What are you celebrating in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013?

— by Tom Sine —

blog 34 obamaI realize those who visit our site come from many different countries.  So I would like to not only ask American Christians but believers from all over the planet to identify what can you celebrate in the Inauguration of President Obama on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2013?

I remember during the Civil Rights Movement the tremendous sacrifices that so many made to achieve civil rights for all our people.  In those days Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called us all to become a part of a “beloved community.”  It was a call to become a reconciled community that worked for the common good across differences of race, class and political affiliation.

Today President Obama repeatedly reminded Americans that our founding documents call us to be “we the people.” “Now more than ever we need to do these things together as one nation and one people” declared President Barack Obama as we work together for the common good.

As a Christian living in America and a political independent I have never fully agreed with any of the presidents that have led our nation during my lifetime.  I don’t always agree with all of President Obama’s views but I am deeply grateful to God for President Obama and his principled leadership in these demanding days.  I urge us all to pray for him and the leaders in all our nations.

Can’t all of us who are people of faith, with all our different political perspectives, still come together as a “beloved community?”  Can’t we also find ways to come together “as one nation and one people” working together for the common good?

As an older Christian I have seen a number of presidents serve our country.  But seldom have I seen other presidents treated with such a level of fear, anger and hatred.  As followers of Christ has our God ever lost control?  Is there ever any justification for Christians to allow ourselves to be motivated by fear instead of faith in the providence of our God?

Doesn’t the Jesus we follow insist that we never allow ourselves to be consumed by fear and hate those with whom we disagree?  Doesn’t he command us to even “love our enemies?”

Alex Haley, the author of Roots encourages all of us wherever we live “to find the good and praise it.”  Isn’t possible for all of us to find the good elements in all of our political leaders and praise them?

All of us on this planet are living in very uncertain times.  None of our leaders in any of our countries are fully up to all the daunting challenges facing our lives and nations.  Don’t we need to keep them all in our prayers and affirm all the good they do?

What are you celebrating in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013?