“Those who wait on the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, and they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint,” the president said during a speech to several thousand people at the breakfast.
But the actual passage, from Isaiah 40:31, states: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Christian, linked above, noted that while Fox Noise used the New King James Version, the President was actually using the NIV:
“They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
And yet… for many, Fox will remain credible with their chief False Prophet Glenn Beck giving out daily conspiracy theories, or as he says, messages from God.
Obama said the call of civil rights leaders “to fix what was broken in our world, a call rooted in faith, is what led me just a few years out of college to sign up as a community organizer for a group of churches on the south side of Chicago.” He went on, “It was through that experience – working with pastors and lay people, trying to heal the wounds of hurting neighborhoods – that I came to know Jesus Christ for myself and embrace him as my lord and savior.”
And in closing, he said,
“When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people. And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins and look after my family and the American people and make me an instrument of His will.”
But what does this prove expect that the President may have hired a good speech writer? I will take him at his word, but in the mean time, why does the personal religion of the President, or any elected official, matter so deeply to us?
And, speaking of that community organizing bit – it sorta does work. In my days as a community organizer (or has I have it listed on my resume, Presidential Preparation), I met an agnostic/atheist who openly declared that her time in the trenches had made her see God differently.
President Obama called for civility in the public square and said prayer can help people become more humble, during his address at the National Prayer Breakfast.
“For while prayer can buck us up when we are down, keep us calm in a storm; while prayer can stiffen our spines to surmount an obstacle – and I assure you I’m praying a lot these days – prayer can also do something else,” Obama said Thursday morning. “It can touch our hearts with humility. It can fill us with a spirit of brotherhood. It can remind us that each of us are children of a awesome and loving God.”
But besides that, the President is taking a more religious tone with this second year, perhaps understanding that for some reason, the American people today judge their political leaders by the amount of God-talk that they employ.
Before the Tea Party Express brought tens of thousands to protest in the nation’s capital, and before town hall meetings about health care devolved into shout downs, there was the story of the boys of C Street.
There are times when I question my sanity while examining this idea of the Seven Mountains, C-Street, and Dominionism, but thanks to Bruce Wilson I feel that if I am insane, at least I am not alone:
The C Street House is run by a secretive Washington ministry known as The Family, or The Fellowship. Over the past year and a half, The Family has gradually come to public attention, mainly due to journalist and Harpers editor Jeff Sharlet’s ground breaking book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. The Family runs the yearly National Prayer Breakfast and maintains a network of Capital Hill prayer groups which have enjoyed the participation of both top GOP but also top Democratic Party Congress and Senate members.
Youth With a Mission is a global Christian evangelical organization founded in 1960 which, declares YWAM, is “currently operating in more than 1000 locations in over 149 countries, with a staff of nearly 16,000.”
For more on this, click here and here. Further, check out the comments on Bruce’s article.