Whoever has won the election—and we are writing this before the voting—our duty as Christians remains unchanged. We are commanded to pray that our President will be a force for good, both in the world and at home. How can he do so?
In The World
The more than half-century struggle against totalitarianism has finally and favorably ended—a cause for rejoicing. But new global challenges are arising, and major responsibility for meeting them continues to fall to the United States, and thus to the President. He may well be called upon to seek order and stability in the volatile post-communist world. The President should not shy away from prudent American involvement, but he should also realize that order and stability are not the only important goals of a sound foreign policy.
Our nation was built on principles universal in character and therefore applicable everywhere. These principles are consistent with what Christian faith teaches, namely, that every person is worthy of respect and equal treatment. By emphasizing that governments are instituted to protect the rights of individuals, which Christians know are God-given, the new President can help consolidate and expand freedom’s victory over totalitarianism.
The new President must deal with a full agenda of domestic problems. Recovering from the recession, dealing with the deficit, reforming our health-care system are all priorities the new President and the new Congress cannot ignore.
But noneconomic matters are also of vital interest to our nation. We must hope and pray that in an age of moral relativism and confusion the new President will use his office to contend for what is right and good and just. Ours is an immigrant nation founded not on race, ...1
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