- An Obama presidency means that a centuries-old dream has finally come true. 106-year old Ann Nixon Cooper has lived through Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, and countless other moments to see this day. Frazelia Abraham, my 92-year old great-grandmother, has lived to see this day. Beatrice Bennaugh, my grandmother, has lived to see this day. If only my other grandmother, my grandfathers and my great grandfathers could have lived to see a black man become the 44th President of the United States of America. The marches were worth it. The hoses were worth it. The hate mail and the saliva-drenched cheeks were worth it. “We Shall Overcome” is now “We Have Overcome”. Isn’t that a reason to praise our the God of justice?!
- An Obama presidency means the triumph of a flawed sense of equality. In his victory speech, Mr. Obama said,
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer… It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and always will be, the United States of America.”
I am glad to see that my country can get beyond various differences, but I do not support the justification of sin to promote unity. Homosexuals, feminists, and various other groups have sought to use the Civil Rights movement as a template for their causes. They have sought to fight for equal “rights” as well. An Obama presidency may continue to blur the lines between rights and sin.
- An Obama presidency means that past and current racism is evil. For a black man to enter the White House, all the discriminations about blacks being incapable of being anything is null and void, and seen as it actually is, evil. No, blacks have been created in the image of God, and have the same father, Adam, as every other people. Also, for an interracial man to enter the White House, there is some hope that the America that my boys will see is not the America that even I grew up in. The color of theirs, or anyone’s, skin is not an indicator for that person’s capabilities or worth. Any such judgment is evil.
- An Obama presidency means the continuation of some racial tensions. There will be people who will say that Obama won the presidency because he was black and because blacks voted for him because he was black. There will be people who will overlook the historical nature of the event and emphasize the differences in policy. The policies are important and should not be ignored. An Obama/Pelosi/Reid-run government is going to push liberalism in ways we have never seen in American history (that is, unless Obama keeps his more moderate positions that he has campaigned on since winning the Democratic nomination– “spread the wealth” notwithstanding). But to completely ignore the moment in the name of “I don’t see race, I just see a person– what’s the big deal?!” is foolish and will create more tensions in an already tense discussion. Would anyone not celebrate a Jew or an Asian or an Hispanic become President?
On the other side, one must not think that a vote against Obama is a vote against blacks. For one, there were many blacks who did not vote for Obama, not because they did not want to see a black President, but because they were concerned about the policies of this black candidate. It is the same for whites and others. Every vote is a judgment call on the issues at stake. “Do you want a black President?” is a very narrow criterion for deciding who should be the leader of the free world. Sensitivity to people’s judgments is recommended if there is to be any progress in the race conversation.
- An Obama presidency means that the black genocide of abortion is evil. Since 1973, 12 million black babies have been aborted. This is, among other reasons, because of the sensitive issues of rape or incest, the absence of fathers and the fears of mothers, the sin of selfishness and promiscuity, and because of the systematic plots of Planned Parenthood. To see a black baby grow up and become President, however, further confirms the act as evil. How dare we make excuses (and money!) to take the lives of boys and girls who were created in the image of God!!! Could we have killed countless Presidents? Or worse, countless spouses and parents and teachers and evangelists and pastors and missionaries?
- An Obama presidency means (ironically) that the black genocide of abortion will continue. For President Obama has shown in his past that he considers the extermination of the unborn as justice for the mother. Such “justice” is indeed folly. However, lest anyone think that this is all the Democrats’ fault, consider that we have had only two Democratic Presidents since Roe. The blood is on the hands of both parties.
- An Obama presidency means that God is still on his throne as Lord of the nations. Thank God for his sovereignty in appointing another person to lead our great country. He is the one who builds up and tears down (cf. Dan. 4:25, 28-32). A black President is not just a testament to the democratic process; it is the decree of the only Sovereign. May we tremble before our God with great humility.
- An Obama presidency means that there is still a need for the gospel in America. There are millions of people who voted for a person, not for an ideology. Let’s face it, there are millions of people who worship Obama as if he were the Christ. Such idolatry is yet another indication that America needs the gospel. This is also evident in the heated emotions surfacing in the post-election climate. Do we seriously think that Obama will save the world? Do we seriously think that any candidate can save the world?! We who know the King of lings and Lord of lords must speak with even more boldness, that people will turn from their idols to the one true God who can not only save economies, but can save people from their greatest enemies, sin and death. That’s the change I believe in!
- An Obama presidency means an opportunity for Christians to live as heavenly citizens, with love and godliness. We must repent for believing that any fallen man can be the Christ. We can strongly hold to our ideals and philosophies, but woe to the one who forgets that we are ambassadors of Christ, not of the Republican or Democratic parties. We must pray for our President and other elected leaders. We must pray that God will restrain the evil in our country and cause the gospel to spread. We must remember that the gospel does not spread through government policies, but through the lives of men and women transformed by the power of Christ to love. Under any administration, the need is the same, and the Satisfier is the same. These next four years, and as long as God gives us breath, let’s live like Jesus is our King!