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president elect barack obama: your thoughts?

Barack Obama is the President Elect of the United States in a historic and landslide vote.  And because of the results, you are jubilant, despondent, or ambivalent.

One simple question:  What do you think?

Please.  Be respectful in your comments but I’d love to host a “dialogue” regarding your thoughts and feelings about the elections, Obama, the future, your hope, your concerns, etc. Consider this an OPEN MIC.  Feel free to copy/paste your blog entries or your direct links.


One brief thought from me:

Congratulations to Barack Obama.  Truly historic.  Not being the most ga-ga supporter of Obama, I found myself crying like a baby particularly as I saw many adult African-Americans cry like babies.  

I was listening to an interview of an African-American woman who spoke of what will take place on January 20, 2009 when Obama is sworn in as the President of the United States.  He will be sworn in on the very steps of Capitol Hill that were built in part by the labor of black slaves.  Just consider that for a few seconds. 

Honestly, I don’t know what “changes” lie ahead but it is a new day in America.  As Minhee and I prayed with our children tonight as we do each night before they go to sleep, we took several minutes to pray for Senator McCain and for President Barack Obama.  Regardless of your political leanings, I hope that you’ll keep him and his family in prayer.  God instructs His followers to pray for our leaders not because we are to blindly follow them but to simply convey that beyond our finite understanding, God remains in control.

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66 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    I wonder what the Founding Fathers would think about an African American becoming president. The canvas they started some 200 years ago is now being completed by the beautiful mosaic of a real America. I truly await the day when an Asian American or Latino becomes president.

  2. Shaun King says:

    I think the election of Barack Obama tonight is one of the 10 most important moments in American history. Personally, this is an amazing and unforgettable event for me and for my entire family.


  3. Robbin says:

    I think the best part of watching Barack’s acceptance speech was seeing the diversity of the audience. That crowd was a true picture of America-all ages, races, male and female; people from all walks of life were there celebrating with him. That was beautiful.

  4. jak says:

    happy. hopeful. impressed. inspired. ready to see the country come together for a common purpose (if we’re lucky).

  5. Grace says:

    I too cried like a baby while I listened to Obama’s speech and witnessed my African-American friend watch this incredible moment in history! I am so excited to see what happens!

  6. m@ says:

    It’s 1:58am in Ann Arbor, and I have class in six hours. The chants of “O-BAM-A” are still audible from my apartment, and today’s events comprised the most amazing act of patriotism I’ve ever seen.

    I waited in line for 45 minutes at the Union to vote — alongside hundreds of fellow students — and continued through my day as the returns came through. Dialogue was raised, food and drinks were shared, and when the results came in, the campus erupted in celebration.

    Say what you will about Senator Obama — I will hold my judgment until I see results, as I voted for a third party candidate — but the youth of this country are firmly in the seat of active participation in our government. That is something you must give his campaign credit for spearheading.

  7. J. P. says:

    The way I see it, we’ve just witnessed the results of an epic and historic job interview!

  8. Sue says:

    I think it’s very clear. It was a landslide vote. The American people have voted that some sort of change needed to happen. Bush’s presidency was so polarizing that he represented the change needed.

  9. I wept throughout his acceptance speech. The line that hit me the hardest was this:

    “And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.”

    He’s offering respect and his ear to people who disagree with him. That’s the gospel. That’s the single thing I’ve most wanted from my president these last 8 years.

  10. katie says:

    i was sitting at my desk at home after my class tonight from 7:45-8:00pm. In that timespan, Obama’s electoral votes went from 220 to 294. I dropped everything and ran to turn the TV on to witness something I was very excitedly anticipaing but didn’t fully grasp the poignancy of until I saw the masses in Chicago and elsewhere celebrating a quick and decisive victory. I never cry, and I found myself tearing up several times tonight.

    Something truly outstanding has just occurred, and I am very hopeful for the future. Obama hit the nail on the head when he said the change coming may not come to fruition in 1 or even 4 years. But, we’re rerouting, and I trust him to do that and inspire the whole nation at the same time.

    I have to note, also, that McCain’s speech was one of the best he’s ever given. I thank him for encouraging all of his supporters to respect and support Obama. Unity is the name of the game now, and if I see one more person insinuate on their ever-fluid Facebook status that our country is “screwed” or they’re “praying that Obama will earn their respect and prove them wrong” or they’re “choosing to believe that God is STILL soveriegn (as if he didn’t need to be if McCain won)”, I might explode.

