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Escanaba Daily Press (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Escanaba, MichiganWashington when Barack Obama takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, he will do so in the 30th anniversary year of the founding of the so called religious right. Born in 1979 and midwife by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell the religious right was a reincarnation of Previ Ous religious social movements that sought moral improvement through legislation and court rulings. Those earlier movements from abolition successful to prohibition unsuccessful had mixed results. Social movements that relied mainly on political Power to enforce a conservative moral code we rent anywhere near As Success Ful As those that focused on Chang ing hearts. The four religious revivals from the first great Awakening in the 1730s and 1740s to the fourth great Awak ening in the late 1960s and Early 70s, which touched America and instantly transformed millions of americans and Amer ican culture As a result Are testimony to that. Thirty years of trying to use government to Stop abortion preserve opposite sex marriage improve television and movie Content and transform culture into the conservative evangelical image has failed. The question now becomes should conserva Tive christians redouble their efforts contributing More Mil Lions to radio and to preachers and activists or would they be Wise to try something else i opt for trying something else. Too Many conservative evangelicals have put too much Faith in the Power of government to trans form culture. The futility inherent in such misplaced Faith can be demonstrated by asking these activists a simple question does the secular left when it holds Power persuade conservatives to live by their standards of course they do not. Why then would conservative evangelicals expect people who do not share their worldview and View of god to accept their beliefs when they control government too Many conservative evangelicals mistake political Power for influence. Politicians who struggle with imposing a moral code on themselves Are unlikely to succeed in their attempts to impose it on others. What is the answer then for conservative evangelicals who Are rightly concerned about the corrosion of Cul Ture the indifference to the value of human life and the living arrangements of same and oppo site sex couples the answer depends on the response to another question do conservative evangelicals want to feel Good or do they want to adopt a strategy that actually produces results clearly partisan politics have not achieved their objectives. Do they think they can succeed by committing themselves to 30 More years of the same if results Are what conservative evangelicals want they already have a Model. It is contained in the life and commands of Jesus of Nazareth. Suppose millions of conservative evangelicals engaged in an old and proven Type of Radical behaviour. Suppose they followed the admonition of Jesus to love your enemies Pray for those who persecute you feed the hungry clothe the naked visit those in prison and care for widows and orphans not As ends As so Many liberals do by using government but As a Means of demonstrating gods love for the whole person in order that people might seek him such a strategy could be More transformational than electing a new president even the first pres ident of color. But in order to succeed such a strategy would not be led by charismatic figures who would raise lots of Money be interviewed on sunday talk shows author books and make gobs of Money. God teaches in his word that his Power if that is what conservative evangelicals want and not their puny attempts at grabbing earthly Power is made perfect in weakness. He Speaks of the tiny Mustard seed the seemingly worthless widows mite of taking the last place at the table and the humbling of ones self the Wash ing of feet and similar acts and attitudes the still Small voice. How did conservative Evangeli cals miss this and instead Settle for a lesser Power which in reality is no Power at All when did they Settle for an inferior kingdom evangelicals Are at a Junction. They can take the path that will Lead them to More futility and ineffective attempts to Reform culture through government or they can embrace the far More powerful methods outlined by the one they claim to follow. By following his example they will decrease but he will increase. They will get no credit but they will see results. If conservative evangelicals choose obscurity and seek to glorify god they will get much of what they Hope for but can never achieve in and through politics. Boston it was 11 Oclock in Chicago when the new first fam ily of the United states stepped out before a sea of joyous incredulous tearful americans. Barely a year ago Many in that crowd and in our country had taken it As an article of Faith that America elect a Black Man president. Of we of Little Faith. The eloquent Man on whose slim shoulders this country now rests stood in Grant Park telling anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where All things Are possible that tonight is your answer. As he spoke As his supporters exhaled with Relief and happiness As Victory margins rolled up and across the nation i thought about a woman who missed this night. The woman he called toot the Kansas grandmother in the Saga of this Kansas kenyan american. Madelyn Dunham had gone Home just one Day before the election. This woman linked by ancestry and marriage to the nations original sin of slavery had voted for her grandson and woe unto anyone who challenges that Absentee ballot but she a snot Able to Cross this historic finishing line. There was Symbol ism As Well As sadness in her passing. When were Young we think change is a 100-Yard dash. As we get older we think its a Mara Thon. Eventually we see a relay race. Barack Obama once described toot As a woman who sacrificed again and again for me a woman who loves me As much As she loves anything in this world but on More than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereo types that made me cringe. He was accused of throwing his grandmother under the bus but he was openly describing a com plex generational truth. He shared his ability to hear that truth and his desire to heal it. Race was not the Issue in this election. I know that. The Issue was the Economy. The Issue was the War. The Issue was the dark conviction that America was heading full Speed ahead on a disastrously wrong track. We chose the Cool hand of a change agent. But if race a snot the Issue