A Historic Election

 

A Historic Election
Congratulations to Barack Obama on his historic election as the first African-American president of the United States. I had the privilege of meeting him last June. He is a very likable person who seems reasonable. Let's pray that he governs from the center and not from the far left.

I supported Sen. John McCain mainly because of his stands on the pro-life issue and the issue of traditional marriage. To me these issues are more important than economic concerns, immigration problems, environmental policy and so on. I believe reasonable people can disagree on those subjects, but there are a few fundamental issues that we as believers must have strong convictions about.

Otherwise, however, I was a reluctant supporter of McCain. I didn't understand the purpose of many of his policies or why he seemed so distant from conservative Christians. It wasn't until he named Sarah Palin as his running mate that his candidacy excited conservative Christians like me.

The Bible tells us to pray for those in authority. We have an opportunity now to live out our faith by praying for our new president. Pray that he will have a change of heart on many of the foundational issues. My colleague Lee Grady sent out an article today titled "10 Ways to Pray for Barack Obama," which you can read by clicking http://fireinmybones.com/.

We have seen some former presidents change while they were in office, rise to the occasion and become great leaders. We have also survived liberal and mediocre presidents who didn't, such as Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter.

And we have seen in the last year that having a self-professed "evangelical Christian" in the White House may have helped a little, but it did not do a lot to change the moral character of our country. In fact, though I personally admire President Bush and thank God for his strong leadership on the war against terror, I, like many Americans, have been disappointed in him in many ways. Undoubtedly his unpopularity contributed to McCain's defeat.

This year, with everything that's happening politically, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, for any Republican to beat almost any Democrat. I have no doubt that Hillary Clinton would have won over Mitt Romney--or Mike Huckabee, whom I supported. People in America obviously want a change. The scary thing for those of us who believe the Bible and want conservative values is that the change may move the country too far to the left politically and morally.

Thankfully the marriage amendments that were on the ballots in Arizona, Florida and California all passed. Here in Florida a proposed amendment to the state constitution must receive 60 percent of the vote to pass--which is the highest percentage requirement in the nation. These amendments were clearly based on a moral issue—the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman--and we can thank God our prayers were answered. I think the fact that all three amendments passed shows that voters just want a change in the White House rather than that our country as a whole is shifting toward the left.

African-Americans can be proud of this historic moment. As I have written before, I think it's time for an African-American to be in the White House. I have worked hard for racial reconciliation throughout my entire adult life, and I will continue to do so.

I regret that in the heat of the political battle some who read my Strang Report felt I was insensitive to the feelings of African-Americans. I regret using the unfortunate term "so-called Christians" when speaking of those who disagree with me. I apologize to anyone I offended.

At the very longest, Obama will be president for only eight years. At the end of his term or terms in office, those of us who believe in Christ will still be brothers and sisters in Christ regardless of who is leading our country and what policies are in place.

I hope this election is a wake-up call for the body of Christ. Though "conservative Christians" did play a part in the political process, often those who get involved are people who are simply conservative politically--not necessarily born again. In fact, many of the activists are so strident in their views that they do not help the cause of Christ.

We really need to see people changing in this country on a personal level. You and I may not influence the halls of Congress, but we do influence people in our families, our workplaces and our churches.

I'm concerned about some of the prophecies that came out during this election. Earlier this year several "well-known" prophets were predicting that Rudy Giuliani would be president. More recently several were predicting, although quietly, that McCain would win against all odds, as Harry Truman did in 1948. I received an e-mail a few hours after the election from one who had issued such a prophecy, apologizing for the error and saying he is going to take a time of reflection to pray about what God is saying.

I recognize that all prophets "see through a glass darkly," and it's human nature to project upon the Almighty the things we want. Maybe it's also human nature to have "wishful thinking." But when we confuse it with hearing from the Lord, it's not good.

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1. Simone wrote:
From Superintendant Hudson,THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUED PRAYER FOR ISRAEL AND THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM!Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced itncetminds against Mansoor Arbabsiar, an Iranian-American citizen holding an Iranian passport, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iranian Quds Force member and relative of a senior terror mastermind in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. They were the key figures driving Iran’s plot to blow up the Saudi Arabian and Israeli embassies in Washington. This act of war has huge implications for political as well as security concerns. President Obama would like nothing better than to get the US out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but the threat posed by Iran limits his options. Most of the improvised explosive devices used against American troops are coming from Iran. Iran’s latest attempt to launch a terror attack in the U.S. was a desperate move to intimidate President Obama, thinking they could scare him into a Jimmy Carter-like stupor. Instead, he boldly went public and exposed the plan, giving him moral justification to protect the Persian Gulf, by providing back-up support for Israel, and impeding Iran’s retaliatory capabilities. Since 1979, when it declared war on the United States, Iran has used its terror proxies in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region to target U.S. interests and allies. It is a screwdriver’s turn away from going nuclear. If the U.S. plays only the sanction card before the presidential election, a trillion-dollar atomic nuclear arms race will begin in the billion-Sunni Middle East. All of the Gulf Oil States will scramble to obtain nuclear reactors to defend themselves against Iran, a non-Arab terror state. An atomic Iran would usher in an apocalyptic tsunami of terrorism against the Middle East and the world, the likes of which has never been known. Iran’s nuclear umbrella would usher in unending terrorist activities throughout the Gulf Oil States, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Libya, as it attempts to establish an Islamic caliphate. Western countries would not be immune to Iran’s attacks. Top former military sources in Israel told me that Israeli leaders will undertake the mission to destroy Iran’s most important nuclear facilities by launching a massive air strike designed to last 7 to 11 days at most. Iran would undoubtedly hit Israel with missiles from proxy strongholds in Gaza and Lebanon and at the same time, launch terrorist attacks on Jews worldwide by any means available—including suicide bombers. The threat is more serious than ever, and we must stand with the Jewish people right now. Iran is on the brink of going nuclear, and Israel has no option but to stop this demon-possessed terror regime whose leader has declared that Israel is a “stinking corpse which will be wiped off the map,” and that the Jews are “evil, greedy thieves and murderers…a cancerous tumor filthy germs and savage beasts.. a rotted dry tree…a true manifestation of Satan.”PRAY SAINTS PRAY!!!David M. Hudson

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