Today, the Washington National Cathedral released an interview they conducted with President Obama regarding his personal faith and the role of faith in public life. Reflecting on his personal experiences, he said:
“My faith is…a great source of comfort to me. I’ve said before that my faith has grown as President. This office tends to make a person pray more; and as President Lincoln once said, ‘I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.’”
The President also lauded the great role faith has had in progressing American society. He added:
“From slavery to the suffrage movement to civil rights, faith—and the moral obligations that derive from our faith—have always helped us to navigate some of our greatest moral challenges with a recognition that there’s something bigger than ourselves: we have obligations that extend beyond our self-interest. [Faith] motivates people to do incredibly compassionate and good work that helps our nation thrive. …Through the letters I’ve read with individuals whose faith led them to serve in Joplin or Colorado Springs, in the aftermath of a natural disaster, and the work of my faith-based office..., it is more apparent to me now than ever how integral faith is as a motivating factor for so much of what keeps our country moving forward.”
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