November 5, 2008

Day After

It is 72 degrees and sunny on November 5th in central Indiana. The day after our country has just elected the first ever African American as President of the United States. Surreal.

What lies ahead for us as a nation and especially for those of us who call ourselves Christians is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create unity. No one likes to lose but we cannot let the color of our political party divide us, whether you're RED or BLUE. We have a beautiful opportunity as the Church to "reach across the aisle" and give our support, prayers and service to our fellow man being reminded that it's not about you or me, this political party or that one but rather it's about Christ who calls us to serve Him by serving each other. The words of Paul's letter to the Philippians should not only echo in our hearts but in the things we say or don't say, do or don't do...

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.


dk said...

It was quite a scene watching Obama's victory speech. So many people of different color, smiling, crying, cheering, full of expectancy. I have to say I was quite moved by his words. He has that "something" call it charisma that moves me, inspires me to change, to join him in what he wants to accomplish. I was listening to NPR interview a 95 yr old black man who couldn't believe a black man was president. They also interviewed a young black man who said he now had "hope" that he could do anything he wanted to. He and a buddy talked about "not sagging so much", they had to pick it up now that Obama was in office. It was a sense of pride they now had that they hadn't had before. Very interesting. I also thought Obama's comments about John McCain were very well said. Recognizing McCain's sacrifice for his country was really good. I will be praying for Obama as he is stepping into quite a mess. May God give him wisdom on how to accomplish the things he wants to accomplish.

Matt said...

dk: thanks for the read and comment. i have really enjoyed your comments as of late, so thanks.

it really was something else seeing close to 200,000 people crowded into Grant park to listen to this speech. i must say that i thought both Obama's and McCain's speeches were very well done and both very gracious. i hope and pray that supporters of both candidates can be and will be as gracious as the ones they were supporting were on that night. nonetheless, it will be interesting and even exciting to see what happens from here.