Son, Say Something Nice About Your President-Elect!

Parents sometimes force a child to say something nice about the sibling with whom he just finished a death match.

That is not the way John McCain spoke about Barack Obama, as evidenced by his gracious speech last night—and it’s not the way I feel like speaking, either.

I can say this out of a true heart of love: I am happy that the African-American kids I know from long-term outreaches in my community have now been given hope that they can climb higher than the inane and profane entertainers who otherwise comprise their role models. Joshua and Sheeq and Nyesha and Brittney don’t know the ins or the outs of fiscal policy. (At least one of them didn’t even know that Obama supported abortion—and he was shocked by it!) But what they do know is that a black man can go to the top in this country. And that’s worth something, something good, to these kids I love.

I want to say to some of my Republican friends: The world is not over.

And to some of my Democratic friends: The world has not just begun.

The Most High still rules the kingdom of men and gives rulership to whom he will (Dan. 4:17).

Author: Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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