I've spent most of the last few hours watching the US Election results. I couldn't help but be moved by the scene at Ebenenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Ebenezer Baptist was the church that Martin Luther King Jr. and his father both served as pastor. The idea that it was a pastor who led the movement that eventually permitted a black man to become the President of the United States is inspiring to me. Few would have given Rev. King, Rosa Parks and others much hope of success when they began marching and preaching and defying the authorities and the many odds against them.
How appropriate that on this remarkable and historic night that the church where Rev. King once pastored would be filled with worship and thanksgiving. The church must return to the place where it becomes the cradle of national transformation, the crucible that brings forth a social renewal that prevails over cynicism and skepticism and the catalyst that releases mercy and justice, faith,hope, courage and strength into a world that so desperately needs it.
Congrats to President Elect Obama. May God strengthen you, help you and fill you with tremendous wisdom and strength. May the Church in America rally to your support on their knees as they lift you up before our Father in heaven as you assume your responsibilities as President of the United States.