Who Is A Christian? Obama? You?

This just in on my Google Alerts for the word Catholic from the USA Today Faith and Reason web site:

Who, exactly, is “Christian”? Or Christian enough? Or the right  variation of Christian — i.e. probably the one you are or you like.

With all the hoohah over the 18% of folks who told a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey that President Obama is Muslim and 34% who said Obama is Christian, the 43% who are unsure what he believes have gotten less attention.

An interesting discussion of that point comes from Michael O’Loughlin, blogging at America magazine’s In All Things. He writes:

There are still pockets of Evangelicals who don’t consider Roman Catholics to be Christian; I remember being asked once if I was a Christian, to which I replied yes, only to have my interlocutor correct me. I was in fact Catholic, not Christian. There are also some Catholics who don’t believe that some mainline Protestants to be fully Christian (our own Church refuses to call Protestant churches what they are: churches). So even within our own Christian family, there is not a consensus as to who is actually Christian and who is not.

Well I am a Christian. I am just not a very good one. Working on it.

As for questioning Obama’s Christianity, that is plain silly. He probably is a very progressive Christian. But he was baptized, I presume in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Ergo he is a Christian. Case closed.

We are all unfinished Christians until our Lord comes again in glory. Maranatha!

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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