Obama as Faith Messenger

Addressing skeptical evangelicals, Obama's top faith adviser says: Listen to the president.

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By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

The Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody has posted a string of video clips of Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The most interesting one is above. Brody asks DuBois to address conservative evangelicals who are skeptical of President Obama.

DuBois's answer: Listen to Obama, and think for yourselves.

The implication is that evangelicals shouldn't blindly follow conservative evangelical opinion-makers who demonize the president. It says a lot about Dubois's view of Obama as his own best faith messenger.

Here's a transcript of DuBois's full answer:

I would just say it's always helpful to go directly to the source. For me, I don't want to convey a message to seek to teach anyone anything but for me when I'm seeking to evaluate a public official, an elected official, President or anyone else I try to ignore the blogs, ignore the emails and just listen to what they saying and really think for myself and really discern for myself where they're coming from and having known the President for awhile, known his family, talked with him and prayed with him he's not going to get everything right but he does have a heart for people and a heart for really trying to do things in a way that disregards political divides and seeks to find some common ground. So I would say if folks can kind of listen to him and think for themselves about what he's saying and what his actions are make their decisions based on that.