OK, deep breath…


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.


  1. holaolah says:

    Well said. I think it’s very telling that you used the word “cousins” instead of brothers and sisters when referring to the religious right. Maybe some family counseling is in order.

  2. wezlo says:

    Thanks. “Cousins” is how I typically refer Judaism – at once showing the relation and the distinction. One of the things that I find most discouraging about both the activist political right and left is that adherence to culture-war ideology is more important that orthodoxy in theology (which traditionally refers to how we worship and, from that, live in the light of the Gospel). It’s that reversal of belief that leads me to refer to the religious right in this passage as “cousins.”

    I have quite a few acquaintances on the “religious left” however, who fit the same bill. In both, a particular ideology of American politics has replaced the Kingdom.

    And, yah, we need some serious family counseling…

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