The Faith of Barack Obama

Just over a week ago, Scot McKnight pointed out a very intriguing article over at CNN by reporter Dan Gilgoff. The article looks at the faith of Barack Obama, specifically noting some of his words from the National Prayer Breakfast from Thursday, 3 February.

The article begins with these words:

President Barack Obama gave an unusually personal speech about his religious faith on Thursday, saying that “it is the biblical injunction to serve the least of these that keeps me going and keeps me from being overwhelmed,” in address to a prayer breakfast in Washington.

The speech, delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast, comes on the heels of public opinion surveys that show only a minority of Americans know that Obama is a Christian and that a growing number believe he’s a Muslim.

“My Christian faith has been sustaining for me over the last couple of years and even more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time,” the president said Thursday, referring to his wife. “We are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but that we are true to our conscience and true to our God.”

“When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, I ask him to give me the strength to do right by our country and our people,” Obama said later. “And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord and I ask him to forgive me my sins and to look after my family and to make me an instrument of the Lord.”

Quite interesting to read and ponder. You can read the rest of the article from CNN here, as well as see the interaction of commenters at Scot McKnight’s blog.

Below is a video with some of Obama’s words at the National Prayer Breakfast.

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