  11. euni says:

    what an amazing campaign, what an amazing victory. this has been a memorable night…sitting in a cafe, watching obama’s speech, hearing periodic roars of college students walking/driving by =)

  12. Alex says:

    A truly historic day. Wow….1776-2008. Finally. I just feel so strange right now, like I’m in some kind of dream. What I’ve learned in college with my background in sociology, I just saw the ugly side of and smack talked alot about America. Today though…it’s days like today where although America is still very broken, there are still some very beautiful and great things about this country I live in and am glad to have the opportunity to live here.

  13. Tyler M says:

    I was out on Pike and Broadway and hundreds of people came out into the streets and chanted “Yes We Can” and “O-Bam-A” after Obama’s acceptance speech. It was on the national news. It was honestly one of the most amazing moments of my life. Sober strangers walked up and hugged me, the Seattle University kids came out in droves.

    The election of Obama is an all out rejection of Fundamentalism within the Christian faith that George Bush represents. I’ve never been more proud to be an American.

  14. g says:

    Amazing, and hearing his acceptance speech… I was getting choked. I’ll be telling my children about this day someday.

    More importantly, when teach my 3rd graders now (the vast majority of whom are Latino, Black, Asian, Pac Islander and come from working class families) I really can say to them, “Someday, you could be president too if you work hard enough and believe in yourself!” and not feel like I’m lying.

  15. My humble musical letter to the president elect:


  16. Tumi says:

    We stayed up all night/morning here in South Africa. Even though we are not Americans this election meant just as much to us. And yeah there were a lot of tears.
    I think Sen McCain’s speech was really gracious and I’m glad that he quietened his crowd when they tried to boo Obama. Its time for America to heal.
    Sen Obama oops Pres elect Obama’s speech was great, he did not gloat about the victory. Instead he invited all of America to join him in bringing change to the US.

    I also don’t know what God has in mind for the US, we will continue to pray for all of you.

  17. Bob says:

    We can look forward to tax increases, big government and unrestricted abortion

  18. elderj says:

    My feelings are extraordinarily mixed. I find it hard to put into words. I did not really watch the returns or his acceptance speech; I was fairly certain he would win. The win is historic (as it would have been if McCain had won) and I feel a certain joy.

    And yet the man we’ve elected is not exactly moderate on many of the issues that matter to me, though I hope he will not govern as he’s legislated thus far, especially without a Congress to balance him. Also the path to his victory is paved with many crushed dreams of women who will again have their dreams deferred of seeing a woman anywhere near the White House. I fear that no woman will soon want to run the gauntlet of heightened scrutiny and yes, blatant misogyny in order to run for office — without the benefit of a society that frowns upon sexism as much as it now frowns upon racism.

    For all the pride I feel in the symbolism, Obama is a male, moneyed, politician plucked from the same elite circles of most of our politicians.

  19. Rick says:

    I am neither jubilant, despondent, or ambivalent. I did not vote for Obama, but he is President-elect today; he will be my President. I trust the system; even more I trust the Lord to whom so many have prayed for his hand to be behind the election.

    My brother wrote to me and said some good words: “McCain was a paragon of grace and, as always since his days as a Navy flier, putting country above self.

    Obama was humble in victory and spoke of fostering unity.

    May God grant him the vision to see the momentousness of his election and the potential historic legacy he has the opportunity to chose, for it is not a sure thing. And may God grant him the determination and will to be as good as his words.”

    To which I add: though I did not choose to vote for President-Elect Obama, I take pleasure in living in a nation where the color of his skin is not an issue. I am happy for those of African descent for the significance this evening has for them. He will be my President and will have my prayers.

  20. Ale says:

    I am not American but my family, friends and I have followed the campaign as if our little countries depended on it (oh wait, they do!). Tears of joy and pride and mostly hope!

  21. deneenwhite says:

    I think that America has elected the man that she wants as President. It will take me a very long time to trust him because I still do not know what he stands for, what his beliefs and ideology truly are. The same would’ve been true had Senator McCain been elected.

