Is Obama the 'wrong' kind of Christian?
October 22nd, 2012
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Is Obama the 'wrong' kind of Christian?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama was sharing a pulpit one day with a conservative Christian leader when a revealing exchange took place.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Christian who has taken public stands against abortion and same-sex marriage, had joined Obama for an AIDS summit. They were speaking before a conservative megachurch filled with white evangelicals.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama
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  1. Tabeth

    Billy Graham has erased Mormonism on the web to be a sect?

    October 22, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Lauren

    Mormonism is a cult; it dissents from traditional Christian doctrine such as the divinity of Jesus, the Holy Trinity, and atonement and instead put such importance on following what a man named Joseph Smith claimed he found in golden tablets.

    I know President Obama is a good, Christian man. He's actually referenced his faith more than George W. Bush, and makes references to Scripture in his speeches. I already voted to keep the real Christian in the White House.

    October 22, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. plain&simple

    Obama fits exactly what a christian should be. "As you do to the least of these you do to me"..... Why does that scare so many people who believe themselves to be christian? Sermon on the Mount is another scary proposition! Fundamentalism can turn the something so helpful into the something so destructive.

    October 22, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Dave

    No, he is just the wrong kind of President.

    October 22, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. sayer

    No, he's the right kind of Christian.

    October 22, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Dee

    What is the right kind of christian? This is a touchy subject and should be off limits this President has had more scrutiny than anyone in the White House.

    October 22, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that someone is the wrong kind of something for political office is a problem statement. The only question that should start the review of the candidates is: is he legally allowed to hold office (age & citizenship)? The next questions are about the candidate's positions on subjects (and there should be more than one reviewed). If there are some that are more important than others, then those could be weighed differently. Religion shouldn't be a part of that equation.

    Yes, it would be nice if we were of all one religion, but that isn't going to happen. We should be happy that Obama and others running for office have a belief system. Do we have to agree with it? I think that the answer is a decidedly no because religion shouldn't be a litmus test for running for office.

    October 22, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Erick Hall

    Is there any kind of right christian? No the last I heard is that Jesus was the last perfect person to walk on the face of this earth. If Willard Rommney wins this Every one in america will suffer gravely I caint see why people dont see thru his Bull. the media has said it over and over his agenda is for no 1 but the filthy rich he has no intentions on helping the middle class whatsoever or the poor. The republican party only want to see 2 classes of americans Very Rich & Very Poor.

    October 22, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Larry in Houston

    In my opinion – I really don't think obama wants to be re-elected – he would have moved more towards to the middle, but he didn't – even though the worthless republican congress is holding everything up. As far as his religion is concerned, why didn't he Join the Catholic Church ? I mean, it's as good as any other Christian religion- IF i was obama, I would have ASKED BIDEN on Joining – and should have done this 2 yrs ago. But, obama, I guess he's his own type of guy. I honestly hope he gets re-elected, but he's done things that has turned off the likely voters in this country. and as far as foreign policy goes, it doesn't matter who's in the oval office – LOL- They've got lieutenants / generals / and ADVISORS to tell them what's going on, in certain places , in certain fields, and the list goes on. Who do you think they rely ON ? The president, no matter who it is, doesn't know everything about everything. That's why they have people in certain areas to give them the details on everything.

    My honest prediction is this : It doesn't matter who's in office – I think from here ON – IF we have a do nothing congress, or a congress who doesn't agree with the current president, I thin it will eventual come down to "Executive Order" or an "executive decision" everytime congress has "lead" in their behind.

    May the Best Man Win – 2012
    Hillary – 2016 (with a "surplus" in – 2018 )

    October 22, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "Is Obama the 'wrong' kind of Christian?"

    This question is disgusting and shameful on soooo many levels. You've finally become as bad as Faux Noise, CNN. Mittens couldn't hold onto the buonce from the first debate, the secnod debate has Obama gaining momentum and the third doesn't look all that promising to Mittens, who blew his credibility on Libya in the last it's time to try to resurrect this ridiculous, racism-motivated, fake "controversy" over Obama's faith, right? Behold, the CNN controversy zombie that is this article...risen, mindless and in search of brains to devour!!!!

    And here's a big fat hint: those who would abuse their religion as an excuse for racism...who would hide the racismt underpinnings of a 4-year-long tantrum behind self-declared moral superiority that they justify with a thin veil of religious pretense...THEY ARE THE "WORST" KIND OF CHRISTIANS (in this obviously applies to them all).

    October 22, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Sniffit

    clarification: "it obviously applies to them all"...meant it applies to all religions

    October 22, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Brian

    If you're faking your beliefs then yes it's wrong.