it was the Story in the word history. It was the narrative the huge question Mark hovering around our sense of self on Magazine Cov ers and conversations that asked is America ready for a Black president it ended with a resounding yes we can. Americans did not vote for Obama to prove that this is not the same country that once succed dogs on Black school children. But it proves that. Americans did not pick Obama to re Brand our country in the eyes of the world and trash the cartoon images put Forth by our enemies. But it does that. We did not choose Obama to show that scare mongering socialism Radical Muslim Barack the redistributors has failed. But it shows that. So too we did not push the lever for Obama to crack the Shell of cynicism that Dampens the expectations of inner City Black teenage sons of single mothers. And we did not elect Obama to grab Back the word values from those who use it As a wedge to keep us at each others throats. But these Mes sages also Lurk in the 7-million vote margin of Victory. There is a saying widely attributed to Winston Churchill that americans can always be counted on to do the right thing. After they have exhausted All other possibilities. We arrived at a moment when change was the most conservative option. The 47-year-old president elect came to represent the belief that americans had to embrace change to conserve those things that mean the most to us including our country is future. So tuesday we voted to reboot America. All the same problems Obama listed Are on the desktop this morning two wars a planet in peril the worst financial crisis in a Century. It wont be Long before excitement is edged with impatience. But this is a Day to celebrate our belief in possibilities. Its a Day to Bear witness to a Victory Lap in the relay race of social change. One of the first things Obama will do As president elect is to Bury the last of the people who raised him the grandmother born in 1922, the american who lived through the great Depres Sion a world War and poured everything she had into me. She was a woman he once wrote who was Content with common sense. She used to say so Long As you kids do Well bar. Thatus All that really matters. Today the country seconds her sentiment. Opinion4a the daily press Escanaba saturday nov. 8, 2008 daily press Richard Crofton publisher Rick Rudden editor Brian Rowell managing editor Mary Cancilla news editor your local news Leader snapshots Are you glad the election is Over ism glad its Over. Now there Are no More signs or distractions by the Road James Moulds Gladstone now i dont have to Lis ten to my parents Bicker about a hons going to win. Kyle Chouinard Escanaba yes mostly just be cause it seems like its been dragging on for a Long time. It feels Good that Well be moving Forward soon. Julie Lalumia Waco Sta Mich. Ism glad. Ism tired of listening to it on the news. Jeff Beggs Escanaba definitely. You get tired of listening to it for years. It should be a Little synopsis. But its still going on. Jody Jaeger Escanaba hallelujah ism glad its Over and done with. No More commercials. Ginny Dahlin rapid River yeah. Because it was always on to its off to finally. Larry Compton bark River Ellen Goodman Cal Thomas bouquets frightening idea leads to big Bucks this weeks bouquets go to from Julie Mallard executive director United Way of Delta county the United Way of Delta county would like to Send a huge bouquet of thanks to Hereford and hops and the dozens of volunteers who made our recent haunted House a smashing Success raising nearly $3,000 for the Community. From the folks who helped with the planning to the Many cast members and those who helped with makeup and other supporting roles we could not have done it without you. Special thanks to the event chair Scott Mallard As Well As to . Spaulding Kathy Leduc and the Many people too numerous to mention by name. Please know How very much we appreciate your assistance we Hope you had As much fun As we did from St. Vincent de Paul food pantry a huge thank you goes out to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton youth group of bark River. These terrific Young people went out on halloween to trick or treat for hunger. Their Effort brought in 12 Gro Cery bags of food to Stock our pantry shelves. Their donation is most appreciated and will make a Dif Ference in someones life. May their Good deed be an inspiration to others. From Karl and Mary Linderoth Escanaba congratulations to Crystal Dwyer and the entire cast and Crew on a Superb Effort put Forth in the play honk a the Besse Center is gorgeous and the play is a Joy to watch. Bravo and honk honk a ? from Scott Brant bark River Harris elementary principal the administration of the bark River Harris schools would like to thank All of the dedicated and hardworking Community and staff members who made the grandparents Day Observance at school on oct. 24 such a successful Day. Our sincere gratitude is extended to our to for purchasing food and supplies our parents for food donations and time the maintenance staff the Kitchen staff or. Wayne Stenberg for donating the tables and chairs and to our event organizer mrs. Diane Johnson. A tremendous Effort by All made for a memo Rable Day. From Jack Beck Escanaba the Bay de Noc Golden k kiwanis club would like to thank the Community for the support it gave us in the Way of donated books and puzzles for our recent Book Sale. We would also like to thank the staff of the civic Center for allowing us to store the books there and to provide the space for our Sale. All proceeds went to St. Vincent de Paul and they also were Able to use the leftover books from the Sale. We thank them for thir assistance in toting the books away. Some of the books and puzzles were also donated to the Jacobetti veterans Center in Marquette. The Golden k kiwanis club is always seeking civic minded citizens who Are interested in assist ing the Community in a positive manner. We invite anyone to join us at the civic Center on wednesdays at 9 48 . For Coffee and a pro Gram of interest. For further information Call Jack at 786-6385 or de at 786-5458. From Patti Stropich Gladstone on behalf of the Cameron to and Jones pc we would like to Send a bouquet out to the National Honor society students and drama club at the Gladstone area High school. The Gladstone National Honor society and drama club students recently donated their time and Energy assisting the Cameron to and Jones pc with their annual halloween carnival. See bouquets on Page 5a a second Chance for America its for the religious right

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