My Four Commitments to Barack Obama

The long, seemingly endless election is finally over. Barack Obama is our new President. His victory was clear and decisive.

barack obama standing in front of the flag

I have personally never witnessed a more bitter election. My own household was sharply divided.But that was then; this is now. It is time for us to set aside our partisan hats and put on our American ones.

As a country, we still have huge problems to solve, including the economic crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This will take alignment and, most of all, leadership. This is not going to be easy.

I want to do my part. Therefore, starting today, I am publicly making four commitments to President-Elect Barack Obama:

  1. I will pray for him and our country.
  2. I will assume his motives are good, giving him the benefit of the doubt.
  3. I will not speak ill of him, even if I don’t always agree with him.
  4. I will cast off the spirit of cynicism, and be a positive force for good.

Yesterday was a historic day. We can all be proud as Americans. Today, we begin a new future. It’s time to come together. I am ready for a united United States.

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  • http://crustygasguy.blogspot.com/ Yogi

    Great post. I’m going to adopt your commitments as a beginning.

  • http://crustygasguy.blogspot.com/ Yogi

    Great post. I’m going to adopt your commitments as a beginning.

  • http://crustygasguy.blogspot.com/ Yogi

    Great post. I’m going to adopt your commitments as a beginning.

  • http://crustygasguy.blogspot.com/ Yogi

    Great post. I’m going to adopt your commitments as a beginning.

  • http://joannamuses.blogspot.com/ Joanna

    I think those are excellent things to commit to. I think we also need to assume that the Christians that voted differently to us had good motives and give them the benefit of the doubt. I’ve been really concerned about some of the attacks i’ve seen against Christians who voted for the democrats or who chose not to vote. i wrote a blog about it earlier http://joannamuses.blogspot.com/2008/11/unity-in-divided-times.html

  • http://joannamuses.blogspot.com/ Joanna

    I think those are excellent things to commit to. I think we also need to assume that the Christians that voted differently to us had good motives and give them the benefit of the doubt. I’ve been really concerned about some of the attacks i’ve seen against Christians who voted for the democrats or who chose not to vote. i wrote a blog about it earlier http://joannamuses.blogspot.com/2008/11/unity-in-divided-times.html

  • http://joannamuses.blogspot.com/ Joanna

    I think those are excellent things to commit to. I think we also need to assume that the Christians that voted differently to us had good motives and give them the benefit of the doubt. I’ve been really concerned about some of the attacks i’ve seen against Christians who voted for the democrats or who chose not to vote. i wrote a blog about it earlier http://joannamuses.blogspot.com/2008/11/unity-in-divided-times.html

  • http://joannamuses.blogspot.com/ Joanna

    I think those are excellent things to commit to. I think we also need to assume that the Christians that voted differently to us had good motives and give them the benefit of the doubt. I’ve been really concerned about some of the attacks i’ve seen against Christians who voted for the democrats or who chose not to vote. i wrote a blog about it earlier http://joannamuses.blogspot.com/2008/11/unity-in-divided-times.html

  • http://human3rror.com/ John

    a great start to a new “time” and season.

    my house was definitely divided… but now we must move forward.

  • http://human3rror.com/ John

    a great start to a new “time” and season.

    my house was definitely divided… but now we must move forward.

  • http://human3rror.com/ John

    a great start to a new “time” and season.

    my house was definitely divided… but now we must move forward.

  • http://human3rror.com John

    a great start to a new “time” and season.

    my house was definitely divided… but now we must move forward.

  • http://www.michellesutton.net/ Michelle

    I’d say that is a godly example of how all Christians should respond. Thanks for posting. I think John McCain did a good job in his speech to show the same support.

  • http://www.michellesutton.net/ Michelle

    I’d say that is a godly example of how all Christians should respond. Thanks for posting. I think John McCain did a good job in his speech to show the same support.

  • http://www.michellesutton.net/ Michelle

    I’d say that is a godly example of how all Christians should respond. Thanks for posting. I think John McCain did a good job in his speech to show the same support.

  • http://www.heathergemmen.com/ Heather Gemmen Wilson

    At this historical time, our president-elect needs our prayers more than ever. I commit!

  • http://www.heathergemmen.com/ Heather Gemmen Wilson

    At this historical time, our president-elect needs our prayers more than ever. I commit!

  • http://www.heathergemmen.com Heather Gemmen Wilson

    At this historical time, our president-elect needs our prayers more than ever. I commit!

  • http://www.michellesutton.net Michelle

    I’d say that is a godly example of how all Christians should respond. Thanks for posting. I think John McCain did a good job in his speech to show the same support.

  • http://www.caraputman.com/ Cara Putman

    This is the beauty of America…we can have a divided election and then ban together. The challenge is to then do as you said — pray for the leaders. God is still in control, and I know He sees the future and He controls the heart of the king. Now to earnestly seek His face and heart for the next four years. And to be part of the solution. Thanks for the post.

  • http://www.caraputman.com/ Cara Putman

    This is the beauty of America…we can have a divided election and then ban together. The challenge is to then do as you said — pray for the leaders. God is still in control, and I know He sees the future and He controls the heart of the king. Now to earnestly seek His face and heart for the next four years. And to be part of the solution. Thanks for the post.

  • http://www.caraputman.com Cara Putman

    This is the beauty of America…we can have a divided election and then ban together. The challenge is to then do as you said — pray for the leaders. God is still in control, and I know He sees the future and He controls the heart of the king. Now to earnestly seek His face and heart for the next four years. And to be part of the solution. Thanks for the post.

  • http://www.withoutwax.tv/ Pete Wilson

    Great post Michael. I’ll join you in these four!

  • http://www.withoutwax.tv/ Pete Wilson

    Great post Michael. I’ll join you in these four!

  • http://www.withoutwax.tv/ Pete Wilson

    Great post Michael. I’ll join you in these four!

  • http://www.withoutwax.tv Pete Wilson

    Great post Michael. I’ll join you in these four!

  • http://www.davidgroenenboom.com/ David Groenenboom

    Michael,

    Thankyou for your post.

    This is the attitude that will bring America together in unity. It may not be uniformity, but it will be unity. And let’s hope the rest of the world is a beneficiary.

    My only thought on your post is: why can’t we do this for (pretty well) everyone? Casting off the spirit of cynicism is a very good idea. We all know about toal depravity, but we don’t have to prove it so much with our own attitudes of cynicism and negativity.

    We need to live more in the well proven paths of the common grace of God.

    Blessings from Australia,
    Dave Groenenboom

  • http://www.davidgroenenboom.com/ David Groenenboom

    Michael,

    Thankyou for your post.

    This is the attitude that will bring America together in unity. It may not be uniformity, but it will be unity. And let’s hope the rest of the world is a beneficiary.

    My only thought on your post is: why can’t we do this for (pretty well) everyone? Casting off the spirit of cynicism is a very good idea. We all know about toal depravity, but we don’t have to prove it so much with our own attitudes of cynicism and negativity.

    We need to live more in the well proven paths of the common grace of God.

    Blessings from Australia,
    Dave Groenenboom

  • http://www.davidgroenenboom.com David Groenenboom

    Michael,

    Thankyou for your post.

    This is the attitude that will bring America together in unity. It may not be uniformity, but it will be unity. And let’s hope the rest of the world is a beneficiary.

    My only thought on your post is: why can’t we do this for (pretty well) everyone? Casting off the spirit of cynicism is a very good idea. We all know about toal depravity, but we don’t have to prove it so much with our own attitudes of cynicism and negativity.

    We need to live more in the well proven paths of the common grace of God.

    Blessings from Australia,
    Dave Groenenboom

  • http://www.culturesmithconsulting.com/i-cried-at-announcement-of-obamas-election/ Cheryl Smith

    Terrific commitments that all Christians, regardless of which side of the aisle, can and should embrace. “They’ll know we are Christians by our love,” hasn’t always been the case, especially in recent weeks. May it be so in the future!

  • http://www.culturesmithconsulting.com/i-cried-at-announcement-of-obamas-election/ Cheryl Smith

    Terrific commitments that all Christians, regardless of which side of the aisle, can and should embrace. “They’ll know we are Christians by our love,” hasn’t always been the case, especially in recent weeks. May it be so in the future!

  • http://www.culturesmithconsulting.com/i-cried-at-announcement-of-obamas-election/ Cheryl Smith

    Terrific commitments that all Christians, regardless of which side of the aisle, can and should embrace. “They’ll know we are Christians by our love,” hasn’t always been the case, especially in recent weeks. May it be so in the future!

  • http://www.ad1024.wordpress.com/ Andy Depuy

    Michael
    Awsome post I also am going to commit to these commitments and

  • http://www.ad1024.wordpress.com Andy Depuy

    Michael
    Awsome post I also am going to commit to these commitments and

  • http://emuelle1.typepad.com/ Eric S. Mueller

    1 and 2 are easy to commit to and possibly live up to that commitment. 3 and 4 are substantially harder.

  • http://emuelle1.typepad.com Eric S. Mueller

    1 and 2 are easy to commit to and possibly live up to that commitment. 3 and 4 are substantially harder.

  • http://www.rachelhauck.com/ Rachel Hauck

    Mike, great commitments. We must do Romans 13. Thanks for the post.

    I am going to 1. Pray 2. Believe God 3. Honor those He’s put over us 3. Speak out in kindness and love 4. Not be cynical.

    Mike, You are a true leader. This is the kind of advice and wisdom leaders give. And, leaders lead.

    Rachel

  • http://www.rachelhauck.com Rachel Hauck

    Mike, great commitments. We must do Romans 13. Thanks for the post.

    I am going to 1. Pray 2. Believe God 3. Honor those He’s put over us 3. Speak out in kindness and love 4. Not be cynical.

    Mike, You are a true leader. This is the kind of advice and wisdom leaders give. And, leaders lead.

    Rachel

  • http://jennicatron.tv/ Jenni Catron

    Love these! I’m in!

  • http://jennicatron.tv Jenni Catron

    Love these! I’m in!

  • http://wmarkwhitlock.com/ W. Mark Whitlock

    I can commit whole-heartedly to numbers 1, 3, and 4. At this time, I am not ready to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    I will pray for him, not speak ill of him, and seek to be a part of the solution and not the problem. I will follow him as the leader of my country. He has my allegience.

