I am proud to be an American. I am proud to live in a country that after over 230 years of existence we have finally elected our first black president. I am not proud that our country would elect a president who says that determining when life begins is “beyond [his] pay grade” and who voted against the ban on partial birth abortion. I have made that clear as has Kevin in numerous posts. That fact is irrelevant at this point. The good news in this election is that we have come a long way in terms of civil rights–we have the first black president in our nation’s history! The bad news of this election to me is that Obama has claimed that soon after his election, he will sign off on legislation that will make abortion more accessible to teens and more easily funded. Complaining about these things are moot points now that Obama is our president-elect.
So what now? Well, I think its pretty simple. The Bible is clear that every person is to “be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1). Indeed, “for there is no authority except from God and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” So, I must say that the Lord ordained and instituted Obama as our president and in the big-scheme-of-things, he ordained this for my good (Romans 8:28).
So what now? Well I, for one, will be subject to Obama when he takes office. I will pray for him. I will pray that he will govern fairly. I will pray that he would make decisions that are right for individuals in our country and for our country as a whole. I will pray and hope that he holds true to his commitment to make the white house a less bi-partisan place. I will pray that the Lord would change his heart. I will pray specifically that the Lord would change his heart on the right to life of the unborn. I will also continue to speak out for the rights of the unborn even if few will listen. I also intend to put my words to action. Though I do not have the power to overturn Roe vs. Wade, I do have the power to influence individuals and to encourage people to reconsider the devastating decision to abort. Furthermore, I can share the gospel with those who have had a baby aborted–offer them hope and share with them the grace offered them in the gospel. I can do my best to put my convictions to action.
That is one of the major inconsistencies with many who campaign for rights of the unborn–few of us do much about it–we just blog about it or perhaps sign a petition or forward an email (sometimes, hideously slanderous emails–stop forwarding those already!). This spring break, I am challenging the students of my church to spend 5 days serving our community. One of those days we are going to see how we can serve the Crisis Pregnancy Center here in Albertville.
Again it is exciting that we have lived to see the day when our country would elect a black president. I am not going to throw a temper-tantrum because he doesn’t share my convictions for the unborn. I will submit to his leadership and I will seek, with the help of my savior, to reach out a hand of help to “the least of these” in my midst.