What to Watch For on Election Night
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Jon, when posters play the race card (which, after all, only contributes to divisiveness, right?), I will call them on it. (You yourself have played other divisive cards.) God knows whether posters are Christians or not - He knows all hearts. Several posters have confirmed that they are not Christians. Sadly, I have learned over the last four years that whatever Barack Obama says is usually the very opposite of what he does (including his campaign promises of 2008). That rang through my mind today as I heard his victory speech. Please forgive me if I couldn't believe anything he said - I can't recall a president whose time in office has been so divisive. You ask, "How can we bear witness to the Gospel's call?" One way NOT to bear witness to Christ Jesus' word is to dismiss everything He's ever said about sin - He forgave, healed, and delivered people, then said to them, "Go and sin no more." We must be as wise as serpents AND as harmless as doves - as HE was and is.
Both Mitt Romney (in his gracious concession speech) and Barack Obama (in his inclusive and stirring acceptance speech) have attempted to emphasize a need for bringing us together. Perhaps we as Christians should take a clue from these political adversaries and try to find ways to stop dechristianizing one another over our differing understandings of how to achieve healing and growth in our country. Rather than accusing others of playing the race card, let's look hard at both history and the present and ask ourselves: "How can we bear witness to the Gospel's call, which is an inclusive call even in its specificity, and also embrace pluralism as a road to both humility and greater opportunity to bear witness to Christ's Powerful Love?"
Why do you play the race card, dan sa? Do you seriously NOT know of Democrat endorsements of "fat-cat" black male affluent urban AND suburban preachers?
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