The Jazz Theologian

The Jazz Theologian

The Faith of Barack Obama

President Obama is a classic case of faith in a post-modern world in which people belong before they believe rather than vice versa. (Click here to read my review of “The Faith of Barack Obama” by Stephen Mansfield that I did for

When I pray for our President, I often ask God to use the presidency to draw Obama closer to Christ in the same way that God did for Abraham Lincoln.  At the recent National Prayer Breakfast in D.C. (Feb. 3) President Obama gave testimony and remarked about the value of prayer; what he prays for; his spiritual advisors and God’s heart for the marginalized.
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posted February 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

“Religiously, the majority of America’s young are postmodern, which means they do faith like jazz–informal, eclectic, and often without theme.”
I love this. One thing I have struggled with lately is this idea of questioning. I find that when i do question my own faith and what I believe it really does cause others in the body to feel a bit uncomfortable. It’s interesting. The questioning isn’t so much about whether I believe or not…it’s just that I was one of those Christians that attended church before I believed. What I don’t get is that some Christians can follow blindly. I can’t do that. I try to look at my relationship with Christ through many lenses trying desperately to see the world as He did. It feels so lonely to do so…because I know many of my brothers and sisters are afraid to do this.

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posted February 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

After watching & listening to this speech by our president, I’m filled with renewed hope. It also challenges the critic in me to “rise above the here & now” and kneel to the Eternal. It calls me up short in acknowledging I do pray in the morning & seek God’s face, but have forgotten my evening prayers for forgiveness and request to be an instrument of God’s will. I’m humbled…

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