I'd like to comment on the article published Oct. 20, "Obama listens to governmental players, the public, spiritual advisers." I appreciate the insight the article gives into the president's religious convictions and how he balances his life with the added responsibilities of administering his duties as president. The writer, Josh Lederman's description of the president's relationship with his Christian faith does leave me wondering, as it would others, how it seems Mr. Obama tries to be all things to all people, evidenced by the people he seeks out for spiritual guidance.
What got my attention the most in this article, is the difference in the religious background of those he seeks out for spiritual advice; listed was a Methodist, an Episcopalian, a Pentecostal, and a political activist, not to mention writers and poets.
Scripture teaches that a man's faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. The president's desire to seek out men and women who probably would not be united on all points of Christianity and Scripture is disturbing.
Elijah the prophet, asked God's people on Mount Carmel, "How long halt ye between two opinions?" I would think President Obama, as a Christian, would be on guard against those with their "private interpretation" of Scripture. Wouldn't it be refreshing for all Christians in America to know our president's devotion was, "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
Christians find in Scripture the truth that God is no respecter of persons and it is unity that matters, not diversity of men. In his once a year request for prayer for him and our country, it would be well for our president to include God. After all, it is in God where all hope lies.
John R. Warren