I know that posting about politics is tricky. Especially since my beliefs in this particular race differ than the majority of my friends and family. But among many of my conversations with friends lately, there’s been a constant theme regarding this current political race… “I just haven’t paid attention”… “I don’t know the issues”… “I’m not sure who I’d vote for”… and on and on. Friends, please let me encourage you… this is probably one of the most important races of our history. Don’t close a blind eye. It’s not too late to read, listen, research, read, listen. Your opinion counts. Your issues count. Your vote counts.
All that to say…
I listened to a speech today… that regardless of your favorite candidate… is worthy of your attention. Barack Obama addressed the complex issues of racism in our country… historically and currently… as well as where our future may lead us, given the paths we choose today. The speech’s original purpose was to address the controversy that’s come as a result of a sermon his former pastor, Rev. Wright, preached that contained racist and unpatriotic comments…. and the media’s hyperbole charge that Obama should denounce his former pastor and friend… if he were a true American… if he were a true Christian.
From a personal note (i.e., my humble opinion), I believe Barack eloquently addressed these issues from a deep understanding of the people that make up America… and with a grace and mercy that truly reflects the Gospel . This is a very risky stance to take for someone who’s in the running for the most influential political position of our country… and possibly of the world.
I urge you to listen to (or at least read) Obama’s speech. Even Hilary Clinton said publicly today that this was a very important and historic speech. I urge you to set aside your politics for just a moment… whether you support Clinton, McCain, Obama, or your own mama…. this is an important message about where we are as a nation in terms of racial healing… focusing on the hope of our ability, and the charge to our responsibility, to not become complacent… to not accept the status-quo… but to create even greater foundations for future generations.
It’s about 30 minutes… so grab a cup of coffee and settle in. It will be 30 minutes very well spent. Go here if you want to read the transcripts of the speech.