So… if you know me, you know that I rarely talk about politics.
It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just that talking politics makes me feel so helpless and overwhelmed.
The only political candidate I have ever been even remotely excited about is Mike Huckabee, and it wasn’t because he’s a believer, but because he has a ton of integrity and actually lives out the lifestyle of Jesus.
Now that he’s out of the picture, I haven’t engaged the whole political forum too much just becuase I don’t especially like either of the candidates. Obama has some good social policies, McCain has some good international policies, but neither one of them have demonstrated very much integrity, which is basically a deal-breaker for me about whether I really respect someone. And what’s heart-breaking is that you just about can’t make it this far in the whole political circus with your integrity in tact. Someone will come along and paint themselves with a much prettier brush and the public will eat it up…
I don’t know what to do but pray.
It’s time, I think, to start the conversation among folks like me, and here’s why:
I know way too many people who have a seriously twisted view of Barack Obama. And they come in two packages:
1) There’s the folks who think that Obama is the anti-christ. You know some of these folks. Some of you reading this are those folks. You forward emails that say that he is really a radical muslim and he’s going to flip the whole white house upside down the first chance he gets.
You people make Christianity look bad.
I’m sorry, but it’s true. You make the talking heads on the radio and on TV sound so justified when they accuse the ‘evangelicals’ of being blind, bigotted, and down-right ignorant.
If you don’t want to vote for Obama, then great, but please ask yourself why and then do your homework to back it up.
There’s at least one really good reason not to vote for this guy, which I’m getting to…
2) Then you have the folks who think this guy is the Messiah. You have the t-shirt and the bumper sticker, but if you’re honest, the only real reason you like him is that everyone else does. He’s just a rock star and who doesn’t want to like a rock star? You throw around terms like ‘social justice’ and ‘change’ and ‘reform’, but you have no idea how Obama will be any better or worse for that than McCain, it’s just that everyone seems to agree that he’s a better man for the job.
Any of this sounding familiar?
I guess in fairness, there is a third category of folks who really don’t know what to think. You haven’t made your mind up and you’re not sure what’s true and what’s a lie and you don’t even know if you’re going to vote at all because either choice seems to be the wrong choice…
Regardless of which category you fall into, here’s something you have to know about Obama, and this is where I want to start the conversation:
How’s that for social justice? But that’s a major understatement. If you care at all about the presidential race, you have got to see this video as part of your decision-making process:
(I found this video at ‘Take Your Vitamin Z’, where there are almost daily thoughtful posts about Obama)