    Because I am a follower of Christ first and foremost, I will pray for my president, pray for God’s wisdom and discernment, for God’s protection of him and his family, for humility.

  22. queltica says:

    I think much of the world is experiencing a new hope. I was out in my downtown Seattle neighborhood last night and couldn’t help remembering the crowds on the streets during WTO. This time all I saw was joy and hope and awe. There were people of different ages and ethnicities and economic strata all spontaneously gathering together. I have never been in a crowd of strangers who had such open faces, looked each other in the eyes. I’ve been through situations that brought neighbors and strangers together and crossed the boundaries that separate us from each other most of the time – but they were things that were catastrophic and tragic and fearful. This time it was joy.

    I hope that when this moment fades, the commitment continues.

  23. Kari Byrd says:

    I just kept thinking how proud I was to be an American. Both candidates gave wonderful speeches. It was so much better than anything I had ever hoped for.

  24. Tracy says:

    BRAVO Americans BRAVO…

    A landslide win and a message of hope that will continue to prevails…and the spirit of words will not manifest the depth nor height of this glorious MOVEMENT and MOMENT.

    President Barack Obama ’08
    Vice President Joe Biden ’08

    It just doesn’t get any better then this…God has truly blessed America yet again.

  25. Tony Nabors says:

    This has been such an educational election season for me. I have learned so much more about the political system and I’ve even learned more about my own thoughts on many important political issues. With Obama’s election, I find myself joyful and somewhat emotional. It does still feel surreal… I remember just a few years ago talking with friends about how our country was nowhere near ready to elect a black president. Yet this has happened in my own lifetime and I got to take part in this momentous event in US history. History books will be rewritten and this moment will never ever be forgotten.

    On the other hand, as an African-American, I do have some fears with Barack Obama as prez. The thing that makes me the most nervous is that people will start thinking that racism is just a thing of the past. Just because we have a black president does NOT mean that suddenly racism is over in our country and that the mistreatment that people like me regularly experience has gone away. I hope that we, especially the Church, will still be ardent fighters against racial injustice and that we will not take this issue in particular for granted.

    Still, my choice is to place my trust in God. I pray for protection and wisdom for our new president. Praise God for forward movement.

  26. Jusitfy Not says:

    In one of his first acts as POTUS Elect, Obama has asked Rahm Emanuel , past investment banker and hard left liberal, to be his Chief of Staff. Emanuels voting record on key Christian issues:

    Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
    Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
    Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
    Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
    Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
    Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
    Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
    Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
    Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
    Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
    Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
    Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
    Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
    Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
    Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)

  27. jeff e. says:

    i woke up today with a sense of peace, relief and an intensity that realizes that the battle has just begun.
    change has a cost. and initially, it does not feel good.
    when you’re 50 pounds overweight and you decide to get back into shape, it hurts.
    when you’ve been a lifetime smoker and you decide to quit, it hurts.
    when you’re an addict and you decide to get clean, it hurts.
    our country is an overweight, smoking addict. we’re in debt over our heads, we have battles beyond our shores that put us further in debt and we feel entitled to whatever we want, whenever we want it. change has arrived, and i’m afraid most of us are going to feel the pain before we feel the pleasure.
    however, when you’ve lost that first 10 pounds and feel the momentum, and can get up a flight of stairs without breaking out in an all out sweat, that is awesome.
    when you’ve been 30 days without a smoke and you can fill your lungs completely without coughing, that is amazing.
    and when you’ve been through your twelve steps and realize that each day is a gift from God, not to be missed, you realize the pain you went through to get there was totally worth it.
    i am hopeful, ready to work hard and anxious to see what happens.

    and to all the bobs out there who are cynically stating what they believe to be the obvious – you don’t get out of debt by reducing taxes (tax cuts = republican welfare), you don’t regulate greed & dishonesty with fewer numbers of overseers and you certainly do not get rid of abortion with republicans in office.

  28. Kacie says:

    I am proud today. It was inspiring to hear of crowds and hugs and tears on the streets of Kenya, Seattle, and Chicago. My surroundings here in Texas were less jubilant, but I marvel at this country, to think that 40 years after the civil rights movement we already can elect a black man President. I am proud that this country made that statement. I’m also excited about Obama’s presidency and many of the changes that it may bring.

