I haven’t been posting about biblical or theological issues but I’ll get back on track. Lately, I’ve enjoyed following the political race on both the Republican and Democratic parties. I was watching the Democratic debate tonight between the three major candidates: Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, and John Edwards. It was the first time I’ve ever seen the three in debate. During the structured debate, I was really impressed with Barack Obama’s civility and level-headedness. He was able to express himself with a calm and cool that seems presidential. I think that if they were to be in a debate with the Republican presidential candidate, Obama would probably be able to stand up strongest under the highest pressure. What I perceived that was important was that Obama does not seem as divisive as Clinton in his demeanor. I think he would be most able to work with Republicans because of his willingness to cooperate across party lines. Obama does not seem to be an unrealistic idealist even though he does have ideals. Therefore, I think he would be more able to build cooperation across party lines. Barack also has a unique charisma that I haven’t seen in Clinton and Edwards. In this Democratic race, I predict that Obama and Clinton will n be a close race right to the end.
On the issue of faith, I think Obama and Edwards are most in touch with their Christian faith. Hillary is perceived as someone who beats down on evangelical Christians. This will be a liability for her. But I perceive that Obama, a member of the Church of Christ, treats evangelicals with a level of respect and will add to his credibility amongst evangelicals, and this will help him earn the trust of many Christians of different stripes.