Obama is evolving

President Obama sometimes describes his views as evolving. From my perspective, the process is this “fools” life story. My life has been a process of evolving, a gradual change of perspecctive.

Evolving is sometimes sudden, and sometimes so slow it can hardly be observable. Yet even the Amish are evolving.  Their evolving is so slow as to be unobservable because the change is communal, not individualistic.  Some small change is allowed  by the bishop of a district only if every member of each congregation agrees to change at the same time.  At least, that is how I understand it.

In the 1960s, Professor Paul Miller was invited to teach the pastors of the Georgia, South Carolina and Peninsular Florida District of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. I was their bishop.  He knew that we were young pastors, sincere and conscientious, and away from our moorings in Pennsylvania.  He told us that it was alright to change our minds.  This allowed the pastors and me  to evolve and to allow our congregations to evolve.

A polititian like Obama is sometimes accused of flip-flopping when he changes his mind.  This is especially true  if the change occurs without explanation during a campaign for office.  But a polititian with character will publically announce a change of mind by saying I once thought that and now I believe this, and explains the reasons for the change.  I think Obama did it the right way.

I tend to trust a polititian who owns and explains his evolution.  I tend to distrust a polititian who boasts that he never changes his mind.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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