Presidents who desire a “normal” worship experience (if anything a president does can be said to be normal) can find a way to have one if they wish. The standard for modern presidents is Jimmy Carter. I was fortunate to attend First Baptist Church in Washington when Carter was president. His regular attendance when he was in town established a type of normalcy that removed what might have been a disruptive experience had he only been an occasional visitor. While a pool of reporters always attended with him (and having reporters in church is a good thing!), they were respectful and did not intrude on the Carters’ worship experience.
It helped that Carter was a regular church-goer before he became president. He also taught Sunday School in Georgia and he continued to do so on occasion as president. I sat in his class and had the privilege of teaching it on one occasion when he and Rosalynn were there. That all of this seemed normal to Carter made the rest of us treat it as such. Carter even stayed to have coffee with fellow members in the church basement. I once “loaned” him a quarter for coffee because he wasn’t carrying any money that particular Sunday.
It is important for a president to be seen worshipping God if it is genuine and not political window dressing. There were stories in the press at the time that Carter’s example encouraged other Americans to go to church and seek God’s will for their lives.
If as president, Barack Obama adopts Carter as his church role model, he, too, will serve as an example to the nation that there is a power higher than a president’s and, as Scripture reminds us, “those who seek Him shall ever surely find Him.”