    However, President-Elect Obama will have to earn my trust as he makes decisions and signs legislation.

    I long to say “I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt” and hope that in his first 100 days I can do so.

  • http://wmarkwhitlock.com W. Mark Whitlock

    I can commit whole-heartedly to numbers 1, 3, and 4. At this time, I am not ready to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    I will pray for him, not speak ill of him, and seek to be a part of the solution and not the problem. I will follow him as the leader of my country. He has my allegience.

    However, President-Elect Obama will have to earn my trust as he makes decisions and signs legislation.

    I long to say “I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt” and hope that in his first 100 days I can do so.

  • http://www.navpress.com/ Marsha Pursley

    I am joining you Michael in the the four commitments. I had some of the same thoughts last night when I watched his acceptance speech. I hope someone on his team reads this blog and tells him how many Americans will be praying for him.

  • http://www.navpress.com Marsha Pursley

    I am joining you Michael in the the four commitments. I had some of the same thoughts last night when I watched his acceptance speech. I hope someone on his team reads this blog and tells him how many Americans will be praying for him.

  • http://karislusser.blogspot.com/ Kari

    I join you!

  • http://karislusser.blogspot.com Kari

    I join you!

  • http://www.lightvox.com/ Christopher

    Michael,

    Thank you for your post. Based upon the voter turnout numbers and the racial barriers broken through in this election, I believe we have already started a new time of understanding, tolerance and unity. God opens the doors and we must trust in Him to lead us through them. So as this new door has opened, I stand with you on your commitments and I pray that others will as well.

  • http://www.lightvox.com Christopher

    Michael,

    Thank you for your post. Based upon the voter turnout numbers and the racial barriers broken through in this election, I believe we have already started a new time of understanding, tolerance and unity. God opens the doors and we must trust in Him to lead us through them. So as this new door has opened, I stand with you on your commitments and I pray that others will as well.

  • http://humbledheart.wordpress.com/ nicole

    i know God is in control and knew this was coming….

    thank you for giving us a different perspective…
    for giving a directive….

  • http://humbledheart.wordpress.com nicole

    i know God is in control and knew this was coming….

    thank you for giving us a different perspective…
    for giving a directive….

  • Fran

    Thank you so much and I join you!
    Blessings,
    Fran
    TN

  • Fran

    Thank you so much and I join you!
    Blessings,
    Fran
    TN

  • http://elizabethingersoll.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Ingersoll

    I think we all need to make these commitments.

  • http://elizabethingersoll.blogspot.com Elizabeth Ingersoll

    I think we all need to make these commitments.

  • Gail Hyatt

    I join you in these four commitments. Thank you for calling us to be our best selves.

  • Gail Hyatt

    I join you in these four commitments. Thank you for calling us to be our best selves.

  • http://www.terryburns.net/ Terry Burns

    I admit I am one who fears we have made a serious mistake but your comments are sound advice and I sincerely hope that those who prevailed are right. You have succinctly worded the thoughts that my wife and I have come to after prayerful consideration. I do have to say that John McCain showed a huge amount of class in his speech last night.

  • http://www.terryburns.net Terry Burns

    I admit I am one who fears we have made a serious mistake but your comments are sound advice and I sincerely hope that those who prevailed are right. You have succinctly worded the thoughts that my wife and I have come to after prayerful consideration. I do have to say that John McCain showed a huge amount of class in his speech last night.

  • Tony Lee

    Great commitments!

    That was then, this is now!

  • Tony Lee

    Great commitments!

    That was then, this is now!

  • http://michaeldmiller.wordpress.com/ mike miller

    Agreed Mike well said

  • http://michaeldmiller.wordpress.com mike miller

    Agreed Mike well said

  • http://cyndiakadisneyqueen.blogspot.com/ Cyndi

    Thank you. This is a cause I can get behind.

  • http://cyndiakadisneyqueen.blogspot.com/ Cyndi

    Thank you. This is a cause I can get behind.

  • http://www.family-4-family.com/ Susan K. Stewart

    I’ll say right up front, I didn’t vote for Obama and I didn’t vote for McCain.

    I did vote knowing that God had already selected our leader (Rom 13.1) I will pray for the president-elect as he makes crucial decisions in the coming months.

    Karl Rove made an interesting statement last night when discussing the historic election. He said there’s now a generation of Americans who don’t know race. They can look at Barack Obama and not think “He’s a black man.” Many of this younger generation voted for an ideal, like so many did in 1960 when John Kennedy was elected. (Another historic election, although not of the same magnitude.)

    I will try not to be harsh when I disagree. I will remember that this is a big moment for my grandchildren. I will always remember that God is Lord of lords and King of kings.

  • http://kelliinreallife.typepad.com/ Kelli

    I commit to these 4 things and appreciate your posting this.

  • http://kelliinreallife.typepad.com Kelli

    I commit to these 4 things and appreciate your posting this.

  • http://www.family-4-family.com Susan K. Stewart

    I’ll say right up front, I didn’t vote for Obama and I didn’t vote for McCain.

    I did vote knowing that God had already selected our leader (Rom 13.1) I will pray for the president-elect as he makes crucial decisions in the coming months.

    Karl Rove made an interesting statement last night when discussing the historic election. He said there’s now a generation of Americans who don’t know race. They can look at Barack Obama and not think “He’s a black man.” Many of this younger generation voted for an ideal, like so many did in 1960 when John Kennedy was elected. (Another historic election, although not of the same magnitude.)

    I will try not to be harsh when I disagree. I will remember that this is a big moment for my grandchildren. I will always remember that God is Lord of lords and King of kings.

  • Jason Grubbs

    Well said. I agree with some of the folks above who have said that some of these will be very difficult for me to do, but it’s my duty to do so.I would distinguish between speaking ill of President-Elect Obama and offering legitimate, respectful, and civil criticism of his administration’s policies when I disagree them.

  • Jason Grubbs

    Well said. I agree with some of the folks above who have said that some of these will be very difficult for me to do, but it’s my duty to do so.I would distinguish between speaking ill of President-Elect Obama and offering legitimate, respectful, and civil criticism of his administration’s policies when I disagree them.

  • http://www.thewritingspa.com/ Mary DeMuth

    One of the most life-changing things I’ve learned came from a counselor who cited a marriage study. Those marriages that thrived had this element to it: The spouses assumed positive intent.

    It is not always easy to assume positive intent, but it is a loving act. I fear those who constantly make assumptions about the motives of others endanger their souls to bitterness.

    So, yes, assuming the best is a great commitment, and I applaud you for it.

  • http://www.kathleenpopa.com/ Kathleen Popa

    Amen

  • http://www.kathleenpopa.com Kathleen Popa

    Amen

  • http://www.thewritingspa.com Mary DeMuth

    One of the most life-changing things I’ve learned came from a counselor who cited a marriage study. Those marriages that thrived had this element to it: The spouses assumed positive intent.

    It is not always easy to assume positive intent, but it is a loving act. I fear those who constantly make assumptions about the motives of others endanger their souls to bitterness.

    So, yes, assuming the best is a great commitment, and I applaud you for it.

  • Shanda Perkins

    Thank you for posting this – I’ll join with you!!

  • Shanda Perkins

    Thank you for posting this – I’ll join with you!!

  • Tom Harris

    Mike
    Yes I can and do make these four committments. Actually I make up my mind last night to be supportive and pray for Obama’s success as our president.
    This is a time when all Americans need to work together to solve the enormous problems the country faces.
    Tom

  • Tom Harris

    Mike
    Yes I can and do make these four committments. Actually I make up my mind last night to be supportive and pray for Obama’s success as our president.
    This is a time when all Americans need to work together to solve the enormous problems the country faces.
    Tom

  • http://www.colleencoble.com/ Colleen Coble

    Amen, Mike! I also will do those things. And I’ve said all along that God raises up leaders and takes them down. If He has elevated Obama to lead our country, then it was meant to be and there is a reason. I trust God more then man.

  • Sr Thekla

    God Bless America,
    God Bless you!
    Spoken like a true Christian and American.

    Sr. Thekla

  • Sr Thekla

    God Bless America,
    God Bless you!
    Spoken like a true Christian and American.

    Sr. Thekla

  • http://www.colleencoble.com Colleen Coble

    Amen, Mike! I also will do those things. And I’ve said all along that God raises up leaders and takes them down. If He has elevated Obama to lead our country, then it was meant to be and there is a reason. I trust God more then man.

  • http://kevin.benson.me/ Kevin Benson

    As I read the lectionary reading for today, I was personally challenged about the content of my prayer. Psalm 72 was in the reading and here are the highlighted sentences that jumped out at me… http://awurl.com/mFleYNUFh

    In fact, each of your commitments reminded me of Scripture and helped me put my heart right before the Lord. I Timothy 2:1-3; Mt. 7:1; Titus 3:1-2; Philippians 2:14-15

    Thank you!

  • http://kevin.benson.me Kevin Benson

    As I read the lectionary reading for today, I was personally challenged about the content of my prayer. Psalm 72 was in the reading and here are the highlighted sentences that jumped out at me… http://awurl.com/mFleYNUFh

    In fact, each of your commitments reminded me of Scripture and helped me put my heart right before the Lord. I Timothy 2:1-3; Mt. 7:1; Titus 3:1-2; Philippians 2:14-15

    Thank you!

  • http://mitchbolton.wordpress.com/ Mitch Bolton

    Found this through Dawn Nicole Baldwin’s Twitter feed.

    Brilliant stuff. I too make these commitments. I think I will share this post with some people today.

    Thank you.

  • http://mitchbolton.wordpress.com Mitch Bolton

    Found this through Dawn Nicole Baldwin’s Twitter feed.

    Brilliant stuff. I too make these commitments. I think I will share this post with some people today.

    Thank you.

  • http://www.thescribespen.com/ VickiS.

    Pete, I’m really going to try, but I am observing a day of mourning. I am admiring spiritual leaders, like you, who are already “there.” That’s why you are a spiritual leader. ;)

  • http://www.thescribespen.com VickiS.

