The election of the first African-American president may be a historic moment, but not all historic moments are necessarily good.
Certainly in terms of race relations this may be a positive thing, but from a Christian perspective, the negatives far outweigh the positives. His election indicates the determined abandonment of Christian values by a majority of the American electorate! Even today we saw an interview with Alice Walker (author of “The Color Purple”), who is representative of the new liberal intelligentsia, who while celebrating the victory of Barack Obama was lamenting how much there was still to do on equality legislation and mentioned in particular the very recent failure of one state (California) to legalise homosexual marriage! Christians knew that the stakes were extremely high- and this is a sad day indeed.
Nevertheless while we share the sadness felt by many of our American evangelical brethren, as Albert Mohler points out in his recent blog entry, this is no time to give up the fight. If anything it should make Christians even more determined to stand up for core Christian values, and to argue for them in church and state.
May God help you all do to so. We shall certainly pray for the new President, for the nation and for the cause of Christ.
In the meantime we would have our brethren remember the words of one wise old Puritan:
All the dark, intricate, puzzling providences at which we were—
sometimes so offended … we shall [one day] see to be to us, as the
difficult passage through the wilderness was to Israel, “the right way
to the city of habitation.”