Jesus for President, Heaven on earth, and 40 hour drives…

This may seem to contradict my previous post, but it really doesn’t.  I just finished reading Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw.  And I’ve decided to drop my vote for Obama and vote for Jesus instead.

Seriously though, though I am convinced that Obama will make a great president, I don’t believe that Obama will be our savior.  He won’t solve all of the world’s problems, though some are convinced that he will.  He’s a politician.  Though I’m convinced that he is a different sort of politician than we’re used to, he’s still a politician.  And the leader of a nation.  And as a Christian, my national identity is of little importance.

Thats one of the points that Claiborne and Haw make in JforP.   “Being born again radically dissolves affection for national borders,” or at least it should.  I think that President Obama will do a lot of good for our nation, and a lot of good for the world.

And I am fortunate to have American citizenship and the freedoms that come along with it.  But when it comes down to it, my citizenship is in heaven.  Not the U.S.  I have brothers and sisters here in Canada with me.  I have brothers and sisters back home in the U.S.  I have brothers and sisters in Mexico.  I have brothers and sisters who are Mexicans illegally in the U.S.  I have Palestinian brothers and sisters.  I have Iraqi brothers and sisters.  I have Chinese brothers and sisters.  I have North Korean brothers and sisters.  And all those who are my “brothers and sisters,” are made in God’s image and have the opportunity to be a part of his family.  But if we keep killing their “brothers and sisters” in the name of the American Jesus, why would they want this Jesus?

In reality, Jesus isn’t an American.  He is the head of a new kingdom.  The only nation that is actually sovereign.  The Kingdom of God.  And one day, it will come on earth, as it is in heaven.  Thats what we look forward to as Christians.  The day when all things will be made right.

And if the King has already come, why are we still clinging to our former nations?  I may be planning to vote for Obama, but in reality, Jesus is my president.

And, tomorrow, Leah and I are leaving to go home for Leah’s brother Adam’s wedding.  Another 35 hour drive.  And then I’ll be heading back all by myself to live for 2 weeks without my beautiful wife.  I’m gonna miss her a lot.

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why I’m voting for obama…

Frank Schaeffer wrote an article about why he supports Obama. Its a pretty compelling read. My beautiful wife also wrote a blog post on politics that will explain some of this.

I was thinking back to high school when I was a diehard republican. I thought thats what I was supposed to be. Wasn’t Jesus a republican? Seriously, I had thought from an early age that being a Republican and a Christian went hand in hand. How can you support a politician who supports killing babies? How can a Christian allow his country to legalize gay marriage? The terrorists want us dead, so we should kill them first, and if a few thousand of their innocents die, well its risk we have to take to keep America safe.

I couldn’t vote in the 2000 election, but if I could’ve it would have been Bush all the way. I got excited about having a Republican congress. Over the past few years, I’ve listened to a lot of conservative talk radio, and I’ve agreed with quite a bit of it. I supported the war in Iraq and up until not very long ago thought that there were actually WMD’s in Iraq–they just were never found. I thought that there should be a fence on the mexican border and thought that amnesty was the dumbest thing I had ever heard of. I thought that a constitutional ammendment would champion the sanctity of marriage.

My opinions on those things didn’t change over night, it was a long process. But my realization that they had changed was an overnight thing. I woke up one day and realized that I wanted Obama to be my president. I realized that I didn’t want anymore of my peers killed in Iraq. I realized that I didn’t want any more innocent Iraqis to die. I realized that those guys on conservative talk radio don’t live in the real world. Their elitists who get paid bank to do what they do. I realized that Oil shouldn’t be the driving force of our economy.

So am I a democrat?? No. I’m not prepared to call myself a democrat by any means. But I’m not a republican either.

I still hold that abortion is murder. I just think being pro-life entails much more than being anti-abortion. My wife, Leah, said it pretty well, “abortion is a ‘sanctity of life’ issue, and that you can’t be against abortion and yet in action be unwilling to take in unwed mothers, or adopting needy children.” And if sanctity of life is such a concern, what about all those who have been killed in the war?? Do their lives not count? What about the people who don’t have any sort of healthcare and can’t afford it? I still hate abortion, though.

