In a closely contested election, Barack Obama has won the Electoral College and a second term as President of the United States. During President Obama’s first term, the country has become more divided then ever over both social and economic issues.

All I can do today is pray for my President. Four years ago in 2008, I wrote the following prayer for Obama.  Now in 2012, I pray these same words again; for him and for my country.

Barack Obama is now (2008) the President Elect of the United States of America.  This is an historic chapter in our American story.

At our founding in the late 1700’s, America reflected the morals of the world and many of our states embraced black-slavery.  Yet latent in the words of our constitution, there was a hope of equality for all men of every color.  After a bloody civil war that threatened to split our country, the hope of freedom was won for black Americans… but social change did not come quickly.  In 1870, almost 100 years after our founding, black men won the right to vote. Yet again, change was slow in coming.  It would take another 100 years, along with the blood and battle of the 1960’s civil rights movement,  before black Americans could embrace the fullness of their constitutional rights.

Now, less than 50 years later, we stand at the edge of a new era when the fullness of our constitutional promise that “All Men are created equal” will  be achieved.  On January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama will be sworn in is as the first non-white President of the United States of America.

To be certain, this does not mean the end of all racial problems.  As noted in the February 2001 article in Time, there are some who say “Obama Is Not Black Enough.”  For others, Obama is not white enough.  In a country of this size, with a great diversity of cultures, there will always be some racial hatred and bigotry.  But look how far we have come!

As a Federalist, I could not vote for Obama’s Statist agenda nor can I vote for a man with such disregard for the life of the unborn, but my political differences and moral values do not cloud the transcendent power of this moment in history.

What will the passage of another 100 years bring?   What will Obama do with his moment of power?  Only time will tell, but my prayer is that the election of Barack Obama will help bring healing to the racial hurts of the past and help us move beyond the bitterness of bigotry that has dominated our nation far too long.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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