Obama: ‘I’m A Christian By Choice’

I’m a Christian by choice. My family, frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week. My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew but she didn’t raise me in the church, so I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.

Being my brothers and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me, and I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we’re sinful and we’re flawed and we make mistakes and we achieve salvation through the grace of God.

But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That’s what I strive to do, that’s what I pray to do every day.

Comments

  1. Steve Collins says

    I believe he’s an atheist and became a christian ‘by choice’ when he decided to run for public office. Such a shame that belief in ‘god’ is so essential in order to succeed in US politics. Christianity (as well as Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Scientology etc etc) are clearly absurd and irrational beliefs. Why can’t that be stated openly in the US?

  2. jakeinlove says

    I’m so sick of people pulling out the ‘christian’ or ‘religious’ card whenever it’s convenient. Only to turn around and be the biggest hypocrite to any theological dogma.

    Worry about someone elses morality when you got yours in check. Translation: About 99 percent of humans need to keep their mouth shut.

  3. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    “…is worse than practicing no faith at all. ”

    No, reality and polls all show the opposite. Atheists r considered the worse most evil beings by all faiths/fairytales

    Ironically a recent poll showed that atheists and agnostics know more about religion than the believers of each fairytale

    Atheists and agnostics ranked most knowledgeable on religions

    Jews came in next in understanding their own faith and having knowledge of other faiths

    Catholics ranked the lowest as far as knowledge of their own faith and other faiths

  4. Tone says

    Yes, religion or lack of it is a choice, whether you play golf or not is a choice, what color top you wear with those nifty red sneakers is a choice. Sexual orientation, not a choice, but that’s what we get hammered for.

  5. Javier says

    What is wrong with discussing religion? There is nothing wrong with discussing one’s faith, or lack thereof. Since one’s relationship with God is the most important thing to a huge percentage of people, why can’t people discuss it openly when they want? Religious discussion is part of free speech.

  6. Veritas, Right? says

    What Steve Collins said. The required pretense of religious faith to run for public office is why first rate honest intelligent people won’t even get in the race.

  7. DireFates says

    “I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings…”

    There is nothing humble about running for public office and especially not for president of the US. The whole campaign process is one of hubris and self-aggrandizement. It only gets worse when they take office and exercise power.

  8. TANK says

    Atheists, on average, are more educated than believers. There are exceptions, of course, but that’s what they are: exceptions. They’re the least likely, compared to any of the other mainstream religions in the united states, to divorce.

    “Out of convicted rapists, 57% admitted to reading
    pornography. 95% admitted to reading the Bible.”

    The reichwing whackos are going to have a field day with this.

  9. David Groff says

    I think he spoke with a lot of insight and understanding that suggests he came to Christianity authentically and thoughtfully. You can see that in how he uses the word “grace.”

  10. Will says

    New Mexico is not a Republican leaning state. Democrats out-number Republicans 2 to 1 there. The problem is that so many of them vote for the Green Party, it’s qualified for major party status there and it splits the Democratic vote, so we end up with Republicans in office.

  11. DireFates says

    >> You can see that in how he uses the word “grace.”

    DG, it’s how he uses the word grace that bothers me.

    “what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That’s what I strive to do, that’s what I pray to do every day.”

    So often I’ve seen, the concept “help” turns into “help them whether they want it or not” and “help them whether they need it or not”. Christian “help” becomes Christian oppression.

    I will say this: as a person of color, if he had NOT been a Christian (real or not), he would not have been elected into office.

    I will also say this: if people believe he is Muslim, then the day may soon come with people of other faiths (or no faith) can win the highest office.

  12. Gast says

    Andy you’re so naive. The President is obviously secular and is sympathetic of muslims just like you are. This is politics. Oh and this is supposed to be a gay blog too.

  13. David says

    It is sad to see atheists here parroting homophobes.

    “About 99 percent of humans need to keep their mouth shut. ”

    But since atheism is simply yet another prejudice, not surprising. Homophobes only hate 10% of humanity, but atheists hate 99%.

