Over the last several months I have heard quite a few Christians question the authenticity of Barack Obama's Christian faith. The comments tend to fall along the lines of, "I don't care what he says, he can't be a Christian."
I understand where this comment comes from, but I think it reveals a flawed and destructive perspective. Barack Obama has made a profession of faith and since he attended a Baptist church I'm going to assume he has been duly baptized. His own theology may be deeply uninformed and full of serious errors, but no matter how you slice it, he has made a credible profession of faith. I have personally heard him say that his sins are forgiven by the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We can't look into Barack's heart or the eternal mind of God and know whether or not he is "truly regenerate." No one can. However, we can see what God has given us to look at - and based on those things, we are called to extend a judgment of charity to him. Last I checked, he hasn't been excomminucated or put under any kind of ecclesial censure.
Barack's political philosophy is deeply problematic in my opinion. I think his position on "pro-choice" is a major, major problem to which he will be held into account. But that doesn't make him a non-Christian as far as I can tell. We should be very thankful that he is NOT a professing Muslim, atheist, or Wiccan. What we need to do is pray that he would seek God's wisdom through His word and come to greater Christian maturity.
If Obama suffers some series of major moral lapses or explicit denials of the faith, we'll have to take that into account at that time. Until then, let's pray for our Christian brother as a Christian brother.