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"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,  and perfect, will of God."   -Romans 12:2

Why Most Americans
Don't Trust Obama's
Claim to be a Christian

According to an August 19 report from The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, two-thirds of Americans do not trust President Obama's claim to be a Christian. Eighteen percent of these suspect that he is a secret Muslim. Forty-three percent "don't know" what his religion is. Even more notably, a recent online Harris poll found that fourteen percent of Americans "think he may be the Antichrist".

The liberal press and the White House have been trying to combat these widespread perceptions.

White House spokesman Bill Burton said, "The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday."

To paraphrase, the media reaction in sum has been, "Of course the President is a Christian, because he has told us so on multiple occasions. And if you don't believe that, then you must be ignorant, stupid, uneducated, gullible enough to swallow anything a right-wing talk show host tells you, venting your frustrations, or perhaps RACIST."

The last accusation - the one of racism - seems to be getting the most emphasis as of late. 

Now, I will grant you that most Americans, like most of the people of the world, choose, in varying degrees, to be willfully ignorant of many things that don't immediately concern their daily lives. This does not mean that they are stupid, but rather that they exercise a practical economy. Does a cafeteria worker, a framing carpenter, or a young stay-at-home mother with two small children really need to be a talking encyclopedia? Of course not. But they do need to have the ability to discern a mans' character by his actions. And most of them, though they may at first be fooled by smooth talk and lofty rhetoric, are pretty good at judging character, once they have time to see how a person acts. 

And that is the obvious cause of these perceptions about our President. Most Americans see a huge disconnect between Obama's actions - most notably his support for homosexuality and abortion (both of which the Bible condemns), and his claim to be a Christian. It is as simple as that. But for some reason - hmm, I wonder what it might be - most of our media elite have not even mentioned this possibility in their speculations as to the cause of these perceptions!


Rusty Entrekin is a theology graduate of Louisiana College. He and his wife Julie have seven children, with four still at home, and four grandchildren. Currently, he resides in Kennesaw, GA. He writes apologetic and theological articles to help people come to know Christ and grow closer to the Lord.