Remember when Pres. Obama dazzled us with his theological insights at the National Prayer Breakfast? He has been at it again.
I was sent to link the White House site about the 2012 Prayer Breakfast:
Now, I have to be careful, I am not going to stand up here and give a sermon. [Oh yes?] It’s always a bad idea to give a sermon in front of professionals. (Laughter.) But in a few short days, all of us will experience the wonder of Easter morning. And we will know, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Christ Jesus…and Him crucified.”
It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the triumph of the resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace. [I wonder if the WH polled on this language.] And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured — not just as a Son of God, but as a human being. [Hmmm…. what’s wrong with this … lemme think. Could it be that pesky part about Christ being also God and not merely a human being? And, wait… “A Son of God”…?]
For like us, Jesus knew doubt. [What, Mr. President, did the Lord doubt, exactly?] Like us, Jesus knew fear. In the garden of Gethsemane, with attackers closing in around him, Jesus told His disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” He fell to his knees, pleading with His Father, saying, “If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.” And yet, in the end, He confronted His fear with words of humble surrender, saying, “If it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” [But… “doubt”? He morphed from “doubt” to “fear”, however.]
So it is only because Jesus conquered His own anguish, [“Doubt… fear” and now “anguish”…] conquered His fear, that we’re able to celebrate the resurrection. It’s only because He endured unimaginable pain that wracked His body and bore the sins of the world that He burdened — that burdened His soul that we are able to proclaim, “He is Risen!”
So the struggle to fathom that unfathomable sacrifice makes Easter all the more meaningful to all of us. [What? Whose “struggle”? I think he means our struggle. Our struggle to fathom Christ’s sacrifice makes Easter more meaningful? Or does Obama mean that Christ (the “human being” was struggling to “fathom that unfathomable sacrifice”? Christ didn’t know what He was doing?] It [the struggle?] helps us to provide an eternal perspective to whatever temporal challenges we face. It puts in perspective our small problems relative to the big problems He was dealing with. And it [the struggle?] gives us courage and it gives us hope.
We all have experiences that shake our faith. [So, we, like Christ, also struggle with experiences that shake our faith. Was Christ’s “faith” shaken?] There are times where we have questions for God’s plan relative to us — (laughter – [the royal plural perhaps]) — but that’s precisely when we should remember Christ’s own doubts and eventually his own triumph. [What doubts did Christ have again? Did He doubt who He is? Did He doubt the reason for His Incarnation and upcoming Passion and death? Did He doubt the providence and will of the Father? Mere humans doubt these things.] Jesus told us as much in the book of John, when He said, “In this world you will have trouble.” I heard an amen. (Laughter.) Let me repeat. “In this world, you will have trouble.”
THE PRESIDENT: “But take heart!” (Laughter.) “I have overcome the world.” (Applause.) [I wonder if he is really talking about himself. Wasn’t he supposed the make the seas roll back and the Earth’s climate to settle down?] We are here today to celebrate that glorious overcoming, the sacrifice of a risen savior who died so that we might live. And I hope that our time together this morning will strengthen us individually, as believers, and as a nation.
Let’s now review the President’s record on abortion.
This astonishing “constitutional law scholar” got an honorary law degree from Notre Dame.
Perhaps Georgetown will now give him an honorary degree in theology.