There are probably many definitions of the word "faith," but to me, the one that appears to be the most objectively acceptable and easily understood is "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." In the past, most of our presidents openly professed their faith, especially during times of war or when faced with catastrophic natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

During World War II, President Roosevelt often spoke openly about his faith in God, the fighting spirit of the American soldier and the resolve of the American citizen. As quoted by his wife Eleanor, "I am grateful for the fact that my country is made up of many peoples, that I have an opportunity to show that I really believe that all men are created equal, that our boys whom I love have not fallen and for my husband's belief in God." Soon after the United States had entered the war, a meeting in the Atlantic took place between Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of England. During this meeting, upon the desk of the ship "PRINCE OF WALES," soldiers from both countries, along with their leaders sang from hymnbooks and it was later commented by the president, that, "Over the vast ship, so bright and gay with its glittering colors, there was a unity of faith of two people." Churchill himself attested, "Every word seemed to stir the heart and none who took part in it will forget the spectacle presented "It was a great hour to live."

Other great presidents, such as Washington, Wilson, Regan and Truman also expressed the importance of faith in their lives and how it played an important part in their ability to lead the country. Even President Lincoln, who according to some researchers, seemed to lack faith when he first entered into the presidency, was later observed by an army captain named Derickson, "to be often reading the Bible."

For the most part, faith has always played an important part in the lives of American presidents, but until now it has never been so adamantly positioned as the bulwark to the framework of a presidency. Today, President Bush not only occasionally talks about his faith, but also demonstrates it to those around him on a daily basic, by his actions. While other political leaders who profess their faith marvel at the president's boldness, others consider him to be politically incorrect and foolhardy for not following the political protocol of the day, which seems to promote the abolishment of the concept to "lead by example," especially where such a sensitive issue as one's own personal faith is included. Unfortunately, political adversaries are always willing to take advantage of any such target areas in order to hammer away at someone's character, in order to strengthen their own.

While the president's unwavering faith is an acceptable strength to some, to others who lack the same type of faith, it is commonly misinterpreted as stubbornness or selfishness. Subsequently, to many of these politicians and many others like them among the electorate, whatever faith based decisions the president makes, they will almost never be agreed to, because for the most part, they will always be misunderstood. Sadly, in the eyes of many of today's politicians, faith is just another one of those politically incorrect ingredients, similar to morality, integrity or honor that is seldom acknowledged and even avoided as part of a healing prescription to a seriously inflicted and wavering society. Instead, like a small container of oregano, deeply tucked away within the kitchen cabinet, it remains unused until the politician sees fit to casts a scattering of it upon the souls of his or her followers to revive their favor and continue to falsely lead them into thinking that he or she actually has a moral compass that is faithfully followed.

Everyone's personal version of faith is their own business. While some place their ultimate trust in God, others choose to look inward to themselves, friends and even devices in which to gain personal strength and guidance. Wherever your faith comes from, the testing of it will only come to an end, when your life comes to an end. As for me and my own personal measure of faith, it'll never be enough. But then again, is the amount of faith the issue, or is the real issue about the person who professes to have it, but never puts it to the test? Or what kind of leadership could we expect from a person of little faith, if any at all? "FAITHLESS IN D.C.?"

You decide.