Last night America spoke and Obama won. It is as simple as that. I spent some time last night contemplating what this will mean for our country. Here are a few things that struck me:
- First, it truly is a good thing that a black man was elected to be the President. I wish that it had been a black man with different political opinions, but it is still a good thing.
- Second, I am saddened over what this election might mean for abortion in this country. I believe that abortion is the greatest social and moral injustice that this country has ever seen (for example nearly half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion), and I think that our President elect will do absolutely nothing to change it.
- Third, in my opinion the media crowned this king, and that is scary to me. Since Obama’s coming out party four years ago he has been the media darling, and they did everything they could to get him into office (including throw there old darling–John McCain–under the Straight Talk Express). This will be the new paradigm, and I am not sure how to combat a free media with an agenda.
- Fourth, it is frustrating that more money was spent on this campaign than any other in history. It became a spending spree. Ironically, Obama is touted as an example that any American can rise to any height. But the fact of the matter is you need a couple billion to make that dream happen.
In all of this Christians must remember our responsibilities to this country. Justin Taylor has outlined several of them that are helpful reminders:
No matter who you voted for–or whether you voted at all–it’s important to remember that, as President, Barack Obama will have God-given authority to govern us, and that we should view him as a servant of God (Rom. 13:1, 4) to whom we should be subject (Rom. 13:1, 5; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).
* We are to pray for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
* We are to thank God for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
* We are to respect Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7).
* We are to honor Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17).
You can read the full post HERE.
In addtion to this we must also be actively spreading the gospel with all the energy we can muster up. The gospel is truly the only thing that is going to bring about the kind of cultural change that will end practices such as abortion.