I had the opportunity to watch bits and piece of the Compassion Forum on CNN with Obama. I am not sure how recent this was but it was very informative. Some of the questions asked dealt with religion and faith. It was interesting to see his answers.
One question was about if Obama believed in a literal translation of the six days of creation from the bible. His answer was typical, as many believe that the six days were not actual 24 hour days but literary figures of speech. Many believers are split on if it is literal or figure of speech. I was actual good with his answer until he interjected with his belief that evolution was involved with the process of creation. He did not want to offend anyone out there and I wished someone would have followed up with if he believe we evolved from apes or if God created man. Obama stated ” I do believe in evolution. I don’t think that is incompatible with Christian faith.” I think Obama should read Genesis 1-2 and study the theory of evolution and realize it is very incompatible.
Another part of the discussion dealt was “You have spoken about how your former pastor in Chicago, the Jeremiah Wright was critical in helping bring you to Christianity and is like part of your family. Can you tell us how he helped bring you closer to God?”
I felt his answer to this question was vague and he really did not talk about how it helped him to be closer to God. His reply made me feel he is just playing the faith card.
Towards the end of his this forum he made this statement, “On the other hand, what those of us of religious faith have to do when we’re in the public square is to translate our language into a universal language that can appeal to everybody.”
A person of faith, any faith, should never have to change their language just to appeal to others. It is a known fact that you can never make everyone happy. I am a Christian and I know that my beliefs are contrary to every other faith out there. I am not going to change what I say to appeal to others. No matter what anyone does in life they should never hide their faith, I believe that extends from every aspect of life including the public square such as politics. i think politicians should not play the faith card but be who they are. i believe the Democrats are playing the faith card to get votes.
Here is the transcript from the Compassion Forum on CNN.