Q&A: Barack Obama

CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Interviewed By Sarah Palliam and Ted Olsen

You’ve talked about your experience walking down the aisle at Trinity United Church of Christ, and kneeling beneath the cross, having your sins redeemed, and submitting to God’s will. Would you describe that as a conversion? Do you consider yourself born again?

I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life.

But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful.

I didn’t ‘fall out in church’ as they say, but there was a very strong awakening in me of the importance of these issues in my life. I didn’t want to walk alone on this journey. Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals.

There is one thing that I want to mention that I think is important. Part of what we’ve been seeing during the course this campaign is some scurrilous e-mails that have been sent out, denying my faith, talking about me being a Muslim, suggesting that I got sworn in the U.S. Senate with a Quran in my hand or that I don’t pledge allegiance to the flag. I think it’s really important for your readers to know that I have been a member of the same church for almost 20 years, and I have never practiced Islam. I am respectful of the religion, but it’s not my own.

One of the things that’s very important in this day and age is that we don’t use religion as a political tool and certainly that we don’t lie about religion as a way to score political points. I just thought it was important to get that in there to dispel rumors that have been over the Internet. We’ve done so repeatedly, but obviously it’s a political tactic of somebody to try to provide this misinformation.

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4 thoughts on “Q&A: Barack Obama

  1. it’s important to note that while Mr Obama endeavours to make decisions through the filters of conscience and prayers, he states: “I am respectful of the religion [of Islam].” It is so important for our Muslim friends to know that the to-be president and that we Christians are respectful of our Muslim friends and not against them per se 🙂

  2. “I am respectful of the religion, but it’s not my own.”

    Something that struck me was that he was willing to speak his convictions respectfully, yet truthfully. Instead of trying to score “religious” points, he spoke simply, though that might cost him votes from the Muslim population.

    Haha… gosh, I really hope that he does become the next president… 😛

  3. Personally I find Obama an authentic person. Judging from his speeches, debates and interviews. He has been more consistent than McCain.

    I believe it is his ability to communicate effectively his position and values that has given him an edge over his counterpart.

    Singapore also needs a leader like him. One that will inspire and lead, and not “just follow law”. Likewise for the Church of Jesus Christ.

    Sorry pardon my random ramblings =p

  4. thanks for this link. really helps clarify things. but as a public Christian, esp one who is a leader of USA, your life and every move tends to be scutinised. with great power comes greater responsibility.

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