I dislike politics with a passion. When the arguments begin, I shut off. Mostly because the arguments are usually aimed at putting down the other side. They give the air of “my opinion is better and right and I’m going to patronize you until you give up.” But I also dislike politics because it dehumanizes those who are in power in this country. They become entities of either good or evil, depending on your opinion, and the divisions of parties reduce all politicians to whiny children (or so it seems).
As congress continues to play humpty-dumpty, Obama is entering his second term as president of the United States. Many are elated and many are furious. But America decided and I believe that we must come to terms with this. I grew up in a conservative family but have many liberal friends. While both sides are very vocal in their disdain, or love, for the president. There is always one thing missing from both conversations: the realization that Barrack Obama is only a human being.
I do not agree with all of what Obama stands for. As a Christian, I believe in God, it is my faith and how I hope to live my life. And though I do not believe in or agree with certain policies and agendas that our president has, my response to the fragile state of America and the recent swearing in of the president, is based in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
We ideally hope that the politicians we elect will be the saviors of us and give us, and America, the fix it needs to be a thriving society. Unfortunately though, our president and the rest of the politicians in Congress and all over the U.S. are only human. When we look at the president with that in mind, then he seems less like this formidable enemy or loving god, but someone who resembles the rest of us.
When I look at the president, I see a man who has the weight of this nation on his shoulders. Whatever decisions he makes will affect every American as well as many internationally. I see a man who worries about the future his children will have and the future that all the children of America will have. I also see a man who loves his wife and family, and I do believe that he loves this country too.
The beauty of this country is that we have a right to our beliefs, whatever they are. We are able to disagree with our political leaders and have the ability of a free election to vote our leaders in or out. Though I disagree with the president, I pray that he will be wise in his decisions. I urge everyone, regardless of beliefs, to look at all of our politicians as what they are. As human beings who are like the rest of us when it comes to the basic idea that they must make decisions to represent us. And though it seems that their decisions and decision-making are ineffective, they are still responsible, and we must, respectfully, let them know that.