In the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, no one in the area of Ft. Sumter could have predicted that 147 years later an African-American would become the President of a unified United States of America.
It is an historical irony that Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States–from Illinois, who authored and signed the Emancipation Proclamation, would, in essence, pave the way for the election of a fellow Illinois man to be elected the 44th President of the United States.
After the pains of reconstruction in the aftermath of the Civil War (which went on far too long!) and the unfathomable discrimination of the 20th Century which witnessed, among other things, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is a great thing to see an African American be elected President. It is truly a great day to be an American.
I did not vote for our President-Elect. I am a conservative and he is not. I do not share his vision for America, for it seems far too socalistic and anti-evangelical. However, as Romans 13 and 1 Peter 1:13-17 tells us, Government is God’s idea. As God is absolutely sovereign, He has seen fit to give us Barak Obama as our President.
Though I do and probably will continue to disagree with his politics, vision, and policies, as a Christian, I must pray for him as our President. If you disagree with me, read 1 Timothy 2:
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
May God, through the government He has provided, grant His people lives which are marked by peace and quiet and lives that are, above all, Godly and dignified in every way. May God bless us so that we may live peacefully, practicing our faith freely.
I would encourage every Christian to pray for President-Elect Obama, for it is what God expects us to do.