Well, there you have it, folks. America has decided. The results are in (well, except for the Stuart Smalley Al Franken thing)…
Anyway, on a much more serious note…
I was disappointed with last nights results.
No one can doubt that it was a historical night, that — if you can put the specific candidate and ALL the issues aside (which is really, really, REALLY hard for me to do, but I tried) — you must admit was monumental in many ways. An African-American is going to be president. A person who 50 years ago would have held very limited rights and privileges in our nation has now been elected it’s president. I heard this morning that in January he will be sworn in on steps that were built by slaves. Wow. In and of itself, ALL OTHER ISSUES ASIDE, this is a cool thing.
I watched the multitudes welcome him in Grant Park last night. It was a very moving scene, in many ways — and I SO wanted to be able to be more excited about it than I was.
As I was reflecting on it last night, one name came to mind: William Wilberforce. I thought of how he tirelessly fought against slavery. Year after year after year he toiled, against all odds and with few allies — until finally his battle was was.
He was one man who helped pave the way that ultimately brought Obama the freedom that allowed him to run for — and win — this high office.
I don’t believe it is a stretch to compare Wilberforce’s efforts to the efforts of those who, for almost 36 years, have been fighting tooth and nail to reverse Roe vs. Wade. His example provides an inspiration to never give up the fight of protecting the innocent from the most heinous of acts.
Obama will be sworn in on Jan 20. One of the first things he has promised to do is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would virtually reverse all restrictions on legalized abortion — all that so many have fought for in 36 years. If I were to guess, I’d say he’s probably planning on doing that on Jan 22 – the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
I didn’t vote for him, but Obama will be my president, and I will be praying for him — that he will have God-given strength and wisdom to lead our nation in the right direction, and that God will change his heart on many issues. (God has the power to do that, you know).
And specifically, I will be praying that as he faces the decision of signing the Freedom of Choice act, that our president will be reminded of William Wilberforce’s fight — and that his eyes will be opened to see his need to follow Wilberforce’s example by fighting for this generation of the most innocent victims: the unborn.