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Obama Hung in Effigy at Christian College
by _Eugene Cho_ (http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?author=3D26) =20
09-24-2008=20
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This is hard to read.  Hard to swallow.  Hard to understand =E2=80=A6  espec=
ially=20
when it happens at a Christian university such as _George Fox  University_=20
(http://www.georgefox.edu/index.html)  in Newberg, Oregon (20 miles southwes=
t of=20
Portland).   From numerous respected accounts, I have only heard good things=
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about  the university, so I share this news not in any way to condemn the =20
institution, the faculty, or the students.=20
Early Tuesday morning (September 23), an effigy in the likeness of Senator =20
Barack Obama was found hanging from a tree in front of one of the school =20
buildings.  Truly disturbing.=20
While we ought to genuinely celebrate the historic elements of this =20
presidential election year which includes Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama,  an=
d Sarah=20
Palin, this horrible news is another reminder that we have a long way  to go=
. Is=20
it simply because they are not like=E2=80=9Cme=E2=80=9D and thus, they must=20=
 be different =E2=80=A6=20
and thus, the other =E2=80=93 _leading to the =E2=80=9Cotherizing=E2=80=9D_=20
(http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/09/20/are-we-otherizing-obama-palin/) ,=
 in this case, of Obama?=20
Rural or urban, Christian or secular, male or female, young or old, =20
Republican or Democrat =E2=80=A6 we still have a long way to go.  We have wo=
rk  ahead.=20
I have nothing insightful to write.  I simply want to implore  you to be=20
reminded and revitalized by the one who reconciles us and invites  us to the=
 work=20
of reconciliation:=20
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we  onc=
e=20
regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is  in=
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Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!   All=20
this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us  t=
he=20
ministry of reconciliation; that God was reconciling the world to  himself i=
n=20
Christ, not counting people=E2=80=99s sins against them. And he has  committ=
ed to us=20
the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ=E2=80=99s  ambassado=
rs, as=20
though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you  on Christ=E2=
=80=99s behalf:=20
Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be  sin for us, so that=
 in=20
him we might become the righteousness of God.  (2  Corinthians 5:16-21)
Here=E2=80=99s the article from _Oregon Live_=20
(http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/racial_incident_rattles_ge=
orge.html) :=20
A likeness of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was found hanging in the _George Fox=20
University _ (http://www.georgefox.edu/index.html) quad  early Tuesday along=
 with=20
graffiti aimed at minority recipients of a  scholarship program, the=20
university president told The Oregonian this  morning.=20
President Robin Baker discussed the incident this morning during the =20
twice-weekly campus service, which was packed. With dozens of Act 6 students=
  and=20
student leaders in front of the stage, he denounced the display and urged =20
students to show that such a display has no place in Christian ideals.=20
=E2=80=9CWe absolutely cannot hate those around us and say we love God,=E2=
=80=9D he said.  =E2=80=9C
It is not possible.=E2=80=9D=20
=E2=80=9CYesterday was not a good example of what it means to follow Jesus,=
=E2=80=9D he =20
said.=20
Quoting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, the =20
president said the university has long had difficulties recruiting nonwhite=20=
 students=20
and his dream has been to help create a university that =E2=80=9Cmore broadl=
y =20
represents the kingdom of  God.=E2=80=9D






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