Michelle Obama cites Jesus as model for citizenship

First lady Michelle Obama Thursday offered a rare public reflection on her religious faith, telling a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal church that the life of Jesus Christ is a model for democratic organizing.

“It’s kind of like church,” Obama said. “Our faith journey isn’t just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It’s about what we do Monday through Saturday as well, especially in those quiet moments, when the spotlight’s not on us, and we’re making those daily choices about how to live our lives.

“We see that in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t limit his ministry to the four walls of the church,” she said. “He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day. He was out there spreading a message of grace and redemption to the least, the last, and the lost. And our charge is to find Him everywhere, every day by how we live our lives.”

Obama, who is not a regular churchgoer, said citizenship like the practice of faith is “not a once-a-week kind of deal.”

“Democracy is also an everyday activity,” she said. “And being an engaged citizen should once again be a daily part of our lives.”

The first lady said such engagement involved “the tireless, the thankless, relentless work of making change, you know, the phone-calling, letter-writing, door-knocking, meeting-planning kind of work.”

Her appearance at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., was dubbed an official event by the White House to recognize the history and legacy of the AME church, particularly its role in the civil rights movement.

“Time and again, history has shown us that there is nothing – nothing – more powerful than ordinary citizens coming together for a just cause,” Obama said. “And that is particularly true of folks in the AME church.”

The first lady concluded her trip to Tennessee with a campaign fundraiser in Memphis.

Culled From Yahoo News

4 Comments on "Michelle Obama cites Jesus as model for citizenship"

  1. Babs Valentine | June 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply

    Thank God if people in Authourity will emulate the the rules of Jesus Christ by practise what they preach and not doing what power intoxicate them to do that is why the world is not at peace today.

  2. This is the same president under whose reign has made June the official month for LGBT. You can look it up if you like. As Babs said, if they would practice what they preach, we will all be better off. Nonetheless, great point by Michelle Obama.

  3. Ola-Michael, O | July 1, 2012 at 12:19 am | Reply

    Beware of Hippocrates, how can you pay a lip service and expect every one to trust you . Except if she has a different philosophical orientation from her husband, how could Mr president Sodom and Gomorrah whilethe 1st Lady preaching Christ? It is paradoxical and hypocritical. Beware of foxes in sheep clothing.

  4. Dear Brethren

    I believe all of you are missing the point in what Michelle Obama is trying to say. The message is very simple. DON,T CRITICISE. In the whole bible, Jesus never criticised the sinners. He criticised the So called Pharisees and Teachers of the Law and the Money Lenders who used his Father,s house wrongly. Jesus is the role model for us. And another thing, there is no greater or smaller sin. If you fornicate or lie, or steal your sin is just as the same as homosexuality. Sin is sin. No greater sin and no smaller sin. A homosexual is just the same like the unbelieving husbands and wives and brothers and sisters and friends whom we all have. Love them the way you love yourselves and don,t be hypocrites and Pharisees when it comes to LG.

    If you have to condemn them, then condemn your unbelieving spouses and loved ones too which includes family members and friends.

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