, a conservative Christian college has written that he believes President Obama may be the most explicitly Christian President in history. Writing at Patheos, Fea says:
Obama may be the most explicitly Christian president in American history. If we analyze his language in the same way that historians examine the religious language of the Founding Fathers or even George W. Bush, we will find that Obama’s piety, use of the Bible, and references to Christian faith and theology put most other American presidents to shame on this front. I think there may be good reasons why some people will not vote for Obama in November, but his commitment to Christianity is not one of them.
Not all evangelicals like the way Obama has talked about how his Christian faith connects with his politics. But such disagreements are too often based more on politics than Christian faith. For example, Jesus said nothing about universal health care or the role of government in the lives of citizens. Jesus did, however, say that we should care for the “least of these” and to “render, therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” Christians can disagree on how to care for the “least of these” or how to “render under Caesar,” but they should be united in the commitment to work toward the fulfillment of these commandments.