The other help Obama has received has come from African-American clergy who willfully choose to ignore biblical imperatives in what good stewards should look for in placing a man in leadership and giving him the responsibility of protecting the life of God's creatures.
Sharpton and Jackson were quick to embrace Obama because long ago both traded genuine spiritual conviction for political power and prestige. Yet with Obama there have been increasing numbers of more traditional black clergy who, until now, have strongly, almost violently disagreed with Obama's position on protecting the life of the most downtrodden, on protecting the fidelity of the institution of marriage, etc., and are now kowtowing to Obama's coattails and refusing their biblical responsibility of speaking truth.
The New York Times did a multi-page feature piece last year supposedly "profiling" Obama's faith. Yet nowhere in the piece did they describe Obama's conversion or salvation experience, his confession of personal sin, need for repentance, or willingness to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and King.
And then there is the issue of what his "pastor" of the "church" Obama does attend actually does teach...
Dr. Jeremiah Wright is famous on Chicago's South Side, and because of Obama's profile he has been raised to the highest national profile of his years as a leader. Yet as any African-American born-again Christian from Chicago's South Side would tell you, the gospel he preaches resembles little of what's found in the Bible.
Dr. Wright is as likely to drop an "F-bomb" from his pulpit as he is to discuss the idea of self-sacrifice, taking up one's cross and following Christ. He is more prone to expound upon the percentages of the racial make-up of the prison system, regardless of and separate from the issue of the actual guilt of the prisoners, than he would be to teach that all of us as sinners must admit our sinful nature and yield ourselves over to the redemption Christ made available through his death and resurrection. He even goes so far as to blame the United States of America for "starting" the AIDS virus--a patent lie--as opposed to speaking truthfully about different choices of sexual behavior having consequences. And none of this even begins to touch the whole "scriptural text isn't to be understood literally but is really an analogy for African Americans in today's world" mishandling of the text issue.
And though Obama gives vague statements of "disagreement" with some things his pastor says, Obama has never expounded on what a single one of those disagreements would be.
In reality, Barack Obama has claimed a mainstream Christian faith. He has done so to soothe over ruffled feathers of traditional black clergy. He has done so to hoodwink the seeker friendly and emergent church movements who thrive on feeling and not on substance. He has done so to attempt to portray himself as outwardly friendly to the same Christian principles as Dr. James Dobson.
Yet he, in his own words, by his own votes, and under the spiritual voices he submits himself to, resembles little of the mind of the one the text calls 'The Christ.'
Hope, Change, and Jesus - three words Obama has built a campaign around, yet lacking context, he will surely bring doom to the future meaning of all three.