    Atheism is just another way of oppressing and marginalizing everyone who has experienced something you don’t.

  14. David says

    “Ironically a recent poll showed that atheists and agnostics know more about religion than the believers of each fairytale”

    Ironically, that poll was superficial. I scored 100% on the online version, by the way, and from what can be deduced of the missing questions, would have had a perfect score on the full test.

    Athiests, as a rule, only know about the most visible elements of any faith, and on the more nuanced issues – like transubstantiation, their scores were below average.

  15. TANK says

    Well, considering that atheism has no prescriptive or normative input whatsoever and is a description of reality, that would imply that you don’t know what atheism is, david. Now how many times do you read about atheist’s going up to christianists and telling them that they worship the devil?

    You’re just another ignorant religious tool, in fact. It’s the bullshit factor, though…it’s rampant…everyone’s a fuckin’ expert, and nobody knows a goddamn thing. Count yourself average.

  16. TANK says

    “Athiests, as a rule, only know about the most visible elements of any faith, and on the more nuanced issues – like transubstantiation, their scores were below average.”

    LOL! Learn how to spell it, at least. As a rule? You know nothing, but given your religious beliefs, I’m confident that your ignorance of basic concepts is not troubling to you.

  17. Al says

    “What is wrong with discussing religion?”

    Because we have a little thing called “Separation of Church and State”. The President is not suppose to be preaching religion. It should never come into the equation.

    The country would be much better off run by Atheists.

  18. Al says

    “Atheism is just another way of oppressing and marginalizing everyone who has experienced something you don’t.”

    No. Atheism is based on scientific fact. Believing in some make believe sky fairy, is a sign of mental illness. Seek treatment.

  19. BradK says

    @Al: “Believing in some make believe sky fairy, is a sign of mental illness”

    Yes and no. When you talk to God you are called “pious”, but if He talks back you are called “schizophrenic”.

    Or, when you are a Republican and you profess your Christianity you are called “fascist”, but if you are a Democrat you are called “messiah”.

  20. elg says

    “Atheism is just another way of oppressing and marginalizing everyone who has experienced something you don’t.”

    The above statement is totally wrong. Atheists and agnostics have NEVER waged war on others to get them to believe what they believe.

    On the other hand, “Christians” (and Muslims) have killed many others over the centuries, i.e., the crusades/inquisition, etc., to get them to believe as they believe.

  21. says

    Of course that woman was a plant. This is something that Obama desperately wanted to say. Do you really think some random wing-nut got into a carefully scripted “back yard” event with only a handful of people? And you want to get all snarky about it as if suggesting such a thing makes you a tin foil loving conspiracy theorist? Talk about naive. Obama could never say something with so much Christian code talk without having memorized it, or by reading it from his teleprompter. Obama does not do extemporaneous.

  22. wimsy says

    “There is nothing wrong with discussing one’s faith, or lack thereof.”

    Lack thereof? You’re showing your bias. How about “There’s nothing wrong with believing in imaginary deities, or being a realist.”

  23. wimsy says

    It’s interesting that most Catholics don’t realize that they are expected to believe that the bread-and-wine are really the body and blood of their savior. They literally eat their god’s flesh and drink his blood. Ewwwwww!

  24. Tom in long beach says

    Only God (contingent on his/her existence) and Obama know what Obama really believe about God. I do think it is sad that only heterosexually married and “Christian” men can get elected in this country. I also think he altered his stance on marriage equality to the hair splitting one it currently is because he knew he would never be elected being in favor of full equality. Like him I think many of the social teachings of Christ are very good. Too bad most of his “followers” obsess over gay and reproductive choice issues.

  25. JerryZ says

    I was (again) terribly disappointed by Obama’s response to the question of his religion. If he is as intelligent as we are told then he is a hypocrite (liar), and if he truly believes that someone died for his sins then he is not all that intelligent. What he is is a politician, but not a very good one.

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