Emily Hunter McGowin has an excellent post regarding evangelicals' respose to Obama's victory. She does a great job of pointing out how the negative, fearful reaction betrays a trust placed more in our government than in God. Jesus makes it clear that our kingdom is not of this world. (I wish I would have had a copy of Shane Claiborne's Jesus for President after the 2004 election, but I digress).
Emily also points out how uncharitable evangelicals' responses are in light of such an historic election. I unfortunately saw a lot of this when I logged on to my Facebook account today. Emily writes:
Finally, I was deeply disturbed by evangelicals' overall uncharitable response to what is an historic moment in American history, no matter your political affiliation or religious convictions. One of our country's "original sins" was the mass enslavement of an entire race of human beings, for no other reason than their skin color and physical features. The text of the Constitution itself considers black African slaves only three-fifths of a person. This infamous blot on an otherwise ingenious founding document (called the “constitutional compromise”) is an embarrassment to all Americans, let alone Christian Americans who proclaim the equal worth of all before God.
But now, US citizens have elected the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya to be their President. Regardless of one's political leanings, this is an amazing thing and a reason to celebrate. No, the plague of racism in America is not defeated in this historic event. And, yes, there are plenty of reasons for evangelicals to be concerned about the possible future decisions of our new President and his counselors. But, for now, at this moment, evangelicals should be able to celebrate a great step forward in the cause of justice.
Anyway, I should have remained blissfully ignorant and avoided Facebook, because the tone here in the Chicago area is so fun! I was in the Loop Tuesday night for class, and it was awesome to see such enthusiasm for our political process. I know I complained earlier about McCain/Palin supporters not knowing anything about their actual policies, but I think people have overall become more involved and informed, which is encouraging. We need to keep this up so as to not have a repeat of the past few years!!