    Pete, I’m really going to try, but I am observing a day of mourning. I am admiring spiritual leaders, like you, who are already “there.” That’s why you are a spiritual leader. ;)

  • Hannah

    Praise God that God is still on the throne! I am encouraged by your post today, it is time for us to act like Jesus would. I kept thinking today that every thing that happens has to first sift through the hands of God.

  • Hannah

    Praise God that God is still on the throne! I am encouraged by your post today, it is time for us to act like Jesus would. I kept thinking today that every thing that happens has to first sift through the hands of God.

  • http://www.thescribespen.com/ VickiS.

    Pete, I’m really going to try, but I am observing a day of mourning. I am admiring spiritual leaders, like you, who are already “there.” That’s why you are a spiritual leader. ;)

  • http://www.thescribespen.com VickiS.

    Pete, I’m really going to try, but I am observing a day of mourning. I am admiring spiritual leaders, like you, who are already “there.” That’s why you are a spiritual leader. ;)

  • Nate

    I think this is a great post. But the work isn’t over. The next great obstacle America will have to hurdle is our division over religion. We need to learn to separate our religious lives from our political lives. Yes, our religion does shape our personal and political values, but we have to respect that our religious values are not shared by everyone. To use religion in politics supposes that we do all believe the same theology. But that isn’t true, and by understanding and embracing that fact we can grow stronger as a nation than we even did last night.

  • Nate

    I think this is a great post. But the work isn’t over. The next great obstacle America will have to hurdle is our division over religion. We need to learn to separate our religious lives from our political lives. Yes, our religion does shape our personal and political values, but we have to respect that our religious values are not shared by everyone. To use religion in politics supposes that we do all believe the same theology. But that isn’t true, and by understanding and embracing that fact we can grow stronger as a nation than we even did last night.

  • http://www.goldenkeyesparsons.com/ Golden Keyes Parsons

    Thank you for speaking out Kingdom principles. If we believe Scripture, we must trust that God puts in authority whom he chooses. Our responsibiities are exactly the four commitments that you made. I trust that believers all over the country will commit to pray diligently for our president-elect and put agendas and bitterness aside. God bless America!

  • http://www.goldenkeyesparsons.com Golden Keyes Parsons

    Thank you for speaking out Kingdom principles. If we believe Scripture, we must trust that God puts in authority whom he chooses. Our responsibiities are exactly the four commitments that you made. I trust that believers all over the country will commit to pray diligently for our president-elect and put agendas and bitterness aside. God bless America!

  • http://estherofelgin.blogspot.com/ Lex

    I’m with Jason. I can commit to 1, 2, and 4, and can commit to not speaking ill of Mr. Obama personally – but my greater command is to speak truth.

  • http://estherofelgin.blogspot.com Lex

    I’m with Jason. I can commit to 1, 2, and 4, and can commit to not speaking ill of Mr. Obama personally – but my greater command is to speak truth.

  • Laura

    Thanks Mike…I’m totally with you.

    Laura
    Franklin,TN

  • Laura

    Thanks Mike…I’m totally with you.

    Laura
    Franklin,TN

  • darvo

    Obama is our president. This is my country. I am a republican and I am an American. I will support my country and I will support my president. However, I will not and do not support all of the democratic agenda. Political disagreement is also my right as an American. While I can praise God that my beautiful granddaughter whose father is black and whose mother is white may be spared the pain and prejudice of our nation’s racially divided past, I voted for the party that best reflected my beliefs. Meanwhile, I will continue to pray for our leadership, our country, and our collective futures. President Elect Obama has a terrible slate of problems before him. I certainly would not want his job. I will see what unfolds in the next four years and I will be measuring this leader as I have every leader.

  • darvo

    Obama is our president. This is my country. I am a republican and I am an American. I will support my country and I will support my president. However, I will not and do not support all of the democratic agenda. Political disagreement is also my right as an American. While I can praise God that my beautiful granddaughter whose father is black and whose mother is white may be spared the pain and prejudice of our nation’s racially divided past, I voted for the party that best reflected my beliefs. Meanwhile, I will continue to pray for our leadership, our country, and our collective futures. President Elect Obama has a terrible slate of problems before him. I certainly would not want his job. I will see what unfolds in the next four years and I will be measuring this leader as I have every leader.

  • Bud

    I think your four commitments are honorable and ones EVERY American should practice. I agree, we need to be Americans first and forget our party politics. That said, however, I’d like to know how many of the people commenting on this blog (Yes, including you, Michael Hyatt) practiced these four commitments for President George W. Bush?

  • Bud

    I think your four commitments are honorable and ones EVERY American should practice. I agree, we need to be Americans first and forget our party politics. That said, however, I’d like to know how many of the people commenting on this blog (Yes, including you, Michael Hyatt) practiced these four commitments for President George W. Bush?

  • George

    I agree with the pledge you made. I was very proud to be an American after they both spoke last night. They did a great job of putting the country first.

  • http://www.RobinBryce.com/ Robin Bryce

    Great set of commitments.

    I didn’t get wrapped up in the media portrayed drama of the election. I remained committed to vote and pray, but as I tweeted last morning and have confidence today:

    “remembering our salvation is not in men, nor in the powers and authorities of this world. God’s peace is mine. Vote, sure. Remember, better!”

    @RobinBryce

  • http://asbreedon.wordpress.com/ Angela

    I’m in! Thanks for your commitment.

  • http://asbreedon.wordpress.com Angela

    I’m in! Thanks for your commitment.

  • http://www.RobinBryce.com Robin Bryce

    Great set of commitments.

    I didn’t get wrapped up in the media portrayed drama of the election. I remained committed to vote and pray, but as I tweeted last morning and have confidence today:

    “remembering our salvation is not in men, nor in the powers and authorities of this world. God’s peace is mine. Vote, sure. Remember, better!”

    @RobinBryce

  • George

    I agree with the pledge you made. I was very proud to be an American after they both spoke last night. They did a great job of putting the country first.

  • Tony Jacobs

    I am a aware of what I’m about to say doesn’t completely line up with this article, many of these responses, and far more important, what the Holy (perfect) scriptures say about how we are to respond to governmental leaders. Truely, I’m working hard on the last point.

    God’s word dosen’t change (no matter how the vote goes). Right is right and wrong is wrong. Let’s take one issue out of many, and so as not to offend anyone here, let me put this in the form of a question. How do we escape God’s judgement and gain his continued blessings when we as a nation, and as citizens who vote, continually sanction the taking of millions (and counting) of inocent, unborn lives?

    It’s really simple you see (don’t ya just hate that?). It’s a matter of principle. If the new president stands for what is right, he will have my support. If he dosen’t…..He will not.

  • Tony Jacobs

    I am a aware of what I’m about to say doesn’t completely line up with this article, many of these responses, and far more important, what the Holy (perfect) scriptures say about how we are to respond to governmental leaders. Truely, I’m working hard on the last point.

    God’s word dosen’t change (no matter how the vote goes). Right is right and wrong is wrong. Let’s take one issue out of many, and so as not to offend anyone here, let me put this in the form of a question. How do we escape God’s judgement and gain his continued blessings when we as a nation, and as citizens who vote, continually sanction the taking of millions (and counting) of inocent, unborn lives?

    It’s really simple you see (don’t ya just hate that?). It’s a matter of principle. If the new president stands for what is right, he will have my support. If he dosen’t…..He will not.

  • http://www.pearlgirls.info/ Margaret McSweeney

    Democracy is an action as is Christianity. I applaud your commitment to Christ and to our country. As a Christian and as an elected McCain delegate, I of course agree to your four point plan. God bless you and God bless America!

  • Dean

    Three things come to mind on your commitments, the intent of which is highly laudable in today’s climate and for which I applaud you in making publicly.

    First … a story:

    A wise, elderly Cherokee man was teaching his grandchildren about life.

    He said to them, “A fight is going on inside of me; it is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves.

    One wolf if fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

    The other is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

    The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too.”

    They thought about if for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

    The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

    Second … a poem:

    It Is I Who Must Begin

    It is I who must begin
    Once I begin, once I try –
    here and now,
    right where I am,
    not excusing myself by saying that things
    would be easier elsewhere,
    without grand speeches and
    ostentatious gestures,
    but all the more persistently
    -to live in harmony
    with the “voice of being,” as I
    understand it within myself
    -as soon as I begin that,
    I suddenly discover,
    to my surprise, that
    I am neither the only one,
    nor the first,
    nor the most important one
    to have set out
    upon that road.

    Whether all is really lost
    or not depends entirely on
    whether or not I am lost.

    Vaclav Havel

    And finally a quote …

    “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”—Philo of Alexandria

  • Dean

    Three things come to mind on your commitments, the intent of which is highly laudable in today’s climate and for which I applaud you in making publicly.

    First … a story:

    A wise, elderly Cherokee man was teaching his grandchildren about life.

    He said to them, “A fight is going on inside of me; it is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves.

    One wolf if fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

    The other is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

    The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too.”

    They thought about if for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

    The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

    Second … a poem:

    It Is I Who Must Begin

    It is I who must begin
    Once I begin, once I try –
    here and now,
    right where I am,
    not excusing myself by saying that things
    would be easier elsewhere,
    without grand speeches and
    ostentatious gestures,
    but all the more persistently
    -to live in harmony
    with the “voice of being,” as I
    understand it within myself
    -as soon as I begin that,
    I suddenly discover,
    to my surprise, that
    I am neither the only one,
    nor the first,
    nor the most important one
    to have set out
    upon that road.

    Whether all is really lost
    or not depends entirely on
    whether or not I am lost.

    Vaclav Havel

    And finally a quote …

    “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”—Philo of Alexandria

  • http://www.pearlgirls.info Margaret McSweeney

    Democracy is an action as is Christianity. I applaud your commitment to Christ and to our country. As a Christian and as an elected McCain delegate, I of course agree to your four point plan. God bless you and God bless America!

