Posted by: Robin Foster | November 7, 2008

A Point of Celebration

It seems that the most important news worthy events since the election Tuesday has been focused on Sarah Palin and her reception of staff members in her robe or her lack of ability to name all the countries in NATO.  Another area of focus has been Obama’s choice of cabinet members.  While I believe that President Elect Obama’s cabinet choices are important, I also believe we all need to take a pause and grasp what has just occurred.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS JUST ELECTED HER FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN AS PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!
Whether you agree or disagree with the man’s approach to government or his policies (In full disclosure, I don’t agree with him on most of his points), this conservative Southern Baptist Preacher wants to celebrate the big step forward our nation has taken.  Twenty five years ago I sat in a lunchroom as a new student, in Arkansas, with some of the black football players I knew thinking that nothing was the matter.  I soon began to realize that the white students sat in one area separate from the black students.  It was in another lunchroom in Arkansas that three white kids walked into school during Halloween costume day adorned with KKK sheets.  They were only suspended.  In what seems like another time, Dr. Martin Luther King, who peaceably fought for human rights was assassinated forty years ago.  Before that, color barriers were forcibly being broken in colleges and universities in our land.  Fifty years ago, pulpits were used to justify “separate but equal.”  Lynchings were commonplace fifty years ago.  The Army finally desegregated in the late 1940’s.  In the early part of the twentieth century the KKK was enormous, garnering on its membership rolls powerful politicians and business leaders.  Jim Crow ruled the law books for over one hundred years and before that slavery was accepted as part of the Southern culture and commerce.  Slavery was a lucrative trade that treated those made in the image of God as property that was easily disposed, even in the middle of the Atlantic to drown and for sharks to devour.

There are countless other examples I could give on the horrendous past African Americans had to endure, but today is a great day for the United States.  So, before anyone should begin to criticize the policies that will come from the White House, I want to take this time to celebrate a giant step for humanity.  While we are still working on the “Dream” of Dr. King, Tuesday proved we are closer to it than we have ever been before.  May God’s Spirit be upon our newly elected president and on all who have been voted into office.

BTW, 28 years later and that song still jams.  Don’t you agree.  😀

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  1. Robin,

    It is true. We have come a long way from Jim Crow, German Shepherds, fire hoses, and Eugene “Bull” Conners.

    Alabama actually came a long way under the tenure of George Wallace. Many people do not know this but he was elected on the Black vote his last term in office.

    The story goes that after he served his last term as governor he went to many Black churches and apologized for his sins from back in the days of segregation. He had become a true follower of Christ after he was shot and confined to a wheelchair.

    Grace is sufficient to change any man.

    May it continue to change all of us who know Christ as Lord.

    May those who do not know Him, both serving in government and regular citizens alike repent and come to Christ in faith.

    Our world would be a far better place.

    cb

    (I did not live in Alabama in the later years of George Wallace’s life. I have been told by several fellow Believers that the story I have shared is true. I trust that it is. Nonetheless, if the story is not true. Let it be known that grace can still change any man.)

  2. Thanks CB. I don’t know how a lot of people might react to a post like this. You obviously got what I was trying to say.

  3. Thank you Robin for pointing out the significance of this. Good post.

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