Is it just me, or does it seem as if the whole country has succumbed to Happy Hour at the "forget how to think for yourself" Obamanaide Brewery? It's an outrage. It's an ObamaNation...in more ways than one.
I am a vocal supporter of equality among God's people...which means, everyone on earth. There is no exclusive pass to Club Heaven and everyone is VIP; even those we don't see eye-to-eye with. Therefore, I'm incredibly touched and moved by the spirit of humanity that exists not only in our nation, but in the greater majority of our world. It is this spirit that has transcended all forms of hatred and persecution evident in our history, and has paved way for change, for something different. In this country, we have never seen a leader at the pinnacle of power who was anything but white and male. It must be acknowledged, that we as a human community have moved beyond the radical forms of cultural discrimination and have opened our minds and thus our world, to endless possibilities.
This country will no doubt have more white male presidents. It has certainly had many admirable ones. And we must appreciate, in the same manner of inclusivity, the value that the growing minority of white males, has. They too, even though demonized by mainstream society, have a valuable place in the human system. Additionally, we will no doubt see other men of color, varying heritage, backgrounds and beliefs, set foot into the most prestigious position of power and leadership in the world. It does of course make me wonder, about gender. Will women ever be truly embraced as not only plausible but impeccably providential leaders? And within that question, what can we as members of the human race, demand from ourselves in the heart of reason and future? One can argue that women are on the cusp of grasping the same reality that Obama and his fellow African-Americans just embraced. Maybe one day, we will see the tears of women flow as they watch the final ceiling shatter...maybe I can hope.
I am very aware of the barriers that the Obama presidency have crossed in terms of societal blockades. I'm pleased at the growth and evolution of the human mind and the spirit of our God given humanity and compassion. I can certainly empathize with the oppression felt by those in this country who have suffered much. And I rejoice in their joy and the exultation of release from years of political and societal bondage.
However, I must remove myself from pure emotions and remain fluid as our world remains fluid. Nothing every stays the same and, being it was his political slogan, Obama should understand that change happens. It has happened in multitudes of our history, it is happening now and it will happen again, and again, and again. We as humans, masters of our own God given free will and highest of the intellectual creatures, should also desire to remain fluid in our thoughts and beliefs on the world around us. Fluidity doesn't mean loosing firm grasp on that which you subscribe, it simply means being open to the idea that things and life moves and we must move with it. I love God and Christ...that will never change. But as life moves, I must be able to move with it and I can do that if my motion is in sync with that of the Trinity.
Obama makes me nervous. Not fearful for I believe in the protection and guidance of our Lord. My concern comes in the form of my lack of faith in other humans and therefore, lack of trust in their better judgment. For all purposes concerned, it is my deepest hope that Obama can lead this country and this world in ways that are beneficial to all and are constructive rather than destructive. My greater concern, however, comes from the fact that it appears everyone has been drinking the Obama Kool-ade and no one remembers how to think for themselves. I wonder if these people will be too prideful to admit or call foul when Obama makes a mistake...which he will because he's human and flawed; as are we all. Or will every action by blindly justified?
Our media is a tool of propaganda. It has been for centuries in its various forms. I don't fault the media for everything, that would be foolish. But it does have its role in the conspiracy of Group Think. I don't wish to have others tell me what to think or how to act or vote or believe. I despise those remarks made out of ignorance that propagate those who lack faith in our new president, as uneducated and ignorant. Rather, I believe ignorance lies in the mind that does not challenge what it is told.
Think about all that you know. Where did you learn it? Who told you? Where did they learn it? Are certain they were 100% factual and nothing was altered or exaggerated or left out? Could it be that any of the things you learned and know came from humans who are also imperfect and flawed? You see, all that we know has been taught to us in one way or another. Given through lessons and stories. And even that which we know from experience, looses its flavor as memory fails us. We can only be so sure. So to have the audacity to claim we KNOW and we KNOW better than you...shows the real ignorance.
Of things, we can be certain. We can be convinced. We can believe. For everything, there will come a time when truth is all revealed. Therefore, it is not up to any one of us to claim we know Obama's mind, thoughts and true plans. In reality, we hardly know our own minds, thoughts and plans. Life is but moment to moment. Fluid.
I pray that those who like and those who dislike Obama, can come together just the same for the betterment of humanity; for life. I pray for ignorance to fade among God's people and to show us ways in which we can build our neighbor up rather than tear them down. I pray for the dwelling of the Holy Spirit amongst all the world's leaders, that they may be open to hearing the voice of God and following the light of Christ. I will never give up the hope that one day we can KNOW what global human peace is really about...what it feels like, smells like, looks like. But its not something that one man, one president can accomplish. But one humanity, lead by the Holy Spirit can accomplish anything. After all, nothing is impossible.
In the meantime, we need to live out the calling that God has placed on all of our lives and that is to help those who are suffering. It starts with one mind being willing to act out of compassion. While the world waits for perfection and for one man to be the cure to all, there are those who wait on the man who was and is our true Savior and in serving Him, we are loving the world back to health. Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, parent the parent-less, shelter the homeless, give, give and keep giving. Never stop giving of yourself...that is the essence of humanity and humanity in its purest form is contagious. Spread the love, not the wealth. One lasts forever, the other is tangible waste.
I'd like to leave you with one of my favorite Scriptures:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.