I don’t remember how I was told, nor who remarked this statement to me. But, not so long ago, someone told me that President Obama actually said that our nation of America is no longer a Christian nation.
…Hmm, I thought to myself, “Man, that is a very bold, direct, and clear statement. Did our President really say this, and if he did, how could I, as a Christian, not recognize this and supported him in his campaign?” I, now a more aware more mature adult am finally recognizing that my actions in life really does affect others, and the world. I realize that my opinions, my vote, and my desires impacts everything around me. So… I decided to search it out, to see what he said and how he said it. This is what President Obama said in a speech:
Obama, June 28, 2006 (as delivered): Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.
Now, taking the time that my mind needs to fully ponder on this statement which was made, which is taken out of a larger context of the speech in which he was giving. I have come to the conclusion that President Obama was not wrong in what he said, and the statement he made shouldn’t have to had been said at all. He was just pointing out the obvious and signifying it, as a Havard law student would. Even though, I feel he could have said it better and have gotten his point across, so that God was given glory and he boldly make it clear of God’s position in the nation of America — especially as he being our President and all. It would be as like, if a pastor said, “All of the people who attend our Sunday services have not received salvation, and do not follow God’s law.” We know that this is true; some have made the decision to follow God, and some haven’t.” The pastor is not saying that his church doesn’t preach salvation, he is just stating the obvious… I know everyone has their own opinion on this.
I do feel that there is a right way in which to say things, and I do feel that in this case, President Obama didn’t say the right thing, even though I feel he wasn’t wrong in what he said.
I truly believe that President Obama’s faith in the God of the Holy Bible, should not be in question. All anyone can do is look at what a person says, and what they do, in getting an understanding of where their faith lies. I don’t know if the President attends a weekly church service, but I do know he has had a church home, and that he has openly declared his faith without withdraw. And in at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, last month, he clearly spoke on his faith in God. He spoke on how he continually prays for humility, on how God answered the prayer early on in his life by marrying the First Lady, and lightheartedly said that he prayed that the hem on his daughter Malia’s dress would grow longer as he watched her head off to her first dance.
I say if Americans really wanted to put God at the forefront in our nation, then God would already be there. We all have to do our part, be accountable, and take responsibility for the state our nation is in (even if it’s not our fault), just so we can make sure our nation will always be a Christian nation.
I will not discuss anything else about our President’s faith… his actions, yeah. But, not his faith. Just like Michael Jackson said, THIS IS IT.