The Resemblance Is Uncanny

It’s like Alan Jacobs and I had lunch together, talked about the election, agreed fully with each other, and then I went and wrote my little “open letter” last week and he wrote this much-more-eloquent piece on election day. But none of that ever happened. Nevertheless, I am gratified by the resonances between what he wrote and what I wrote. Here’s an excerpt:

I don’t understand my fellow Christians who are enthusiastic Republicans; I don’t understand the ones who are enthusiastic Democrats either. When I try to talk to either group about the ways their preferred party upholds — indeed, even celebrates — policies that simply cannot be reconciled with Christian teaching, I get the same shrug. Yes, they are certainly more “realistic” than I am; they may have a better understanding of what it means to live in a fallen and broken world. But they are all too sanguine for me. They aren’t sad enough. There aren’t enough — I recently taught the Aeneid, which brings this line to mind — there aren’t enough lachrimae rerum, tears for how the world goes.

Read the whole thing. It’s worth it.

(And lest I come across as a party pooper, I am moved, along with the rest of the nation, at the historic nature of Obama’s ascendency. It’s hard not to be emotional when you see this photograph of a man who was with Martin Luther King Jr. when he was assassinated.)

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1 comment so far

  1. Marilyn Reimer on

    I saw that photograph too, and was moved, as I was in seeing similar emotion on the face of Collin Powell. It is an historic event for African Americans, and in a sense, for all Americans, and for that I am pleased. The dilemma I feel though (as do you) is in the area of the family, especially the pro-life issue. Slavery was a great evil and we have risen above that. The Holocaust is unthinkable. So how can we allow millions of ANY human beings to be killed in the name of “choice” or “convenience”? It is also a grievous sin.

    But at this time we must pray for Barack Obama, as for all who are in authority. It is, after all, God “who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings.”


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