This is for me, perhaps, the most unusual piece I have written about anything. Ever. I don’t particularly care to engage in politics any more than necessary. I’ve never had much support or passion or interest invested in any particular president. Nor have I ever been particularly hopeful for “great things” from any of our political leaders in my (relatively) short adult life. I suppose I’ve leaned heavily on the reality that we live in a fallen world, in a country governed by fallen men and women who represent fallen men and women. Perhaps I have been too pessimistic at times, or perhaps I am simply a realist. I don’t know.
But I am not arguing that we should take a fatalistic view and blindly accept whatever comes our way because who cares. I think the church should always be the church, whatever the circumstances; and there are a thousand good things we should be doing to love our neighbors and shine the light of Christ. I believe the world will be the better for it and that it is not for nothing. Which brings me back to why I respect President Obama- or at least why I believe I should respect him and why I am striving to respect him.