Friday, January 19, 2007

Is Obama an Evangelical Christian?

Here's a link to an interesting article in today's Chicago Sun Times in which Obama answers the question, "Are you a Christian?" with a quick "yes". But when asked if he is an evangelical, Obama's response was, "I'm not sure". He resonded,
"Gosh, I'm not sure if labels are helpful here because the definition of an evangelical is so loose and subject to so many different interpretations. I came to Christianity through the black church tradition where the line between evangelical and non-evangelical is completely blurred. Nobody knows exactly what it means."
I heard him speak in Washington at Pentecost 2006 last June where he told his testimony of walking down the aisle at Trinity United Church of Christ to embrace faith in Christ. I really appreciate his candor on the subject of faith and religion.

2 comments:

Keri Wyatt Kent said...

Hey Arloa,
did you see the front of Sunday's Tribune, which had an article on the pastor at Trinity who has been Obama's spiritual mentor? Excellent article with a lot to say about the black church, and the clash between the social justice causes and the prosperity gospel. Very interesting stuff--if nothing else, this presidential race will get people talking about some actual issues!

Arloa Sutter said...

Dr. Jeremiah Wright was named one of Ebony's top fifteen preachers. Trinity UCC had 89 members when he came in 1972 and has grown to nearly 10,000. Here's a link to the article. Thanks Keri.