Something Good Happened Last Night
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2008 Nov 05
It can’t be denied that something good happened last night. Those of us who supported John McCain would be wrong to deny it, and we would, quite simply, be denying reality. The good thing that happened was the election of the first African-American president in our history. That in itself is remarkable because even a few years ago, it was unthinkable. And it is an important step forward for our country in freeing ourselves from the stain of slavery, racism and Jim Crow.
I haven’t the slightest idea what sort of president Barack Obama will be, but we will all find out soon enough.
It is incumbent upon all of those who voted for John McCain and felt strongly that he was the better man to show the same grace and dignity that he showed in his concession speech last night.
There will be plenty of time to regroup and to fight the good fight another day. I wouldn’t change my vote yesterday, but I can accept the outcome without rancor and with some sense of the joy that spilled over from Grant Park in Chicago into every living room in America.
Perhaps it was meant to be from the beginning. He does seem like a man of destiny. And our future is now joined with his, at least for the next four years. So let us do what Americans have always done, rally behind our next president to pray for him that God may give him wisdom to choose those things that are best for our nation and to give him strength when he is tested as he surely will be.
As I write these words, he is speaking in Grant Park. It is an amazing
sight, and an amazing moment, and we would do well to be glad about it
even if we voted for someone else.