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November 4, 2008

Mostly Disappointed Focus Gears Up for Obama Presidency

It's mixed news for Focus on the Family tonight. But in Focus's CitizenLink webcast, senior vice president Tom Minnery called it "A tremendous night for the cause of righteousness" on account of the success of the marriage ballot initiatives in 3 states.

In saying that the organization had expected those to be the "bright spots" this election night, co-host Stuart Shepard pointed out that there was little hope for Focus's presidential pick to win. They were sorry, Shepard said, to see Ohio go to Obama.

He encouraged Phil Burris of Citizens for Community Values in Ohio to vent a little about his frustrations with McCain; Burris obliged, saying they recommended McCain not out of excitement over his candidacy but out of fear of Obama.

Tony Perkins, who spoke with Minnery and Shepard soon after McCain conceded, encouraged listeners to put aside anger and bitterness. "This was not a rejection of conservative values," he said, but a rejection of Republicans who had abandoned conservative principles. "Clearly, our work is cut out for us."

Comments

Reading the Focus on the Family Action page, I'm disappointed with Minnery's comparison of Obama to 'pagan kings' such as Cyrus and Darius. Beware: FotF are as much to be compared to pharisees standing in the way of compassion. I agree with the comment made by Martin Marty that religion was the biggest loser of this election. Hearts could cool toward God after this.

November 5, 2008
I think it is a tremendous thing to live in a nation that is truly a democracy. Where you pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and believe that there really is LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. When everybody plays by the same rules and everybody plays on a level playing field we call that nation a real DEMOCRACY. I am happy for the fact that as Barak Obama reshaped the political landscape in this nation with his political strategy he never had to contend with people accidentally dying around him. I am calling for Federal Investigations into the deaths of Jean Byers, John Teuber, Pfc. Brian Bradbury, and Scott Jett. I am gathering information and may be asking for a Federal Investigation into a fifth death as well. I WILL NOT STOP TALKING ABOUT THESE DEATHS UNTIL THEY ARE FAIRLY, INDEPENDENTLY, AND THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED. I truly believe a Decmocracy has ceased to exist in this nation!
Deborah Solomon Independence, MO

Shame on the Christian community! Maybe we should take some of the responsibility for this lost in remembering that it is GOD who has vengence and not us. I have never been so disappointed in the Christian community almost to the point of tears in inciting such fear in people! The Christian community (magazines, tv and radio) were horrible to this man. Why didn't you just PRAY for God to change his heart. God converted Saul into the Apostle Paul! I am partner with Charles Stanley and he sent forth a SINCERE Godly prayer format for the next President of the U.S. before Tuesday. It was not selfish nor manipulating, but a true WILL OF GOD prayer! I sent it to many and they were STUNNED!! They passed it on also. Obama is not some evil empire, but an imperfect Christian like you and me. No. I didn't vote for him, but I'm going to trust God with him as I should and do my part in healing and restoring this nation through prayer and whatever else God tells me. Yes, there is bitterness, anger, fear, mourning and resentment (none which belongs to God); but the propondency of that was incited by the Christian community! Bearing no fruit of the spirit, FAITH nor forgiveness. Taking vengence into their own hands! Obama does not support Gay marriage, just their healthcare rights. But he does support Pro-Choice. I'm praying without ceasing that God will change his heart on that! So can we please move forward and do it SINCERELY! Examine our own heart,repent and began to act Christlike instead of responding like the world! Many blessings,

I fear this Obama Presidency. It's not judgement to bring forth to the light lies. We have much to fear for our first and second amendments. Persecutions to some small degree have all ready been happening to Christians; I'm prepared in my heart for more persecution. Beware people of wolves in sheeps clothing. It may sound good, but an Obama presidency could affect our worship of God.

I do not believe in the politics of fear and manipulation, but I cannot deny that I think that the policies of President-Elect Obama are dangerous and destructive. We as Christians should be educated on the issues, looking for the moral and ethical consequences in not only serious issues such as abortion and homosexual marriage, but the economy, war, and foreign policy in general.

I will say this... The possibility of restriction on freedom of speech in a religious context has dramatically increased. We have a responsibility as Chrisians to pray for President-Elect Obama, but that does not mean we check our brains at the door. Our primary responsibility is to compare his policies with the Word of God, and if he differs we are called to speak out.

