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-Obama, Secular Humanism, and Religious Compartmentalism in America

by Dr. D ~ February 14th, 2011

Barack Obama delivering his electoral victory ...

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President Obama spoke a week and half ago at the National prayer Breakfast and referred to his Christian faith and devotional practices.

Responses to his comments have been mixed and frankly all over the place.  I read quite a few articles which dismissed his Christian remarks as nothing more than a political ploy and warm-up for the coming 2012 election.

Then there were the surprising remarks made by Bill Maher over the weekend who revealed that he doesn’t think Obama is actually Christian either, but rather a ‘secular humanist’. Maher also took the cynical position that it was all about politics.

In some respects President Obama can’t really win when it comes to religion. If he in great candor tells us about his Christian faith than many of his secular supporters like Bill Maher get rather uncomfortable and feel the need to explain it away. If he reaches out to Muslims any way than it proves he is still a closet Muslim. Even when he professes to be a Christian that is involved in devotional practices and prayer every day it is passed off as merely an effort to reach out to Catholic and Evangelical voters.

From my perspective I have no doubt that the president is a Christian who actually believes everything that he said at the Prayer Breakfast. Also I have no doubt that his political advisers have told him to be more open about his religious convictions.

However, I also think that Bill Maher does have a valid point. Most of his political views and actions as president and throughout his career have reflected a ‘secular humanist’ world view far better than ‘Christian’ world view.

It calls into question whether one who is a Christian can really be a ‘secular humanist’? Philosophically they would seem to be mutually exclusive.

However I believe it is possible for one to be a believing practicing Christian in America and yet also be a ‘secular Humanist’. It shouldn’t be possible but in reality in America we compartmentalize our Faith and beliefs so much that our religion doesn’t always really touch our daily work and careers.

One good (actually bad) example of what I am talking about is the former executives of Enron Corporation. The top executives in that company were all serious Evangelical Christians who were actively involved in their churches and served as congregational leaders and on church boards and participated in Christian charities.  However their Christian faith and world view obviously didn’t stop them from participating in unethical practices in the business world.

Obviously those executives compartmentalized their Christian faith in such a way that they could pray and share Bible studies and devotionals in their executive offices together in the morning and yet make decisions all day long in a business environment that was ethically contrary to their professed beliefs.

America is suppose to be one of the most ‘religious’ countries in the world yet believers compartmentalize their lives in such a way that their religious convictions don’t always reflect in their work and family relationships.  All of the problems in American society are reflected in the Christian community as well. Divorce rates are just as high among Christians as among unbelievers. Adultery, pornography, and addictions are problems in the Christian community even among pastors and church leaders.  Pastors who teach seriously from the Bible on Sunday sometimes fall on Monday. It isn’t because they really don’t believe in what they are teaching it’s because pastors and leaders compartmentalize their faith like everyone else.

Now back to President Obama. I have no problem with him claiming to be a Christian who prays and spends devotional time every day. I believe he is sincere in his comments. However, his politics more clearly represents a ‘secular humanist’ world view than a Christian. Just like most Americans he has compartmentalized his faith.            *Top

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12 Responses to -Obama, Secular Humanism, and Religious Compartmentalism in America

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