Benefit of the Doubt

I haven’t posted much about politics since the election, but today I felt a need to stand up say that as a Christian who has what many in the liberal media would term “neo-conservative” views, I support President-elect Obama’s choice of Saddleback Church’s Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration.

For one thing, it is HIS inauguration.  America did not elect

  • the Atlantic website
  • People for the American Way
  • or the Human Rights campaign,

all of which have come out swinging and screaming about Obama’s choice in Warren.  I did not vote for him, but I respect this decision by him to include Warren even though many far leftists think his views are as “radical” as I think theirs are.  Obama’s spokeswoman Linda Douglass said,

“…it has always been his goal to find common ground with people with whom you may disagree on some issues.”

I have to give him the benefit of the doubt.  Perhaps we are seeing evidence that yes, indeed, the Lord of all creation IS in control.  He does direct the heart of the king.

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD;
he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.

All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the LORD weighs the heart.

To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Proverbs 21:1-3

The enemy is crying foul and throwing ugly words at Obama for daring to extend a hand to a man they believe railroaded their attempt to legitimize sexual sin.  I see this for what it is — spiritual warfare — and I see plainly that God used this presidential election to defeat the aims of the enemy with California’s Proposition 8.  Many of the droves of people who flocked to the polls for their chance to vote for the first African-American President have conservative views about marriage.  These same people  who voted FOR Obama also voted FOR Proposition 8 which abolished same sex marriage.  It was an outcome the far left — and the enemy — didn’t expect.

Just as they didn’t expect him to select an evangelical to deliver the invocation…

It just goes to show that no one…not those in the far left political persuasion or the far right or those in the middle…no human can know the mind of God or predict how he will accomplish his plans.

O righteous God,
who searches minds and hearts,
bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure.
Psalm 7:9

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