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November 5, 2008

Al Mohler on Race, the Unborn, and Obama

The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's discusses how the election of an African-American as president "transcends politics and touches the heart of the American people":

That victory is a hallmark moment in history for all Americans -- not just for those who voted for Sen. Obama. As a nation, we will never think of ourselves the same way again. Americans rich and poor, black and white, old and young, will look to an African-American man and know him as President of the United States. The President. The only President. The elected President. Our President.

On other social issues, Mohler says, conservative Christians "face awesome battles ahead":

On issue after issue, we face a longer, harder, and more protracted struggle than ever before. ... This is no time for surrender or the abandonment of our core principles. We face a much harder struggle ahead, but we have no right to abandon the struggle."


Although I'm glad race didn't become more of an issue in the presidential election, and hopeful that significant realignment of thinking about race will result from Obama’s presidency, I've been a little disappointed that discussion of race and racial terminology didn't make more progress during the process of the campaign. In particular, I think it would be helpful to raise awareness of the biracial or multi-racial makeup of most "blacks." Obama is just as much white/Caucasian as he is black/African. Calling Obama African American completely misses the significance of his being biracial because he is actually a Caucasian-African. Ultimately we are all of one race, the human race, so I hope we will see Obama's presidency help the USA and the world overcome racism, especially as believers in Christ grow in understanding how reconciliation in Christ should impact our lives.

The election of Barack Obama is a repudiation of the campaign tactics of the Republican Party by the American people. The Republican Party has built its campaigns on race and religion to take advantage of the intolerance of many Americans. The laws of this country are supposed to be made on the basis of what is best for the people. This country is NOT supposed to be a theocracy. Those who wish to live under a theocratic government should move to Saudi Arabia. The fears that I had about what kind of Supreme Court we would end up with have vanished with the election of a Democratic President and Senate. If you are waiting for Roe v. Wade to be overturned then I wouldn't hold my breath.

As a follower of the Way of the Messiah, Christianity should never be about issues or standards of morality, but making the connection to the Living Reality of God. The greatest threat to humanity is not abortion nor gay marriage, but the mindless materialism and greed that most of us are complict with. Christ must be the center of our lives; not a code of conduct nor just a belief system we give assent to. That 'conservative' Christians could support politicians who push consumerism, militarism and violence to protect our material wealth and power, unregulated destruction of the creation on which ALL life depends because they are against abortion and gay marriage is wrong.

Amen Mr. Schryba! Churches are focused on bigger churchers, more bodies in those churches and LESS SOULS to Christ! God help us! Christ has fallen away from the pulpit!! Abortion and homosexuality are only hear of during election time!!!

This is the second time I have tried to post a comment on this blogsite. Apparently any type of dissenting comment is censored. That says a lot about the mindset of the blog owners.

The problem with the Republican Party is that they get people to vote against their economic interests by using race and religion.

The good news is that people are starting to catch-on to this manipulation. The Republican Party has no long-term future. Thirty years from now the typical Republican voter will be a sixty year old White Southern man; and his children and grandchildren will be Democrats, as will almost everybody else in the country.

John McCain represents the past and Barack Obama is the future of America. If you are waiting for Roe v. Wade to be overturned then I strongly recommend that you NOT hold your breath.

I am a church-going Christian (Episcopalian) and I expect that religion and morality be kept out of public policy. They are PRIVATE matters.

You don't have to post this comment, but you won't change the future of the United States. Just look at the 2008 election results. If only voters under the age of forty were allowed to vote then Obama would have won the election in one of the biggest landslides in U.S. history. Thirty years from now the baby boomers and those older than them will be dead (mercifully) and the country will be only 50% White. Happily the Republican Party is finished.