And I believe we have a lot of work ahead of us.

For all those in Carol Stream, Wheaton or Colorado Springs (among other locations) who are disappointed about yesterday's election, please take a look in the mirror. A hard, serious look.

If you rejected, in the primary season, Mitt Romney because he's not an evangelical, or Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson because they're divorced and remarried, or Mike Huckabee because he's Southern Baptist and you're not, or if you were cool to John McCain because of stem cells, you've got some thinking to do.

No one knew the economy would tank when it did, but certainly a Mitt Romney could address those issues with skill and serenity. Fred Thompson or Rudy Giuliani or Mike Huckabee could've answered some of Sen. Obama's more outlandish positions with tremendous experience and style. And if, when it FIRST became clear, more people had rallied around McCain as the nominee, he might have had the additional heft to make it to the top.

I'm praying for our new President and his administration. I'm praying for our nation. But I'm praying that, next time, we can put aside needless prejudice (we're electing a Commander in Chief, not an Evangelical in Chief) and if a Romney or a Thompson or a Giuliani is the one who can do the job, let's go with that and leave the denominational yardstick at home.

Is God pleased with Christians' angry criticism of our President Elect? Doubtful. He calls us to pray for our leaders. Scripture says He ordains leaders for nations. Will the "Presidential Prayer Committee" be as fervant in prayer for President Obama as they were for George W Bush? Doubtful. When I see that then I will believe that these Christians have our nation's best interests at heart.

God is still on the throne! He didn't say "oops" last night when the election results were completed.

As "Ann" said, Mr. Obama is an imperfect Christian just like the rest of us. I don't like some of his policies either but the same would be said about Mr. McCain. And how can we be influential in policy making if all we are doing is hurling insults?

I bet any one of us who is destined for eternity with Jesus would not agree with ALL of the views of anyone else.

Are we being Christlike in our response this by ranting on and on about the potential godlessness some Christians are proclaiming about this new administration? Are we called to spread the "good news" of fear of the future as "Nikki" is?

No and no. If "persecution" is to come to us as believers in the US then so be it. God is still sovereign and we are called to proclaim Jesus and his entire message of salvation and love for all people.

How stupid we must look to unbelievers right now. Let's get off our spiritual high horses and join in for the good of our nation and the Kingdom.

Is God pleased with Christians' angry criticism of our President Elect? Doubtful. He calls us to pray for our leaders. Scripture says He ordains leaders for nations. Will the "Presidential Prayer Committee" be as fervant in prayer for President Obama as they were for George W Bush? Doubtful. When I see that then I will believe that these Christians have our nation's best interests at heart.

God is still on the throne! He didn't say "oops" last night when the election results were completed.

As "Ann" said, Mr. Obama is an imperfect Christian just like the rest of us. I don't like some of his policies either but the same would be said about Mr. McCain. And how can we be influential in policy making if all we are doing is hurling insults?

I bet any one of us who is destined for eternity with Jesus would not agree with ALL of the views of anyone else.

Are we being Christlike in our response this by ranting on and on about the potential godlessness some Christians are proclaiming about this new administration? Are we called to spread the "good news" of fear of the future as "Nikki" is?

No and no. If "persecution" is to come to us as believers in the US then so be it. God is still sovereign and we are called to proclaim Jesus and his entire message of salvation and love for all people.

How stupid we must look to unbelievers right now. Let's get off our spiritual high horses and join in for the good of our nation and the Kingdom.

We did NOT vote on a Messiah, we voted in a President. God will prevail no matter who the President.

We act as if we believe the government can save us. Fiddlesticks. God used a DONKEY to speak to a PROPHET. He can use anyone to speak now. No matter what you believe about PRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama, the first African American President, a man created in the image of God, (JUST LIKE JOHN McCain, a man you may wildly disagree with on many things, or not) know one thing: God is NOT surprised, He is NOT powerless...we didn't ruin HIS plans....Hang in there...

Keep praying "thy kingdom come." Go love your neighbor, and forget about who had WHAT sign in their yard.

