Is President Obama a Christian, and Does It Matter?

Aug 10, 2015

By Herb Silverman

My answer about whether President Obama is a Christian would be the same as that of Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker: “I don’t know.” That’s also the answer I’d give about whether Scott Walker is a Christian. But Walker’s uncertainty about Obama is different from mine.

Walker said he wasn’t sure because he hadn’t talked to Obama about whether he is a follower of Christ. Since Walker is unconvinced by Obama saying he’s a Christian, I wonder what it would take to convince Walker.

Here are some Christian biblical recommendations that Walker would surely not require of a Christian Obama:
Acts 2:44 Let all be divided, each according to his need.
Matthew 19:21 To be perfect, sell your possessions and give it to the poor.
Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
Acts 2:44: All the believers were united and shared everything with one another.
Matthew 5:42 When someone asks you for something, give it to him. When someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him.

Christians who call President Obama a socialist apparently don’t view Jesus as a socialist. But even an acknowledged socialist like Bernie Sanders isn’t as socialistic as Jesus.


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15 comments on “Is President Obama a Christian, and Does It Matter?

  • It would be strange of Obama to come out Christian with two secular parents and a Muslim community.
    You need to profess Christianity to be a politician. Further his wife would likely be Christian, and she would pull him in. So he will nominally be Christian, but inside his head is probably secular. His specialty, constitutional law is a secular profession. It is the exact opposite of Christian thinking.



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  • His specialty, constitutional law is a secular profession. It is the exact opposite of Christian thinking.

    Hmmmm… I wonder whether anybody has ever bothered to tell that to Justice Scalia.



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  • So he will nominally be Christian, but inside his head is probably secular.

    I agree. It is clear that he believes strongly in the separation of church and state, but I think it is very likely that the American public eventually will learn of his (and his wife’s) long-standing (and likely growing) “doubt” (some form of agnosticism, but short of atheism?), despite his obligatory public displays of “faith” up to and including his presidency.



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  • The American Taliban is the most dangerous threat to the free world. They would have the United Theocracy of America in the blink of an eye. To hold a position on religion, any religion, in the absence of a skerrick of evidence, and probably, contrary to available evidence, and then try to impose (by force if necessary) that view on every citizen of the USA, and then every citizen of rest of the world if you could, is something to truly fear.



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  • The American Taliban is the most dangerous threat to the free world.
    They would have the United Theocracy of America in the blink of an
    eye.

    How likely is it that the necessary conditions for that would occur?

    They are a fringe group, certainly worthy of concern and scrutiny, but I don’t know about fear.



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  • How likely is it that the necessary conditions for that would occur?

    Unlikely. True.

    But my comment was more about what they would like, whether or not it is possible. Their objective for a world mirrored on what they see every morning in the mirror. But sadly, even though they will “Probably” never achieve their goal of world religious domination, they are bad for the USA.

    Holding a gun to US foreign policies’ head over Israel and overseas aid to Africa. The myriad appalling stories reported on this web site about actions of the American Taliban in schools, local, state and federal governments, gay rights, abortion, abuse of science etc (etc to a large Nth degree) trying to impose their god on everyone else.

    We have them in Australia, but they’re considered nutters with almost no power. Occasionally, one will get into parliament when they suck up to a mega church in their electorate to swing the sheeples’ vote.



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  • Obama’s biographical description of his being raised in a “non religious family”, yet seeing the fear of the end in his agnostic mother’s eyes – along with his acceptance of the American impulse toward religion – speaks to his personal convictions – and the caveat of his high office.



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  • Is Obama a Christian? Isn’t Obama a Christian? So what if he is, so what if he isn’t. I think it is outright stupidity that in a supposedly democratic country people (or at least some kind of people) can ask this type of question.



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  • So @Odalrich, from that can we assume you think it doesn’t matter?

    If so, is it that it actually doesn’t matter (it’s inconsequential), or is it that it does matter (has consequences) but it shouldn’t matter?

    What “kind of people” are asking this question? Are they all “stupid”?



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  • Obama is (almost certainly) not christian, or anything for that matter; and that is the central problem. In Australia, an openly atheist woman (who might also be lesbian) was able to take highest office; yet that is not yet possible in a nation that has the power to lead the world. America can’t seem to reconcile ideals with reality – the very ability that made it great in the first place.



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  • I don’t think there’s a cat in hell’s chance Obama is religious in the slightest degree. I think he’s far too intelligent to believe in invisible sky pixies. I also think he was intelligent enough to know he had to profess religious belief to stand any chance of getting elected hence the content of his autobiographies. I doubt if more than 50% of American congressmen are religious either (probably much less) which of course means a similar percentage are liars. Even Barney Frank could come out as gay before he could come out as atheist in American politics.

    The correlation between high IQ, high level education and lack of religious belief is well known. Politicians are primarily university educated lawyers. Statistically only a small proportion of them should have any woo left in them at all. Obviously the statistics are rather different in the weird and (not so) wonderful USA than in “normal” western democracies, especially amongst Republicans, but even so it’s likely that half or more of the Republicans who bang on about Jebus don’t believe a word of their own nonsense. They just have to pander to their poorly educated and superstitious electorate. It’s a desperately sad state of affairs.

    I would like to see every American politician be forced to take a lie detector test about their professed religious belief. I bet the needle would be going off scale for most of them.

    And if this bloody pop-up which keeps trying to get me to pay to join every time I sign in and every time I change page doesn’t go away then I will be! It’s intrusive, annoying and greedy. I come here to enjoy the conversation not have a hard sell rammed down my throat every damn day.



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  • I doubt if more than 50% of American congressmen are religious either (probably much less) which of course means a similar percentage are liars.

    100% of congresspersons are liars, just like the rest of the human population. (And that might be an under-estimate.)



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