President Barack Obama has certainly encountered his fair share of spats and debate with the more conservative cohort of America’s faith community. But despite these clashes, the leader of the free world says he’s a practicing Christian who believes that faith is immensely important in his daily life.
He reportedly reads scripture each morning, reflecting upon it and applying Biblical teachings to his personal and professional actions. Consider Obama’s friend and former employee Joshua DuBois and his daily communications with the president.
A so-called “pastor-in-chief,” DuBois headed the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnership and has consulted the president on matters of faith since his days in the Illinois Senate.
The adviser spoke with CBN News last week, explaining Obama’s daily devotions and the intricate nature of the president’s Christian faith — one that has come under a fair bit of scrutiny during his time in the White House. Despite recently leaving his administration position, DuBois still sends daily inspiration to Obama.
DuBois may surprise some presidential critics in telling CBN’s Beltway Buzz that the “biggest untold story is that [Obama] is a president of deep and abiding faith who values his walk with Christ and uses that walk to motivate the work that he does in the world.” Each morning, Dubois sends along scripture and reflective verses that are often tailored to the political season in an effort to sustain Obama’s faith.
When asked what goes into the process of coming up with viable messages to send, DuBois heralded scripture as a powerful inspirational source.
“Well, fortunately the word of God never goes out and returns void and so there’s just this tremendous power in scripture to inspire every morning and so I will pick a verse or two and sometimes add an interpretation of that verse, some times a quote or passage from C.S. Lewis or…or someone else who tends to inspire,” he explained.
DuBois also praised Obama, saying that he’s grateful to have served a leader who begins each day with Biblical truths.
“I’m also just, quite frankly, grateful for a president who begins his day every morning with scripture,” he told CBN. “I think that says a lot about Barack Obama as a leader, but also as a man.”
Watch DuBois discuss the president’s daily devotionals below:
DuBois left the White House in February to author a devotional book and to purportedly launch a new organization focused upon helping build faith-based coalitions between the private and public sector. He will also be teaching at New York University.
(H/T: CBN News)