At the National Prayer Breakfast the President said, “You can question my policies but do not question my faith.” How can this be when Jesus wants His followers to be seen in public for their deeds (Mt.5: 16)? How can there be a Christian prayer meeting without Jesus? Jesus demands to be acknowledged (Mt.10: 32-33).
The National Prayer Breakfast was nothing but another political event. The President did not mention the name of Jesus. It is puzzling that the President appointed a man to represent Faith Based Partnership that told the Pope that he was hurting people in the name of Jesus. The President does conclude his many public talks with, “God bless America.” But without a reference to Jesus, I am in doubt that we believe in the same God? Of course, he has a right to his faith; only why is he so clandestine about it. Is it for political convenience that he cannot declare in public what religion he endorses?
Jesus told His followers, “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops” (Mt.10: 26-27). The President’s silence has turned into whispers and they begin to appear on rooftops. It is rumored that he prays often, perhaps five times per day? Someone selects recitations for his prayers coming from what book that can only be read and recited? One does wonder why the President is protective of Jihads and shows little respect for the U.S.A.? One wonders even more why the President shows up in meetings where Christians no longer can identify with their own faith or are afraid to do so?
The President can easily stop all that speculation, not just regarding his faith but also his motives. Thus far, I am not alone puzzled by his ambiguity. He is after all the President and some consistency and personal transparency are expected. Where is he leading this nation and what does he really believe? He is not like the rest of us, whose identities matter little. Personally, even if I matter little, I cannot separate my agenda from my faith. From the whispers that float about, the President cannot either. For that reason the President should tell us who he is. He can help us stop questioning.