Monday, February 25, 2008

Barack Obama Chasing History

Rev. Angela Lee Price

How can we reflect on black history and those who have sacrificed so much for us, even their very lives in the pursuit of justice and equality without stopping to recognize that we are witnessing history in the making? It would be an unjust and unrighteous thing to do in my opinion.

I happened to be watching music mogul Jay-Z, of all people, being interviewed by Charlie Rose one night, and I heard him describe himself as a person "chasing history." He said in effect that he's sold enough albums, gotten enough awards, and has made enough money to last a lifetime. He is strategizing now in such a way as to leave a lasting, history-making impression on this generation and generations to come. He is chasing history.

As I watched Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debate in Texas last week, I reflected on Senator Obama's recent consecutive string of victories, I had to say that, he too, is chasing history. In fact, I would say that not only is he chasing history, he has caught a piece of it and is becoming history personified before our very eyes. In him is now being made manifest the substance of the prayers of our forefathers and mothers, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. Here is a classic moment from the Texas Democratic debates.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!


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