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I think the President is struggling to find his 'true spiritual center'. He lacks a 'spiritual advisor' as far as the public knows, and his last one was a disaster politically for him.
I can understand his being 'wary' of such advisors. And I understand him being wary of his/our former affiliation with the United Church of Christ, the UCC. It's a mish-mash of uber 'if it feels good and raises money, let's do it' theology with little accountability to anyone.
But the UCC did provide a 'platform' for President Obama to deliver his first Presidential campaign speech (his/their words) in June of 2007 in Hartford, CT.
Trouble is, the UCC is dying on the vine and I don't think they'd take the chance of being accused of 'breaching the line between church and state' again.
All things considered, both Mr. Obama and myself are well rid of close association with that group...though I am still, technically, a member and for all we know, he, too, has maintained at least 'associative' status there.
Considering the 'kill the white devil' and 'chickens coming home to roost' mentality of Reverend Jeremiah Wright and company, it would be a real shame for our first black president to still be on board with that, don't you think?
Surely we are all expecting better of him, this President who claims to 'want to unify', than to embrace 'Black Liberation Theology', right?
It is quite possible that Obama is the 'new and improved President Obama'. He may actually have had some understanding of how hateful and hurtful his beloved Chicago Trinity Church's teachings are to anyone 'not like they are'.
It could be our President has morphed.
If so, he should make amends and 'declare a new spiritual home',based on 'improved counsel'. Be it church or mosque or a place where both reign (such as the UCC), he really should say so.
What is there to hide, anyway?
Obama knows by now that he is bound to anger many, no matter who or what he chooses, the unenviable position for someone who is so high-profile.
But if the President wishes to remain in his 'high-profile position', he needs to come clean with us regarding the church-dealings/events/venues he used so freely last go-round.
Indeed, those pesky 2012 elections are coming up and if Barack Obama hopes to avail himself again of that glorious 'worship bully pulpit', he needs to act and act fast.
We believers know that at the end of the day, President Obama will be judged just like the rest of us poor slobs, for all he has done and said and not done and left unsaid.
Someday he will have to explain how he left the Muslim v. Christian controversy 'float' for so long and what his 'motives' are for doing so. A simple statement would go a long way Mr. President.
Alas, we are born alone, we die alone and we will have to account for ourselves--alone.
So I do pray President Obama has or will have the spiritual discernment to make wise choices for himself and his family with that 'free will' the Good Lord gave him.
I pray he honors God above all, coming to peace with the uneven and tumultuous cultural and religious exposures he had during his non-traditional childhood.
Let our President think for himself, as he will be judged for himself.
An honest reflection will reveal that the man who 'used' the church to get elected must now live with the consequences and figure out what 'to do' for 2012.
Me--I left the UCC precisely because I got sick and tired of hearing Progressive Lib Democrat politics literally preached from the pulpit during 'worship'. It was especially distressful to me since I was a mute on my political standings. I was a quiet, apolitical moderate-conservative with some liberal social leanings at the time.
All was fine with me and the UCC until I expressed my opinions. For such an open and affirming church, they sure live a lie, I quickly learned.
But oh what a difference an election cycle or two makes!
Now the 2012 elections are looming. This is as good a time as any for anyone running for President to declare their true religious affiliations, if any.
American voters are funny when it comes to their chosen candidates, officials, elections and religion.
We want them to keep it honest. We want them to keep it simple.
With Love in Christ
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"