Slices | February 7, 2014
During the National Prayer Breakfast at the White House, President Barack Obama called for the release of two American missionaries imprisoned overseas, adding his voice to the growing number of deeply concerned voices. Kenneth Bae, who has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea; and Saeed Abedini, who has been sentenced to eight years of prison in Iran, were both named by the President. “History shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people, including the freedom of religion, are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful,” Obama said. “Nations that do not uphold these rights sow the bitter seeds of instability and violence and extremism. So, freedom of religion matters to our national security."
The President's speech covered a variety of topics, from his feelings about the state of the American church to his gratitude for the Church's influence in his own life. "I'm grateful not only because I was broke and the Church fed me, but because it led to everything else," he said. "It led me to embrace Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It led me to Michelle, the love of my life, and it blessed me with two extraordinary daughters" ... Discuss