Reporter's Note: President Obama has often spoken about his faith. He has, however, never spoken about my letters. Ah well.
Dear Mr. President,
Call it intuition, call it a sixth sense, call it what you will, but I have a feeling that this debt limit deal you have been so eagerly awaiting is just around the corner. I can’t say if it will be the kind of plan you have wanted so much, but at this point anything that keeps the sky from falling is going to be greeted with some relief I suspect.
That said I want to mention something else: Did you see this poll about God’s approval rating? Apparently this survey by Public Policy Polling found that only 52 percent of the people questioned approve of the job God is doing, 40 percent aren’t sure what to think, and 9 percent disapprove.
I realize that I joke around a lot here, but I mean no disrespect in bringing this up. (Especially if, as some theologians say, God sees all. Of course, I may be trouble on that account anyway ...) The simple fact is I think this poll tells us more about ourselves than it does about God anyway. I think it says that we are in some pretty rough times and it is hard to be faithful, hopeful, and positive when so much seems to be going wrong. I think it says belief can be difficult, and even more so when we wonder where and how the hand of God will appear to set things right. I interviewed a rabbi about this poll and he said, “I’m surprised God’s approval rating was so high.”
I’m not sure what I would have said to such a survey. How do I feel about how God is doing? I don’t know. Seems like an awfully big question. Kind of like, “How do you feel about everything?” Come to think of it, I guess we hear a version of that question all the time. Someone gets onto the elevator, or passes you on the street and says, “How’s it going?” My usual answer is “Great.” So I suppose that is how I would answer this survey as well, because Heaven knows someone…or something…beyond me deserves most of the credit for all the good things I see in the world even in difficult times.
I guess the question that would interest me more is this: How does God feel I am doing? That, I think, is an approval rating that matters.
Call if you get a moment.
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