Values buried under bullshit?

Candidates ReligionIt’s one hundred days today since January 20th when Barack Obama was inaugurated as the world’s most powerful man-the President of the United States of America. Millions of words will be written today assessing how well he has done at this most inconsequential of milestones after just three  months. He seems to have been a busy man ,although is still short of delivering his promises in relation to troop withdrawals,widening opportunity and social mobility for millions of Americans. What have we come to know of President Obama in this time? On BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, shares with us something of how Obama’s faith was formed as the young Chicago  community organiser sat in Trinity Church. At that time Obama was surrounded by ordinary people rather than sharp suited advisers and media handlers. he worked out his theology amongst a congregation of aspirational African-Americans as a “reluctant sceptic”. Obama writes about that time: “the churches are the only game in town…That’s where the people are, and that’s where the values are, even if they are buried under a lot of bullshit.”

In his Thought for the Day broadcast, Bishop James, tells of a moving account of Obama breaking down in church in tears as he glimpsed something of the power of God at work in the lives of a people he identified with and was working to help. No cameras, no journalists, no political advisers- just Obama, God and the young man who handed him a tissue to stem the flow of tears…and definitely no bullshit.  As for the Presidency so far, keep sniffing and judge for yourself.

Listen to this Thought for the Day at http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/thought/

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2 responses to “Values buried under bullshit?

  1. theconsensus

    Hmm… Nice… I like this post

  2. firingsquid

    Agreed. Nice post and thought provoking.

    Obama presents himself exceptionally well, no doubt about it, but, as you say, so much of the President’s actions (even during the election campaign) are rehearsed and controlled that it’s hard to make any kind of judgment except that “by their fruits you shall know them”.

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