    This was the easy part though. I pray for wisdom for Obama, and for our country over the next four years. Obama is just a man and will most certainly not be a perfect President. I would ask that the Right, particularly Christians, be respectful of the man put in authority over them, even when they disagree.

    And in the end, as a Christian, my mission and identity is no different today then it was yesterday or then it will be four years from now.

  29. TC says:

    I voted for McCain. And I am cautiously optimistic and excited about the outcome. Obama has never been an actual tool of change as he has been a symbol of change. His voting record shows it (voting 100% Democratic lines isn’t change, it’s politics as usual). But is being a symbol of change enough for the country to rally behind and make it’s own differences? I’m beginning to go from hoping so, to thinking so. And as we stand behind our new President Elect, we’ve shown the world that the United States is a stronger nation for it’s ability to choose different paths when the people are crying out for one.

    BUT, I am afraid of the moral decay of this nation. And I’m saddened. Obama wants to sign FOCA into law. And historically, with democrats in office, faith-based initiatives go away, industries like the porn industry grow stronger because the democratic administrations don’t monitor them as closely of their crimes, etc.

    Why is it, that to be a Democrat, I would have to leave my Christian values behind? And why is it that to be a Republican, I have to leave my social justice values behind? Changing those two statements is what I’d like to see happen.

  30. JB says:

    We let our 6-year old stay up well past her bedtime to witness Obama’s acceptance speech. What a historic moment!

    I noticed that there were no fireworks, no big music to dance around the stage to and no confetti. His speech was all about getting to work, needing our help and sacrifice, and being president to even those who did not support him. It was clear to me he feels and takes very seriously the burden he has just shouldered. And today he’s starting to assemble his team.

    We are in a heck of a hole right now….I don’t think people fully appreciate it. But Obama has the vigor, the intellect and the leadership qualities we need. I pray for his safety and wisdom.

  31. Ben C says:

    He just “gets” it and I’d like to congratulate US citizens for a job well done.

    He is as much Asian, Caucasian, all things as he is African-American. Any of you grow up in Honolulu? Know someone who was raised there? Heck… Indonesia?

    NYC… Chicago… Kenya?

    He’s not African-American as the media and most folks like to label him… he’s much more and I pray for his safety and well being because he will do good things. He was chosen to be who he is right now.

    Lord’s will be done. 🙂

  32. Pat says:

    I am ecstatic. I am a child of the sixties (white) and I joined CORE when I was 13. I emailed the young lady – now 34 – who was our Austrian exchange student, way back when, to share thoughts. She is jubilant. At the same time, she was horrified that we could keep George Bush in office 8 years. Europe must be so bewildered by us. What kind of country doesn’t believe in evolution, but is ready to vote an African American into the highest office in the land. We are so backwards and yet still capable of some clarity of thought, I guess.

  33. eugenecho says:

    @TC: thanks for your thoughts. i think we need to get beyond the stereotypes that Dparty has no christian values and Rparty has no commitment to social justice. Both are unfair and inaccurate descriptions of many of the PEOPLE that affiliate with those respective parties.

    @JB: those things were planned and supposedly, obama chose not to engage the fireworks and stuff last minute. he felt it to be inappropriate in light of the economic crisis and frankly, because we’re still at war. i wholeheartedly agree.

  34. mkk says:

    it is incredible to be able to witness a momentous time in our history…not just this country, but for the world. i bawled like a baby watching the celebration in atlanta, and seeing jesse jackson’s face…

    it’s all really wonderful and inspiring…
    and it means we need all the more to pray and work…

  35. TC says:

    Eugene, let me clarify. I didn’t mean to say Democrats don’t have Christian values… or that Republicans held the keys to heaven but had no concern for the poor and needy.

    I meant to say it seems that these are the stereotypes of each party and we need to get past them. Jim Wallis wrote a book called “God’s Politics” and while I didn’t read the entire book (I did hear him speak in Pasadena, it was like the audio book edition), I think he has a lot of good things to say. And most people in this blog would probably like him.

    He says that there are many believers in both parties, but there’s no reason we have to leave faith behind as Democrats, and no reason we need to hide behind it to justify Republican actions. We can be Christians and still be against the War in Iraq and have concern for the poor and needy. We can be liberal, outspoken, and desire change in our nation, and still hang onto our Christian values.

