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

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sheerahkahn

April 14, 2012  2:30am

"I rejoice because Christ is preached, whether for wrong or right motives He is being glorified...let alone from the leader of the world's most influential nation! ... and yet, it is a sphere of society where His light must be broguht (sic), it has influence in the world," And if the same mouth that "Christ is preached, whether for wrong or right motives He is being glorified" is also the same mouth that orders people to be killed without due process against the very laws that the professes to uphold, do you still feel Christ is preached? Do you also view Christ is preached when that same mouth orders people to tortured or indefinitely detained without trial or even having the opportunity to confront their accuser? Do you feel that the voice that speaks praise of Christ gives glory or shame with the bible waving in one hand, while the other hand is covered in blood? You'll have to forgive me if I view this sentiment of yours as ignorant at worst, or naive at best. And speaking of best, and worst, this is how I see it... The best, and I mean this with all sincerity... the best we can hope from government, or politicians is indifference. The worst is their endorsement because the nature of man changes for the oddest of fashions or fads, and the same hand that gives can also take away.

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Daniel

April 12, 2012  6:43am

I rejoice because Christ is preached, whether for wrong or right motives He is being glorified. Who are we to now tear down those who are speaking about Christ. Any mention of Him is beautiful, let alone from the leader of the world's most influential nation! I have a hard time reconciling politics and faith as well. personally I would never step foot near a political office as long as I could live, and I see Jesus doing the same, and yet, it is a sphere of society where His light must be broguht, it has influence in the world, and His name is being lifted up. What a glorious moment!

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Steve Martin

April 11, 2012  11:17pm

We really don't need any worldly partners (such as governments). We need people of mission who will proclaim Christ and His forgiveness of sins to lost people. In season...and out of season. It's pretty close to being out of season. Let's have the guts to speak of the need of a real Savior (not government and penultimate issues)...and the guts to proclaim who that Savior is.

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elegance

April 11, 2012  10:12pm

No to be missed: the seminar on "Fashion Imagery" at the Q Gathering. Sounds like it will be so "of the moment". What will Christians think of next?

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sheerahkahn

April 11, 2012  9:43am

""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..." Hmm... I'm going to go out on a limb and say government is not the answer, period.end-of-sentence. I would also extend the fact that any political figure active in political office is not a partner to Y'shua's church no matter how sincere, or how well meaning...nothing good has ever come from a mix of religion and politics, ever.

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