December 13, 2011
On Sunday, President Barack Obama and his family attended St. John's Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House, where the Rev. Dr. Luis Leon likened Obama to John the Baptist in his sermon, the Christian Post reports. The pastor told the congregation that the expectations Americans had from Obama were similar to the expectations religious leaders in Jesus' day had about John the Baptist -- that he was the Messiah or a prophet. Leon said Americans expected Obama to bring an immediate change, but "people have a tendency to create idols. Society must wait without idols." On Sunday night, speaking at the 30th annual "Christmas in Washington" concert, Obama said the story of Jesus had changed the world by teaching love, compassion, forgiveness and faith. "These are values that are shared by all faiths," he said.