I still hold that homosexuality is a sinful lifestyle. But enacting a law will not change people’s hearts. And homosexuality is mentioned only a handful of times in God’s word. Injustice, poverty, and oppression of the poor are mentioned more than 2000 times. Why are we so quick to keep homosexual couples from getting a piece of paper acknowledging what we all know anyway. And, in all honesty, divorce is what is destroying the family in america, not homosexuality.  And if we’re going to talk about the sanctity of marriage, read a little bit about McCain’s first marriage and his transition into his second.  It will probably surprise you.  Basically, McCain returned from service a war hero with a wife who was disfigured in an accident.  Instead of keeping his vows, he started sleeping around and eventually met Cindy, while he was still married to his first wife.  He divorced his wife and married Cindy.

Obama will pull troops out of Iraq. Obama will ensure healthcare for everyone. Obama refuses to accept contributions from lobbyists. He’ll reinstate taxes for the wealthy and protect tax cuts for the poor and middle class. His goal is a nuclear weapon free world.

There are other things that I don’t agree with.  But, he is a man of principle.  A man who loves his wife and daughters.  A man who really wants to help people, not just help himself.  A man who will change the face of this country for years to come.  A man who will change history.

We’re not going to have a savior in Washington.  We won’t have someone who will usher in the golden age and make everything great for every american.  But we can have a president who’s goal will be to make life better in this country for everyone.  Thats something I can support.

Where do they come up with these things?

I saw this on Crosswalk.com as I was reading a post on Tony Beam’s blog.  I wonder if this guy knew what this picture would be used for when he posed for it.

They probably either have a subscription to some sort of stock photo website, or they bought this picture individually from a stock photo website.  Which means that they probably found this asian guy with spiked hair and a pink sweater and thought, “This guys gotta be gay.”

Imagine

lennonImagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

The first time I ever heard this song, I thought, “Oh my Gosh!!” This guy obviously makes Jesus cry.  It disturbed me.  The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to appreciate the Beatles’ music.  But their lyrics are less than understandable, oftentimes.

This song, though, is different.  John Lennon apparently is taking a serious look at the world and saying, “If their weren’t all of these religions and nations warring with each other, if all of these people weren’t just worried about what they might get in the next life, maybe life here on earth would be different.”

While John would disagree with the Christian belief that the ultimate cause of human suffering is sin, he had a good point.

Imagine if Christians would stop focusing on this heaven-oriented, i’ll-fly-away easy-believism, and realize that the Gospel of Christ is about the new creation–that Christ was the first-born from the dead, that God will redeem his world, that he’ll resurrect his children, that God’s kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven.  Maybe then we’d be less focused on getting a bunch of converts and more focused on changing the world.  On loving sinners the way jesus loves sinners.  On sharing the Good news of the kingdom of God as opposed to making it illegal for sinners to sin.

Imagine all the Christians living for today.

Some may say I’m a dreamer.  But I’m not the only one.

I’m in the process of reading both Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright.  So should everyone else be.

A list of things.

  1. 40 hours in the car will make one’s butt hurt
  2. Northern Canada is really nice in the summer.
  3. I’m increasingly disappointed by the lack of compassion the church has for sinners.
  4. The devil wants you to bypass the Rapture.
  5. The Kingdom of God should be a present reality in the world; through the love and compassion that Christians have for the lost and dying world.
  6. Prince Caspian was one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen, regardless of the creative license the filmmakers took.
  7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was also a good movie.  Nowhere near as good as The Last Crusade.
  8. I think that Obama will make a good president regardless of his age or lack of experience.  America doesn’t need a veteran politician.  We need something different.
  9. Its good to spend time with old friends.  In reality, I don’t think someone is an “old friend” until you’ve known them for 15 years or so.
  10. Its good to spend time with young friends.
  11. I really love my wife.  She’s beautiful.
  12. Thats all.