Obama Showed Strength Today

April 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm 1 comment

I don’t know if you are following the press conference today with Obama, but he presented a mature speaker.  I think this issue has served to help the public see him as someone who can handle conflict with grace and dignity, but strength.  I do not endorse him, I’m just observing.  I highly doubt the same of H. Clinton, and have not seen enough of other to know.

I was impressed that he could be well spoken and direct, but not inflammatory.  That’s a quality of a leader we need. 

However, I am concerned with someone so deeply hurt by the church and by his pastor going into a presidency.  I hope someone will step up to the plate with him and help him heal.  I can’t imagine being married by a pastor and having him baptize your children without “being aware” of the racial stances he obviously spoke often on and felt strongly about.

He said the man was not his spiritual mentor, or advisor, he was his pastor…he prayed with them when they started the campaign.

I can’t imagine having a pastor who was not considered a spiritual advisor or a mentor.  He needs to find one if he’s going to be considering the kinds of responsibilities he is about to take on.

ANYWAY…here painting and watching CNN as a rarity today.  There was a tornado where I have a family member yesterday in VA.  He’s fine.  It just makes me shutter.  There is also a Typhoon around India hovering around. 

I read this on “Morsels from God” a minute ago from a back-post and it calmed my spirit:

When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm.
Psalm 75:3

Can you imagine a leader dealing with national disasters not being grounded by a solid presence of God’s word to keep his faith high?  I cannot.  I hope whatever leader we end up with finds a place where they are grounded in truth and the comfort of God’s word.  I can think of no substitute.




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  • 1. gchyayles  |  April 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I agree that Obama has the ability to respond to controversial issues with grace and dignity. I also think that it’s a very difficult place for him to be in right now but I have an understanding that he is a believer and that God will direct his paths. True, we all need spiritual advisors/mentors, a place to call home [church] but above all, the Holy Spirit, as sent by God, is the One to provide wise counsel and advise concerning these and all other things. Praise God we don’t have to interview and research someone for that position in our lives! I pray for Obama’s spiritual convictions/presence override any worldly thoughts and opinions presented during this time of battle. This is a huge spiritual war and I pray that Obama would use the weapons God gave him to fight it.

    [Btw, I am not particularly fond of politics but I do care about this country and its people and specifically about God being glorified in this process and by this country.]

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