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June 12, 2008 / beidson

Thabiti Anyabwile on Barack Obama

Even if you don’t fully endorse the candidacy of Senator Barack Obama, there is at least one thing about it that you can approve of.  He will be the first black presidential nominee in America’s short history, albeit a history with a long list of sins against African-Americans.  This is a tremendous accomplishment, one that will no doubt make Obama an iconic figure for future generations to uphold.  No matter what our differences regarding the senator’s political agendas and policies, we should all be in agreement that this is truly a sign of progress for a nation that less than 50 years openly practiced racial segregation.

Thabiti Anyabwile, a black evangelical pastor and theologian, gives white people 7 reasons to enjoy this special occasion.  Though he himself does not personally endorse Senator Obama, nor approve of his pro-abortion views, he nevertheless is compelled to reflect on his (presumptive) nomination and the meaning it has for a country still very divided along racial lines.

We can be thankful to God that it is no longer legal to judge a person according to his skin color.  This is a biblical reality we are just now beginning to realize as a nation.  And even if Barack Obama fails to line himself up with Scripture on matters of life and death, we can at least rejoice that his nomination in and of itself has dealt a blow to the evil of racism. 

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