Ramadan began Saturday. I don’t ever remember President Bush giving Ramadan greetings to Muslims as they begin this month of fasting, but a quick Google search shows that he did. I did, however, see President Obama’s Ramadan greetings this year and I thought it would be good to post it here for you to hear.
I’m glad for these kinds of greetings. Obviously, we all know there are many differences among Muslims and Christians. But even with the many religious differences there are many things that unite us. I heartily encourage talking through differences (and am happy to do so), but also want each of us to embrace our commonalities, particularly when we can pursue common goals that do good to others.
President Obama is a politician, not a religious leader. This serves to show that it isn’t only religious leaders who can encourage understanding among Muslims and Christians. And I can tell you from my experience that you also don’t have to be the President of the United States.We can each grow in our understanding of one another and as much as it depends on us, we can live in peace with others (see Romans 12:18).
Watch the President’s greetings and let me know what you think.
(I especially had to post this after I heard his closing line, “May God’s peace be upon you.”)