    My original statement was a representation of the struggle that I think many of us face when we are looking at our personal politics. And I’d like to see the church change in that regard.

  36. eugenecho says:

    @TC: cool. i assumed that’s what you meant. but as you shared, there are many folks that think that way. it’s very hurtful and damaging. i like jim enough that i am part of the blogging team over at sojo.

    it was interesting and unsettling in many ways with the onslaught of ‘joe the plumber.’ the mccain campaign chose saw and opportunity and chose to elevate joe the plumber as their poster child and as an independent, i could not see ‘me’ in ‘joe.’ when i surveyed the RNC, i could count the number of minorities on my hand. granted, i know that folks have ideological differences with obama but one thing i was struck by last night was the cultural, ethnic, and generational diversity of the crowd that gathered to hear obama.

    time for change?

    folks, listen carefully…change has been happening for some time. it was here yesterday.

  37. Jason Spalding says:

    Voter turnout was low for both the republican and democrat candidate.

    This election had the largest turnout effort in history.

  38. Judy says:

    I did not vote for Obama. I voted for McCain. First of all, I very much appreciated McCain’s graciousness in his speech. My respect has grown for him. Having said that, I will pray for Obama and do my part to both support him and hold him accountable as best as I can as a private citizen of the United States.

  39. Donna says:

    Frankly, I didn’t care for either Obama or McCain & saw my vote this election as being for the candidate that was the lesser of the two evils. Not a great way to view the potential leaders of this country, but there it is. Did the “better man” win? That remains to be seen…

  40. My support was for an African-American but he didn’t win. Alan Keyes is much more qualified than Obama and has the experience needed to run the country. He ran on the American Independent Party ticket and had no chance to win but that does not disqualify his credentials.

    In that context, I wasn’t moved by his speech. Others have given great speeches and Obama had rehearsed this speech prior to delivering it last night so he had it down. Much more will I be watching as he makes key decisions and tries to lead this country. If his policies and current voting record are any indication, I wonder when the bloom will fade from the rose?

    Until then, I will just watch and pray.

  41. randplaty says:

    While I don’t support his policies, I am hopeful for a great administration. His election is truly historic for America and represents how far we’ve come. I hope America is again enthused and energized to make positive change and really help solve some of the world’s problems though I may disagree with the method in which they are solved.

  42. Ron Towns says:

    What an amazing day in American history! Dreams do come true! Did you all see how Oprah Winfrey revealed this week that she uses a vision board to visualize her goals and harness the power of intention? Oprah created a vision board, months ago, that emphasized Obama as president and the gown she intended to wear during his imagined inauguration.

    For anybody who doesn’t know, a vision board is collage of image that symbolizes a desired outcome. By looking at these images daily and imagining these desired outcomes – like accomplishing a goal – your brain becomes more honed in to making this reality. Many top athletes, entrepreneurs, presidents, and philanthropists have used vision boards to help them accomplish their goals.

    I know that on you can download a free chapter that includes the eight basic ingredients of a successful vision board.

  43. batguano101 says:

    It is historic.

    We face a 200 ft wave headed at us, the result of the financial crisis and national debt.

    God have mercy on us, guide and protect us, and guide the new president, in Jesus name. Amen.

  44. CS says:

    I voted Obama, but I’m a little annoyed by some uneven, disingenuous comments I’ve been hearing in the media about how wonderful it is we’ve elected a black president, while at the same time saying this election wasn’t about race. I just wish they’d say one or the other, not both. On one hand, the media celebrates this breakthrough in race and politics….on the other hand, it awkwardly downplays it, maybe out of fear of being seen as “judging someone by the color of their skin instead of the content of their character”. And therein perhaps lies an embarassing dissonance in the whole race conversation. If we celebrate Obama because he’s our first black president, then we should just admit unabashedly that Obama’s (and maybe McCain’s) skin color mattered and be okay with that, and not build a phony moral high ground by saying it really didn’t. Superlatives/phrases like “momentous”, “historic”, “unprecedented”, “epic”, “never thought I’d live to see this”, etc. and seeing teary-eyed folks dance the streets at midnight would’ve been non-existent had Kucinich, Edwards, Kerry, or Gore (or Bill Clinton) won the election, even tho’ the political changes would’ve likely been the same. Tho’ it certainly doesn’t define the sum of the man, Obama’s race obviously matters, he’s a huge symbol because of it, it’s a significant political asset, and that’s okay….even if acknowledging this “judgment by the color of one’s skin” makes us a little uncomfortable.

