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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

About Martin Lehman

88 years old; widowed after marriage to Rhoda Krady for 67 years, a retired Mennonite pastor, bishop, conference executive. A change agent, history writer, amateur philosopher, living with my daughter Rachel and her husband, Eldon Stoltzfus, in Goshen, Indiana.
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One Response to More on Politics

  1. James R. Ranck (Jim) says:

    When I attended Lancaster Mennonite School, the motto I saw across the front of the chapel every morning was “Thy Word is Truth.” That is still where my faith leads me. I suppose that one could teach Genesis 1 & 2 as myths, but then who decides what else is fact or myth in the Scriptures? What about Genesis 3? I choose to believe that God spoke the world into existence as reported. Science has confirmed that energy can be converted to mass (E=mc2). Can you imagine the energy released when God speaks and how creative that could be? I believe in science, but I also in my lifetime have seen many science theories proven false or revised. When I was in college DNA information was in its formative stages. I believe that the pool of proven factual scientific knowledge is a dot compared to the knowledge of God and the universe yet to be revealed in this life and the next. Just because a blindfolded person may feel the leg of an elephant and say that it is a tree does not make it a tree anymore than an ignorant person like me reading Genesis 1 & 2 and saying it is a myth makes it such. How much do we not know or see?

    To teach Genesis 1 & 2 as myths just raises more issues for me later in Scripture. It becomes for me like trying to talk your way out of a lie. It is so much easier to tell the truth consistently than to try to remember what you may have said before if it wasn’t true. I digress. What about all of the other references in Scripture to the six days of creation? I assume that you are limiting your comments to the creation story and not to Adam and Eve as mythical persons because then what do you do with the genealogies and Paul’s references to Adam.

    Matthew 18:6 places a severe penalty on anyone who causes a little child to stumble. Why would Scripture include a story that appears to be accepted as fact throughout Scripture when it is a myth? Jesus also teaches that children do not seem to have problems accepting such teachings, and that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we all need to become like little children in regards to our faith. Obviously much more could be said about that.

    To me the theory of evolution (which I sense you are referencing) is just that, an evolving theory that keeps changing and yet so many have little difficulty accepting as proven fact. It is easier for me to believe Genesis 1 & 2 as events that will someday be seen clearly and may even fit neatly into evolution or vice versa.

    Finally I believe that many today have lost the fear of the Lord in our lives. Our church and small group just went through a video teaching series on The Fear of the Lord. When there is a lack of the fear of the Lord, the glory of the Lord is withdrawn and judgment is postponed. In Israel’s early days God’s glory was present in the pillar of cloud and fire and judgment was immediate in most cases. Later on in Israel’s life God’s glory was lifted and we see even priests doing abominable things such as Levi’s sons and getting away with it for a time. It was also that way in the early church where God’s glory was evident in signs and miracles, and judgment was quite immediate (Ananias and Sapphira). Today the glory of the Lord has departed for the most part from the church in America and we can do and teach almost anything without fear of immediate judgment. I believe that if we truly knew the greatness if God and could fathom in even a small way the greatness and minuteness of God and His creation (science is revealing more and more of it each day) that we would tremble before our Creator and fall on our faces in awe and reverence. Who would dare to question the Word of God as Truth unless he did not believe it to be the truth, not just contain truth? Anyway that is where I am at this stage in my life? I love God’s Word and to hear it minimalized in any way just bothers me.

    Paul in II Timothy 4 after his great statement on the Holy Scriptures in chapter 3 states in verses 3 and following that “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (NIV version)

    I must say Martin that when I read your posting on Saturday it really bothered me and I woke up early Sunday morning praying and trying to figure out if I should respond and how. Yesterday in church a visiting pastor spoke on disappointment and asked how we respond to people who disappoint us. You were once my overseer. I pondered that and prayed that my respond would not be an attack, but truthful and gracious. I’m not sure that I succeeded. As you can guess, there are other areas that I strongly disagree with you on also. When our nation has murdered through abortion 15 million babies and our president has supported such child sacrifice to the gods of convenience, pleasure, my needs, etc, how patient our God is! We are mocking His Word in many other areas also I believe such as same sex marriage. If people want to live in same sex relationships and our country wants to give them equal rights with married couples, so be it. But why must they call it marriage? I know that we use that term to describe other relationships such as the marriage of church and state for example, but I believe that it traditionally refers to the union of a man and women. And I believe that a same sex union is a sin in God’s eyes as is adultery, but today we accept both in many churches. The Fear of God has departed.

    Many people called the prophets who stated that Assyria and Babylon would take Israel captive false prophets (and even killed or jailed them) because “God would not let a more ungodly nation capture a less godly one.” (Quotes are mine) Therefore I will vote but can see God using either man to bring His judgment on our land. There was an article in our paper the other day that stated that Mormonism is the fastest growing religion in our land. I have read elsewhere that Mormon teachings include the eventual takeover of America. I just thank my God that He is in control and I am more confident of that today than ever before. He has control of our future and has my vote. I am praying for an awakening in America and that our nation will return to its roots. (I know that there is even disagreement on our roots as history is being revised.) “God is Awesome and Great”

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