I find the fear level in the conservative Christian community almost unbelievable. What have we become? Who is our God? Has government become our God? We shudder at the idea of a man becoming president by proclaiming that the least among us should be attended to? What is all this fear about? I'm afraid our Christian leaders should be spending more time praying for the removal of the beams. And please, start using the intelligence God gifted you with.

Kudos to Kevin for stating the obvious: WE have a lot of work ahead of us.
People, don't forget that your responsibilities as American citizens didn't end once you voted yesterday. Our democracy works daily. So must you. You must pay attention to what your representatives and senators are doing in Congress, and you must tell them what you want them to do. You are the constituents. You also have local politics to take care of in the same way: school boards; city, county, and state government, etc. It's not Obama who will make dictatorial decisions many of you are expressing concern about. It's you, by your involvement or lack thereof.

I'm excited by Obama's election. He was the only candidate to talk openly about his faith in Christ and what that means to his life and his politics. I grew up in a Republican home and have always voted Republican. Now, however, I have questioned that party in terms of Christ's teachings. The Bible, from Old to New Testament, tells us to take care of the poor and the needy. The Republicans who try claiming that they are the "Christian" party, ignore the poor in favor of the rich. I was very disheartened by McCain's campaign, which focused on being devisive and trying to categorize people as being "real Americans" or not. I'm also tired of Christians who choose a candidate solely on two issues: abortion and gay rights.

I believe that God gives us free will to choose our paths and our President. Thru those choices His plan is accomplished, by ways that we can't even begin to understand. We are all imperfect and for those who believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ, that perfection that we look forward to will be accomplished thru Him and in eternity, not here on earth. So, for now I hope and pray for great things to come temporarily, but global peace, health and economy will not be what it can and will be again until the Lord's return. With the election finally over we can all let out a long held breath. I am excited and hopeful that our new president can and will be able to make great changes for the better in our country! He has some very high expectations and promises to fulfill, with prayer and support he has a chance to
accomplish some of these high goals. So for the short term there is much to do, and as Christians it is time once again to pray for our Country and our new president. It is also time to walk and talk as Christians and Americans, for God will accomplish his plan no matter who leads or follows as history has proven and his word promises! So for this time now, be a part of the Lords plan and allow Him to use you in a mighty way and according to His will and His purpose. May God Bless all of you and this amazing country that we call home, at least for now....until our permanent home is established in eternity.

I believe as a friend said today that God gave us the President who we wanted or some wanted. Are we not to stand up for truth and God's word? Did he not give his Son up for us and are we not to teach his truth and His word. I don't think we are trying to be better than the other. I believe we all want to get along and love each other and help. We also have a voice too and if done in a godly way we will get the truth out and continue to work at that. It is tough and hard and we get tired. I am tired right now and confused what this all means but know God is right there beside me and continues to tell me to spread His truth and His Word and not be afraid. Do not give up . WE all need each other to continue on. I pray that our churches will speak truth. God Bless you all.

I believe that many Christians have missed the point that Barack Obama brings hope to so many who have been marginalized for so long. We do need to read our Bibles and see how we are to treat the poor, the marginalized, the outcast, the alien and stranger. We are to show love and hospitality. Yes, it's foolish and naive, but it is God's way, if we truly believe God's Word. Micah 6:8 says it so well--All the stuff we bring to God, hoping to win approval, is nothing. We are only called to love justice and mercy and walk humbly before our God. So many of the Christian leaders who are well-known seem unacquainted with humility, but their arrogance and hatred of anyone who thinks differently of themselves is so off-putting to those outside the church. When will we repent and learn? May God forgive us and may God help us all to have the wisdom and grace we need to have for this broken and hurting world.

OMG! The mighty U.S.elected a democrat! You'd think the sky was falling! We, your nordic neighbours, have suffered the wrath of "George" for 2 terms. He closed the entire U.S. border 2 Canadian Beef 6 months after we refused 2 go 2 Iraq, & your illegal, illegitimate war! (Turns out the Mad Cow used as an excuse 2 pun- ish us was actually from Montana,but your 'wonderful' government, based on liberty and justice, kept the border closed another 3 years! (& we r your friends?)
When George went 2 Congress, begging 4 war, I never believed his lies 4 a minute. He has the gaul to call himself a Christian?! Bush is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis,(many more than Sad-
dam) thanks 2 'pin-point' bombing. Guantanemo. Abu Graib. America, U have no moral leg 2 stand on,& U R now despised throughout the World! Repent & B glad!!!

