Monday, December 30, 2013

Obama's Sparse Attendance At Church Services Analyzed

Yesterday's New York Times carries an analysis of President Obama's personal faith and church service attendance. Triggered by the Obama family's decision last week not to attend church services on Christmas, the article reports:
Mr. Obama has gone to church 18 times during his nearly five years in the White House, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, an unofficial White House historian, while his predecessor, Mr. Bush, attended 120 times during his eight years in office.
But those numbers do not reflect the depth of Mr. Obama’s faith, said Joshua DuBois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. “President Obama is a committed Christian,” said Mr. DuBois, who sends the president a daily devotional by email, and is the author of “The President’s Devotional.”

2 comments:

Jim Dorchak said...

I would submit that Mr. DuBois does not know what a "Committed Christian" is. As a committed Christian (like most Christians), I long for Sunday and Church.
So maybe obama is not a committed Christian at all, or for that matter his wife either, as they have lost the desire to hold the Sabbath holy, or maybe they just no better than the rest of us?
I tend to think that he is a Christian when the TV cameras are on or votes are being counted.
Jim Dorchak

Robert V. Ritter said...

It's my understanding that President Obama was brought up as a nonbeliever. I wouldn't be surprised if his religious affiliation, like so many politicians, is for appearances sake. Someday, perhaps within a generation, we may realize the Article VI dream of no religious test for public office.