A new poll shows a majority Americans are in the dark about President Obama’s religion. Only one person in three knows Obama is a Christian, while nearly one in five think he’s a Muslim. His advisers should tell the President to attend church more often. He has attended St John’s Episcopal Church across Lafayette Square from the White three times, and there is a chapel at Camp David. His staff should alert the press when he is headed to church.
The President always describes himself as a Christian and says he prays every day. During the 2008 campaign the President said he had been attending the same Christian church for almost 20 years, and he was sworn into office using the family Bible. During his Senate campaign he said:
I am a Christian. I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there’s an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived.
Also during the campaign he regularly attended church services. It would help the President if there was a photo of him at church every Sunday. The White House Press Secretary says he does not go to church more often because the security requirements are “too difficult” for any DC church.
It is not known if he is a committed Christian, and he was not baptized. Christian critics of the President say he doesn’t lead a faith-filled life. They also maintain that his presence in the pews at Wright’s church “does not persuade us of his faith, since that church is more of a political and social venue than a source of spiritual enlightenment. Rev. Wright often preached hatred rather than the Gospel of Christ. Membership in south Chicago’s Trinity United Church was a means to network for Obama.” Andrea Kent told me:
Real religious faith demands a submission of the spirit that Obama isn’t yet ready to offer. He is intensely narcissistic, which is not the position of a Christian or a Muslim. He may give some acknowledgment to the wisdom of Islam and Christianity, but deep-down, his faith is in himself. He doesn’t appear to worry that his security requirements will be too difficult and inconvenient when he wants to fly his wife to New York to take in a Broadway show, when they have a date night at a local restaurant, when he goes to a party, when he goes out for pizza in Arlington. But church? That’s too difficult. He has plenty of time for endless vacations and rounds of golf, for dinners and concerts, but none for a church that is virtually across the street from the White House.
Christians are supposed to worship as a group. We lift each other up, help guide and inspire each other, keep each other strong, give each other new insights, extend compassion and forgiveness. It’s true we can feel close to the Lord while contemplating the beauty of the sea or mountains, but for ongoing spiritual progress we need the help and guidance of others who are wiser than we are.
I don’t hate Obama, and I don’t think he’s a practicing Muslim either. But Dr. Charles Krauthammer and other psychiatrists think he’s intensely narcissistic, and that pathology is not consistent with religious faith.