Martin Luther once said something to the effect of “I would rather be ruled by a competent Turk [i.e. a Muslim] than an incompetent [Christian] Prince.” I am sure that I have the sense correct if not the exact quote. Of course he did not live in a Hamiltonian/Jeffersonian Republic.
Here we find varied Christian leaders, including, surprisingly, Donald Miller, signing on to a nebulously written letter.
What to make of this? The cognitive dissonance is amazing. I am more concerned that someone could sign on to a poorly written Policy Statement like this, almost, than the ideas it contains.
No, it is not outside the realm of polite speculation as to what Obama’s faith is. It probably should not matter that much, assuming a correct functioning of the various entities of government; though it does matter for certain large substantive issues; but this assumes a degree of seriousness that this man brings to the table viz. his faith, which I would think is probably “not much.”
All that being said, it matters that men like Don Miller and T. D. Jakes associate themselves with this. We expect cognitive dissonance from men like Sider and Wallis, not from more clear-thinking men.
The “this” that I take issue with — what I wonder at — are phrases like “…..Therefore, we urge public officials, faith leaders, and the media to offer no further support or airtime to those who misrepresent and call into question the President’s Christian faith..” and “…We understand that these are contentious times, but the personal faith of our leaders should not be up for public debate….”. This latter statement following on the heels of a declaration as to what they suppose their primary responsibility is, which they say is not politics.