Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned In The Obama White House About The Future Of Faith In America, by Michael Wear
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
When I asked for this book, I expected a thoughtful analysis of all that the Obama administration had screwed up with regards to the place of faith in the public discourse of the United States and what we are going to do about it. I read such books often and generally enjoy it because such books are practical and realistic about demonstrating the harm of choosing the wrong leaders . Imagine my surprise when I found that this book was written by a deluded Progressive professed Christian who clearly drank the kool-aid about Obama being a messenger of hope for a deeply divided nation and blindly followed a man whose behavior and that of his administration was immensely harmful to the moral state of the United States. And yet although the author appears more than a little bit burned out by his experience of attempting to serve God and a corrupt political regime, the author stunningly appears to have learned nothing about the generally ungodly nature of the progressive politics he promotes despite seeking the mess that has been made by the Democratic party, and he urges the readers to become involved in the shambolic mess of our contemporary political system in a misguided case of either postmillennial or amillinnial optimism while crowing that social conservatives like myself are on the wrong side of history when it comes to our nation’s ongoing culture wars. Most of my thoughts about the author and his smug, self-righteous progressive opinions are not printable in a family-oriented blog like this one.
This book is organized as a political memoir of sorts, although the author is not a particularly well-known person. Indeed, I had never heard of him before getting the book or else I would not have made the elementary mistake of assuming the author had a clue about the total phoniness of Obama’s claims to be a godly person at least striving to practice biblical ideals of conduct and apply them to the most powerful office in our admittedly corrupt and wicked world. The first warning sign was the fact that the book opened with almost ten pages of testimonials from other progressives, at which point I realized that this book would likely be a great disappointment. It was. For the most part, though, the book was fairly conventional in its structure, opening with a chapter about the author’s family background, his fateful meeting with Obama through his own misguided advocacy for the Democratic party, his hard work in a campaign to believe in–if one is possessed of submoronic intelligence and incredible self-delusion–and then a couple of chapters on President Obama’s faith in the White House, where the author predictably whitewashes the record. Like any good soldier fighting to believe in a fallen cult leader, he blames the mistakes of Obama regarding faith on a combination of politically expedient cynicism and the hostility of staffers to any constructive role for faith in our republic. The author then discusses the issue of abortion, the tangles of the contraception mandate where he praises the political instincts of Joe Biden (!), the president’s “evolution” on LGBT issues, the nastiness of the 2012 campaign, and the controversy over any Christian presence in Obama’s second inaugural. The book ends, contrary to expectations, on a note of forced hope with a bit more than 200 pages of material having gone by that has done little to convince those hostile to the author’s misguided political worldview that the author has any right to speak as an authority on any matter of faith and politics.
The worth of this book is limited to areas that are not likely to bring credit to the author as a whole. For example, the author helpfully writes this book as a case of oppo research on how the contemporary Democratic party is so hostile to genuine biblical Christianity, especially with regards to personal morality and the free exercise of faith, that it ought to be written off as a potential vehicle for moral regeneration of our society. In addition, this book provides a fascinating look at the troubled and tormented psychology of a true believer who deceives himself into following corrupt and wicked leaders because of a misguided belief that the leader shares a passion for a godly and just social order. Even in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary the author still cannot bring himself to admit that he was deceived and had fallen pray to the charlatans of progressive politics. In the end, after reading this book, one cannot even hate the author for his obvious folly. One can only pity him, and the fact that the presence of so many like-minded and similarly misguided souls like him have threatened our nation with the scourge of divine judgment for our national sins for which we remain unrepentant. Unsurprisingly, the author appears to be entirely blind to this danger, as he was blind to the danger of following Obama and doing his dirty work in dealing with religious leaders that the Democratic party views only with contempt and scorn for their moral vision.
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