Obama is not a Christian. Profession perhaps, but not genuine.

I am a Christian and love Jesus with all my heart. I have been taught to love as Jesus loved, black or white. What I have seen in Chritians and this newsletter have been totally disappointing. Obama can not pass any bills on his own. He will have to have major advice from his cabinet. The fear in the christian community is not Obama, it is the same fear that has been bred into America since the beginning of slavery. That black people are to be feared.

Prayer for Our Nation's Courts and Judges
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of our
nation. You alone rule the world with justice, Yet you place in our hands the solemn duty of participating in the shaping of our government.
I pray today for our President elect, Senator Barack H. Obama and Senators Who have the responsibility of placing judges on our courts. please protect this process from all obstruction. Please send us men and women of wisdom, Who respect your law of life. please send us judges with humility, Who seek your truth and not their own opinions. Lord, give all of us the courage we need to do what is right And to serve you, the Judge of all, with fidelity. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN and AMEN !!

Until we elect people that are pro-LIFE, not just pro-BIRTH, we will be as effective as clanging cymbals or banging gongs. A Christian believe in life as sacred, whether it be the unboern or the born (which means you vote for those who will help guarantee food, housing and clothing and health care for the oppressed) Capital punishment should be banned as it is unfairly directed, with the possibility of being executed solely on the lack of money or defense, not guilt. Wars should be the absolute last course, not a Doctrine of attack when we feel like it, as in Iraq.

UNTIL THEN, FOTF and others will NEVER-REPEAT, NEVER BE RESPECTED BY MOST AMERICANS AND WILL NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Pray for our President. I voted for Obama because he represented PRO-LIFE not just Pro-Birth.

I am a very interested Canadian woman How can you limit God the way you seem to have been doing? If God be for us, then who can be against us? Nothing and nobody can stand between us and God. I fear George Bush much more than Mr Obama. on't be lip service Christians!


It amazes me how there is such "fear" of an Obama presidency. You mean nobody feared 8 years of George Bush's policies? His administration has destroyed everything including our good will abroad. Where was his Christian leadership when the treasury department was removing "In God We Trust" from our coins? I don't know Mr. Bush personally, but "I know his fruit". President-Elect Obama is the only presidential candidate whom I have heard say "Jesus is Lord". The Bible says that this can only be said by the Holy Spirit. People have committed suicide behind losing their homes, and the only litmus test for a presidency is Prolife? Sounds like a bunch of Pharisees who are more concerned with following the "letter" of the law, than the "spirit" of the law.

As an extremely interested, but 'outsider' Canadian, I cannot believe the reactions, attitudes and behaviors of the so-called Christian right. Obama has written of his genuine Christian conversion experience, and from all I've seen and heard, his behavior exhibits far more Christian fruit than any of the other candidates.

Sarah Palin stomped on those who helped her on her ferocious climb to the top, to the point that precious few of those previous helpers have anything good to say about her. Does that sound like Christian fruit?

My local anti-abortion ditch-digger (or mayor, or governor) needs to have a few more talents and a vision wider than his or her ditch (or city or state) to garner my vote for anything beyond ditch-digging (or city or state politics).

Moral decisions cannot really be legislated. Thoughtful, intelligent leadership can inspire people to make right decisions in their personal lives as well as help introduce legislation that can effectively,and humanely and sensitively, be enforced.

The rest of the world is finally seeing Americans having reason again to be 'proud to be American'. To those unhappy with the results and who call yourselves Christians: you helped pray in this result. Accept it as God's choice. Wake up to the world beyond your rigid mindsets or risk the fate of the biblical Pharisees and Saduccees. Thanks for all your prayers ... you had ours, too.

