Barack Obama, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast:
"I didn’t become a Christian until many years later, when I moved to the South Side of Chicago after college. It happened not because of indoctrination or a sudden revelation, but because I spent month after month working with church folks who simply wanted to help neighbors who were down on their luck – no matter what they looked like, or where they came from, or who they prayed to. It was on those streets, in those neighborhoods, that I first heard God’s spirit beckon me. It was there that I felt called to a higher purpose – His purpose. "
I wish I knew a little more about how Obama would explain his becoming a Christian. He seems to be saying that what led him to Christianity was seeing 'church folks' living lives of compassion and justice around him over a period of time. This beckons a few questions:
What is a Christian?
How exactly does a life of good deeds and a commitment to social justice lead someone to the Christian faith?