Though this column is written to say "Congratulations" to President Barack H. Obama and his family, it's also written to remind us how Romans 8:28 is a scripture that is truly at work, which reads: "And I know that all things work together for good, to them who love God, and who are called according to His purpose."
Many say they aren't sure if God called President Obama because he supports gay rights; and he supports abortions; but the Bible reminds us, "He without sin cast the first stone." Scripture tells us, none could throw a stone, so they all left the scene.
I found this article written by Drew Zahn, a former pastor who cut his editing teeth as a member of the award-winning staff of Leadership, Christianity Today's professional journal for church leaders, who wrote this synopsis. It's food for thought.
Think about this with me, as we wish President Obama much success, and blessings over the next four years.
Did God play a role in the election of Barack Obama, and could the Democrat even be God's sovereign choice for the next president? The answers to those questions vary, depending on who answers them.
Among those praising the heavens for President Obama's victory was a gentleman from suburban Atlanta, who the Chicago Tribune reported knelt inside of his church and prayed the day after Obama's victory. He said ... "Lord, we have again come to you, and you have heard our cries from heaven, and you have sent us again from the state called Illinois a man called Barack to heal our land."
Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister, Christine King Farris affirmed her belief that God has a purpose and plan for the president-elect, now that he has won. "I can't speak for God, but I believe there was something for Mr. Obama to do, and he was called to do it," said Farris, 81.
The idea that Obama has been heaven sent made national headlines even before he was elected. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, for example, declared that in Obama "The Messiah is absolutely speaking."
The McCain campaign mocked the religious zeal of Obamamania, releasing an Internet ad that declared of the Democrat, "It shall be known that in 2008, the world shall be blessed. They will call him: The One."
A billion plus dollars spent by the Republican Party, and with all of the disparaging rhetoric, and Tea Party mania, the people prevailed.
In closing, let me, the writer of this column remind readers of how much racism our president has had to endure. When a member of my home church spoke up in Sunday Enrichment School to tell us how she was in a meeting four years ago, only to hear our president spoken of in such negative terms, as if she and another African American were not even present.
It may not be discussed very much in the mainstream media, but members of Congress refuse to allow an African-American president to get credit for making our country a better place to live. They would rather assault weapons be available and they would rather see the poor get poorer.
Some have decided, "no matter what this president does, the change he seeks will not come on their watch." They thought, "This is a society of the wealthy, a good old boy network" with a young African man who had a Caucasian mother and a father black as the night, from the African shores, will never win this race for a second time." Well he did win!
Congratulations President Barack H. Obama, you have made history, and we thank God for the services rendered. May you have much success over the next four years. We will all be praying for you.