An addendum for the record
November 6, 2008, 4:22 pm
Filed under: culture, politics, social action

In all of the big talk about the election of Barack Obama to the presidency this week, I, along with a few others I’ve read, made reference to the obvious significance of this – “This historic time for us brings up the pain of our national sins, but does so in a way that demonstrates a spirit of redemption.”

While this may be true, I’ve also been remembering that there are other sins for which we’ve not fully made restitution.  In particular, I’ve been thinking about the Native American nations.  We enslaved and killed many African slaves, but we also massacred many many native peoples (including Mexican natives).  It’s a different situation, with a different set of problems and attempted solutions . . . nevertheless it remains unresolved.  May we continue to exercise humility and grace as we live into the reality of redemption.


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