A Trio of Good Articles

There is a good post from Albert Mohler today on how evangelicals should respond to the election of Barack Obama.  Here’s an excerpt:

We should look for opportunities to work with the new President and his administration where we can.  We must hope that he will lead and govern as the bridge-builder he claimed to be in his campaign.  We must confront and oppose the Obama administration where conscience demands, but work together where conscience allows.

Evangelical Christians face another challenge with the election of Sen. Obama, and a failure to rise to this challenge will bring disrepute upon the Gospel, as well as upon ourselves.  There must be absolutely no denial of the legitimacy of President-Elect Obama’s election and no failure to accord this new President the respect and honor due to anyone elected to that high office.  Failure in this responsibility is disobedience to a clear biblical command.

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.

The article is available here

John Stossel asks the question, “Who Will Run America?”.   Stossel’s political philosophy is libertarian in orientation, and at least on fiscal issues I think he is largely correct.  Quoting economist Walter Williams, he writes,

Politicians have immense power to do harm to the economy. But they have very little power to do good.

And Jeffrey Scott Shapiro argues that the way we as a nation have treated President Bush has been a disgrace.  I agree that history will shine far more favorably on him than we have.  The fact that we have, under his watch, not endured another terrorist attack since 2001 is nothing short of amazing.  In fact, President Bush’s success in keeping us safe has actually worked to the detriment of the Republican Party, for it has lulled us into thinking that we have the luxury of focusing on the economy instead of the war on terror.  If the sense of the danger of the world we live in had been more real to us, then this would have been McCain’s race.  I am looking forward to not hearing the name “Bush” anymore, not because I don’t think he has been a good President, but because I am tired of him being unfairly blamed for everything.   

I don’t expect that our country will be dramatically better in four years, but I do fully expect the media to portray it as though it is.


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