There. I said it. A simple declarative sentence.
He says he is.
He speaks of "accepting Christ."
He gives a credible testimony.
If he strolled, incognito, down the aisle of almost any Southern Baptist Church with such a testimony, he would be heartily welcomed into the fellowship, especially if he had on an expensive suit and shoes.
Prior to the 2008 election He provided a pretty religiously stark contrast with John McCain who plainly declared he (McCain) had not been born again. So, did we evangelicals vote for the Christian candidate witha record of monogamy and fidelity, rather than the non-born again candidate with the record of adultery and infidelity? Nope.
Ah, but the public is wondering. There is confusion over Obama's religion.
When this topic is raised among my friends the conversation quickly slides to certain political behaviors of the president, as if those abrogate his clear declaration of faith in Christ.
Nope. Sorry. You can be a Christian and support abortion (I've had people in my church, the ones who weren't afraid to tell me, so confess their support of some abortion).
You can be a Christian and run up the deficit. Bush certainly did it.
Dare I sarcastically declare, wonder of wonders, that one can be a Christian and even be a Democrat.? Sure.
No, he didn't come close to receiving my vote in 2008 and will not in 2012. Our politics are light years apart. But, best I can tell, he is a Christian brother of mine. He might not be comfortable in my church. I doubt I would be comfortable in his longtime church.
I am unwilling to recalibrate what it means to be a follower of Christ to suit anyone's political expedience.
Heck, on a bad Monday I sometimes question my own faith in a mild way.