Amen, sister!

Follow the link below to a great post by Emily Hunter-McGowin. I find her wise, articulate and mature.

She put into words many of my feelings regarding our behavior during this election season.

If you’d like to engage in some conversation regarding Emily’s post, you are more than welcome to here at Driven to Wonder or feel free to comment at her blog, too. She seems very open to discussion.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robert Martin
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 10:21:30

    While there are a couple of theological points that Emily makes that I have some trouble with (we have differing views of eschatology apparently, at least on some parts), she makes some very EXCELLENT and telling points concerning the evangelical response.

    Thank you for posting this!


  2. Mike
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 22:00:38

    Thanks for the link! I can pretty much agree with everything here, particularly the points about fear and fear-mongering. Of course, you know me, and while I can concede the points about our President-Elect not being a socialist, he’s a bit too much that way for my liking; though, as Emily points out, and handily: a) that’s one issue among many—and among many on which Sen. Obama has rational, reasonable positions that are easy to agree with, and b) most of our leaders (including the current President and Congressional leaders of both parties) seem to be moving in that direction in ways that are uncomfortable for me.

    I find the discussions of Sen. Obama’s religion (“He’s a Muslim”) and his religious implications (“He’s the Antichrist” or “He’ll let the [Muslim] terrorists run rough-shod over us and not do anything”) ludicrous, and—honestly—nothing short of utterly disgusting. Yes, he has some stated policy positions that make me uncomfortable, but so would have Sen. McCain had he been elected.

    Eschatological speculations are part and parcel of any major change, because as we all know, if we listen to our parents, this country (and the world with it) has been going to Hell in a handbasket since the idyllic days of the 1950s.

    It ain’t happening. We have seen a sea-change in our politics since Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Thank God for that! We are experiencing changes in our economy—from materials-driven to information-driven; that doesn’t mean, however, that we are, of necessity, any less “productive” than we have been in the past. We are experiencing changes in our world. As Thomas Friedman has it, The World is Flat—and getting flatter all the time.

    On that last point, the Bush Administration, and many others in our nation, have allowed 9/11 to shape their perception of that flat world. Though I realize how and why they choose to do so, I do not. I prefer to live with a worldview dominated by 11/9: that day of freedom, hope, and optimism, twelve years earlier, when the Berlin Wall came down.

    Perhaps 11/4(/08) strengthens that dream—it was a great day for the United States in at least one regard (though I was and remain unconvinced that that regard alone was reason enough for it to happen). Perhaps it does not. Only the history of the next four years, which has yet to unfold to our eyes, will tell for sure.

    But as the days have passed since Sen. Obama’s election, I have only been able to note, that in many cases, no matter whom we, as individuals supported, we has individuals have forgone the opportunity—if we truly love and truly are proud of this country—to be as gracious as our candidates. As gracious as Sen. McCain in defeat, and as gracious as Sen. Obama in victory.

    Hate and vitriol, mockery and untruth, have no place in a campaign (but I defy anyone to run a campaign without them), but more than that, they have no place in a campaign’s aftermath.

    11/4 was a great day for the United States. A day that showed how far we have made it toward overcoming the racial ugliness in our history (though we may not be there yet). Perhaps it hails a series of great days to come; perhaps not. I don’t believe that any one person can change the course of government, let alone a nation. But as of January 20, Barack Obama will be my President; he will be America’s President; and he will, I believe, act always in what he believes are his country’s best interests, as has each and every President before him, to the best of his ability (as Chief Justice Roberts will ask him to swear before God and everyone on that day to come in January).

    I pray that President-Elect Obama finds the strength, the courage, and the support he needs to to exactly that. And while he and I may have different I ideas as to where the best interests of this country lie, I cannot—and will not—ask more of him, for the next four years, than his level best. Nor will I accept less from him; nor should he offer less to his country and the people who elected him. And I will pray each day that my God and his gives him wisdom and guidance, and the strength of will, mind, and body, to do just that.


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