The Best of Times, the Worst of Times...

I'm torn.

You see, on one hand, last night was a gloomy night for America. Senator (soon-to-be President) Obama's radical position on issues related to abortion (most notably his oft-stated commitment to the Freedom of Choice Act and his opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act) frighten me for the future of life in our country. With one signature, Obama may wipe away three decades' worth of Pro-Life policies designed to protect the rights of the most helpless, voiceless class of Americans - the unborn. This is morally reprehensible and personally heartbreaking. So on behalf of millions of unborn Americans, I am saddened and frustrated.

On the other hand, last night was a terrific night for America. 150 years ago, American society didn't consider black men and women fully human, much less American citizens. Last night, we elected an African-American man the leader of our nation. I can't overstate the magnitude of this occasion. I rejoice with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus of Nazareth at this enormous step toward racial harmony. Racism is an evil paralleled by few others, and last night marked a huge victory for the United States of America in the war against it.

Senator McCain's concession speech was a model of humility and grace in the midst of fervent contest. It was classy and elegant and right. Senator Obama's acceptance speech was solemn, grateful, powerful - in a word, inspiring.

So you see, in many ways November 4, 2008 was a great day for the United States of America, with many glorious victories. And yet, these victories are tainted by the ominous reality of the future of millions of unborn Americans. It falls to Christians across the nation to humbly and wholeheartedly support our President, and at the same time to pray fervently for God to change his heart (and his mind) toward the unborn.

America - I give you my deepest sympathies.

And many congratulations.


Buckeroo B said...

It will take a lot more than the election of a black President to soothe race problems in this country. Many blacks are pure racists and continue to keep alive white hatred even though blacks have more opportunity in this country than many countries around the world. It is sad that we have to elect a man with such liberal viewpoints that are destructive to the moral beliefs of Christians in order to have a black president.

I for one, am not looking forward to the economics of Carter and Clinton again. The Democrats created the housing fiasco that has recently collapsed and lucky for them a Republican was in the House when it happened.

More taxes on small business is not going to create a soothing out of feelings for me. Neither is the dumping of 401k's into the social security dumpster.

kyle carlson said...

Brad, I am not suggesting that an African-American being elected President will end racism and hatred in our country (Indeed, I would not suggest that racism is a thing of the past.). I am merely making the point that the election of an African-American to the highest office in the land is a testimony to how far we've come in a century-and-a-half. In that, we can rejoice (even if we disagree with his economic policies, which you are certainly free to do).

Zeke Zeiler said...

I think it's great that those who have felt disenfranchised in the American system can hold their heads a little higher and be a bit more proud of their unique place in American life. I think they always had reason for confidence, but maybe now, even-more-so.