If a picture’s worth a thousand words…
What did you do this week?
I read an interesting point of view on the Egyptian situation this week. Here is a taste of the article by Russell Moore, dean @ Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.
I’m watching Cairo with mixed feelings.
For the most part, I find it all exhilarating. I agree with Thomas Jefferson about those “unalienable rights” embedded in our common humanity. And I agree with John F. Kennedy that we should “pay any price, bear any burden” to “ensure the survival and success of liberty.” Who couldn’t cheer the downfall of a lawless, autocratic regime such as that of Hosni Mubarak? But, on the other hand, I know why President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton so carefully parsed their words at the beginning of the uprising. After all, isn’t there something to be said for stability, for treaties kept? What if, as in other places, the fall of the dictator simply leads to a bloody terrorist theocracy?
I’m kind of ashamed of my ambivalence on this even as I recognize that this is a complicated foreign policy question. Callous realism and utopian idealism have both led to chaos and bloodshed, and it’s often hard to sort out the consequences of such world upheavals.
But my mixed feelings have pointed me this week back to a deeper, more primal ambivalence about a different sort of Egyptian freedom: my own. In so doing, I find myself sympathizing with those who, spiritually speaking, still want the stability of a strongman.