I’ve decided to re-open my blog. It’s been closed for the last two years (I’ll be trying to find old posts and put them up as sort of an archive). It’s not that I actually have any more time than over the last couple years, it may actually be that I have less. However, I’ve decided, with help, that announcing my feelings and thoughts to the world ought to be more subtle and nuanced than your everyday, average facebook status update.
So here goes – first off a point of clarification on said facebook status update.
Shortly after the election was called in favor of President-Elect Obama, I casually, some might say cavalierly, update my facebook to say I was disappointed in the naivete of America. That bears some explanation.
Here’s what I meant by that.
1. It is naive for any of us to put our faith in any politician, judge, piece of legislation et al. Especially for those of us who call ourselves Christians, followers of Christ, or Believers. Our faith should rest firmly and securely in One God expressed in the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity.
This is of special importance when members of our society actually believe that a politician is capable of paying their mortgage and/or filling up their gas tanks for them if they vote accordingly.
It’s important to note that our civic involvment is important, and worthy of careful thought, fervant prayer and measured action. In other words, if you are a citizen and didn’t vote, you may now close your mouth for the next four years regarding the policies of our new President. This is my opinion. You obviously have the right to say whatever you want, that’s one of the many beauties of America.
2. My worry about an Obama Presidency is that regardless of how well he may govern, people will be disappointed. He is a man of immense talent and capability, and his rhetoric is soaring, impressive and uplifting. He is obviously gifted, educated and thoughtful. However; he is young – very young, and by Presidential Standards, woefully inexperienced. But again, I truly believe he is very capable. But the expectations surrounding his election are so high, so full of lofty ideals (and worthy ones) that his actual administration of the government may leave people disappointed.
The answer is found in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” RSV
There is much to be admired about Barrack Obama and his ascendancy to the most powerful office in the world. Again, he is articulate, talented, educated, thoughtful, and one who has raised hope for so many. By electing the first African-American President in our history, America is, and should be, very proud. Who would have thought this possible just 40 years ago? This is a wonderful moment in our shared history one full of redemption and promise.
As an American, I am proud that as part of this election cycle we have overcome many divides. Barrack Obama was not, afterall, the only history maker. Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin – regardless of your opinion of either – were both glass-ceiling-shatterers in their own right.
My prayer now is that the political divides in our nation, may be healed. That the insidious racism that still exists in pockets of our land will be rooted out, once and for all. That the intellectual elite, and humbly-minded fundamentalist Christians can learn mutual respect. And that the rest of us, those in the middle somewhere, those of us that exist in some sense of grey, can be the ones who bring us all together.
I have watched the conservatives repudiate the left of the Clinton years, and watched liberals lacerate conservatives over the last 8 years. Let’s hope that we can all recognize that, as Americans, what makes us the same is stronger than what makes us different. Out of many, one.