Christianity Today Interview with Barak Obama

My favorite Magazine in the world, Christianity Today has a great online interview with Barak Obama.

Here is a taste...

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.

Click HERE to read the entire article.

CT put out a great list of issues we need to think about when electing our next leader. I've reprinted them below:

While the secular media handicaps the election as a horse race, asking whether Obama is black enough or Clinton is warm enough, we should press the candidates to answer questions such as these:

What is your plan for Iraq?

For the Middle East?

What would you do to stop the genocide in Darfur?

How would you expand religious freedom worldwide?

What would you do to reduce abortion and to protect innocent life in general?

How would you secure our borders against terrorists, reform our immigration laws, and permit more refugees to resettle here?

How would you promote equal economic opportunity for all while protecting the environment?


I found all of this over at Mondok's Blog, thanks Mondok!

Comments

Anonymous said…
I don't see how any person that calls themself a Christian can be for abortion..I just don't get it at all..makes me scratch my head in wonderment. And I don't see how a Christian can vote for anyone who is pro choice
Lesley said…
Carole,

Last night, I saw a commercial on TV for Barack Obama. He's talking about education and teachers, etc. Anyway, they mention a website - www.louisiana.barackobama.com . I haven't had a chance to sit still and look at it much yet but it might be something interesting that will help us (and other confused voters) decide who we want to vote for. It certainly can't hurt, thats for sure. I think the more research people do into who to vote for, the better off everyone will be!

Lesley :-)

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