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J. Gresham Machen wrote a book in 1924, Christianity and Liberalism, that showed how Christianity and theological liberalism are two different religions. How does Obama think Christianly? 

I think he is further along internally toward an evangelical journey while externally continuing to be on the extreme end of theological and political liberalism. He’s willing to talk, he’s willing to pray, and then, sure enough, he’ll walk right out and make an astonishing statement about gay rights or something that you just can’t believe is coming from somebody who reads the Bible. He’s a work in progress, but publicly he’s representing the extreme edge of theological liberalism right now. 

You’re saying that when he came out for same-sex marriage he was a little torn, or at least apologetic to some of his spiritual mentors? One of his main spiritual advisers, with whom I’m good friends, told me later, “When I heard this on the radio, I pulled over and wept because I had no indication that this is where the president was going. I had prayed with him. We’d talked about this issue. We’d studied Scripture on this issue. I thought he was going the other way. I heard the announcement, I pulled over to the side of the road to weep because I couldn’t keep driving. And just then the phone rang, and the president called and said, ‘You must be disappointed in me, I’m sorry.’” 

What do you make of that? I was mystified, because first of all a president who has just acted in such an astonishing way shouldn’t really be calling anyone and saying, “I’m sorry you’re disappointed in me.” That’s little boy stuff. There’s insecurity in there. I won’t be surprised at all if he ends his life more in a traditional Christian mode, looking back on some of his decisions and regretting them. That’s what I’m praying anyway, but right now he’s bouncing around on the inside of himself, and you can see that.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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