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WATCH: T.D’ Jakes, Sam Rodriguez, Joel Hunter, Jim Wallis, Vashti Mckenzie, Kirbyjon Caldwell, Dr. William Shaw and Others Sign Open Letter’ Condemning the Misrepresentation of President Obama’s Faith

Posted in Christian, Jim Wallis, Obama, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Several prominent Christian leaders are defending President Barack Obama in the wake of questions about his faith.

A recent poll revealed nearly one in five Americans believe Obama is Muslim, even though he’s repeatedly said he’s Christian.

In response, more than 70 pastors and other Christian leaders signed a letter saying the personal faith of public leaders should not be up for public debate.

Some of the names on the list include Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Joel Hunter, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.

“President Obama has been unwavering in confessing Christ as Lord and has spoken often about the importance of his Christian faith,” the leaders wrote. “Many of the signees on this letter have prayed and worshipped with this president.”

“We believe that questioning, and especially misrepresenting, the faith of a confessing believer goes too far,” they continued.

The leaders urged the media, public officials, and other faith leaders “to offer no further support or airtime” to those who question Obama’s faith.

The full text of the letter and a list of signatories is below.

As Christian leaders— whose primary responsibility is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with our congregations, our communities, and our world— we are deeply troubled by the recent questioning of President Obama’s faith. We understand that these are contentious times, but the personal faith of our leaders should not be up for public debate.

President Obama has been unwavering in confessing Christ as Lord and has spoken often about the importance of his Christian faith. Many of the signees on this letter have prayed and worshipped with this President. We believe that questioning, and especially misrepresenting, the faith of a confessing believer goes too far.

This is not a political issue. The signers of this letter come from different political and ideological backgrounds, but we are unified in our belief in Jesus Christ. As Christian pastors and leaders, we believe that fellow Christians need to be an encouragement to those who call Christ their savior, not question the veracity of their faith.

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 join with the President in praying that God will continue to bless the United States of America.

Signed, (Full list here)