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A few folks have asked if I planned to blog about the Obama Waffles fiasco. I really don’t want to, though I suppose this post will, in effect, constitute me “blogging about it.” Here’s the official website from the folks who are pushing this “satire.” And here’s what Christianity Today.com said about it. And my friend Gina Dalfonzo over at The Point says this (though I wasn’t aware that she and I had been having so many disagreements about the election). ¬†ūüėČ

As for me, I’m feeling too weary and cynical to offer anything useful about this. I guess I’m experiencing a relapse of the “Reconciliation Blues.”

In an email, a friend of mine recently confessed that when his faith is weak, he is vulnerable to becoming severely depressed and feeling hopeless about the race issue in America—and in the church. I knew exactly what he meant. My faith has been feeling that weakness lately. Sometimes it seems as though any progress we’ve made on the racial healing front has been forgotten. Cultural ignorance and fear, as well as divisive maneuvering for the sake of political gain, remind me that racism is alive and well.

Sometimes, I too confess, my heart echoes the cry of that desperate father pleading to Jesus: “Lord, I do believe! But help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

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Thanks to Erika Haub for directing me to Mixin’ It Up, the blog of Jelani Greenidge. Jelani is the son of Pastor Henry Greenidge, whom I interviewed a decade ago for my Christianity Today profile of Tom Skinner. Jelani is an eloquent and provocative young writer. His recent post,¬†“An Open Letter to a Young Republican,”¬†is a heartfelt commentary about politics, faith, and the need for grace between passionate Christian supporters of John McCain and passionate Christian supporters of Barack Obama, like Jelani. I appreciate both his frankness and his humility, both much-needed qualities in the pursuit of genuine reconciliation. I encourage you to check him out.

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By now, many of you have probably heard about National Public Radio‘s current series on race and politics. NPR hosts Steve Innskeep and Michele Norris moderated a lively and revealing¬†discussion with black, Latino,¬†and white voters from York, Pennsylvania, which is considered one of the big “swing states” for the presidential election. The series features segments on both Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Here’s the segment from this morning, and here’s the one from this afternoon. If you haven’t¬†tuned in¬†yet, I highly recommend it.

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The big storyline from Barack Obama’s selection of Senator Joe Biden as his presidential running mate is that Biden compensates for Obama’s lack of foreign policy experience. But a secondary theme is one of racial reconciliation. Back on January 31, Biden’s off-the-cuff remark¬†about Obama being “clean” and “articulate” was criticized as having derogatory racial overtones, and it pretty much doomed his announcement of his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Later, Biden had to apologize again for racially insensitive comments he made while campaigning in New Hampshire. “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin‚Äô Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent,‚ÄĚ he had said in an ill-fated attempt at humor. Still, most folks agreed that Biden was not a racist; he just suffered occasional bouts of foot-in-mouth disease.

Marc Lamont Hill of The Root suggested several weeks back that a Biden pick would underscore the Obama campaign’s spirit of reconciliation, and at least one other political blogger¬†made a similar observation today. I do hope this theme gets some play from the media. With race being invoked and manipulated in such an ugly way earlier in this long presidential battle, it’s nice to see such a prominent example of racial reconciliation in action.

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