Since The Old Fool has revealed his support for President Obama, he has received personal emails from a dear friend. The messages seemed to be motivated by uncertainty and fear. In this post The Old Fool would like to remind everyone that Jesus in the most trying of times said, “fear not.”
The first of the messages to The Old Fool was a Youtube video that revealed the depth of Obama’s involvement in and knowledge of Islam. I’ve watched the video several times. So what did The Old Fool see?
The Old Fool saw that Obama strongly values his Islamic heritage, much the way an Anabaptist values his heritage even though he has given up parts of it for a different life,. or as a Hebrew Christian speaks Yiddish at times, eats a passover meal, or goes on a pilgrimage to the Hold Land.
What the video does not show is another part of Obama’s pilgrimage. He arrived in Chicago as a young lawyer and began to work with Christian churches in neighborhood development. While doing that he converted to the Christian faith. Though he is a Christian, he can still speak to Muslims from the point of view of an insider.
There is another video out there that someone should resurrect. Before Obama was president he gave a speech to a group exploring the Christian faith. He said that if the US took the Sermon on the Mount seriously it would dismantle the defense department.
It seems to me that Barack Obama has had a glimpse of the best of two great religions. He is moving toward the best in both religions and is hated by the worst in both religions.
Whether reelected or not, The Old Fool believes Barack Obama may have a major role in the dangerous, yet hope-filled times that lie ahead for our world. Think of the good done by Carter and Clinton since they moved out of the limitations imposed on the presidency. Even ex-presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton could become friends and pursue a common goal. The Old Fool doubt that he will live long enough to see the potential of Obama’s usefullness in a post-presidency career.
Yes, The Old Fool will vote for Barak Obama for a second term as president. He see no other option, other than to withdraw from the responsibility given a citizen. He chooses not to do that.
In a time when a citizen did not have the right to vote, the Apostle Paul advised as follows: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
All those in authorty now includes the newly elected Somali president who was a student in the peace studies program at Eastern Mennonite University. Let us pray for him as he tries to use the authority of what he learned at EMU. What the citizens of Somali must long for is the freedom to live peaceful and quiet lives. Let’s pray for that for them, and fear not.
The next post will likely also belong to the politcal category