Nov 11, 2008

One nation under God, transitioning

by Tony Stimson

Cayman Islands, anyone? After last week’s election, thoughts of escape may have crossed a few minds. This is not Obama country, and yet… it is — welcome to the future.

America is staring down the barrel of a four-year democratic term and guess what, we have been here before. The Oval Office has witnessed multiple democratic presidents, such as Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as the revered John F. Kennedy. This is not the first time America has seen a departure from the republican political stance, and it may not be the last.
Yet this is not a time for conservative mourning. America is not under siege, we are not under attack, we are safe and God is still in control.

With the election over, we need to focus on what matters most: Our testimonies as believers. Not as American republicans or American democrats, not even as citizens of America because though we all may be, we are first citizens of heaven. Is Obama who God had for this country’s president? Absolutely. Do conservatives need to flee the states? Absolutely not.

Regardless of political persuasion, there is something that matters more — love. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves and not condemn other members of the kingdom of heaven for their political choices.

When people, most especially unbelievers, hear about Liberty, they should also hear about our institution’s love, grace, compassion and kindness: the fruits of the spirit. Instead, all the Lynchburg community heard about was anger and conflict over the recent election results.

A radical change needs to be made here. This city, and this country, should see Liberty as a place of grace and mercy. We need to pray for our leader and not undermine God’s ability to use Barack Obama for his glory in our country’s future.


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