Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Faith Blog and Obama's Faith

HERE is an interview of Barack Obama regarding his faith conducted in 2004 by the Chicago Times columnist Cathleen Falsani. It's not that long and I know you'll want to read her questions as I've only sited some of his responses (below) which I know will resonate with my Christian readers...(Obama is in BOLD):

OBAMA: So, I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place,

I went to a Catholic school in a Muslim country.

So that, one of the churches I met, or one of the churches that I became involved in was Trinity United Church of Christ. And the pastor there, Jeremiah Wright, became a good friend. So I joined that church and committed myself to Christ in that church.OBAMA:

Well, my pastor [Jeremiah Wright] is certainly someone who I have an enormous amount of respect for.

I have a number of friends who are ministers. Reverend Meeks is a close friend and colleague of mine in the state Senate. Father Michael Pfleger is a dear friend, and somebody I interact with closely.

FALSANI: Those two will keep you on your toes.

OBAMA: And they're good friends.

I think there is an enormous danger on the part of public figures to rationalize or justify their actions by claiming God's mandate. ...And to that extent, I give the public a lot of credit. I'm always stuck by how much common sense the American people have. They get confused sometimes, watch FoxNews or listen to talk radio. That's dangerous sometimes. But generally, Americans are tolerant and I think recognize that faith is a personal thing, and they may feel very strongly about an issue like abortion or gay marriage, but if they discuss it with me as an elected official they will discuss it with me in those terms and not, say, as 'you call yourself a Christian.' I cannot recall that ever happening. (Z: From here on in, my computer would not print my words unless they were in red, which really got me curious, but after spending almost 20 minutes doing all I could not to have to resort to the red ink, that's what it is...sorry!)
FALSANI: Do you believe in heaven?

OBAMA: Do I believe in the harps and clouds and wings?

FALSANI: What is sin?

OBAMA: Being out of alignment with my values
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Z: I try to make my weekly Sunday Faith Blog uplifting but this interview was sent to me the other day and I felt I should share it today. I'd also like to share these verses:

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2: 6,7


"If you return to the Lord, then your brothers and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will come back to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him." 2 Chronicles 30:9

T
hese interview excerpts are published here only to reveal the president's thoughts on Christianity. Pray for our president. Pray for our country. Have a wonderful Sunday.

16 comments:

Z said...

Perhaps these good readers had a full post on their computer screen but when I saw my post which had auto-published at midnight, it was only half there...Who knows about COMPUTERS?
Anyway, here are the comments which were on my site before I had to fix this post: Thanks, everybody!

Always On Watch said...

Excellent find, Z!

You might be interested in reading my post about Obama's 2004 interview over at Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

I gave you a hat tip, of course.

August 22, 2010 4:09 AM
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Blogger Sue said...

Yes...more and more lately I have been convicted to pray for our leaders and our country. We cannot change the course of things by ourselves...at least not in the right way. He is STILL on the throne!

Have a blessed Sunday, Z!

August 22, 2010 4:26 AM
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Blogger Brooke said...

Thank you, Z! Have a good Sunday!

August 22, 2010 6:20 AM

Z said...

http://ibloga.blogspot.com/

That's the link to AOW's piece on the interview.

Opus #6 said...

To Obama, sin is a crime against Obama and Obama's values? Heh. Doofus tyrant.

Z said...

Opus, thanks for coming by...isn't that astonishing?
If it's against his values, it's sin!? Holy smoke! (pardon the expression!!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

And what a wonderful Christian he is, too! Who knew Christ was a Marxist, or would G-D America?

Pfffffttt

Walt

Anonymous said...

I can't see how Black liberation theology is Christian. It's a made up religion. Father Pfleger, his dear friend, used race in his sermon as a guest minister at The Holy Trinity Church to bash Hillary Clinton. How that man pandered to black people is shameful.

Jeremiah Wright is a racist as well.

What is Christian about pitting races against each other?

In Obama's interview, he sounds confused and conflicted. Yet, for him, when it comes to Islam, "the call to prayer, is the most beautiful sound in the world".

He may think of himself as a Christian because of his attendance at that church, but his formative years as a muslim, have an influence on him, and his beliefs.

I think he's one mixed up guy at best.

Pris

beakerkin said...

Being a vanilla Muslim is preferable to the garbage pushed by Pastor Wright. I am groaning at the Clintonesque spin doctors having Obama at Black Churches with a 20 lb
over sized Bible.

America has been mugged by the MSM and subjected to a bait and switch game with Obama. The more you know the worse he looks.

Z said...

Beak, thanks..and this isn't about my or any Christian demanding YOU become Christian, as you know..but about someone espousing Christianity and then so utterly redefining the tenets.
Yes, the more we know, the MUCH WORSE he looks.

Re Clinton: I'll never forget when the msm was railing Bush for Church/State stuff and how he shouldn't even be mentioned in churches, never speak in one, etc., and then, one Sunday morning, I put on CNN and there is a split screen with big crosses on the backs of the altars waiting for JOHN KERRY to speak at one and HILLARY CLINTON to speak at the other! Such unbelievable hypocrisy!

Always On Watch said...

Z,
You might want to take a look at this.

Brief excerpt:

So Obama will limit his golf outings to attend Sunday services, not to pray and worship, but to make political hay.

beakerkin said...

Z

I am used to being claimed or being described as everything. At various times I have been described as Coptic, Armenian, Asyrian, Zoroastrian and now Hindu by Muslims.

A genuine Christian is a site to behold. Unfortunately there are a few denominations that are infested with "liberation theology". They are exceptions to my positive views of those who follow Christ.

Black Liberation theology is just another form of Marxist racism and generic antisemitism 101.

Z said...

AOW: HERE is the REAL NEWS! WHo's Ms GUTHRIE?

"Co-host Savannah Guthrie attempted to end the segment by reminding viewers that the poll was taken before the President’s remarks on the Ground Zero mosque, implying that the numbers might even be worse now. But cohost and White House water boy Todd couldn’t let the segment close on a negative note so he interrupted to tell viewers “The President gets a daily Bible verse sent to his Blackberry. Every. Single. Day.”"

Bravo to HER...I watch CNN quite a lot, I've missed her!

as for Chuck Todd..WHAT A HACK!

Z said...

OOh, just realized Ms Guthrie's on MSNBC..well GOOD ON THEM for having an honest voice! WHO KNEW!

BEAK...I'll adopt you: you are now officially ARMENIAN..and glad to have you :-)

Z said...

I'm still laughing at Chuck Todd's remark...it just cracks you up, doesn't it?

he's trying SO HARD to protect his guy! What a 'journalist'!! :-)

EVERY SINGLE DAY. WOW, from the Black liberation theology advocate who's 27 years old and calls himself his mentor, OR Jeremiah Wright or Pfleger, do you know!!? ...not Billy Graham, trust me!

beakerkin said...

Z

Muslims have a hard time accepting a Jew who speaks up for Christians living in the Middle East. When one does so they assume he is a fake Jew.

As incredible as it seems my speaking out about the crimes committed against Armenians got me labeled an Armenian.

I don't mind all of these labels I guess that Jews who stick up for persecuted Christians and Hindus are not as common as Christian Zionists.

Z said...

I guess not, Beak.

Beth said...

Obama has been labeled "The Messiah" and as far as I know he has never asked that he NOT be referred to in that way. Anyone who is a real Christian would NEVER allow themselves be to characterized that way.