Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • 12:02 am
Why can’t I stop looking at this photo?
Per the note on the Official White House Photostream, President Barack Obama plays with his Chinese-American niece Savita Ng [child of Conrad & Maya Ng] during the family’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Aug. 25 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
I am so mesmerized by this photo.
A bi-racial Black President playing with his Chinese niece… Wow.
The world is changing. America is changing. Are you changing?
What comes to your mind when you see this photo? Please don’t say, “Oooh, look at that Socialist baby…” Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , barack obama, conrad and maya ng, obama's niece, savita, savita ng
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 • 12:05 am
Anyone that says that racism doesn’t exist or that racism no longer exists is living on Jupiter. But with some talking about visions of a Post-Racial world, you wonder how you exactly go about doing that in a world that is so racialized… Or in other words, how do we move deeper towards Reconciliation?
Some of my readers know that I have immense respect for former President Jimmy Carter. Let’s be honest: He was an average President at best but his post-presidential work, voice, and advocacy in so many various venues have been very inspiring – including his decision to leave the Baptist denomination over his support for the equality of women.
And while I admire his courage and boldness in speaking about racism recently, addressing the perpetual elephant about racism and the possibility for some [and reality of others] of the “fear” of a black President, I found some of his comments disturbing: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , barack obama, Jimmy Carter, joe wilson, racism, you lie
Friday, June 5, 2009 • 3:46 pm
What did you think of President Obama’s speech at the Turkish Press Conference? And this quote from his speech:
…”American is not a Christian, Jewish, or Muslim nation…”
Here’s the above sentence in the larger context:
I think that where — where there’s the most promise of building stronger U.S.-Turkish relations is in the recognition that Turkey and the United States can build a model partnership in which a predominantly Christian nation and a predominantly Muslim nation, a Western nation and a nation that straddles two continents — that we can create a modern international community that is respectful, that is secure, that is prosperous; that there are not tensions, inevitable tensions, between cultures, which I think is extraordinarily important.
That’s something that’s very important to me. And I’ve said before that one of the great strengths of the United States is Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , barack obama, christian, christianity, church, faith, jewish, muslim, president obama, religion, turkey
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 • 10:33 pm
Are you a coward? Chicken? When it comes to the issue of race, why are Americans [including Christians] so reticent and reluctant to engage in honest conversations?What are we scared of? This is such a thought provoking and honest assessment about the American people and the issue of race by Attorney General Eric Holder.
“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards…”
I have two instructions for you:
- Read the article below.
- Discuss. Agree? Disagree? Damn it: Why does it always have to be just about black and white? What does “translated into policy” mean? What are we afraid of? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, barack obama, eric holder, race, racism
Saturday, January 17, 2009 • 2:20 am
I received this comment last week regarding my supposed slandering of soon to be former President George W. Bush. The funny thing was I was trying to defend him in that post about an Iraqi journalist throwing a shoe at him. Okay, I know he’s not the greatest president and many can’t wait to see him out of office but we should give him some props. Why? His work and advocacy for Africa was signifcant and secondly, the reality of extremist terrorists is legit and he navigated the country through uncharted territories especially through post 9/11. But I still don’t support the war in Iraq.
Anyway, read the comment below. Good thoughts for rumination by the commenter who I don’t know. I appreciate the respectful tone in which he communicated his concerns. But honestly, I get very concerned about Christians quoting Scriptures instructing people to “respect our governing authorities and fall in submission to them.”
Really? Yes, let’s respect our leaders. I agree that it’s important but please don’t blindly submit to your leaders. Please don’t tell this Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: bible, christianity, church, justice, barack obama, george w. bush, president
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 • 2:25 am
I really need to do a better job in following up on sequels to earlier posts. This is the sequel to the original The Abortion Conversation which sparked some good and intense dialogue.
A commenter wrote:
“However, I just do not believe we can legislate it. Without going into all the details, the layers over abortion is so complex that even after extensive research, I can’t understand how a country like the United States can enforce abortion and pay for the enforcement – if it were to be turned illegal.”
Instead of “abortion”, replace it with any other crime; like murder, rape, slavery, theft. How does it read then? Is cost any reason not to criminalize an act where another person is harmed? Obviously, we still have murders and other crimes even though it’s illegal, but that doesn’t mean we should allow it. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, abortion, barack obama
Friday, November 7, 2008 • 1:32 am
I follow politics but I don’t go crazy. Meaning, I’m not the kind of person that wears buttons, puts bumper stickers on their cars, and plant signs on their home lawns. I confess I do have one vintage Ronald Reagan shirt I picked up a while ago from a second hand store. So, while I watched the elections with great interest and cried like a baby, it was hard to live vicariously with those who were celebrating like Kids Gone Wild in Seattle or those who were visibly upset about the doom and gloom news of impending socialism and Obamunism.
It’s not just because I’m an ‘independent’ voter but also because I feel like my voice in the City, Church, and Culture is to be a ‘reconciler’ or ‘peacemaker’ that I’ve been feeling torn over the growing division in the country between RED and BLUE. When you see leaders tear each other apart, you wonder how anything be accomplished to remedy some of the national and global crises.
Even more painful has been the division in the Church. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack obama, john mccain, sarah palin
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • 6:38 pm
Update: Check out a call for the church to move towards post-election reconciliation: Let’s Kiss and Make Up.
The picture below sums up why Obama’s presidency is truly historical. Many of us don’t really know because we’ve only seen it or felt it through the eyes and stories of others. As I shared in an earlier post, I wasn’t ga-ga about Obama but as a minority or person of color, I was overwhelmed and cried like a baby during his speech. But I could tell that my tears were different that those that flowed down and kept flowing down from the eyes of Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Toni Morrison, and others. There was a time when even the idea of a black person becoming the President of the United States was absolutely inconceivable.
Let me rephrase that in another way: The idea did not even exist. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: family, politics, religion, barack obama, obama
Monday, November 3, 2008 • 2:16 am
My ballot still sits on my desk but I’ll be completing it soon and walking it in on Tuesday to my local polling place. As I shared last week and again, yesterday during my sermon at Quest, I will not be divulging who I am voting for various reasons.
Side question: Do you think “active” pastors [currently serving congregations] should publicly share who they are voting for?
Politics can get heated and messy. You don’t just have to watch the various media and news outlets to know this. You can also sense the tension within the Christian community which I think is perfectly normal and okay as long as we 1] engage in the rules of civility and 2] get off our righteous soapboxes and consider what it means for us to live out our faith and convictions beyond the election season. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack obama, john mccain, presidential election