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
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
Mark 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.
"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
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.