Maybe it is too soon and maybe I’m not even supposed to say, but I am officially jumping on the Barak Obama Bandwagon/Parade Float/Ship-o-Fun/movement. Whatever you want to call it, I am smitten. I am a few chapters into his book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, and I am pretty much sold on his evaluation and approach to politics, hope, compassion, government, accountability, etc. From the Prologue, most of what he has said has resonated with me at some pretty deep levels . . . yes, I have those levels . . . especially when it comes to the current polarization of the political parties.
I particularly appreciate his challenging both sides of the coin. Yes, he is still a politician, but why does that have to be bad. Can’t he push both “sides” to be what politicians are supposed to be, a voice of the people. Here is a good example. When talking about the narrative that both the left and the right continue to intentionally perpetuate he says,
” . . . the right and the left have become mirrors of each other. They are stories of conspiracy, of America being highjacked by an evil cabal. Like all good conspiracy theories, both contain just enough truth to satisfy those predisposed to believing in them, without admitting any contradictions that might shake up those assumptions. Their purpose is not to persuade the other side but to keep their bases agitated and assured of their respective causes—and lure just enough new adherents to beat the other side into submission.” (Page 24)
In the first few chapters he provides a slew full of gems like this: observations about and hopes for the American political climate and culture. Hmmm . . . I wonder if the the church, as we continue to draw lines in the sand and retreat to comfortable camps, could hear the same words and change? Audacious to hope so isn’t it . . . but then again, isn’t that the whole point?