A fellow blogger has written a post leading to Al Mohler's post telling us to respect Obama as president and pray for him. I have some thoughts on that article. First, he says,
For others, the night was magical and momentous. Young and old cried tears of amazement and victory as America elected its first African-American President -- and elected him overwhelmingly. Just forty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, an African-American stood to claim victory as President-Elect of the nation. As Sen. Obama assured the crowd in Chicago and the watching nation, "We will get there. We will get there." No one hearing those words could fail to hear the refrain of plaintive words spoken in Memphis four decades ago. President-Elect Obama would stand upon the mountaintop that Dr. King had foreseen.
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.
Every American should be moved by the sight of young African-Americans who -- for the first time -- now believe that they have a purchase in American democracy. Old men and old women, grandsons and granddaughters of slaves and slaveholders, will look to an African-American as President.
I just thought that we already had proven that we were beyond proving that we would support a black president. I feel no elation whatsoever over Obama because he is black. We have already had others such as Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice (both black and female) in high positions of authority, and I thought it was a foregone conclusion that a black president would be no problem. The real issue was character, what Martin Luther King, Jr. said a man should be judged for, and not the color of his skin, and Obama lacks that.
And black people already had a purchase in American democracy, long before this - come on!
Then in another part he says:
Beyond this, we must commit ourselves to pray for this new President, for his wife and family, for his administration, and for the nation. We are commanded to pray for rulers, and this new President faces challenges that are not only daunting but potentially disastrous. May God grant him wisdom. He and his family will face new challenges and the pressures of this office. May God protect them, give them joy in their family life, and hold them close together.
We must pray that God will protect this nation even as the new President settles into his role as Commander in Chief, and that God will grant peace as he leads the nation through times of trial and international conflict and tension.
We must pray that God would change President-Elect Obama's mind and heart on issues of our crucial concern. May God change his heart and open his eyes to see abortion as the murder of the innocent unborn, to see marriage as an institution to be defended, and to see a host of issues in a new light. We must pray this from this day until the day he leaves office. God is sovereign, after all.
He says we must pray that God would grant him wisdom, that God would open his mind and heart on certain issues. God can't just grant wisdom to a man who is an enemy of God. First we must begin with prayer for a man to come to repentance and a beginning with God. He must first turn to God for salvation and find the beginnings of wisdom: the fear of the Lord. This is why we have dreaded his becoming president. He has shown such a lack of the fear of the Lord. You can't pray, "Lord, I pray that elephant will walk lightly and not trample everything in its sight." It won't happen.
What I am going to do is feel sorry for Obama because I know that the people will be turning on him when they realize he can't deliver as he has promised. I will also be praying for his salvation. But I will not embrace and respect him as a feared leader. He is six years younger than me and has a cultish hold on people similar to a man of the ghetto has on young women who he pimps. I am familiar with this type of man from past experience, from the wild days of my youth (I wasn't a prostitute but I have still had first hand experience.) I just can't respect this man. I will view him with the utmost scrutiny and trepidation, and certainly not with hate, but not like any president we have ever had during my lifetime.