April 5, 2013

Obama recalls Holy Land trip at Easter Prayer Breakfast

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President Obama speaks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 5, 2013. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

President Obama speaks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 5, 2013. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON (RNS) As he gathered with clergy at the White House Friday (April 5), President Obama recounted personal details of his recent Holy Land trip, calling it a chance to experience “the eternal spirit of Easter” and feel closer to Jesus.

President Obama speaks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 5. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

President Obama speaks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 5. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

“For Christians to walk where he walked and see what he saw are blessed moments,” Obama told religious leaders at the Easter Prayer Breakfast.

As in years past, Obama used the annual Easter-themed breakfast to meet with Christian leaders and also to speak openly about his faith.

The president said he visited Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and the patriarch of Jerusalem led him to the 14-point silver star that marks where Jesus was born and “welcomed me to, in his words, ‘the place where heaven and Earth met.’”

Many of the faith leaders dining in the East Room murmured in appreciation as the president described his experience.

“And there, I had a chance to pray and reflect on Christ’s birth, and his life, his sacrifice, his Resurrection,” he said, joining other “faithful pilgrims who for 2,000 years have done the same thing.’’

Obama said he thought of the poor and marginalized, and of future pilgrims who would travel to the same sacred spot.

“I was reminded that while our time on Earth is fleeting, he is eternal,” the president said. “His life, his lessons live on in our hearts and, most importantly, in our actions.”

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Washington’s Children of the Gospel Choir sings at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Friday (April 5). RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Attendees included megachurch pastors Joel Hunter of Florida and Bishop T.D. Jakes of Texas; Bishop John Bryant, senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; National Council of Churches President Kathryn Lohre and National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson; and the Rev. Luis Cortes, founder of Esperanza, a Hispanic evangelical faith-based network.

The Christian gathering contrasts with polling that has shown a significant minority of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim. A 2012 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 17 percent of respondents held that belief about the president, while 49 percent said he was a Christian and 31 percent did not know his faith.

In his weekly address before Easter, the president made a point of describing his Christian family.

“As Christians, my family and I remember the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for each and every one of us — how He took on the sins of the world and extended the gift of salvation,” he said.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 5. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 5. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Obama added that they are committed to following Jesus’ example: “To loving our Lord and Savior. To loving our neighbors. And to seeing in everyone, especially ‘the least of these,’ as a child of God.”

In remarks introducing the president, Vice President Joe Biden recounted his recent trip to Rome for the installation of Pope Francis, saying he was moved by the new pope’s focus on justice.

  • Gea

    Obama tells everybody what they want to hear! One should not believe ANTEING he says but observe his actions and inaction. Barack Hussein Obama had been living up to his middle name ever since he got to power. He gives money to his Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt for their war on Egyptian women and F-16 for their war on Israel, while pretending to “have Israel’s back”. He has Israel’s back to stab it when least expected. Obama role in the rape and murder of US Ambassador in Libya needs to be investigated, since it was his administration that prevented US Marines to carry live munitions in the Arab countries with which they could defend US diplomats. Obama is helping subvert US Constitution in US and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the UN to cover up for Islam, which is a supremacist Nazi like ideology of hate of non-Muslims and particularly delusional Jew hatred. Obama is the grand master of Taqiyya-Islamic principle of lying for Islam.