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Christian Leaders Sign Letter In Support of the President's Christian Faith


The Brody File has learned about a letter from Christian leaders who are calling for "public officials, faith leaders, and the media to offer no further support or airtime to those who misrepresent and call into question the President’s Christian faith."

The letter has been put together by the folks at the faith centered Eleison group.

TD Jakes, Joel Hunter, David Gushee are among the ones who have signed the letter.

The Brody File has the entire letter below.

As Christian leaders— whose primary responsibility is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with our congregations, our communities, and our world— we are deeply troubled by the recent questioning of President Obama’s faith. We understand that these are contentious times, but the personal faith of our leaders should not be up for public debate.

President Obama has been unwavering in confessing Christ as Lord and has spoken often about the importance of his Christian faith.  Many of the signees on this letter have prayed and worshipped with this President.  We believe that questioning, and especially misrepresenting, the faith of a confessing believer goes too far.

This is not a political issue. The signers of this letter come from different political and ideological backgrounds, but we are unified in our belief in Jesus Christ.  As Christian pastors and leaders, we believe that fellow Christians need to be an encouragement to those who call Christ their savior, not question the veracity of their faith.

Therefore, we urge public officials, faith leaders, and the media to offer no further support or airtime to those who misrepresent and call into question the President’s Christian faith.  And we join with the President in praying that God will continue to bless the United States of America.

For a complete list of who signed the list, click here.

The Brody File heard back from a couple of other prominent Evangelical leaders on the issue of President Obama's Faith.

Leith Anderson, president of the NAE:

"One of the verses I memorized at church when I was a child was Romans 10:9, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Ever since then I have been asking people if they believe in Jesus.

When someone says they are Atheist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Christian, I let them identify their own faith or lack of faith. Only God can see inside a human heart. We listen to human words.

I've never heard President Obama describe himself as anything other than a Christian. He should know better than anyone else.”

And a spokesman for Dr. Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church:

Dr. Warren has not made any comment, nor has he signed any group letters or statements.

The only identifiable reference would be his question to then-candidate Obama at the Saddleback Civil Forum in August 2008, when he asked "What does faith in Jesus Christ and Christianity mean to you on a daily basis?"

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Comments on this post

# RE: Christian Leaders Sign Letter In Support of the President's Christian Faith

Excellent article Dave, thanks for printing this article. And thanks also to the members of the Eleison group for attempting to put an end to all of the nonsense regarding President Obama's faith.
Left by joelang60 on Aug 26, 2010 6:19 PM

# RE: Christian Leaders Sign Letter In Support of the President's Christian Faith

joelang60,
Read Matthew 7:16. It's about the actions...
Left by make_a_stand! on Aug 27, 2010 5:15 PM

# RE: Christian Leaders Sign Letter In Support of the President's Christian Faith

make a stand yes it all about the actions anyone can confess to be a christian but your actions is what show you who you truly are and obama actions many times do not fit in biblical lines.
Left by truthonly on Aug 30, 2010 2:52 PM

# RE: Christian Leaders Sign Letter In Support of the President's Christian Faith

make_a_stand: what part of Matthew 7:16 is it you wish me to read? Further, what is it about President Obama that makes you question his religion? Aren't we all God's children whether we be christian, muslim, hindu etc? President Obama is the first president to attempt to view the Middle Eastern problems from the muslim point of view and I applaud him for that.
Left by joelang60 on Aug 30, 2010 6:43 PM

# RE: Christian Leaders Sign Letter In Support of the President's Christian Faith

truthonly and make-a-stand, Didn't the Almighty himself cut David one hell of a chunk of slack when he killed Uriah the Hittite and took his wife Bathsheba? that was murder one and yet the Almighty forgave David. Why? I haven't a clue unless the Almighty happened to like David. Further. how many christians did Paul murder beore being called into Christ's service? You speak of actions, murder is one action that is pretty final, once committed it's tough to uncommit. I don't recall of President Obama being implicated in murder, do either of you? Now bush/cheney that's a different story. If you two or anyone else would like to pursue that line I would be most happy to oblige.
Left by joelang60 on Sep 05, 2010 6:19 PM

# RE: Christian Leaders Sign Letter In Support of the President's Christian Faith


You will know them by their fruits, while they profess to be Christians.

Obama is pro-abortion, for the killing of the baby until the 9th month.

King David Did pay a great price for what he did. So will obama.
Left by Hadassah on Sep 22, 2010 4:24 AM

# RE: Christian Leaders Sign Letter In Support of the President's Christian Faith

Perhaps David did pay a price Hadassah, but was it enough for murder? And remember David killed a man who loved him like a brother. And how did David repay his love? He seduced his wife.
Abortion I agree is a horror and I don't wish to give anyone the opinion that I am pro-abortion, but what would you do with a 12 or 13 year old girl that conceives through rape or incest under a bush, reagan or nixon government? The republican leadership has certainly been anything but responsive to people in need. If you have a workable solution I would love to hear it.
Left by joelang60 on Sep 26, 2010 7:38 PM