A part of me is well pleased that the US has elected it's first African American president. And another part of me is profoundly concerned that President-Elect Barack Obama will follow through on promises made to folk like Planned Parenthood. This is a time for Christians to pray for the new leader of the declining Empire of the United States and to, as best as we can, speak with one voice against those particular issues where there is such strong disagreement – and I again refer to the FOCA.
As a citizen of a nation whose life is closely intertwined with that of the USA, I commit to pray for the new president and his family on a daily basis. I hope and pray that the dreams so many have placed in him will turn out to be justified. I will also pray that we Christians will find a less partisan way to engage in the political process – a via media perhaps.
I've read lots of gracious comments this morning from those Christians who were in the McCain camp as well as those in the Obama camp. I confess, however, that I found this comment particularly graceless, from a member of the Obama camp I have previously experienced as grace-filled (though not through this election cycle.)
Thanks to everyone who had the courage to vote for change over entrenchment, hope over fear, diversity over homogeneity, and reconciliation over division.
UPDATE 2: Brian McLaren digs his divisive hole deeper with his Response from Friends. As I know that he's received responses from other friends who graciously hold a contrarian opinion to his own, Brian seems to hold fast to his opinion of those folk who did not vote for President-Elect Barack Obama are backwards racists. I'm stunned – but perhaps that's to be expected.
UPDATE 3: Brian apologizes here,
I'll cut Brian a little slack in that perhaps his exuberance got way too far out in front of his editing. However, I'd say many of us (rather than "a few") read Brian as so "in the tank" for Obama during the campaign that his statement was read within that context. After all, his undergrad and Master's degrees are in English.