Q Gathering Starts with President Obama
The President tells evangelical leaders "you have a partner in the White House."

The Q gathering began on Tuesday in Washington DC with a video address from President Obama. As reported by Sarah Pulliam Bailey at Christianity Today, the President addressed the role of Christian faith in motivating the 700 leaders at the conference, and the work of Christ on the cross. Here's the video of his remarks:

"It was a time to reflect on what Christ did for us on the cross, and praise a God whose work in our midst didn't culminate on the cross, but continues today. That work can be found in our culture, our congregations, our missions, and our love for one another. It can be found in all of you who are doing your part around the world to address our most difficult challenges. God's hand is moving through his people."

Sarah Pulliam Bailey reports that:

Obama specifically mentioned the Passion Conference's efforts to end modern slavery and Portland congregations who are working with local city government to serve community.... "In all these efforts, I want you to know that you have a partner in the White House," Obama said. "But we also know that government isn't the only answer. So many of the challenges we face are also problems of the heart, and without committed individuals, thriving families and strong institutions, any attempt to address them will be incomplete."
"The fact of Easter, and the reality of what God is doing in the world requires us to confront the opportunities and challenges of our age," Obama said in his address. "I look forward to continuing to work with you towards restoration and justice."

Read the complete report at Christianity Today.

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April 11, 2012