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“Justification consists in the forgiveness of sins and the imputation of the righteousness of Christ” 

– John Calvin, Inst., 3.11.2


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Obama and Christianity

President Obama was in New Mexico yesterday, when a woman asked him, “”Why are you a Christian?” His response was lengthy so I will highlight a few passages of personal interest.

“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 that we achieve salvation through the grace of God.”

I find it encouraging that a Politician would speak so candidly about their faith, especially in this political climate. It seems people want to minimize the thought of sins and a Holy God. Though as a Calvinist, the term “achieve” would not be one I was use, but so far so good.

“But we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and that their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own.  And that’s part of what makes this country what it is.”

Here is where it gets fuzzy. I realize the President is a liberal, not only in politics but in faith. Though he did not state it, I would  venture to say President Obama might even believe in the idea of multiple pathways to God. I might be reading into this, but it did bring up a specific subject that is constantly coming up where I work: Moral relativism. For some reason in our culture, it’s taboo to claim absolutism when it comes to salvation. Relativism is the champion of the day. “That’s true for you but not for me”, even if these opposing views contradict each other.

President Obama had a wonderful opportunity to proclaim, not for him  only but for all, the exclusive claims of Jesus Christ..

“”I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” – John 14:6

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..or so this poll shows.

It’s not shocking that Americans don’t know some basics in religion, including their own. You are talking about a country who’s most popular preacher is Joel Osteen and the two fastest growing denominations are Roman Catholic and Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).

This survey isn’t shocking considering how church attendance is so low, around 40% attend 2-4 times a month, and even much less read the bible, in the case of Christianity, daily/weekly.

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