What do I think?
If President Obama genuinely trusts Christ, it wasn't clear from what he said. If he does in fact trust Christ for the forgiveness of his sins, there is at least a disconnect with the whole of Christianity and his apparent worldview.
In recent months and through interacting with Christians from all sorts of evangelical backgrounds (this summer in Colorado while at Horn Creek and through various churches I visited, assorted family members, and a whole bunch of students at HCA who go to many different churches) I have come to think the American church has never been more disjointed in what it professes and how it acts. People are able to give simple, but relatively cogent, professions of faith in Christ. If you probe what they mean, you find all sorts of varying explanations that begin to erode the "profession" they just gave- I'm talking about people attending churches that are basically bible-teaching (though very topical in their preaching practice). I just don't know what to make of a person's profession alone in the world of modern American evangelicalism. There has to be more questions asked and concepts probed. Perhaps just as important- how does your profession of faith in Christ affect and form your worldview and personal practices? I would like to ask President Obama how his Christian Faith informs his views and actions on many issues. I would like to ask most evangelicals the same question.
Lots more to think of and blog about concerning this important issue. Coming soon...