Saturday, February 5, 2011 • 5:51 pm
These are extraordinary days – in both good and painful ways.
Are you tracking with the situation in Egypt?
Part of why this and so many of our current global affairs are so complex for me is that it’s difficult to exegete the event as an isolated event. I fear that this is what we often do – rather than seeing it in the lens of a larger picture and history.
This is why our affairs as a country in the larger world are so difficult and complex to understand. We have a long and complicated history – both internally as a country but also in relationships with our global neighbors. Truth be told, it make absolute sense for leaders and governments to seek their self-interests but when we seek our self-interests at the expense of others or at times, while oppressing others, it’ll catch to that respective country in the long run. This is why everything in Egypt seems so confusing to me. It’s too easy for America to wipe our hands at the situation in Egypt and Mubarek when in fact, we may have been complicit in some of Egypt’s affairs that have finally led to the current uprising.
Whatever the past, it seems clear to me that there is a fundamental declaration in all revolts and revolution: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , egypt, mubarek, obama, protest, united state
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • 2:40 pm
I received a letter this week from the White House. A big fat packet. Ain’t I special?
Unfortunately, it wasn’t an invitation to a special Gala or for me to sing at an event. It wasn’t about a partnership with One Day’s Wages. Or to join his circle of sagacious advisors. Or to ask me to join Warren Buffet in helping turn around the U.S. economy. Or to inform me that he’d be visiting my church. And no, it wasn’t a direct letter from President Obama himself. But it was a letter from one of his staff sharing some stuff about President Obama, some initiatives, and what I perceived to be clarity about his faith. Huh?
It puzzled me initially but after some thought, I think I know why I received the letter as I’m sure several other “pastors” may have received it as well.
Why? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , barack obama, christianity, Islam, Jesus, muslim, obama, president obama, religion
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 • 9:10 pm
I’ve been meaning to write a post or two about health care but my own personal thoughts have been so jumbled as I’ve sought to process some information amidst all the heckling, shouting, screaming, finger pointing, and demonizing.
While I have these forming thoughts, I also have questions [perhaps like many of you]:
What did you think of President Obama’s speech?
Did it clarify your questions and assuage any concerns?
Health care reform: What should we do? How does our lens as Christ followers inform that decision?
Here are some highlights of President Obama’s speech [cnn article]:
“First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , congress, health care reform, insurance, obama, president barack obama
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
Saturday, August 16, 2008 • 8:17 pm
Is there any other country in the world where the first joint forum of the Presidential candidates - even if it was entitled a “faith forum” – would take place at a prominent evangelical megachurch [Saddleback]?
It’s simply amazing…both in good and cautious ways. But here’s a good quote to explain Saddleback’s decision to pony up the funds [several hundred thousand dollars] to host this event: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack, mccain, obama, rick warren, saddleback
Monday, July 21, 2008 • 6:47 am
Obama and McCain to appear at Quest Church? No. Well, I tried or would have tried.
I would have called them but I wouldn’t know where to start like where to find their personal phone numbers. I would have texted, emailed, twittered, sent smoke signals, and even a personal hand written letter but let’s be honest, they wouldn’t have responded. But, it appears that some dude named Rick Warren – a local pastor of a small church in Southern California and the author of an obscure book called Purpose Driven something - beat me to the punch and actually had their phone numbers, called them, chatted it up with them, invited them, and they accepted. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, mccain, obama, rick warren
Thursday, July 10, 2008 • 7:14 am
I like McCain. He’s a hero in my book. Like Obama, he has his blemishes. I will vote this Fall and it will be for either McCain or Obama. I have chosen not to engage in my stupid joke and vote for the shortest candidate…which would have been Kuchinich. But it’s stuff like this that I read from supposed Christian leaders that want to speak for all “evangelicals” that I simply don’t get. In fact, it angers me like crazy.
“The only evangelicals that he’s [Obama] going to win over are those who have never read the Bible,” said Burress, who was one of a handful of conservative leaders who met with McCain on June 26 in Cincinnati.
Even if that was taken out of context, seems incredibly arrogant and divisive. It confirms – again – that the more pertinent question isn’t so much “Do you read your Bible?” but rather, “How do you read, interpret, and live out the Scriptures.”
And remember, I’m 13 hours ahead of you so while you’re discussing, I’m sleeping in my sweat. Be nice. Here’s the full article from Christianity Today: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, bible, mccain, obama
Sunday, May 11, 2008 • 1:47 am
I’m preparing myself for a steady flow of “inquisitive” emails from the readers of the Seattle Times, folks within our church and from the larger [Christian] community in Seattle about my quote in today’s Seattle Times article awkwardly and poorly entitled, “Young, Evangelical…for Obama?” [They should have done better!] Years ago, I was told that there are two topics to avoid: Faith and Politics.
Here’s the quote: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, clinton, mccain, obama
Monday, February 11, 2008 • 1:00 am
During the Lent season, I’ve been thinking that one of the things I should considering letting go is “politics.” I’ve been spending a bit too much time on the internet and tube but it’s been difficult to resist as there’s definitely something different… As I’ve shared before: Never in my thoughts did I imagine that in my lifetime, I would experience the legitimate candidacy of the following three individuals: a candidate [John McCain] at the age of 72 [if voted] and 80 if he completes 2 terms; a woman [Hilary Clinton], and an African-American [Barack Obama].
Again, while I do not believe policies, politics, and politicians are THE answer, Christ followers ought to be involved in the process to work with others in using the system to DO GOOD. I intend to vote in the February 19 primary and will do more due diligence in voting for a presidential candidate between the two party representatives on November 4. I have no party affiliation but will seek to support the candidate “who will give us the greatest freedom to proclaim the gospel, live it out, and provide the system closest to what we think is gospel-like.” [Scot McKnight] FYI, Quest Church will be a voting location on February 19 as well.
This blog’s presidential ”caucus” has produced some great conversations and support for respective candidates. Since the majority of the support appeared to be for Obama, I thought I’d share couple links that will be worth your time to consider the other two candidates:
What I Want Rabid Obama Supporters to Understand by An Angry Asian Mans Supporting Hilary Clinton for President.
I’ve also been reflecting on this comment from the Jesus Creed and some dialogue about McCain:
…I guess what i am trying to say is that we know we are living in a broken world. Bad things happen to Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, clinton, mccain, obama
Saturday, February 9, 2008 • 4:25 pm
I’m sure that the turnout for today’s Democratica and Republican caucuses will
break crush previous records. The activity and frenzy for politics is at a level I haven’t experienced in a long time. Over 5K showed up for Hilary Clinton’s visit on Thursday night and 23K folks showed up to hear Obama at Key Arena on Friday morning. Crazy. Today as some of you know, caucuses were held throughout the State at 1pm.
Minhee and I participated in our local precinct caucus and as I expected, it was a frenzy. I was particularly excited that Minhee was able to particpate for the first time as a U.S. citizen. As for who we supported, we’re not telling as I shared yesterday in faith and politics. It was a little disappointing because it was somewhat disorganized. Our precinct didn’t have a PCO [precinct caucus officer?] so the group sought volunteers and went about the process and got the job done. Overall, a beautiful portrait of democracy at work. Isn’t democracy a wonderful thing?
And to give you some ideas how hectic things got, check out these pictures from one of the caucuses held at Q Cafe – a place I serve as the exec. director. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, caucus, clinton, mccain, obama, politics, seattle, washington caucus