Pastors affirm Obama’s Christianity, denounce ‘misrepresentations’
Over 70 pastors signed recently a letter to affirm that President Barack Obama is a Christian. The letter also urged public officials, religious leaders and media to ignore remarks that distort Obama’s “unwavering” Christianity.
The letter, which was sent out by the Eleison Group included signatories such as Joel Hunter, TD Jakes and David Gushee among others. Many of the signatories said they had prayed and worshiped with Obama, CBN News said.
The letter also said that the signatories come from diverse ideological and political backgrounds and noted, “As Christian pastors and leaders we believe that fellow Christians need to be an encouragement to those who call Christ their savior, not question the veracity of their faith,” CBN News said.
Last week a poll showed that 18 percent of Americans think Obama is Muslim, compared to 11 percent last year. Another poll showed 34 percent of Americans say Obama is Christian, down from 48 percent the year before, The Hill said.
Obama’s job approval rating among Protestant Christians has gone down from last year at 43 percent, making them the group that approves of Obama the least, except for the Mormons, The Hill said.
Leith Anderson, president of NAE cited Romans 10:9 which is about a confession of faith in Jesus and concluded, “I’ve never heard President Obama describe himself as anything other than a Christian. He should know better than anyone else,” CBN News said.
The signatories to the letter represented some seven Protestant denominations among other religious groups. In the letter, they said “the personal faith of our leaders should not be up for debate,” The Hill said.
In Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope, Obama said his biological father was an atheist and his mother, agnostic. His stepfather was a “nominal Muslim,” and he was not raised in a religious home, although his mother’s parents (who raised him to a large degree) were Baptist and Methodist. In his 20s Obama embraced Christianity and joined the church of Jeremiah Wright, the Huffington Post said.
According to the Huffington Post, “It’s irrelevant whether Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim — as long as he governs like he’s neither.”