    October 22, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |

    There's one thing to be a Christian and it's another to abide by the Constitution of the United States of America. Clearly, the Constitution is not aligned with church doctrine. You can come to the conclusion that the Constitution is anti-Christ. My personal opinion is that this country is anti-Christ. The phrase "Novos Ordo Seclurum" proves it. Why does this country alone promote a "ONE(E Pkuribus Unum)" world government? Open your eyes people.

    October 22, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    "Wrong Kind of Christian" is an appallling question for true Christians to ask. Such judgements supposed to be left to God. A man's relationship with Father of Christ is supposed to be private and personal relationsship. Christians are supposed to come together to celebrate and spread the Word, not judge one anothers faiths and beliefs. Those who do perform such acts are the worst kind of heretics. They're the false prophets, which the the Word warns us about.

    October 22, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. muffet

    President Obama is the right kind of Christian hands down! The right wing so called Christians spew hate and intolerance. They attempt to use Christianity as a smoke screen.

    October 22, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Thomas

    His Faith is True .

    To have a leader who is honest , compassionate , strong yet humble .

    Who is not owned by a church , who's commitment is to his fellow man .

    Maybe we are not ready for such a leader.

    October 22, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Jules

    President Obama is exactly the right kind of Christian – he is one who can speak openly, corfortably and in a heartfelt way about his faith – and leads by example and not just words. This is reflected in the policies he has championed that positivly affect the majority of Americans.

    October 22, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    The United States is NOT a theocracy – and Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution specifically states (my capitals):

    "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; BUT NO RELIGIOUS TEST SHALL EVER BE REQUIRED AS A QUALIFITICATION TO ANY OFFICE OR PUBLIC TRUST UNDER THE UNITED STATES."

    I believe President Obama is a Christian – and it doesn't matter what, if any, faith he proclaims and practices. People who believe only a Christian (their version) can be President and use their ridiculous opinion that President Obama is a secret Muslim as a reason to not vote for him are ANTI-AMERICAN.

    October 22, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. AFR531

    After President Obama is reelected – don't be surprised to hear conservative Christians call the Mormon religion a "cult" again.

    October 22, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. gadem

    I read this article the other day and it is totally unchristian like. Mitt Romney is not even a Christian? So whats the point. It is true that most blacks worship differently from whites. That does not mean that we worship a different Jehovah or Jesus. It just means that we worship differently.

    October 22, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Borderless

    No. He's just the wrong kind of president.

    October 22, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. rs

    The Republicans (as typified by the 47% banter on the Right) have perverted Christianity. In their torqued minds somehow the poor are to be abused, the sick denied healthcare, children expendable, the elderly left to rot in poverty. Workers should have no rights. The world should be spoiled. They stand for racism. They stand against Civil Rights and Equal Rights. The believe in the Death Penalty, and prefer war (Romney is up two advocating for two more in Syria and Iran- perhaps with a sideshow in Libya) as a normal course of foreign relations.The believe the most aborhent things about women. About the only thing (literally) the GOP will go to the wall for are zygotes.

    I know my Bible, this is not the "Good News", this is not the Lord's work.

    October 22, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Anonymous

    "There is one thing I have to say, Sam. This is my house, too. This is God’s house.”

    Good for you, Mr. President. I am sick to death of the race baiting coming from the right. WE ARE ALL God's children. Indeed, HE made us so: red, yellow, black, and white ... it makes no difference ... we are all made in HIS imagine.

    Whether we chose to follow in Christ's footsteps is another thing altogether. I suspect even those who consider themselves the most practicing of Christians will have a hard time getting past the Lord's wrath come Judgement Day.

    October 22, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F

    If you are not a right wingnut teavangelical of the "Guns for Jesus" crowd, you do not represent the GOP. Obama is just a plain old Christian like the rest of us.

    October 22, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Celeste

    The President is a firm and strong leader, with unyielding Christian beliefs. Solid on human rights, equality for all regardless of race, gender or religion, time for the haves and have not. Sturdy, passionate man, genuine and a strong kindness like this country has never seen, helpful to all and a rare concern for others including his enemies. The President answered a calling for America. We were as low as a country in self-esteem and much needed life support after the eight full years of Bush and Cheney chaos, combined with the Republicans taking advantage of the trust their citizens put in their hands, and adding to the drama by voting no and collecting their welfare checks with Premium insurance and retirement plans, that this President is the best man for this job. The President ‘s Administration came to the rescue of Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Florida Louisiana and all the other States with unusual national disasters when your own Republican Congressman’s and Senators stood in his way, trimming your relief and placing road blocks to America’s recovery including your own. President Obama should be rewarded with your vote.
    The new Christian, a wolf in sheep clothing, Willard Mitt Romney who says you are on your own, no matter what, would have left America stranded, while he increased his personal wealth. The new Christians on the block are promising you a steak sandwich, but I see bologna.
    The pretend Christians that wave the flag “I am a Christian” and break the basic 10 commandments will see their judgment day. DEFINE CHRISTIANITY.

    October 22, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |