11.05.2008

President Barack Obama

Last night was an incredible night in our nations history. Like him or not, Barack Obama has lived the American dream, and done the impossible. I'm glad it's all over, as far as the elections. It was probably one of the most malicious campaigns I have seen. I was moved by his speech last night, and I am glad for our black Americans who have been persecuted for their skin color throughout history, and still fight the racism that exists. I am white as white can be. I could not come close to empathizing with my personal black friends who have told me about the prejudice that still goes on in our country. America is great, but we still need to push forward through the bigotry, no matter how minute it becomes. Some would criticize the issue of race in this election, but it is what it is. Having a black president is a progression towards all men being created equal. Should we vote for a president because of their skin color? Of course not, but this is the first time that's even been an option in the final election. This is a part of the process towards being a nation of equal opportunity.
Obviously, Obama did not win solely on the minority vote. The American majority have named their next leader. So, what about those who didn't vote for him? Can you support a president that you didn't want? I have to admit that I have failed in this from time to time. I think it's really easy to be a part of the criticism on the sidelines, but the real challenge is actually getting in the game and being positive along side those whom you vehemently disagree with. This is a challenge that takes a great deal of humility and sacrifice. You don't have to sacrifice your morals or convictions, but you do have to sacrifice yourself, and maybe a little bit of pride. As I get older, I'm getting more calm and slower to anger. There are pastors out there that totally disagree with the way I minister, but I'm finding great solace by reaching out to them, even though we don't really relate that much. It's called balance, and we don't have to compromise our beliefs to find balance. I ran across a post this morning from the president of Thomas Nelson Publishers that calls us to four commitments to Obama. Very thought provoking. Click here to read it.
I support Obama, and I will make it my commitment, to God, to honor him even if he does something wrong. One thing I heard McCain say yesterday afternoon, I disagree with. He said that if we elect him, that he will never let us down. The problem is that people will always let you down. Barack Obama will let us down, and I have let down previous presidents and God in my commandment to repect them. All we can do is all we can do, and we can all do our best. No matter who is in the Oval Office, God is on the throne. No matter who is our president, God should be our King. Obama, nor McCain is our Savior. Jesus is, and that's why we worship Him.

On a side note, I'm wondering about anti-Obama forwards that I get from time to time.
Do you think these will lessen or will they intensify?

6 comments:

Crystal G said...

Nice post,

I don't think it's going to lessen, I truly feel that the people who don't care for him don't like him because of his race.I know on a personal level what that means in my life.

Overall I'm over the moon. I'm the great grandchild of slaves, my mother grew up in the south and had to sit on the back of the bus and drink from black only fountains, this was a long time coming and I'm glad I was alive to see it.

Matt W. said...

You're telling me you honestly thought that it was "impossible" for a black man to become President? Wow. I never thought that. I've always figured that someday it would happen, I guess that's why that part really doesn't mean anything to me. (I can understand why those alive during the civil rights movement see it differently.)

I think the important thing is that we are not only instructed to pray for our leaders, but to thank God for them, understanding that they are appointed by God, for good or for ill. So, I think that those anti-Obama forwards will intensify, but not from me. Of course, I never forwarded them anyway, unless they were solidly based in facts... which means, I didn't forward many. They should lessen, because the campaign is over, and being anti-Obama doesn't do any good now. There will still be battles to be fought, as individual issues come before Congress, but we need to stick to the facts.

Remember, when you are in a fight and you lose, it doesn't mean you were on the wrong side. We don't know the plans of God, so we fight for what is right.

For me, I took the stickers off the cars, I refuse to be a sore loser, like those people who are still driving around with "Kerry/Edwards" stickers on their cars...

We now go forward, and try to live as God would have us to live, which is what we should have been doing all along.

Matt W. said...

Oh yeah, also, it's President Elect Obama until January 20th, at that time it will become President Obama... just FYI.

Gary Durbin said...

yeah, I almost put "elect", but I thought it was a given.

Matt W. said...

Gary, you know I'm a stickler for the details, so don't take it personally. Anyway, it's not that it's a given, or not, it's that his official title at the moment is President Elect (technically it is also Senator, but that would be somewhat degrading at this point since he was elected President).

It also makes me think of a woman at work asking me who I thought would be President on Nov 5hth (this was a few weeks ago) and I told her that I knew for a fact who would be President on Nov 5th. "WHO!" she snaps, I leaned in real close like I was about to reveal a big secret and whispered "George W. Bush." She huffed and and said, "You know what I mean!"

What can I say, it's just who I am.

Gary Durbin said...

Oh Matt, you know what I mean! Whoops, that doesn't work with you. I guess you could say I'm speaking in future tense, or what is to come, but yeah, you're right. We still got W.