Thursday, January 22, 2009

we the people

i don't remember ever watching a Presidential Inauguration. but tuesday was different. it's been different for a while and honestly, pretty exciting. i literally got chills during the whole thing.
i read some "letters to the president-elect" on sunday in the paper and the one from Franklin Graham really struck me. there was something about "God choosing you for this" and i think that's true. we often forget God's hand in things. and i'm so thankful that God's "perfect and pleasing will" surpasses any thing we could ever imagine. President Obama is NOT a savior and i don't expect him to be mine. (Jesus is)
how exciting that we have a president like him...someone who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get dirty, or who is other-centered rather than self-centered, or who has spread a sense of hope and excitement across our nation and among all sorts of people.
i am constantly thinking about the "issues." and i think that most christians compartmentalize and rank things as being worse than others. i found a file where i wrote down my "political thoughts" and i came across these two verses: "all they ask was that we should continue to remember the poor" Gal. 2:10 and "there will always be poor people in the land. therefore i command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward poor and needy in your land." Deut. 15:11. i often hear christians say stuff like, "i hope he's not going to start giving hand-outs." that got me thinking...was God sending his only son to die on the cross for my sins a hand out? that's just one of many things that get me thinking.
i will continue to seek God's will and i will continue to pray for my new president and his family. i was truly excited the whole day on tuesday. and i am excited that my bi-racial nephew will grow up with a president that looks like him. that's pretty damn cool!!

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Amy I am so with you on everything you said. We were discussing the same issues at CBS this week and there is no doubt that God chooses our leaders and He may not have chosen Obama for all the qualities that some Americans look for in a leader, but rather He chose him for HIs reasons. I am equally as excited about the hope Obama will give to all races...this is huge. Way to lay it out there AmyP. May God bless you!