44th President of the United States of America
Today is an incredible day for America! Good or bad, agree or disagree, like or dislike, it doesn’t really matter your preference, can’t we still agree that today is historic?
In the midst of this day there seem to be polar opposite responses and attitudes, and to be honest I am quite troubled by both extremes. On the one hand there are the extreme “over”-optimists who seem to elevate Barak Obama to savior-like status. Then on the other side we have the critical “under”-optimists who see Obama as, at best a horrible choice and, at worst, the anti-christ incarnate.
No matter where you are on this pendulum of opinions the truth is, it is too early to know who this man is and much too soon to stake your judgment. For today, he is our 44th president, and the first African-American ever to hold this office. He is possibly the most powerful man in the world at this point and time. For these reasons we should hold this day as significant and count it an honor to join in the festivities.
The challenges of our world are great and as everyone agrees changes are needed. Now, we may not agree on how to resolve these issues but we can all agree to do our part. For those of us who call ourselves followers of Christ our duty is clear…
For those of you who, like me, identify yourself as a Christian I have a request. If you’re over-optimistic concerning Obama, I ask you to consider praying for him as much as you praise him. There are many things to be excited about in Obama. Yet, much of the praise that I have heard regarding Obama has been based on his characteristics of ethnicity and charisma. However, let’s be honest race and eloquence are not directly related to leadership capabilities.
To those who are under-optimistic about Obama, would you please pray for him as much as you complain about him? There may be many things to be concerned about in your mind in regards to Obama and I understand that. Nevertheless, we are not helpless, and God has clearly called us to be people who offer prayer support for our nation, including those we may disagree with.
Although I am not a betting man, I would be willing to wager that everyone of us has more in common with President Barak Obama than we do in conflict. My earnest prayer is, may God bless Barak Obama, and may God bless the United States of America.