The persecution that is sure to follow, based on the results from this election, will first come subtly and then in greater intensity down the road from a combined onslaught of the Democrat controlled congress, the oval office, the courts, the ultra leftist media elite, and from the even more ultra left wing hatchet groups comprised of labor unions, universities, and other notables such as radical feminist groups, conservation groups, the ACLU, the NAACP, and the like. It will begin with the passage of properly worded yet misleading legislation like the "Freedom of Choice Act" and the re-introduction of the "Fairness Doctrine." Both of these are aimed to actually limit the rights of citizens and organizations to address issues that impact conservative and religious groups, such as abortion, same-sex marriage, gun ownership rights, and taxation. The most serious concern, however, is the passage of "hate crime" legislation that will limit or bar said individuals and groups to address moral and social concerns without being placed in jeopardy of arrest, prosecution, and incarceration. All this will occur in the name of "tolerance." This nation has finally acquired what it has longed for since the decadent age of the 1960s--a government it truly deserves. And with this new government will come judgment. It's time to answer to God for the idolatry (capitalism run amok), the murders (abortions), and the deviancy (sexual perversions) that this nation has condoned and practiced while under the leadership of both Democrats (1961-1969, 1977-1981, 1993-2001) and Republicans (1969-1977, 1981-1992, 2001-2009). So long as the Lord tarries I for one will continue to pray for those in leadership, but I will also act in accordance to the word of God and speak truth when necessary. And I know that I am not alone so long as the Church acts likewise.

Demanding people vote not "for" someone but "against" someone else has never been a winning strategy. Those who supported Jesus simply because they hated the Romans were certainly the first ones who abandoned Jesus when the going got tough.

There is a potential greatness in President-elect Obama -- precisely because no one is asked to "check their brains at the door." Keep your minds open and your Bibles near because the next few years will be tough for all Americans -- Christians and non-Christians. Our problems are monumental, but nothing is impossible with God.

I do not have much to add. Ann above brought up some points about how some Christians have spoken during this voting season and I agree a bit, only that when talking to my children or within ear shot I have had to correct myself. I tried to stress only facts about Obama but am sure my own feelings tainted those facts once in awhile. With kids I had to reassure them that God is in control and we have to trust Him, especially when our minds are not understanding. And I am reminded more than ever that we need to be in prayer daily for our President, the House and Senate, and especially the Judges that have been changing so many things in our Country lately. But also as Kevin says we may need to speak out when those in political offices are working against the Word of God or trying to take our Freedoms away as Christians, but as Ann reminds us we must always do this God's way. Love in Christ.

I FEAR FOR THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA.
TWO9 YEARS AGO WHEN HE WON A SEAT IN THE SENATE HE SWORE ON THE KORAN NOT THE BIBLE.WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT HE SAID HE WAS A CHRISTIAN.HE IS NOTHING BUT A FLIP FLOP.BUT WITH THAT I WILL CERTAINLY PRAY FOR HIM THAT GOD WILL WORK IN HIS HEART AND THAT HE WILL TRANSFORM HIM INTO ANOTHER SAUL FOR OUR GENERATION.MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know what to think yet. I will withhold any judgement on this man until we see what is going to happen. I want him to be the best President we have ever had. I think we all need to remember that God is still in charge.
If things turn out alright then we will all look like fools.

The main thing to remember is that his record in the senate and before speak for themselves.
I honestly want this man to be the best president we have ever had!!!!

Thanks

Elm

I, too, am deeply disappointed at the hate and fearmongering that characterized conservative Christians' attitude toward Obama. The husband of one wife, a devoted father of two children, a man who faithfully attended church to worship the same God that we proclaim to worship. And, Christians in America would impugn his name because "he's not safe, an Arab, and not like us" to endorse a whole group of men whose character was visibly flawed by the standards white Christians use to judge "righteous". Unfortunately, white, American Christiandom was so invested in an "us" against "them" form of prayer that it forgot to pray for God's side, which He showed all of us regardless of our stripes. Lies, false innuendo, overt and covert racism, hate - these were the conservative Christian qualities exhibited during the election season. Where was the integrity, humility, meekness, honesty, genuineness? God has shown you the error of your ways and will continue to do so. As a Christian, I can no longer support FotF or any more of the self-righteous Christian leaders. As someone said in an earlier post, Christianity has been and was the big loser on Election Day.

WOW! After reading these comments the christian church seems very divided. What is the verse that says a church divided cannot stand. May GOD have mercy on His church.