Obama’s Comments on Christianity and Religion

I don’t blog on politics anymore, but yesterday President Obama addressed the question, “Why are you a Christian?” posed to him by a woman at a small town-hall meeting in New Mexico.

His answer was profound:

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 we achieve salvation through the grace of God.

That’s about as theologically correct a statement as you can make. He covers Christ’s atoning death, human depravity, and salvation by grace in two sentences. And this from the president whose faith is perhaps the most doubted in history, at least recent history.

Admittedly, President Obama’s views on Christ’s resurrection, the Trinity, and a host of other issues are not addressed here, and as he goes on to talk about the need for religious tolerance in America, some of his statements do make one wonder if he is a universalist or inclusivist.

I’ve included the clip below, and I’d encourage you to watch it. The President begins his answer at 1:30.

Posted at 11:43 AM on September 29th, 2010
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