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Friday, November 07, 2008

Barack Obama


This man is perhaps now the most famous man in the world and by January 20th will be the most powerful. His election was gripping and now the blogosphere is full of comment. Most of the secular media predicted an Obama victory and they were right and most of what I read is overwhelmingly positive about this development. Probably to sum up their view is that almost anyone would be an improvement on the current president but also admiration for a country that 40 years ago could legislate cruelty against black people could then 40 years later vote for one to be their leader. It is truly remarkable.

The Christian blogs I read are far more divided, most of the American blogs are nervous and worried that the deal breaking issue for them - making abortion illegal - is going to be set back a generation or more. I'm always impressed by the patriotism of the US, because almost unfailingly those who are disappointed by the election are urging others to pray for and honour and their new president elect. We should follow that example.

My own view is that those who fear the worst and those who hope for miracles will both be disappointed but overall I think this clever, thoughtful, eloquent man will be as good a leader as any since I've been alive (Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton and George W Bush).

Here are some of the best of the blogs I've been reading:

US
  • Everyone at God's Politics is very excited, hoping for a new dawn on issues of race, poverty and the environment
  • The atmosphere at Justin Taylor's blog couldn't be more different - with plenty of guest bloggers the views are more depressed because of the abortion issue but still committed to pray and to campaign
  • Josh Harris sets the example on praying for his new national leader
  • Mark Driscoll has a good take on the (too) high hopes of the people
UK

3 comments:

Matthew Hosier on 7 November 2008 at 12:14 said...

You might find this one interesting as well - from an African-American pastor who flows in a Piper-type stream:

http://www.voddiebaucham.org/vbm/Blog/Entries/2008/11/5_Is_it_Over.html

Phil on 7 November 2008 at 18:11 said...

He doesn't like Europe very much does he? Or Obama? Or left wing policies or state education... What's interesting is how caught up in all of that the idea that if you do agree with any of those things you've somehow abandoned the faith.

Peter Kirk on 7 November 2008 at 22:10 said...

Interesting, Matthew: this is the same Voddie Baucham who said that it was wrong to vote for McCain/Palin because it would put a woman into a wrong position. He can hardly complain that his position has let in Obama!

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