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Obama is the most explicitly Christian President

Obama is the most explicitly Christian President

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.


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I believe Franklin Graham’s Christianity explicitly rejects “fruits”. *


JC Fisher

* Although I hear he believes in changing fruits into vegetables.

Josh Magda

Who is going to call Graham’s Christianity into question?

By their fruits you will know them.

David Allen

This is very interesting and completely flies in the face of the recent interview of Franklin Graham on MSNBC where he expresses doubt that President Obama is a Christian and states he is not sure if in reality the president is actually a Muslim.

Franklin Graham Calls Obama’s Religious Beliefs Into Question

Josh Magda

Yeah, I am tired of hearing how authentic, love and justice oriented Christianity stacks up against fundamentalism. At some point, people in the Jesus wing of the Christian tradition ceded the mantle of legitimacy to fundamentalists, and we need to ditch the habit. Every Christian (and every person) is our brother and sister, but that does not mean that we are all on the same spiritual playing field. The faith and witness of a Desmond Tutu, Bishop Robinson, or Joan Chittister is light years ahead of the Tim Lahayes, Rick Warrens, and Santorums of the world, and we need to not be shy about defending orthopraxy in a world where billions of people need our witness.

Leslie Scoopmire

I am not so sure about this– Jimmy Carter was certainly not just a person who talked but who walked and lived his faith, in the broadest sense of the word, and he was ridiculed for it at every turn.

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