  • Apostle Joseph

    I asked God how to pray for Bill Clinton, was it to accept Jesus as his Lord or what? God showed me that President Bill Clinton would do the will of God by bringing prideful America to her knees, therefore I prayed so be it. And America was embarrassed but not quite on her knees, this president will do the will of God and finish the job. Our country has killed over 50 million babies since the 70’s and today we have freedom to kill even more. I cannot pray for America as a nation, only each individual family to get back to the Bible and remember our purpose of being on this earth. As for our new president, the heart of the king is in the hand of God.

  • Apostle Joseph

    I asked God how to pray for Bill Clinton, was it to accept Jesus as his Lord or what? God showed me that President Bill Clinton would do the will of God by bringing prideful America to her knees, therefore I prayed so be it. And America was embarrassed but not quite on her knees, this president will do the will of God and finish the job. Our country has killed over 50 million babies since the 70’s and today we have freedom to kill even more. I cannot pray for America as a nation, only each individual family to get back to the Bible and remember our purpose of being on this earth. As for our new president, the heart of the king is in the hand of God.

  • http://camprunapup.com/wp/ Katybeth

    I was proud to be an American under Bush, and I will be proud to be an American under Obama. I will own your commitments. I will ask for accountability over the next four years, and will not accept the blame game. I want Obama to be the kind of president, I want to vote for in 4 years. He can not become that president without my support.
    As a final note, I feel rather old today–wishing that I could be carried away by optimism.

  • http://camprunapup.com/wp/ Katybeth

    I was proud to be an American under Bush, and I will be proud to be an American under Obama. I will own your commitments. I will ask for accountability over the next four years, and will not accept the blame game. I want Obama to be the kind of president, I want to vote for in 4 years. He can not become that president without my support.
    As a final note, I feel rather old today–wishing that I could be carried away by optimism.

  • http://www.birdsongcreative.com/ Toni Birdsong

    Linking arms with you Mr. Hyatt! CHANGE happens when we get on our knees. Economies turn around when we get on our knees. The planet heals and our children inherit a legacy of financial, physical and spiritual prosperity …. when we get on our knees. Pennsylvania Avenue is a small but relevant part of the prayer equation. Thank you for your words this morning.

  • http://www.birdsongcreative.com Toni Birdsong

    Linking arms with you Mr. Hyatt! CHANGE happens when we get on our knees. Economies turn around when we get on our knees. The planet heals and our children inherit a legacy of financial, physical and spiritual prosperity …. when we get on our knees. Pennsylvania Avenue is a small but relevant part of the prayer equation. Thank you for your words this morning.

  • Ken Summerlin

    I’m one of the apparent minority of evangelical Christians that supported Sen. Obama and am particularly thankful for your Christ-like spirit in these 4 commitments. Thank you.

  • Ken Summerlin

    I’m one of the apparent minority of evangelical Christians that supported Sen. Obama and am particularly thankful for your Christ-like spirit in these 4 commitments. Thank you.

  • http://www.maurilioamorim.com/ Maurilio Amorim

    I stand with you as well. I have chosen to be an American and I support my President and help continue to make this the best nation in the world.

  • http://www.maurilioamorim.com Maurilio Amorim

    I stand with you as well. I have chosen to be an American and I support my President and help continue to make this the best nation in the world.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/index.asp Jeff Goins

    Agreed. I was reading Isaiah this morning and thinking, “Oh, I still have to pray for my leaders.” It was a humbling experience, but I’m taking your four commitments seriously.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/index.asp Jeff Goins

    Agreed. I was reading Isaiah this morning and thinking, “Oh, I still have to pray for my leaders.” It was a humbling experience, but I’m taking your four commitments seriously.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @All: Thanks to each of you for your commitment. Keep the comments coming!

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @All: Thanks to each of you for your commitment. Keep the comments coming!

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Bud: Though I voted for Bush twice, I am sorry to confess that I did not keep these commitments toward him. Since that time, I have come to believe that change begins with me. Though I may have some influence, I can’t control anyone else.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Bud: Though I voted for Bush twice, I am sorry to confess that I did not keep these commitments toward him. Since that time, I have come to believe that change begins with me. Though I may have some influence, I can’t control anyone else.

  • Mike

    Don’t pray for him, it’s useless. D something real instead of talking to your imaginary friends.

  • Mike

    Don’t pray for him, it’s useless. D something real instead of talking to your imaginary friends.

  • Michelle Brinson

    I couldn’t agree with you more. My house stood divided but today, we stand united. We are the United States of America – which is still the best country in the world. Regardless of who is president, our country is still in desperate need of prayer and as a follower of Christ I make a commitment to pray for our president, his staff and our country.

  • Michelle Brinson

    I couldn’t agree with you more. My house stood divided but today, we stand united. We are the United States of America – which is still the best country in the world. Regardless of who is president, our country is still in desperate need of prayer and as a follower of Christ I make a commitment to pray for our president, his staff and our country.

  • http://www.emergingintofaith.blogspot.com/ Dr. David Frisbie

    From the two of us, a whole-hearted “yes” to these same commitments. We’re with you.

    David & Lisa Frisbie
    The Center for Marriage
    & Family Studies

  • http://www.emergingintofaith.blogspot.com Dr. David Frisbie

    From the two of us, a whole-hearted “yes” to these same commitments. We’re with you.

    David & Lisa Frisbie
    The Center for Marriage
    & Family Studies

  • http://www.PFMinistries.com/ Paula Friedrichsen

    Great post Michael! I agree with you completely.
    Paula

  • http://www.PFMinistries.com Paula Friedrichsen

    Great post Michael! I agree with you completely.
    Paula

  • http://www.ramonarichards.com/ Ramona

    Mike, as I watched the celebrations last night, I couldn’t help remembering 40 years back, when the reaction of one of my father’s friends to MLK’s assassination was “Well, it’s about time.” I was so stunned at the time, I could only stare at him. That was my world then. This is my world now, and I appreciate your call for unity, prayer, and clarity, no matter what our position on Mr. Obama’s policies. Change, no matter what kind (his or others), always works best when it comes from within – which is an excellent to pray for all our leaders.

  • http://www.ramonarichards.com Ramona

    Mike, as I watched the celebrations last night, I couldn’t help remembering 40 years back, when the reaction of one of my father’s friends to MLK’s assassination was “Well, it’s about time.” I was so stunned at the time, I could only stare at him. That was my world then. This is my world now, and I appreciate your call for unity, prayer, and clarity, no matter what our position on Mr. Obama’s policies. Change, no matter what kind (his or others), always works best when it comes from within – which is an excellent to pray for all our leaders.

  • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

    Mike, I deeply respect your spirit. I cannot commit as you have.

    My commitments (to any president):

    1) I will love and pray for Barack Obama and our country;
    2) I will look for no reason to judge him, and will rely on his words and fruit to know him;
    3) I will speak only truth of him, with absence of malice;
    4) I will remain a force for good because I am a woman of faith in the right Person, cloaked in neither cynicism nor oblivion.

    The purposes which united our nation at its foundation have changed. Sadly, we cannot be united without common purpose. Our nation has given its new leader a mandate for further change, not unification toward our original purpose.

    My faith is that our good God works all things for good on behalf of those who love Him. Therefore my hope is that God will use President-elect Obama to bring to completion His purposes for our nation and His people.

    Thank you for making me so carefully consider how I support our next president.

  • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

    Mike, I deeply respect your spirit. I cannot commit as you have.

    My commitments (to any president):

    1) I will love and pray for Barack Obama and our country;
    2) I will look for no reason to judge him, and will rely on his words and fruit to know him;
    3) I will speak only truth of him, with absence of malice;
    4) I will remain a force for good because I am a woman of faith in the right Person, cloaked in neither cynicism nor oblivion.

    The purposes which united our nation at its foundation have changed. Sadly, we cannot be united without common purpose. Our nation has given its new leader a mandate for further change, not unification toward our original purpose.

    My faith is that our good God works all things for good on behalf of those who love Him. Therefore my hope is that God will use President-elect Obama to bring to completion His purposes for our nation and His people.

    Thank you for making me so carefully consider how I support our next president.

  • Bryan

    Great post Michael! I considered the pros and cons of all candidates, and made a difficult choice. I voted for Bob Barr. Since many Libertarians and I didn’t see Bob accepting the Presidency this morning, it is time to go forward and support our President-Elect. A hard pill for some. But if we all adopted the creed of our armed forces, we honor our President because he is OUR President. End of story.

  • Bryan

    Great post Michael! I considered the pros and cons of all candidates, and made a difficult choice. I voted for Bob Barr. Since many Libertarians and I didn’t see Bob accepting the Presidency this morning, it is time to go forward and support our President-Elect. A hard pill for some. But if we all adopted the creed of our armed forces, we honor our President because he is OUR President. End of story.

  • Dr. Dolan

    “Culture wars are just so 90s. Their days are growing dark. It is time to turn the page. We want a new day here in America. We’re tired of arguing about the same old stuff.” – Barack Obama’s speech at Planned Parenthood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf0XIRZSTt8)

    You are so right, Mr. Hyatt . . . unity is the ultimate goal. What else could possibly matter?

  • Dr. Dolan

    “Culture wars are just so 90s. Their days are growing dark. It is time to turn the page. We want a new day here in America. We’re tired of arguing about the same old stuff.” – Barack Obama’s speech at Planned Parenthood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf0XIRZSTt8)

    You are so right, Mr. Hyatt . . . unity is the ultimate goal. What else could possibly matter?

  • Dr. Dolan

    Unify or else!

  • Dr. Dolan

    Unify or else!

  • http://www.goworden.com/ Dennis Worden

    Mike,
    Thank you for your words of wisdom. These are exciting days, not because of an election but because everyday offers a new opportunity to lead others into a growing relationship in Christ. I join you in praying for Obama as our next President and for those “Daniel’s” who would serve in his administration.

    Dennis

  • http://www.goworden.com Dennis Worden

    Mike,
    Thank you for your words of wisdom. These are exciting days, not because of an election but because everyday offers a new opportunity to lead others into a growing relationship in Christ. I join you in praying for Obama as our next President and for those “Daniel’s” who would serve in his administration.

    Dennis

  • http://tinycrumb.com/ Josh Bryant

    I’m sure Barak Obama will be doing all 4 of these for you as well.

    He’ll most likely do his best to assume your motives are always good, give you the benefit of the doubt and cast of a spirit of cynicism that I’m sure is more rampant with corporations and their executives than the government at this point.

    I’m also sure that he’ll be praying for the many CEOs out there, that one day (the average) motives will begin to move beyond personal greed and into the betterment of society, both internal and external. Because that is one thing our country REALLY needs right now.

  • http://tinycrumb.com/ Josh Bryant

    I’m sure Barak Obama will be doing all 4 of these for you as well.

    He’ll most likely do his best to assume your motives are always good, give you the benefit of the doubt and cast of a spirit of cynicism that I’m sure is more rampant with corporations and their executives than the government at this point.

    I’m also sure that he’ll be praying for the many CEOs out there, that one day (the average) motives will begin to move beyond personal greed and into the betterment of society, both internal and external. Because that is one thing our country REALLY needs right now.

  • http://www.litfusegroup.com/ Amy

    THANK YOU for saying this! I agree…let’s quit with all the doom and gloom and focus on walking in love and trying to unify rather than divide.

    I look forward to what the days ahead hold.

    Thanks Mike.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Dr. Dolan: Actually unity isn’t the ultimate goal. Nevertheless, having exercised our responsibility to vote, we now have the responsibility to support the President. Romans 13:1-3 says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Dr. Dolan: Actually unity isn’t the ultimate goal. Nevertheless, having exercised our responsibility to vote, we now have the responsibility to support the President. Romans 13:1-3 says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”

  • http://www.litfusegroup.com Amy

    THANK YOU for saying this! I agree…let’s quit with all the doom and gloom and focus on walking in love and trying to unify rather than divide.

    I look forward to what the days ahead hold.

    Thanks Mike.

  • http://frogingthroughlife.blogspot.com/ Lyndsay Martin

    I couldn’t agree with you more!! And the end result though is that God is still on the Throne… and our homes here on earth are only temporary… I hold my sight on my real home in Heaven. This morning I had this verse revealed to my by God… Fitting I think… Romans 13:1… It’s time to pray and do our duty not time to slander. I am completely with you! GREAT POST!! Thank you for sharing.

  • http://frogingthroughlife.blogspot.com/ Lyndsay Martin

    I couldn’t agree with you more!! And the end result though is that God is still on the Throne… and our homes here on earth are only temporary… I hold my sight on my real home in Heaven. This morning I had this verse revealed to my by God… Fitting I think… Romans 13:1… It’s time to pray and do our duty not time to slander. I am completely with you! GREAT POST!! Thank you for sharing.

  • http://spudlets.wordpress.com/ MarcV

    Interesting how you italicized “leadership”. I’ve enjoyed your posts on leadership and have been very curious to hear your take on Mr. Obama’s leadership skills, but I would not want you to go against one of your 4 rules.

    I do pray that God sends him people of wisdom knowing how to discern God’s will, and that he surrounds himself with these people and positively utilizes their sound judgement.

  • http://spudlets.wordpress.com MarcV

    Interesting how you italicized “leadership”. I’ve enjoyed your posts on leadership and have been very curious to hear your take on Mr. Obama’s leadership skills, but I would not want you to go against one of your 4 rules.

    I do pray that God sends him people of wisdom knowing how to discern God’s will, and that he surrounds himself with these people and positively utilizes their sound judgement.

  • Luci Swindoll

    This is an excellent post, Mike. I appreciate your honesty and kindness as an American, and as a leader. I also read and enjoyed all these comments that have come as a result of your resolve. God never makes a mistake with our lives nor our future. As I’ve often heard my brother Chuck say…”God is not almost sovereign”. Therefore, I join you and your host of friends in this commitment.

  • Luci Swindoll

    This is an excellent post, Mike. I appreciate your honesty and kindness as an American, and as a leader. I also read and enjoyed all these comments that have come as a result of your resolve. God never makes a mistake with our lives nor our future. As I’ve often heard my brother Chuck say…”God is not almost sovereign”. Therefore, I join you and your host of friends in this commitment.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/index.asp Jeff Goins

    Fascinating stuff happening in the church (already) as a result of this election. I pray that schism and division ultimately leads to a strengthening of believers and doesn’t further erode her, creating more sectarianism. I think that Obama could be the greatest thing that happened to the White House in decades if he actually pulls off what he says he can without any serious economic repercussions, which I admit that I doubt, or he could be one of the greatest hypes in American politics. Nonetheless, regardless of the outcome, that doesn’t relieve me of my responsibility to trust God and ask for him to guide my leaders and still do all that I can do to see the kingdom come here and now.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/index.asp Jeff Goins

    Fascinating stuff happening in the church (already) as a result of this election. I pray that schism and division ultimately leads to a strengthening of believers and doesn’t further erode her, creating more sectarianism. I think that Obama could be the greatest thing that happened to the White House in decades if he actually pulls off what he says he can without any serious economic repercussions, which I admit that I doubt, or he could be one of the greatest hypes in American politics. Nonetheless, regardless of the outcome, that doesn’t relieve me of my responsibility to trust God and ask for him to guide my leaders and still do all that I can do to see the kingdom come here and now.

  • http://www.rhondamcknight.net/ Rhonda McKnight

    Mike,

    I’ve been reading this blog for sometime now. While I don’t always agree with you or many of the people who post, I continue to visit because I embrace diversity. I also respect your leadership. When reading your post today I was reminded of two scriptures, the first being Isaiah 50:7, where the word tells us “He set his face towards Jersusalem” and the second from John 18:11, “No, I will not run from this. I will drink the cup that is placed before me.”
    Life is full of disappoints and things we wished had a different outcome. I am a Barack Obama supporter, but I can remember the grief I felt 8 years ago when President Bush was elected. I know how disappointing it is when the man you believe should be the “set man” is not chosen. But I have prayed for President Bush almost everyday. I assumed that he was a Christian who’s motives were right and never spoke ill of him, even when my flesh told me I had the right. So, I thank you for encouraging the disappointed members of this blog to set their faces to Jerusalem. The cup in front of them will surely be easier to drink if they continue to pray.

    Many Blessings,

    Rhonda

  • http://twitter.com/imabeliever Imabeliever

    Mike,

    Thank you for your kind…healing words! I truly believe this is the time for all Christians to stand together and help unite our troubled country. I, too, made a commitment to pray for our new President Elect. I’ve called or emailed most of my friends, both Democrats and Republicans, and asked that they pray for our country and our soon-to-be President.

    This is the time to truly live our faith, as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, and build bridges with-in our families, friendships, work relationships and neighborhoods. I believe that all Christians must make a new commitment, to strive everyday, to see with Jesus’ eyes and love with His heart. I pray that we can truly pull together in faith, friendship and Christian love.

    Today, in your prayerful post, you presented us, all Americans, with a challenge…a calling! I, for one, am prepared to honor your wisdom and make a serious heartfelt commitment to our country and all of her citizens. Imagine if we all heeded this call; we would make our Father in Heaven so proud!

    May God bless us all…every one!

  • http://twitter.com/imabeliever Imabeliever

    Mike,

    Thank you for your kind…healing words! I truly believe this is the time for all Christians to stand together and help unite our troubled country. I, too, made a commitment to pray for our new President Elect. I’ve called or emailed most of my friends, both Democrats and Republicans, and asked that they pray for our country and our soon-to-be President.

    This is the time to truly live our faith, as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, and build bridges with-in our families, friendships, work relationships and neighborhoods. I believe that all Christians must make a new commitment, to strive everyday, to see with Jesus’ eyes and love with His heart. I pray that we can truly pull together in faith, friendship and Christian love.

    Today, in your prayerful post, you presented us, all Americans, with a challenge…a calling! I, for one, am prepared to honor your wisdom and make a serious heartfelt commitment to our country and all of her citizens. Imagine if we all heeded this call; we would make our Father in Heaven so proud!

    May God bless us all…every one!

  • http://www.rhondamcknight.net Rhonda McKnight

    Mike,

    I’ve been reading this blog for sometime now. While I don’t always agree with you or many of the people who post, I continue to visit because I embrace diversity. I also respect your leadership. When reading your post today I was reminded of two scriptures, the first being Isaiah 50:7, where the word tells us “He set his face towards Jersusalem” and the second from John 18:11, “No, I will not run from this. I will drink the cup that is placed before me.”
    Life is full of disappoints and things we wished had a different outcome. I am a Barack Obama supporter, but I can remember the grief I felt 8 years ago when President Bush was elected. I know how disappointing it is when the man you believe should be the “set man” is not chosen. But I have prayed for President Bush almost everyday. I assumed that he was a Christian who’s motives were right and never spoke ill of him, even when my flesh told me I had the right. So, I thank you for encouraging the disappointed members of this blog to set their faces to Jerusalem. The cup in front of them will surely be easier to drink if they continue to pray.

    Many Blessings,

    Rhonda

  • http://whadusay2.blogspot.com/ Megan

    Great, Great Post!

  • http://whadusay2.blogspot.com Megan

    Great, Great Post!

  • http://islandinthenet.com/ Khürt

    I can commit to 2,3 and 4.

  • http://islandinthenet.com Khurt

    I can commit to 2,3 and 4.

  • http://www.crittyjoy.wordpress.com/ Christy

    Love your thoughts…and I too have made the commitment to these four things….as we remember who is ultimately in control, our God. And His plan and ways are perfect.

  • http://www.crittyjoy.wordpress.com Christy

    Love your thoughts…and I too have made the commitment to these four things….as we remember who is ultimately in control, our God. And His plan and ways are perfect.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/kansasbob/ Kansas Bob

    I will commit with you Michael and am encouraging readers of my blog to do the same.

    Blessings, Bob
    http://kansasbob.com/

  • http://profile.typekey.com/kansasbob/ Kansas Bob

    I will commit with you Michael and am encouraging readers of my blog to do the same.

    Blessings, Bob
    http://kansasbob.com/

  • John

    I am in full agreement and will try to keep an open mind, assuming he will put the interests of our country ahead of his party strategy.

  • John

    I am in full agreement and will try to keep an open mind, assuming he will put the interests of our country ahead of his party strategy.

  • http://ivorybakery.com/religion2 Rahim Taliesin Snow

    Michael,

    These 4 committments are an outstanding example of what we can all do when we disagree with someone.