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  46. Eugene,

    As a pastor, what 10 things would you recommend your friends pray for now that elections are over and we are into a new stage of history?


  47. Jim Peterson says:

    My comments are probably too long for this space. I’ve posted them here:

  48. […] we’ve only seen it or felt it through the eyes and stories of others.  As I shared in an earlier post, I wasn’t ga-ga about Obama but as a minority or person of color, I was overwhelmed and cried […]

  49. Jusitfy Not says:

    Now we know how Wall Street feels:

    NEW YORK, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Wall Street hardly delivered a
    rousing welcome to President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday,
    dropping by the largest margin on record for a day following a U.S.
    presidential contest. The slide more than wiped out the previous day’s advance, the
    largest Election Day rally ever for U.S. stocks.

  50. Helen says:

    I was going to cut-and-paste my blog entry from earlier today but I’m afraid it’s too long, so you can see it here. In it I describe why I ended up, like Eugene, crying like a baby at watching Obama at the rally last night, which was a reaction I was not expecting in the least.

    Thanks for hosting this dialogue, Eugene!

  51. Tom says:

    I’m delighted.

    Still, progressive evangelicals (yes, there are such people :^) have got to keep the celebration short. Lots of work to do.

    I’m hoping Obama will keep the campaign’ intensity up for at least the first year in office and that progressive types will step up and help apply many Christian values in areas like health care. Lots can be done right now. I hope progressive evangelicals like yourself will step up publicly and help support those efforts. Pastoral and post modern ironic neutrality is one of the last things we need right now.

    The folks that think abortion and gay marriage are the only really significant ethical issues for Christians aren’t going to go away anytime soon. A generation of evangelicals has bought into Republican, conservative political spin. Changing that–and returning the evangelical church to a more balanced political identity–is going to take some time.

    I really appreciate the risks you take in the current evangelical environment to raise an alternative viewpoint.

  52. Rebecca says:

    I am glad that this country has reached the point where they can elect an African-American president, and look forward to the day when the election will not be about race or gender but about policies and character.

    It is also amazing to see so many people this excited. I don’t think I have ever seen this kind of reaction to any candidate winning an election.

    That being said, I am not excited about Obama’s voting record or stated position on many issues, I also don’t think people realize that while talk is one thing, the real work begins in January and Obama will both satisfy and disappoint many on both sides of the political spectrum. He will make good decisions and bad decisions. The same people who shouted in the streets last night will be complaining about him in a couple of years. That is the nature of politics. But no matter how we voted, we should support him as our president both with our favor and our critique as he works towards the goals we all share.

  53. RK says:

    TC, I echo the frustration of having to pick either a Democrate or Republican, considering the common issues the many of the elect within either of the groups usually uphold. As a registered Dem, I hope that both the newly elect Pres. Obama as well as the Dem majority Congress will work across the table for the sake of the nation, as well as for the world beyond.

  54. franksabunch says:

    I think the comment by CS above is right on the money, so I won’t comment regarding that.

    I voted for McCain. Believe me, I love to support fellow Hawaii people (though Obama is more Chicago than Hawaii nowadays despite being born here) and it’s quite obvious that Obama is a very intelligent man but his far left voting record is what led me to support for McCain/Palin. Nevertheless, like I promised here:

    Barack Obama is now my president, right or wrong, so I will now pray for him to have the strength and wisdom to lead our country.

  55. alliehope says:

    @ Justify Not: Do you suppose the Dow could have done the same thing had McCain won? I highly doubt that’s true. After all, we’ve seen roller-coaster days, all during the last few weeks of this campaign, regardless of who got elected. If you’re anti-Obama, at least be honest enough to tell us. Please don’t assume that others feel the same way you do.

    As far as my own posting, I mentioned a prayer that Scot McKnight over at Jesus Creed on Beliefnet offered, and raised my own: Now is the time for us to pray for Obama, even if he wasn’t our candidate, that he would find wisdom and truth in God, not the party line.

