[Ed. – I’m not really sure who Obama thinks he is giving direction to churches as to what they should be focusing on. On a positive note, it looks like he’s finally realized there is no “separation of church and state”! Too bad he doesn’t understand what it means to actually live out your faith and stand on the foundation you believe in.]
President Obama suggested that people of faith should focus more on helping the poor, instead of focusing on divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion.
During a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, Obama specifically referred to his own Christian faith, pointing out that he recognized the importance speaking out about the issue as president.
“I think it would be powerful for our faith-based organizations to speak out on this in a more forceful fashion,” he said, admitting that his wish might sound “self-interested” because he had disagreements with Christian and Catholic organizations about gay marriage and abortion.
“There is great caring and great concern, but when it comes to what are you really going to the mat for, what’s the defining issue … this is often times viewed as a ‘nice to have’ relative to an issue like abortion,” Obama said.
He argued that churches should spend more time pursuing “powerful” ideas such as helping those in poverty in order to attract more followers.
Read the full article by Charlie Spiering at Breitbart.com
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