There is predictable leftwing outrage over my morning post questioning when Barack Obama finally admits he really isn’t down with all that Jesus stuff, but a friend told me Obama has really already done that.
OBAMA: “What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing. When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them, and I see in them that I am transferring values that I got from my mother and that they’re kind people and that they’re honest people, and they’re curious people, that’s a little piece of heaven.”
FALSANI: “Do you believe in sin?”
FALSANI: “What is sin?”
OBAMA: “Being out of alignment with my values.”
FALSANI: “What happens if you have sin in your life?”
OBAMA: “I think it’s the same thing as the question about heaven. In the same way that if I’m true to myself and my faith that that is its own reward; when I’m not true to it, it’s its own punishment.”
For a man who walks the world with his level of arrogance, of course he would think that being out of alignment with his values is sin. So as long as he does what he wills and not what God wills, he is not a sinner in his mind.
And then, of course, there is this:
“I am a Christian. So, I have a deep faith,” he said. “So, I draw from the Christian faith. On the other hand, I was born in Hawaii where obviously there are a lot of Eastern influences. I lived in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, between the ages of six and 10. My father was from Kenya, and although he was probably most accurately labeled an agnostic, his father was Muslim. And I’d say, probably, intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith.”
He added, “So, I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”
That may pass the liberal smell test for basic religion, but I do not think it passes the basic smell test for what is a Christian. Denying that Christ is the exclusive path to salvation and viewing Heaven as a reward for good deeds, instead of repentance, may work very well for much of dying Mainline Christian churches that have abandoned scripture. It is one thing to be “rooted in the Christian tradition” and quite another to be a Christian.
It suggests to me he does not understand the faith he professes.