Interesting guest post by Barton Price over at Religion in American History a couple weeks ago on Choosing a Pastor-President. His analysis looks at the role of President both currently and in historical perspective, and points out interesting comparisons between civil and ecclesiastical governance structures.
What intrigues me about Obama’s activities in response to the Aurora shooting is that they are peripheral to his presidential duties, but they have become integral to the extra-constitutional job description for the President of the United States of America. These duties often involve activities that mirror those of a pastor. If these duties are now part of the unwritten role of the President, then they prompt us to ask who is the better president-pastor.