Make no mistake - My joy and hope comes from Jesus Christ alone. I am certain that He allowed the leader He wanted to rise up for such a time as this.
I am also excited at the possibilities that this accomplishment opens up for all people who have unparalleled determination, vision, self-motivation and humility to lead in any capacity.
However - I am authentically disappointed by statements and the tone that the Christian community is taking with our new president. From the K-Love (Christian radio station that I support financially) marathon of prayer where every other caller points out how much President Obama needs God's wisdom to the chorus of Facebook disses by many in my network - I am shocked, disappointed and offended by the the insinuation. The insinuation that President Barack Obama needs more prayer than any other President in the past. I do not recall this outpouring of prayer support for our outgoing President in 2000 or 2004 after the elections. Especially in 2004 with the nation sorely divided and the issues we faced as it related to the Iraq invasion. So then, why does the community rise up in a tone of discontent and patronizing prayer support to hide its true feelings?
While many in the Christian community are still smarting from the defeat of John McCain or better stated - the lack of candidates that truly represented their views, it is clear that suddenly the venomous rhetoric that permeated the campaign has turned into a false outpouring of prayer support.
It sort of reminds me of when we gossip in church communities about people's hurts in the name of "praying for their needs."
C'mon brothers and sisters - we must do better. If not us, then who?
Remember, the world has long abandoned looking to the church (us) to do the right thing in many issues as it relates to race and race relations in this country - which I do think plays a big part consciously and unconsciously in this discourse. Fine - then admit it. Be real. If you are uncomfortable with this President because he is pro-life or WHATEVER - then say it - don't mask your true ill feelings with "let's pray for him". Let's get out the core issues and discuss them and how we can rise up and make a real difference vs. a passive-aggressive posturing.
By the way - the answer to the abortion crisis is not in a presidential candidate or a law - it's in the church stepping up in all communities (affluent and low-income alike as they abort their unborn equally) and helping solve the core issue of the rampant sexual activity without love or commitment that often leads to abortion. But that is another post. Let's stay focused.
The biggest losers in all this is the next generation in our churches. We are displaying huge lack of grace in this moment that could really be used to unite the nation. The spreading of the vicious propaganda pre-election (I am referring to personal emails I received as well as a letter from Focus on the Family pro-McCain and filled with fear mongering and subtle hatred towards Senator Obama) to the insincere words and tone now is not uniting our country but further dividing it. Additionally - it adds to the insensitivity that the church already displays towards race relations and racial reconciliation in this country. WE SHOULD BE THE FIRST TO REACH ACROSS RACIAL LINES - I am not going to act like I said that - I am quoting my pastor Bill Hybels. This presidency offers us a huge opportunity to lead the country in a healthy constructive discussion about race and any other issues that are tough to discuss.
So - I am not above overreacting - see blog from Nov 23 - I am human and could be misinterpreting these people and their intent. I will leave you with this.
We are called to not even be associated with something the looks evil.
That said - Is this community sincerely wishing the best for our new leader and praying from a heart filled with grace and humility?
If not - then we should start a new prayer marathon for ourselves.