Has Obama’s faith developed while in the Oval Office?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

History has shown the pressures of the White House can change a president -- but does that include transforming his faith?

For more than two decades, Barack Hussein Obama sat under the "black liberation theology" teachings of Jeremiah Wright, one-time pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Some observers now believe Obama publicly describes his faith as that of a "more abstract, social gospel, old-line Protestant-oriented" evangelical.

Florida-based pastor Joel Hunter, one of the president's faith advisers since he has been in office, states in a CNN report: "There is a deepening development in his relationship with God. He chooses to stay faithful in daily habits of study and prayer and consistent times of interchange with spiritual leaders. I am not sure he did that before he came to the presidency."

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103112Mark Tooley with the Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD) discusses how Obama's time as president may have affected his faith.

"It seems not implausible that anyone in that office with that kind of level of responsibility is often inclined to become on some level more religiously devout and [to] look to some higher power for guidance and reassurance, so I don't find it implausible that his faith has deepened on some level," Tooley says.

That raises a question though of how the president can justify his firm stance on abortion and homosexual "marriage," especially since his faith counselors have been largely evangelical.

Tooley, Mark (IRD)"Perhaps the political stakes are just too high for him to even consider reevaluating his already established position, but perhaps it's just easier for him to keep his faith basically private and confined to his own devotional life and not to give it a wider application," suggests the IRD president.

Tooley emphasizes one can only speculate why Obama has not applied it to such public policy issues, when scripture is clear. There are those in America who have seen Obama as a Muslim, as evidenced by a 2010 Pew Research poll.

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