    Thank you for showing your leadership and wisdom in this matter.

    We the people, we are one family.

    God bless you and God bless Barack and God bless us all.

    Rahim

  • http://ivorybakery.com/religion2 Rahim Taliesin Snow

    Michael,

    These 4 committments are an outstanding example of what we can all do when we disagree with someone.

    Thank you for showing your leadership and wisdom in this matter.

    We the people, we are one family.

    God bless you and God bless Barack and God bless us all.

    Rahim

  • http://www.marlettesmusings.blogspot.com/ Marlette

    Thanks for your post, Michael. I quoted you in my own blog today. I was remembering Romans 13:1 today – “For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

    I stand with you, especially in praying for our President-Elect.

  • http://www.marlettesmusings.blogspot.com Marlette

    Thanks for your post, Michael. I quoted you in my own blog today. I was remembering Romans 13:1 today – “For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

    I stand with you, especially in praying for our President-Elect.

  • http://cherylbarker.blogspot.com/ Cheryl Barker

    Thanks so much for this post. I especially needed the reminder to assume the best and give the benefit of the doubt. I have always tried to do this for Pres. Bush, and now I need to do the same for Barack Obama. Thanks for the reminder.

  • http://cherylbarker.blogspot.com/ Cheryl Barker

    Thanks so much for this post. I especially needed the reminder to assume the best and give the benefit of the doubt. I have always tried to do this for Pres. Bush, and now I need to do the same for Barack Obama. Thanks for the reminder.

  • David

    I believe that we also need to be united, but we should not except what is said by our leaders as absolute truth. The truth is proven by their actions not political speaches. It is our responsibility to question our leaders and hold them accountable to their actions. Our nation was founded by and built on Christian principles and we have allowed it to be eroded by some of our leaders who go unchecked and are solely motivated by greed. I will pray for him and support our new leader giving him the opportunity to do the right thing, but I will also not forget all the questions that never got asked or reported on during these last few months. We must not be led into a false sense of security because someone promises change. I will pray for our leaders and that God will show us what is real and what is not.

  • David

    I believe that we also need to be united, but we should not except what is said by our leaders as absolute truth. The truth is proven by their actions not political speaches. It is our responsibility to question our leaders and hold them accountable to their actions. Our nation was founded by and built on Christian principles and we have allowed it to be eroded by some of our leaders who go unchecked and are solely motivated by greed. I will pray for him and support our new leader giving him the opportunity to do the right thing, but I will also not forget all the questions that never got asked or reported on during these last few months. We must not be led into a false sense of security because someone promises change. I will pray for our leaders and that God will show us what is real and what is not.

  • http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com/ Deena Peterson

    Already made before I read your post. Disappointed in the presidential election results, but woke up feeling more optomistic than I have felt in WEEKS. President Obama has my full support as my president, my prayers, and my devotion—as he follows Christ, I will follow him.

  • http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com Deena Peterson

    Already made before I read your post. Disappointed in the presidential election results, but woke up feeling more optomistic than I have felt in WEEKS. President Obama has my full support as my president, my prayers, and my devotion—as he follows Christ, I will follow him.

  • David J. Dunn

    These four won’t be hard since I voted for Obama. Just to clarify, though, number 3 is good as long as you aren’t advocating the Sean Hannity theory of democracy – that it works best when we don’t criticize our leaders’ decisions. We can and should be fair, but that does not mean we should not be critical. Of course, I think your point is against slander, in which case I agree.

  • David J. Dunn

    These four won’t be hard since I voted for Obama. Just to clarify, though, number 3 is good as long as you aren’t advocating the Sean Hannity theory of democracy – that it works best when we don’t criticize our leaders’ decisions. We can and should be fair, but that does not mean we should not be critical. Of course, I think your point is against slander, in which case I agree.

  • http://christianfiction.blogspot.com/ Dee

    Thank you, Michael. I’ve been reading this blog since you began it and have always respected your thoughts. I will admit I have been shocked and saddened by the comments against President Elect Obama that I have heard and read for the past few weeks, particularly on the part of Obama’s Faith.

    Amen, Rhonda.

  • http://christianfiction.blogspot.com Dee

    Thank you, Michael. I’ve been reading this blog since you began it and have always respected your thoughts. I will admit I have been shocked and saddened by the comments against President Elect Obama that I have heard and read for the past few weeks, particularly on the part of Obama’s Faith.

    Amen, Rhonda.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/bryonm/ bryonm

    I have and I will…

  • http://profile.typekey.com/bryonm/ bryonm

    I have and I will…

  • http://LLHargrove.com/ Linda Leigh Hargrove

    Thank you, Michael, for posting this. It is encouraging to see. All four of your commitments get to the heart of true reconciliation*:
    1. admitting the divide (and possible responsibility for it); 2. submitting to one another (and to authority); and 3. committing to being an agent of change (even if it’s uncomfortable or unpopular).

    *adapted from one of my favorite books, “More Than Equals.”

  • http://LLHargrove.com Linda Leigh Hargrove

    Thank you, Michael, for posting this. It is encouraging to see. All four of your commitments get to the heart of true reconciliation*:
    1. admitting the divide (and possible responsibility for it); 2. submitting to one another (and to authority); and 3. committing to being an agent of change (even if it’s uncomfortable or unpopular).

    *adapted from one of my favorite books, “More Than Equals.”

  • Don

    I made a commitment a few years ago with John Lind at Presidential Prayer Team to your first step and find it difficult not to do the others so that I am better equipped to “recieve it all with joy”. Thank you for sharing them (and thank Greg Surratt for pointing me here).

  • Don

    I made a commitment a few years ago with John Lind at Presidential Prayer Team to your first step and find it difficult not to do the others so that I am better equipped to “recieve it all with joy”. Thank you for sharing them (and thank Greg Surratt for pointing me here).

  • http://bibliophilesretreat.com/ Melissa (ForstRose)

    “1)I will pray for him and our country.

    2)I will assume his motives are good, giving him the benefit of the doubt.

    3)I will not speak ill of him, even if I don’t always agree with him.

    4)I will cast off the spirit of cynicism, and be a positive force for good.”

    I agree we must all pray for and support our country and leadership even if we don’t always agree with them. I cannot claim to be “happy” over the outcome of yesterday’s vote but that no longer matters as our human governments were created at our insistence and their suthority was granted by God whether it is used for Him and good ends or for not so good ends is not up to us to judge any longer. It is our responsibility to stand behind our leadership in prayer and leave the rest to God.

  • http://bibliophilesretreat.com Melissa (ForstRose)

    “1)I will pray for him and our country.

    2)I will assume his motives are good, giving him the benefit of the doubt.

    3)I will not speak ill of him, even if I don’t always agree with him.

    4)I will cast off the spirit of cynicism, and be a positive force for good.”

    I agree we must all pray for and support our country and leadership even if we don’t always agree with them. I cannot claim to be “happy” over the outcome of yesterday’s vote but that no longer matters as our human governments were created at our insistence and their suthority was granted by God whether it is used for Him and good ends or for not so good ends is not up to us to judge any longer. It is our responsibility to stand behind our leadership in prayer and leave the rest to God.

  • Dennis Howe

    Another household strongly divided, but strongly active in the process. I find your words filled in where my heart was headed. Thanks Michael

  • Dennis Howe

    Another household strongly divided, but strongly active in the process. I find your words filled in where my heart was headed. Thanks Michael

  • Kevin

    Those are all very passive commitments; little more than not saying negative things. How about an action.

    What about reducing your negative impact on the environment (perhaps a commitment to non-paper books (audio, electronic, …))

    The election was not about a bunch of minorities trying to get even for racial oppression. It was a public outcry against the status quo corporate greed that’s running this nation into oblivion. We’re not talking a little lane-change swerve, but a hand-over-hand direction-changing turn.

    Find an activity to actively leave this a better country with a better future for your kids. I don’t think many in our generation can truly, in their heart-of-hearts, stand behind that.

  • Kevin

    Those are all very passive commitments; little more than not saying negative things. How about an action.

    What about reducing your negative impact on the environment (perhaps a commitment to non-paper books (audio, electronic, …))

    The election was not about a bunch of minorities trying to get even for racial oppression. It was a public outcry against the status quo corporate greed that’s running this nation into oblivion. We’re not talking a little lane-change swerve, but a hand-over-hand direction-changing turn.

    Find an activity to actively leave this a better country with a better future for your kids. I don’t think many in our generation can truly, in their heart-of-hearts, stand behind that.

  • http://barbarah.wordpress.com/ Barbara H.

    I agree, except I believe that speaking against policies he might try to implement that I disagree with is not the same thing as speaking ill of him personally. I do believe in disagreeing civilly and respectfully, though.

  • http://barbarah.wordpress.com/ Barbara H.

    I agree, except I believe that speaking against policies he might try to implement that I disagree with is not the same thing as speaking ill of him personally. I do believe in disagreeing civilly and respectfully, though.

  • http://www.imustbeinheaven.com/ Valerie

    Hi Michael,

    First time here and thought I’d begin, by thanking you…great way to get all of us to move ahead!

    Last evening I was glued to the television, as most of you were. I listened to the predictions and waited to hear if my vote would count in this historical election.

    My family members have served in the arm forces for generations. We’re proud, loyal Americans! Voting has been a privilege, yet there have been times I have wondered if I was picking the lesser of two evils, while casting my ballot.

    This was the tenth time I voted for a president and like my first vote; I had a feeling of optimism. I believe as a people under God, love and sacrifice for this country should be honored and never ever forgotten. However, the dream for a new dawn of peace nationwide and worldwide is something we need to achieve…it’s time.

    I have confidence and hope that this man, who is willing to dedicate his life for the next four years will lead in a way I feel, is right. With our prayers and support; I truly believe Barack Obama can be an extraordinary link in this era of history…a time we’ll be proud to say… we’re part of too.

  • http://www.imustbeinheaven.com Valerie

    Hi Michael,

    First time here and thought I’d begin, by thanking you…great way to get all of us to move ahead!

    Last evening I was glued to the television, as most of you were. I listened to the predictions and waited to hear if my vote would count in this historical election.

    My family members have served in the arm forces for generations. We’re proud, loyal Americans! Voting has been a privilege, yet there have been times I have wondered if I was picking the lesser of two evils, while casting my ballot.

    This was the tenth time I voted for a president and like my first vote; I had a feeling of optimism. I believe as a people under God, love and sacrifice for this country should be honored and never ever forgotten. However, the dream for a new dawn of peace nationwide and worldwide is something we need to achieve…it’s time.

    I have confidence and hope that this man, who is willing to dedicate his life for the next four years will lead in a way I feel, is right. With our prayers and support; I truly believe Barack Obama can be an extraordinary link in this era of history…a time we’ll be proud to say… we’re part of too.

  • Mary Wang

    I sincerely hope the economic crisis can be quickly solved ,and aslo we are in a world of peace.

    Blessings from China
    Mary Wang

  • Mary Wang

    I sincerely hope the economic crisis can be quickly solved ,and aslo we are in a world of peace.

    Blessings from China
    Mary Wang

  • http://danicafavorite.blogspot.com/ Danica

    Great reminders. Definitely commitments we all need to try to keep. I know I’ll be doing my part.

  • http://danicafavorite.blogspot.com Danica

    Great reminders. Definitely commitments we all need to try to keep. I know I’ll be doing my part.

  • Christopher Mark Lee

    God had nothing to do with this election. A disgraceful populace of apologists and morally irresponsible human beings has spoken, very loudly.

  • Christopher Mark Lee

    God had nothing to do with this election. A disgraceful populace of apologists and morally irresponsible human beings has spoken, very loudly.

  • Eric Stephens

    You speak well to encourage us to pray for the new president. He inherits a litany of challenges and will need God’s strength to address them.

  • Eric Stephens

    You speak well to encourage us to pray for the new president. He inherits a litany of challenges and will need God’s strength to address them.

  • Myrna

    Thank you Mike!
    I wil join you on those commitments….It is right to do so.

  • Myrna

    Thank you Mike!
    I wil join you on those commitments….It is right to do so.

  • Daddo

    “I will assume his motives are good” because up until now I thought he ran a two-year campaign so he could do bad things to this country ???

  • Daddo

    “I will assume his motives are good” because up until now I thought he ran a two-year campaign so he could do bad things to this country ???

  • anita

    I have tremendous respect for your sincerity and integrity. I will pass this on to those I know who are struggling with the election results. God bless YOU!

  • anita

    I have tremendous respect for your sincerity and integrity. I will pass this on to those I know who are struggling with the election results. God bless YOU!

  • Jake

    In America, the voter is king and the elected are our employees, our public servants. I am so glad someone even wants the terrible job of president badly enough to “apply” in a tortureous ritual called a “campaign”.

    As the employer, we need to hold our employees responsible for what they do, but their success is our success and their failure often our fault.

    We obviously failed to support our present president with united prayer and helpful but kind words. We will still have him for two very important months. Are we going to pray and commit for him as well? Anybody remember all the mischief that happened during Clinton’s last two months?

    Also, should we be praying for specific things, like that we remain a friend of Israel and continue to bless her? Our own blessing depends on it. We are over-ripe for judgment as a nation for our idols and wickedness. But we have mercy instead — possibly because we have been a friend to Israel (?)

    Should we pray that Obama develops some contact with genuine Christians who help him grow in the faith and challenge him to read scripture and fear God? Should we pray that he becomes aware of how angry God is over the shedding of innocent blood?

    Many churches and Christians have been praying over the election. So can we accept it is God’s will for Barack to be president? — for reasons of His own and not necessarily known to us at this point.

    God called a heathen king his “servant” and Babylon his “battle ax” for the punishment of His people. I thank God for his mercy and patience so far, but we should not forget to fear the ugly stick. I believe he loves and blesses America, but He says he also corrects those He loves.

    We should be praying for Bush and Obama, but we, as a nation, have an unelected power to contend with that shapes us more than our presidents influence us and our culture — the media. We should pray just as hard for them. They have almost equal power with the president to shape our country and filter the truth and make us what they want our nation to be.

    Once they get it in for a president, they filter every item to make him look bad and get everyone angry, forgetting any good he does or any good trait he has. He will fail, because they define failure and they will make sure that what they report will fit that definition. They also do it if they like someone, only they define success and make sure he fits that as well overlooking anything to get concerned about.

  • Jake

    In America, the voter is king and the elected are our employees, our public servants. I am so glad someone even wants the terrible job of president badly enough to “apply” in a tortureous ritual called a “campaign”.

    As the employer, we need to hold our employees responsible for what they do, but their success is our success and their failure often our fault.

    We obviously failed to support our present president with united prayer and helpful but kind words. We will still have him for two very important months. Are we going to pray and commit for him as well? Anybody remember all the mischief that happened during Clinton’s last two months?

    Also, should we be praying for specific things, like that we remain a friend of Israel and continue to bless her? Our own blessing depends on it. We are over-ripe for judgment as a nation for our idols and wickedness. But we have mercy instead — possibly because we have been a friend to Israel (?)

    Should we pray that Obama develops some contact with genuine Christians who help him grow in the faith and challenge him to read scripture and fear God? Should we pray that he becomes aware of how angry God is over the shedding of innocent blood?

    Many churches and Christians have been praying over the election. So can we accept it is God’s will for Barack to be president? — for reasons of His own and not necessarily known to us at this point.

    God called a heathen king his “servant” and Babylon his “battle ax” for the punishment of His people. I thank God for his mercy and patience so far, but we should not forget to fear the ugly stick. I believe he loves and blesses America, but He says he also corrects those He loves.

    We should be praying for Bush and Obama, but we, as a nation, have an unelected power to contend with that shapes us more than our presidents influence us and our culture — the media. We should pray just as hard for them. They have almost equal power with the president to shape our country and filter the truth and make us what they want our nation to be.

    Once they get it in for a president, they filter every item to make him look bad and get everyone angry, forgetting any good he does or any good trait he has. He will fail, because they define failure and they will make sure that what they report will fit that definition. They also do it if they like someone, only they define success and make sure he fits that as well overlooking anything to get concerned about.

  • anita

    PS… Are you sure you aren’t supposed to be a Pastor??? Your expounding on Romans 13:1-3 hit me like a ton of bricks! Wow!

  • anita

    PS… Are you sure you aren’t supposed to be a Pastor??? Your expounding on Romans 13:1-3 hit me like a ton of bricks! Wow!

  • Kim

    Hey Uncle Mike,

    Nice job on this post! Thought you’d like to hear that one of my co-workers sent it to our entire staff (not knowing that you were my uncle).

  • Kim

    Hey Uncle Mike,

    Nice job on this post! Thought you’d like to hear that one of my co-workers sent it to our entire staff (not knowing that you were my uncle).

  • Tony Jacobs

    AMEN JAKE!!!

    Please join me in prayer that no H’s will go missing from White House computer keyboards.

    In the unlikely event of that happening, I wonder if the drive by media will strangely be much more appalled by that action than they were eight years ago?…..

  • Tony Jacobs

    AMEN JAKE!!!

    Please join me in prayer that no H’s will go missing from White House computer keyboards.

    In the unlikely event of that happening, I wonder if the drive by media will strangely be much more appalled by that action than they were eight years ago?…..

  • http://readinnwritin.blogspot.com/ PatriciaW

    As a supporter of Sen. Obama’s who was at first angered, then saddened, then frightened by some of the hate-filled vitriol that I read on the Internet or was directed at me, I’m pleased to read your comments and wholeheatedly make this commitment.

    For the commitment should come from both sides, as good Americans and especially, from those of us who are striving Christians. Not all Obama supporters will agree with everything our President-elect says or does either. But we must all remember we are one nation.

    One nation under God.

  • http://readinnwritin.blogspot.com PatriciaW

    As a supporter of Sen. Obama’s who was at first angered, then saddened, then frightened by some of the hate-filled vitriol that I read on the Internet or was directed at me, I’m pleased to read your comments and wholeheatedly make this commitment.

    For the commitment should come from both sides, as good Americans and especially, from those of us who are striving Christians. Not all Obama supporters will agree with everything our President-elect says or does either. But we must all remember we are one nation.

    One nation under God.

  • Kevin

    I’m not a self-described Christian but I believe very deeply in God and wider scope of our mutual connection as human beings.

    As I watched this election I was appalled by what seemed to be a Right-wing Christian attacks on Obama for being a Muslim (which he’s not) and by having more liberal views. I still do not understand the Christian belief that feels it’s not okay to have abortion but it is okay to create a false war in Iraq where they say from 500,000 to a million Iraqi’s have been killed. Was Christ American or was he a global citizen? If so how come Christians don’t seem interested in making peace within this world?

    I look at Michael’s committments and feel this is a great first step but I feel much more is needed from Christians in general. I know there are many more liberal minded Christians who supported Obama but it would be great to see us embrace and support this new president.

    George Bush and the Republicans have had 8 years to strutt their stuff and it’s made the world less safe with an economy in shambles. Obama to me seems to have more common sense and a desire to bring people together.

  • Kevin

    I’m not a self-described Christian but I believe very deeply in God and wider scope of our mutual connection as human beings.

    As I watched this election I was appalled by what seemed to be a Right-wing Christian attacks on Obama for being a Muslim (which he’s not) and by having more liberal views. I still do not understand the Christian belief that feels it’s not okay to have abortion but it is okay to create a false war in Iraq where they say from 500,000 to a million Iraqi’s have been killed. Was Christ American or was he a global citizen? If so how come Christians don’t seem interested in making peace within this world?

    I look at Michael’s committments and feel this is a great first step but I feel much more is needed from Christians in general. I know there are many more liberal minded Christians who supported Obama but it would be great to see us embrace and support this new president.

    George Bush and the Republicans have had 8 years to strutt their stuff and it’s made the world less safe with an economy in shambles. Obama to me seems to have more common sense and a desire to bring people together.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Kevin: Like most groups, Christians are a more diverse population once you get to know them. I know many, many prolife Christians who don’t support the war. Thanks.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Kevin: Like most groups, Christians are a more diverse population once you get to know them. I know many, many prolife Christians who don’t support the war. Thanks.

