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November 06, 2012
Rapid Response: Summit’s Perspective on President Obama’s Win
As you wake up this morning you no doubt do it with the knowledge that Americans have re-elected
President Barack Obama to another four-year term. The fact that Barack Obama was elected in 2008 was historic. Who could have imagined even fifty years ago that we would have a president of African-American descent? Americans are divided along many lines, but racial differences are, in and of themselves, becoming less significant in our considerations. That is something to be grateful for.
The last four years, though, have shown that President Obama has a vision for America that is in many ways at odds with the Christian worldview, especially on issues like the value of human life, religious liberty, the sanctity of marriage, and financial stewardship. Summit and many other organizations have worked to raise our voices — and help you raise your voice — in the face of these encroachments. The vote count doesn't change the truth. Our responsibilities as citizens compel us to act long after we've left the polling place, so we will continue to do the hard work of calling attention to grievous misuse of power and training leaders to do the same.
The Obama administration now has a clear track record of implementing policy that further disorders our already wayward society and puts people of faith in untenable positions. These are the issues we must be ever vigilant of:
- Protecting life: President Obama made clear his radically pro-abortion stance as a state legislator in Illinois, prior to his rise on the national political stage. Even The Washington Post drew attention to it prior to the 2008 election. The much-maligned Health and Human Services mandate continues that trend by forcing employers to provide abortifacient drugs for employees.
- Preserving religious liberty: The Health and Human Services contraception mandate not only forced employees to subsidize abortion, it restricted our country's robust freedom of religion to an anemic freedom of private worship. The Obama administration has gone so far as to argue that private citizens forfeit their freedom of religion when they enter the workplace.
- Defending the sanctity of marriage: Last spring President Obama finally overtly endorsed same-sex marriage in what was the least surprising political news of the year. We've gone to great lengths to explain why this is damaging for our country in The Journal and in two Rapid Responses.
- Moving away from the financial recklessness: Under President Obama, the national debt has continued to balloon. As we wrote last year, this isn't just an issue of fiscal policy; it's one of morality.
Even though these issues threaten so many of the ideals that our country has held dear since its inception, we ought to remember that culture rests on much more than politics. As our colleague John Stonestreet reminded us, to believe a single politician is all-powerful is to buy into a political illusion. It's for that reason that Summit's work of training rising generations of leaders to faithfully champion a biblical worldview will continue. And that's why the work you do in your various spheres of influence needs to continue. As Abraham Kuyper said:
When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.
Regardless of what happens in the political realm, we at Summit will never stop seeking to prepare godly leaders whose courage and discernment are equal to the challenges our nation faces.