This morning I felt impressed to check the news at CBN. Guess what I found.
Joshua Generation project will be launched by Barack Obama soon. It will target young Evangelicals and Catholics, groups which could potentially move toward his side, despite the dramatic differences on issues like abortion. This article on CBN news estimates that through this campaign he might get even 40% of Evangelicals votes!!!
On June 28th, 2006 Obama delivered speech in Washington D.C, titled "Call to renewal" about his personal journey to God and church, politics and religion and the discussion surrounding his controversial position on sensitive topics. If you are not familiar with it, it's a must read. This speech was recognized by many as probably the most important speech on religion and politics in 40 years.
On March 7th, 2007 Obama gave a speech, commemorating Selma Voting Rights March. Very inspiring, spiritually connecting to all the Christian values, uplifting and invigorating all of your patriotic left over feelings that you did not even know you had. He used the story of Moses and Joshua as the background for his speech. Few quotes:
If you want to change the world, the change has to happen with you first and that is something that the greatest and most honorable of generations has taught us, but the final thing that I think the Moses generation teaches us is to remind ourselves that we do what we do because God is with us.
I'm here because somebody marched. I'm here because you all sacrificed for me. I stand on the shoulders of giants. I thank the Moses generation; but we've got to remember, now, that Joshua still had a job to do. As great as Moses was, despite all that he did, leading a people out of bondage, he didn't cross over the river to see the Promised Land. God told him your job is done. You'll see it. You'll be at the mountain top and you can see what I've promised. What I've promised to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. You will see that I've fulfilled that promise but you won't go there.
We're going to leave it to the Joshua generation to make sure it happens. There are still battles that need to be fought; some rivers that need to be crossed. Like Moses, the task was passed on to those who might not have been as deserving, might not have been as courageous, find themselves in front of the risks that their parents and grandparents and great grandparents had taken. That doesn't mean that they don't still have a burden to shoulder, that they don't have some responsibilities. The previous generation, the Moses generation, pointed the way. They took us 90% of the way there. We still got that 10% in order to cross over to the other side. So the question, I guess, that I have today is what's called of us in this Joshua generation? What do we do in order to fulfill that legacy; to fulfill the obligations and the debt that we owe to those who allowed us to be here today?
I don't blame him. What else can you do with that charm, magnetic personality, smooth vocabulary transporting us to the world of our dreams. Is there anyone else who can preach better and awaken America? Is there anyone else who can voice out our desires? Is there anyone?
Personally, I like the guy. I think he is extremely intelligent, has magnificent charisma surrounding his person every time he appears. Media love him, so the crowd, he know how to inspire, unite and fuel people up, even if his direction is not clear enough and lacks concretes.
I believe he is sincere and truly believes in the ideas he proclaims to stand for, if he'll become the next president. Undoubtedly, he is the best preacher for this season, and his faithful come from all backgrounds, feeling that his cause is bigger than ever and has the chance for real change. He has become the voice of the next generation, promoted by no one else but the people.
He has become an icon for something fresh and new, even if we don't know exactly how it will shape our future. He has taken USA by storm, and he is intending to convince the last bastion of doubtful, that he can represent them. And most of people intuitively trust him.
I like a lot of his ideas. I would probably vote for him, if not for this one issue:
Barack Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in that case.
Wake up, people. We need to pray that his heart will change or that someone else will become the Chief.
One nation under Obama explains it all. And below one of Obama's quotes:
picture from Southern Appeal
Update on Joshua Generation, June 11th from here
The program is the tip of an intensive, months-long outreach effort by the campaign. On Tuesday, in advance of its debut, Obama met privately in Chicago, Illinois, with about 30 evangelical, Protestant and Catholic leaders. They included Bishop T.D. Jakes, the megachurch minister, and Douglas Kmiec, an influential law professor who opposes abortion rights.