Black author asks: Is Obama truly Christian?

By Matt C. Abbott|Renew America

The photo is authentic, taken in Kenya during Barack's five-nation taxpayer-funded trip to Africa in August 2006, although the Obama camp denies the photo proves any connection between Obama and Islam.

The following is an excerpt from chapter 12 of black commentator and author Ron Miller’s new book SELLOUT: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch. You can read about Mr. Miller’s background here. Many thanks to Mr. Miller for his permission to reprint this material.

Excerpt from chapter 12 of SELLOUT, by Ron Miller

“Of God and Caesar”

…A lot of Christians and churchgoing people were swayed by Obama in the last election. Well before he announced his run for the presidency, Obama declared that the Democratic Party’s hostility toward people of faith had to end if they ever expected to regain political power.

He was the first Democratic candidate since Jimmy Carter to make so strong an appeal to the faithful of American society. He managed to persuade quite a few evangelical Christians and some prominent pro-life advocates that he was a different kind of Democrat who would listen to them and bring their concerns to the table in the hope of finding that ever-so-elusive “common ground.”

He declared to the faithful that he was a Christian and he spoke eloquently in an interview with Newsweek magazine of his coming to Christ:

    At the point of his decision to accept Christ, Obama says, ‘what was intellectual and what was emotional joined, and the belief in the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, that he died for our sins, that through him we could achieve eternal life… I found that powerful.’

Add to that the photo ops of him speaking from the pulpits of various churches, and many Christians practically swooned at his words, believing he was the one who would finally bring an end to the culture wars which had been raging in American society since the early 1980s. Read Full Story Here

But he also said this:

    Jesus is an historical figure for me, and he’s also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher. And he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think it’s important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history.

And this:

There should be no debate any longer…..