Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Change is on the way, right?

Well, they've given their speeches, and now it turns towards transitioning into governing. All the talk is done, now I can only hope and pray that the US begins to truly move towards some serious change. As a Christian, I find so much in our world that simply does not conform to the Kingdom of God. I don't believe that a political figure can in anyway usher in the Kingdom of God - Jesus already did that. I also hate the idea that any one person is somehow a saviour or scapegoat when it comes to politics. But I find it really hard not to feel like this is a very positive historic moment. For a nation that traded slaves - owned them only 150 years ago, disenfranchised black voters throughout the first half of the last century and only 50 years ago still used segregation as a tool of oppression (which still exists in subtler forms now) - to see that nation elect an African American as President is pretty amazing.

I still remember sitting in my grade 5 classroom as Mr. Scarfino put on a record of Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream" speech. It gave me goosebumps. It still does. I know this isn't exactly the mountaintop that he spoke of, but man, this has got to be close. I pray Obama lives up to the chance he's been given - and truly brings that necessary change to a nation that is desperately in need of it...

1 comment:

The Rice's said...

Well, I agree that is is very historic and I am proud that our country did vote on someone reagrdless of the color of their skin, I disagree that he is the right man for the job. I hope he proves me wrong. I do believe of course that no matter what God is in control. ( I also hope you know I am just responding to keep conversation going and not trying to argue:)