Time Magazine published a well written article about Senator Barak's Spiritual Journey. I'm not sure what I think about this dude, yet, but I'm ready for someone that takes faith and how faith works in leadership. This country is ready for a leader that is willing to make decisions that please God, first, and voters, second.
At first glance, looking at it from my Republican point of view, I respond a little cynically. Liberals like to make themselves look a whole lot more conservative with elections on the horizon, and then revert back to true liberal ways once the voters have come and gone.
Liberal or conservative, this country needs a leader that doesn't change his stripes to spots once the votes are all counted. We need a leader that doesn't just talk about God. This country needs a leader that actually leads like he answers to God.
For one thing, I was drawn to the power of the African American religious tradition to spur social change. Out of necessity, the black church had to minister to the whole person. Out of necessity, the black church rarely had the luxury of separating individual salvation from collective salvation. It had to serve as the center of the community's political, economic, and social as well as spiritual life; it understood in an intimate way the biblical call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and challenge powers and principalities. In the history of these struggles, I was able to see faith as more than just a comfort to the weary or a hedge against death; rather, it was an active, palpable agent in the world.