Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Now It Begins . . .
Therefore God gave them over . . . (Romans 1:24).
I will have more to say in the next few days over the likely consequences of Barack Obama capturing the White House Tuesday. These consequences are even more likely given Democratic gains in Congress. Scripture tells us we are supposed to pray for our leaders, and we'd better begin doing it now. I believe that my country has just made a mistake of monumental proportions.
I remember the late Peter Jennings of ABC News sniffing with disdain when the GOP won control of Congress for the first time in decades in 1994. (I'm sure he'd be celebrating now, along with the rest of the liberal media) He said that the country had thrown a temper tantrum. This was much more than a tantrum. It was more like going postal. You wanted change, America. You're going to get more than you bargained for.
I think there are many ways to analyze what happened, and I intend to do that in posts to come. There are several factors that contributed to Obama's win, not the least of which are several key missteps by Republicans. Yes, the Republicans bear a good chunk of the blame. Now they've exiled themselves from the political wilderness for who knows how long. Who knows if they'll have the opportunity to even recover given what's likely coming on this nation.
As an aside, did anyone see the AP story yesterday with the headline, "World Hopes for a Less Arrogant America?" One portion of the story said, "In much of the Islamic world, Muslims expressed hope that the U.S. would seek compromise rather than confrontation." One of the quotes in that section came from the foreign minister of Malaysia, who said, "I hope Obama wins because of the need of the world to see the U.S. represent a more cosmopolitan or universal political attitude."
Cosmopolitan?!? That takes a lot of cheek considering it comes from a part of the world where women are treated like chattels and Christians undergo severe persecution. We all know how the Muslim world is known for its forbearance and tolerance, don't we?