First, I don’t care what your political leanings are, the election of the first African-American president is a wonderful sign that America has moved into a new (and positive) era of race relations. A man who was 3/5’s of a person when the Consitution was written is now the Chief Executive of the nation. If you voted against Senator Obama, take a deep breath and be glad that America’s repentance of past sins has progressed to the point where his election as president was even possible.
Second, yes I know it’s expected, I want to credit Senator McCain for a wonderfully gracious and eloquent concession speech. It was a shame that the fear-mongering rhetoric of his increasingly desperate campaign was present in the crowd as he gave it – but when people started expressing that during his speech I could see the regret that he went there. I hope his speech plays out in the coming weeks, the country is going to need it.
Third, let’s remember that President-Elect Obama is not our savior. As Bill Bennett put it, Obama is a transformative leader that the country seems to feel is needed for the time (a comment that make me do a double-take to hear him admit that), and I do hope that he is the leader we need at this time – but he’s not our Lord. For my friends who publically supported President-Elect Obama’s campaign let me urge you not to become so enraptured with his victory that you lose the ability to speak prophetically during the coming administration. A vision of that folly is clearly before us with our cousins among the religious right – there is no future there.
It is a historic day – may we all find a way forward marked by peace and justice and grace.