God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. Neither my side nor yours can or should make such claims or assumptions. God is bigger than all of us. And we have the free will and God’s command to look at the injustice in our world and take action. The key is taking action and not wasting our energy demonizing each other if we do not agree on some things. Right here in Payson, we have a lot of concerns that will take all of us, regardless of our fundamentalist or progressive Christian point of view, plus everyone else, to overcome these challenges.
As a retired Army officer, a lifelong Christian (the great grandson of a conservative minister), a parent, a spouse, a friend and a humanitarian volunteer, I realize that living the life God expects of me is hard work. Part of that hard work is sorting out who should lead this country as the next president. Not that the president can or should “fix” everything that is wrong, but he can lead, he can ask us to be our better selves, he can encourage us to be the generous, healthy and respected leader our nation aspires to be again. He can encourage us to be decent and civil to each other as neighbors.
I, like former Vietnam battalion commander, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State Colin Powell (also a lifelong Republican), believe that Barack Obama is that leader. The leader we need now at this time of great crisis.
If you do not agree with me, I respect that. I will not call you un-American or un-Christian or make you out to be my enemy.
But, please understand, that I am a patriotic American (I’ve proven that) and a faithful Christian (I try to prove that every day) who proudly supports a fellow Christian, Barack Obama for president. I ask you to respect my point of view as I respect yours. That is the best of our American tradition.