Obama win gives hope.
November 5, 2008
I have to admit that I have been caught up by the US elections. I listened this morning to Barack Obama’s “victory” speech live on CNN and was filled with hope.
I’m presently reading a book by Marcus Borg called JESUS: Uncovering the life. teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary. Borg says that God’s primary characteristic is compassion and God’s passion is Justice. Here’s a short quotation from the book….
“I emphasise the political significance of God’s compassion because compassion can be heard as primarily an ethic for relationships between individuals, or as something added on to society as charity for those who need help, as in the phrase familiar in our time “compassionate conservatism”. But it is not so in the Bible or for Jesus. Rather, justice is the political form of compassion, the social form of love, a compassionate justice grounded in God as compassionate.”
My prayer is that the 44th US president will be filled with compassionate justice.