  56. JimB says:

    “For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors, as sent by Him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your… Read More freedom as a pretext for evil. Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” – 1 Peter 2:13-17

    Good words no matter which way we voted, and no matter how we feel about the election! I’m happy and excited that Obama won, but I’m still family with those who voted for McCain. Good to know that God is in charge! Hope we can avoid the divisions that have hurt us in the past. Peter goes on to say that if we get in trouble for our own stupidity, what good is that (my own translation). I’m tired of Christians in the US not understanding this…(and I include myself in that group!)


  57. […] I picked up a while ago from Goodwill.  So, while I watched the elections with great interest and cried like a baby, it was hard to empathize with those who were celebrating wildly in Seattle and also those who were […]

  58. […] a while ago from a second hand store.  So, while I watched the elections with great interest and cried like a baby, it was hard to empathize with those who were celebrating wildly in the streets in Seattle and […]

  59. Bee Golden says:

    The election mad me happy in the sense that people rallied together over a common passion. People want change…Whatever that means or whatever that might be. The election showed us how much power people can have when they come together. A lot of emotion and passion was put into this election. I hope that the election shows people the power they can have not only in the US but also around the world. The following was my first thought on election night and the constant nagging on my heart as I watched Obama speak to the world…the link is below if you are interested.

  60. Bob Huitt says:

    I voted for Mr. Obama, though I am not entirely happy with his stance on abortion. However, having read “Audacity of Hope” a year before he put his hat into the ring, I became impressed that he is one who listens intently to those who disagree with him. I did not know how much I wanted him to win until election night, when I was moved by the joy of black Americans, getting just an inkling of what it meant to them. I am committed to praying regularly for him, for wisdom, for guidance, for a continued ability to listen. I am also ashamed that I did not extend such a committment to George Bush. Why is it so much easier to obey the Lord when things are more to our liking?

  61. todd jahng says:

    President Obama clarifies his standing on the role of church in 2005.

    His observations are distilled in

    – “Passive indifference”
    – “Empathy deficit”
    – “Few are to blame but all are responsible.”

    I suffer the same. I confess my sin.
    I know many churches talk the good game, the same in which I myself drown.

  62. Shlomo says:


    Hi Pastor Eugene,

    I’m kind of late here with my comment so I won’t cut and paste all that I wrote, but if there is still any interest in this topic then you and your readers can check my post at:

    See Nov 5, 2008.

    “We Have Been Slightly Healed”

    Even though I don’t hold to the notion that President-elect Obama will solve all of our racial ills, I do believe that merely by becoming our nation’s next President he has already set in motion a course of events that will aid in our healing. The first level of healing that I believe we will experience is a restoration of hope.

    Our National unity is presumed as the backbone and foundation of our ideals. Although there are many different ethnic groups represented in our country, we must no longer see ourselves as Red States and Blue States, as White Americans and Black Americans, as Latino, Asian or Native Americans. Instead we must recognize that we are the United States of America. I believe that Barack’s success gives hope and substance to this new/renewed vision of modern America. It’s not the America that has been, but rather the America that should be. I feel that President-elect Obama has created the possibility for our country to have a new and honest conversation about race, and other such divisive issues, and to therefore move forward into the future together, as partners rather than as partisans.

    Peace and blessings,


  63. Ashleigh says:

    Jesus is my Lord and Savior, my Healer, Redeemer, Master, and Maker. Ultimately, we all die, and we face Jesus. Ultimately, when we die, it won’t matter that we were rich or poor, American or German, Democrat or Republican. It won’t matter if we lost homes to foreclosures or jobs or paid high gas prices. Those things are temporal. Jesus never promised us a happy, easy, or pain-free life. And, so, I don’t feel the need for a man (Obama) to inspire me, to free me, to give me peace or hope. It is JESUS who gives me peace, hope, inspiration, freedom, and who brings change to my life. I didn’t feel this life-changing thing when Obama was elected. He is only a man.

    I am personally very wearied and disheartened, and sometimes sick-to-my-stomach, by the adulation of a man… a man who people have shown far more fervor over than they have towards Jesus and the hope of eternity. I am saddened by people who place such huge hopes in a person… who look to a human being to “free” them from the troubles of this earth… rather than looking to a Savior, Jesus, who can free, and help, and heal in so much more powerful ways than any man.

