January 20th, 2009


America the Beautiful

No matter who you wanted to be put into office today, please recognize the historical nature of this moment. 100 years ago in his inauguration speach, Taft said, "Negros are Americans." Now, it is possible for the son of an African immigrant to be President of the United States. This is the realization of Dr. King's dream, the picture of freedom, the escence of democracy. Whether you agree with his politics or not, rejoyce that we live in a land where this is possible. Rejoyce that so many children growing up in situations most of us can not understand will look at this man and say, "I can do that too." Dare to hope that though this world is fallen and nothing wil ever be perfect, that things will change for the better.

Those of you who are Christians, if you oppose his ideas, don't forget that God expects us to respect our leaders and to pray for them. Prayer is powerful, and changes things. Pray that Obama will lead this nation with patience, wisdom, and that he will seak wise council and God's guidance. Do not let bitterness take root in your heart. Rise above those feelings and stand behind your leaders.

I am moved deeply by this moment, and hope you are too.