President Barak Obama quoted scripture and spoke of his faith at the national prayer breakfast Feb. 7, 2013. The event has been held every year since 1953 and is put on by the Fellowship Foundation.
Obama spoke of his faith, and the role of faith in American culture. He sounded like someone who believes in God, and sounded rather Christian, referring to having faith in Jesus Christ. This hardly sounded like words of a Muslim.
Still, he was inclusive of other faiths, but he spoke of his relationship with God, and how he has used the bible for personal inspiration and direction.
He also called for humility and lamented the fact that divisiveness would return as soon as they left the prayer breakfast.
The scriptures tell us that we should respect those in authority, whether we agree with them or not.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1.
Obama lamented the fact that the unity at the prayer breakfast is short-lived.
But I do worry sometimes that as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we've been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast seems to be forgotten -- on the same day of the prayer breakfast. I mean, you'd like to think that the shelf life wasn't so short. But I go back to the Oval Office and I start watching the cable news networks and it's like we didn’t pray.
Here are four quotes from Obama's speech at the prayer breakfast relating to his faith, and to the scriptures.