At yesterday's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, attendees heard a contrast in messages - one from the president ... and one from a NASCAR legend.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip gave the keynote address at the gathering and talked about a life-changing experience following a horrible crash on the track.
"What if I had lost my life that day at Daytona, what would have I done? Would I have gone to heaven – or would I have gone to hell?" he said. "I thought I was a pretty good guy, but folks let me tell you something: good guys to go hell."
Waltrip went on to tell how he later prayed with his pastor and wife.
"I got down off my high horse, I got down on my knees," said the well-known racer. "And Dr. Cortez Cooper and Stevie and I prayed that the Lord would come into my life and forgive me of my sings and be my Lord and Savior. And that was the greatest day of my life."
Meanwhile, President Obama followed that by comparing radical Islamic terrorists to Christians who supported the Crusades and the Inquisition.
"And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," he stated. "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.
"So it is not unique to one group or one religion," he added. "There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith."
The president went on to suggest that basic humility is one of the first things that can be done to counteract intolerance.
"I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt -- not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn't speak to others," said the chief executive. "That God only cares about us and doesn't care about others. That somehow we alone are in possession of the truth."
In his remarks, the president did single out the Islamic State group, referring to the terrorists as a "death cult."