The moment is tempered, however, because the President-elect is the most liberal man ever to be given the keys to the Republic. His public office record is slim. He hasn’t even finished his freshmen term in the Senate! But what is known of his voting record is not encouraging; as least if one values life and the sanctity of marriage. President-elect Obama is the most staunch abortion rights proponent to be elected as the Chief-Executive. He has promised his base to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act. (If you’re unfamiliar with FOCA click here or here.) Essentially this law would abolish all restrictions and limitations on abortion. He has also promised his support to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Nothing about those two campaign promises says “center”; instead, they both scream “far left”.
I am saddened at his victory. Saddened by what this says about the American people. I understand the nation’s “Republican fatigue.” I feel it myself, but the election of Barack Obama signals a leftward shift of this nation. Bear in mind, he did not win this election because he is a black man, and I did not withhold my vote because of the color of his skin. He won, and I voted against him, because he is liberal. This nation is no longer center-right. Perhaps, after four years of liberal leadership in the White House and both houses of Congress the nation will veer right a little. Only time will tell.
I did not vote for Sen. Obama. While recognizing the significance and historical nature of his win, I cannot rejoice in it, but here is what I can and will do. I will praise God for He is sovereign over all things; changing times and seasons; removing kings/presidents and establishing kings/presidents, and He liberally gives wisdom to those who seek and ask for it. I have already and will continue to pray for President-elect Obama; just as Paul instructs us to in 1 Timothy 2:1-10. Whatever our philosophical differences, and they are vast, he will be my President. I will not pray for him to fail or be harmed. I pray that he will be the bridge-builder he claims to be. I pray that he will lead the United States, not just the liberal Democratic base. I pray that Christians will be brilliant examples of Biblical citizenship and not bitter, fearful, resentful, “the sky is falling” head-cases. I pray that God will be glorified, the Gospel clearly, consistently, and compassionately proclaimed.
That would also be my prayer had John McCain been elected.