    I do not feel the “joy” that so many feel over Obama. I see him as a man, plain and simple. I will treat his name with respect. I don’t slander him or wish him ill. I hope he will not carry out many of his agendas (such as the FOCA act). But Obama will not cure the world’s ills or create a utopia on earth. There will still be violence, crime, injustice, poverty, pain, suffering, and NO man can end any of it. It will only be ended when Jeusus returns and we are in Heaven with Him. And our hope, our trust, our faith should be in Him, not in any person. Instead of “yes we can,” we should be saying “Yes HE can” (referring to Jesus).

    I am certain that there are many Christians whose passion and emotion over Obama were far greater and stronger than over Jesus Christ. And for many non-Christians, they don’t have the hope that Christ gives, so Obama is this symbolic, inspiration for them. Who else do they have to lead them? I have Jesus. He is my Shepherd, He is the ONE who gives me all I need.

    And as for Obama and abortion, I willl NEVER ever vote for any man or woman who is pro-choice. It is a nonnegotiable matter for me. If a person does not value the life of an unborn child and seek to protect it, viewing the killing of it as nothing less than a heinous act, then they ought to be disqualified from any leadership position. Had Obama been all he is, yet, had he wanted the return of slavery, I guarantee that ONE issue would have appalled people and cost him votes. Why don’t we view abortion in the same way?

    I pray for our nation, and I pray that people will turn to the Lord and not get so sidetracked with all the temporal things of life and also not worship or idolize humans.

  64. Ashleigh says:

    P.S. Many people are sooooo excited over “change?” Why are we looking to a man to bring us change rather than Jesus Christ?! We live in a post-Christian nation, where people don’t want God. They want a man. They want an inoffensive, cool, attractive man.

    One of your posters wrote how “people want change.” The type of change we need in this world happens in hearts, not in laws and policies. While those serve a purpose and are necessary, the best change happens in the heart when people turn their lives over to Jesus, love him, obey him, and walk with him.

    I can’t even begin to express the feelings I feel when I see/hear all these people just idolizing Obama and putting such hope and faith in him, rather than in God. I think it is very sad and disturbing, but maybe God will use it to bring people to Him when, after a few months or years, they realize that they still hurt, still struggle, still have difficulties…. and they hopefully will realize that Obama cannot help them the way God can.

  65. […] Many of you already shared your thoughts – several months ago – about President Elect Barack Obama. […]

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Made it to 47 years old this psst week. Grateful for God's grace and all those who believed in me, prayed for me, encouraged me, invested in me, forgave me, fed me, loved me, and _____ me.

I've come a long way since my first school picture  at the age of 6 - the age I immigrated to the United States. And long way to go. You can do it, sun. Break through the clouds. I love her. Saturday morning date at Pike Market with @minheejcho. Enjoying the final day of sun before 6 months of rain and gray. Not lol'ing. Some of my moat memorable travels have been to Myanmar (otherwise known as Burma). In fact, the vision of @onedayswages began on my first visit to this country in 2006. On a recent visit, I began learning about the Rohingya people. Sadly, it has escalated to horrendous, genocidal proportions.

Thus far, about 500,000 people have been driven out from Myanmar through violence...with most going to Bangledesh...regulated to a massive refugee camp. Stateless. Undocumented. Minority groups. Dehumanized. Homes and villages destroyed. And so much more unspeakable atrocities.

Yes, it's complex and messy. It always is. But the root of this injustice as the case for so much brokeness in the world is the sin of dehumanizing one anotber as..."the other." May we see each person, including the Rohingya people, as one who is created in the image of God. It's the truth and the remedy to the incessant dehumanization that goes on in our world.

Lord, in your mercy. The obedience of discipleship which includes the work of justice is a marathon. It's long, arduous, and emotional. Be tenacious. But also take care of yourself. Create healthy rhythms. Don't burn out. We need you for the marathon. Friends, don't give up. Press on. In the midst of so much chaos in the world, may we continue to cling to the hope of the whole Gospel. May we cling unto Jesus:

Way maker!
Miracle worker!
Promise keeper!
Light in the darkness!
That is who You are!

What an encounter with the Holy Spirit at @seattlequest today. Grateful for our worship team, the gospel choir, and the Audio/Visual team. Thank you Matt, Teresita, and Chris. Please thank all the volunteers for us.

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