Wednesday, January 20, 2021

What impresses me

about Joe Biden is his religious faith. I am not a Christian and of all the codified, organized religions in this world the Catholic Church is my very least favorite (oh, SO my very least favorite). 

But Biden's faith is personal. He truly believes. Quietly but obviously. But he doesn't push his faith on others, even as a political gambit. Over the years his stand on women's health and LGBT rights has evolved - contrary to the rules of his church - because as an elected representative he represents EVERYONE. 

Commentators on his inauguration felt there was a religious atmosphere to the entire event - Biden's speech, Amanda Gorman's poem (and please someone tell that young woman to keep her hands in her pockets before her next public reading). I have no doubt that when he quoted St. Augustine ("St, Augustine, a saint of my church") he did so from memory. I have no doubt he really believes and lives his beliefs. 

The Christian right should be thrilled to pieces about Joe Biden, that is if they really believe in the Christian message, if they really believe in a universal God, not just their god. 

I admire Biden's faith in his Faith. I think it is a very good thing and it makes him a very good man.

Blessed Be.

6 comments:

  1. I am with you on every level here Grace. While raised Catholic it is not my religion. I like that he doesn't push his religion but I am glad it gives him strength. I also think that he is a good man fundamentally. It was a pleasure to see today. I cried a couple of times. I also rolled my eyes a few times. (gaga) Good day all in all for me.

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    1. That's what I always liked about him, other than that I was never a big fan - Good speech today tho...

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  2. Faith can be used as a foundation or as a weapon. Joe Biden does the former well, while the Christian right goes full force to the latter.

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    1. Indeed - which is probably why they don't support him Plus he is Catholic and thr Christian right is mostly Protestant denominations.

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  3. I have felt this way too but couldn't articulate it like you did so well. His faith gives me comfort and hope in such an authentic way. Yesterday felt like a cloud had lifted and we now have intelligent adults running the show!

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    1. I would prefer they keep god out of government but Biden always seemed to walk the walk...

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