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June 4, 2009

Obama to Muslims: Make Peace, Not War

On the campus of Cairo University today, President Obama delivered a speech mainly addressed to the 1 billion plus followers of Islam around the world.

Cairo is recognized as the intellectual HQ of global Islam, so selection of Cairo as the venue for this speech was the easy part. I've read thru the transcript of the address and here are two stand-out ideas that I impressed me:

First idea: The US President bears a particular duty to resolve differences between the West and Islam.

Obama said:

We meet at a time of great tension between the United States and Muslims around the world -- tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of coexistence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.

This is such an unusual formation to depict the core matter as tension between the Superpower United States and "Muslims around the world." Many non-Muslims will not agree with this conceptual framework.

Second idea: World peace hangs in the balance and peace-minded Christians, Muslims, and Jews should deploy "Golden Rule"-based ethics.

Here's the quote:

But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path. There's one rule that lies at the heart of every religion -- that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. (Applause.) This truth transcends nations and peoples -- a belief that isn't new; that isn't black or white or brown; that isn't Christian or Muslim or Jew. It's a belief that pulsed in the cradle of civilization, and that still beats in the hearts of billions around the world. It's a faith in other people, and it's what brought me here today.

Once again, Obama draws on his core commitments to pragmatic approaches to address complex political situations. His call to "a new beginning" will seem so very naive to Middle East experts, but many have also under-estimated Obama. So don't count him out yet.

We all know that President Obama can deliver a potent speech and also has incredible political skills. Now that we have the speech out of the way, let's see how willing Team Obama is in tackling the impossible, such as:

1. Middle East Terrorism
2. The Status of Jerusalem
3. Iran and its nuclear program
4. Iraqi refugees (especially Christians)
5. Egypt's soon-to-arrive political transition

And that's just 5 of this region's many problems.


Comments

I found it encouraging that both Israelis and Palestinians didn't like all he had to say.

If I were a Muslim I'd be encouraged about peace but very skeptical. Our continual meddling over there has brought nothing but death. And artificially low gasoline prices.

Why is the US so pro-Israel, anyway? What have they done for us that we should treat them almost like a 51st state, a state with the right to go to war and invade its neighbors?

When you wrote, "This is such an unusual formation to depict the core matter as tension between the Superpower United States and "Muslims around the world." Many non-Muslims will not agree with this conceptual framework," I found that an intriguing criticism.

What do you think would be their disagreements with that framework?

i do not agree with this framework. i take a look at china and it scares me.
china is hell bent on destroying america's influence worldwide while doing their level best to ensure the gospel is not preached in their borders. our brothers and sisters loose their lives for serving christ. and what are we christians here in america doing? why we must get rid of those two evil abominations - same sex marriage and abortions. i mean after all that's the sole purpose of why we are here.

Truly, Obama has spoken well, but out of the contending parties who will take the first initiative to sacrifice their stand.

Lets Put Our Trust In God.
We read who is in the White House or who should have been in the White House. However, be no matter if McCain had won or If Obama would not have won, it is all in the hands of God the creator and his will. I respect many view points and how many issues must be address such like children, education, but never adults who have no children and find hard times or are become homeless and no agency are willing or able to help them. Let us regroup and work with one another.

Above all, put the trust in the only one who can and will change this world for the best and that is God the father and his son Jesus. Think this out for a second? (We the United States was founded In God Will Trust.) In addition, we were the only country that did so well for so many years and now that we are trying to remove God. We see ourselves like others countries of the past are being hit by famine, plaques and much more. What does it take? Let us return to the one that we can always count on. Remember Obama is only as good as God will allow him to be.
Rev. Trey Noran

posted by : Trey Noran, 07 June 2009

Rev. Trey

What do you mean by return to Him? Were we as a country ever with Him?. Just because we have in God we trust on our currency doesn't necessarily mean that we are all talking about the same God.

The bible says He causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust. His Will, will be done no matter what. hmmmmmm I wonder then if free will is a farce. hmmmmmmm ....

Either way, I think we as Americans have this self created self importance to God. We've created ourselves His spokesmen. And yet the same bible we love to quote clearly does not mention us especially in end time scenario. Although I've heard some preachers trying to work America into prophecy.

Kingdoms come and go. Empires rise and wane. Look at the Roman Empire for instance. In parts it was inimical to human life and God was the furtherest thing from their mind, yet it lasted for 1,000 years.

Let's just pray that God's will be done full stop. And let's keep our eyes on the Jew Jerusalem our true home.

Would Obama ever give a speech to the "Christian World"? Hmmm. Maybe because old Christendom is so no longer - now we say, The West.
The Muslim World needs to get itself a new name, then we can really talk. Until then, they'll be pretty stuck in medieval vocabulary and consequently medieval thinking. Of course some of we American Christians are just as susceptible to such thinking, but by God's grace we'll live out the Gospel holistically and extend a hand to our confused Abrahamic cousins.

What do the Muslim world actually want? I don't really think they even know. All I hear of is people being blown up and this includes actual targets on children. I wonder what God thinks of that!!