  • http://www.writtenworks.net/ Melissa

    I am an born again, spirit filled African American and consider myself a conservative christian. I have really struggled with some issues surrounding this election.

    I am concerned about all the prophetic words of doom and gloom from the christian community saying that God is about to reign judgement down on the nation because Obama (who is pro-choice) has been elected president.

    I struggled with Obama because of his pro choice views until I heard his speech at the democratic national convention speech because he said, “We may not all agree on abortion rights, but we can agree for the need to reduce unwanted pregnancies.” When he said this, it struck a cord in me. I realized that if the laws of this country never change, we still have the responsibility as the church to minister to individuals – especially young people to avoid sexual sin so there will be no need for abortions in the first place. If we then consider this, could it be that President Obama has given us a solution.

    This thought was further solidified in my heart when I thought about the fact that Sarah Palin’s daughter is pregnant. This is such a crucial issue for me because the conservative christian community has made overturning Roe v Wade as such a major priority. But for all the summits and protests, it just doesn’t seem to be working. Pregnancy rates and abortions are steadily rising and I believe we are missing something with our children and that is the more immediate problem.

    Of all the conservative Christians who have trouble with Obama’s views, how many of them have actually reached out to young people to help them avoid the issues of unwanted pregnancy and abortions? With this election, is God then challenging conservative Christians to look at their hearts and judge their own motives and actions? Is it our priority to try and affect the lives of the young people with the highest rates of abortion? This happens to be the African American community.

    I may not have this quite right, but is it possible that God allowed President Obama to win to change our focus? Could it be that part of His purpose is to send a wake up call to conservatives that while waiting for the supreme court to change the laws we should be encouraged to come out of our glass cathedrals and actually touch the lives of those who are engaging in behaviors that will lead to abortions?

    Even to publish and promote books targeted to those who need these resources the most?

    Do we really need the government to regulate our habits of sexual sin? Or is elminating the need for abortion the greater call? Would not the doors of the abortions clinics close if there were no longer any one seeking abortions????

  • http://www.writtenworks.net Melissa

    I am an born again, spirit filled African American and consider myself a conservative christian. I have really struggled with some issues surrounding this election.

    I am concerned about all the prophetic words of doom and gloom from the christian community saying that God is about to reign judgement down on the nation because Obama (who is pro-choice) has been elected president.

    I struggled with Obama because of his pro choice views until I heard his speech at the democratic national convention speech because he said, “We may not all agree on abortion rights, but we can agree for the need to reduce unwanted pregnancies.” When he said this, it struck a cord in me. I realized that if the laws of this country never change, we still have the responsibility as the church to minister to individuals – especially young people to avoid sexual sin so there will be no need for abortions in the first place. If we then consider this, could it be that President Obama has given us a solution.

    This thought was further solidified in my heart when I thought about the fact that Sarah Palin’s daughter is pregnant. This is such a crucial issue for me because the conservative christian community has made overturning Roe v Wade as such a major priority. But for all the summits and protests, it just doesn’t seem to be working. Pregnancy rates and abortions are steadily rising and I believe we are missing something with our children and that is the more immediate problem.

    Of all the conservative Christians who have trouble with Obama’s views, how many of them have actually reached out to young people to help them avoid the issues of unwanted pregnancy and abortions? With this election, is God then challenging conservative Christians to look at their hearts and judge their own motives and actions? Is it our priority to try and affect the lives of the young people with the highest rates of abortion? This happens to be the African American community.

    I may not have this quite right, but is it possible that God allowed President Obama to win to change our focus? Could it be that part of His purpose is to send a wake up call to conservatives that while waiting for the supreme court to change the laws we should be encouraged to come out of our glass cathedrals and actually touch the lives of those who are engaging in behaviors that will lead to abortions?

    Even to publish and promote books targeted to those who need these resources the most?

    Do we really need the government to regulate our habits of sexual sin? Or is elminating the need for abortion the greater call? Would not the doors of the abortions clinics close if there were no longer any one seeking abortions????

  • Tony Jacobs

    But at the end of the day, Is the taking of an innocent life right or wrong?

    I’ve never heard of an unborn baby being a boolthirsty and ruthless dictator. Neither have I heard of an unborn child’s main goal being to convert me to his religion, and if for any reason unsuccesfull, to kill me or the ones that I love (of course I do not speak of all but only a very dangerous few of radical Muslim faithful).

    I name the name of Christ.

    I will pray for my president as scripture instructs me to do so.

    And in three years, eleven months, and some days, I will vote to fire him if he dosen’t do what he should…period.

    I could name scores of evangelical Christians who have dedicated their lives to help troubled young ladies, unwed mothers and babies who were candidates for abortion, and teach them THE truth. That being, that they are created in the very image of, and by a God who loves them. For starters, check out Nashville’s Nancy Alcorn of Mercy Ministries.

  • Tony Jacobs

    But at the end of the day, Is the taking of an innocent life right or wrong?

    I’ve never heard of an unborn baby being a boolthirsty and ruthless dictator. Neither have I heard of an unborn child’s main goal being to convert me to his religion, and if for any reason unsuccesfull, to kill me or the ones that I love (of course I do not speak of all but only a very dangerous few of radical Muslim faithful).

    I name the name of Christ.

    I will pray for my president as scripture instructs me to do so.

    And in three years, eleven months, and some days, I will vote to fire him if he dosen’t do what he should…period.

    I could name scores of evangelical Christians who have dedicated their lives to help troubled young ladies, unwed mothers and babies who were candidates for abortion, and teach them THE truth. That being, that they are created in the very image of, and by a God who loves them. For starters, check out Nashville’s Nancy Alcorn of Mercy Ministries.

  • http://www.estherfleece.com/ Esther

    Maslow teaches then man is basically good. The Bible teaches the opposite. I disagree with your point that Obama (Or any human for that matter) has good motives, especially when our hearts are so deceitful.

  • http://www.estherfleece.com Esther

    Maslow teaches then man is basically good. The Bible teaches the opposite. I disagree with your point that Obama (Or any human for that matter) has good motives, especially when our hearts are so deceitful.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    Before you comment: please read my comments policy. I have had to delete several comments that were attacks on President-Elect Obama. Obviously, you can do that on your own blog, but not here. Thanks.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    Before you comment: please read my comments policy. I have had to delete several comments that were attacks on President-Elect Obama. Obviously, you can do that on your own blog, but not here. Thanks.

  • Eddie Moyer

    Not sure if anyone will read this but.
    40 years ago Bobby Kennedy made the comment that racism and equality will change when one day we have a black president – this has come true with all the negatives that are out there this is the Lords plan spoken 40 years ago..AMEN AND GOD BLESS EVERYONE…
    We just need to pray for this man and his family that our Lord leads him and protects him throughout.

    Keep in mind white men gave black men the permission and the right to vote.

    Women had to protest for it my grandmother went to jail in Reading Penna. Protesting for the right for women to vote..
    Pray for our nation and especially our military and single households everywhere.
    Another positive no child male or female can ever say again well I did not have a mom or a dad at home ..neither did our New president.
    And yes I am a Christian (who has been active w/cleansing stream and healed by his blood and smiling all the way) white female red head from Penna. living in Charleston SC
    God does have a plan..

    Edwina [EDDIE] Moyer

  • Eddie Moyer

    Not sure if anyone will read this but.
    40 years ago Bobby Kennedy made the comment that racism and equality will change when one day we have a black president – this has come true with all the negatives that are out there this is the Lords plan spoken 40 years ago..AMEN AND GOD BLESS EVERYONE…
    We just need to pray for this man and his family that our Lord leads him and protects him throughout.

    Keep in mind white men gave black men the permission and the right to vote.

    Women had to protest for it my grandmother went to jail in Reading Penna. Protesting for the right for women to vote..
    Pray for our nation and especially our military and single households everywhere.
    Another positive no child male or female can ever say again well I did not have a mom or a dad at home ..neither did our New president.
    And yes I am a Christian (who has been active w/cleansing stream and healed by his blood and smiling all the way) white female red head from Penna. living in Charleston SC
    God does have a plan..

    Edwina [EDDIE] Moyer

  • Sabrina Bailey

    United we stand as a nation or divided we fall as a nation. There were no losers on Nov 4th; this was an election that has decided we all are equal regardless of the color of our skin. For those who did not support Obama, I hope that you can find it in your heart to pray for our next Commander in Chief. People may agree or disagree, but the one thing that will not change when we as a nation suffer we all suffer, whether we are Democrats or Republicans. If we want to see a real change in our nation it starts with us if we do less complaining and more praying this world will be a better place for us all.

  • Sabrina Bailey

    United we stand as a nation or divided we fall as a nation. There were no losers on Nov 4th; this was an election that has decided we all are equal regardless of the color of our skin. For those who did not support Obama, I hope that you can find it in your heart to pray for our next Commander in Chief. People may agree or disagree, but the one thing that will not change when we as a nation suffer we all suffer, whether we are Democrats or Republicans. If we want to see a real change in our nation it starts with us if we do less complaining and more praying this world will be a better place for us all.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @All: I am closing the comments. Unfortunately, most of the ones I am getting now are negative and shrill. I have deleted them because I feel they are inappropriate and off-topic. Thanks to everyone who participated in a civil and responsible manner.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @All: I am closing the comments. Unfortunately, most of the ones I am getting now are negative and shrill. I have deleted them because I feel they are inappropriate and off-topic. Thanks to everyone who participated in a civil and responsible manner.

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  • http://twitter.com/coachbyron Coach Byron

    As I was going through your older post (I love your blog dude) I had to stop at this post.  It’s fun to read post like this when you have two years of perspective.  I love your 4 statements.  Do they still hold true for you?  They do for me.  I don’t always agree with our president but I refuse to be a critic who hides behind a “faith” and “moral standard” that is supposed to be powerful enough to change even the most lost of hearts.   It was good meeting you in person at Don Millers Storyline Conference.
    @coachbyron:disqus

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    LOL!

    Not to laugh at the intentional destruction of the greatest country that has ever existed. But I bet it’s harder than ever at this point to continue point 2, 3, & 4.

    Praying harder than ever though.

    God help us.