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I Am Deeply Concerned 01/23/2009

President Obama

President Obama campaigned on "change," but will it be a good change or a bad change?


I am thrilled that a person of color can be elected President of the United States of America. I have openly and boldly stood against racism and for the rights of all minorities for more than 45 years. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his message with great oratorical skill and protesting racism through peaceful demonstrations, I stood for the same ideals.

I have pressed upon our leaders, from Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush, to involve minorities in leadership and reach out to those Americans in need. This election is, in part, a tribute to the greatness of our nation and the principles upon which it was founded. Race is no longer a barrier to the most influential positions in our nation.

Many Americans are excited about the possibility of strong, inspirational leadership. President Obama campaigned on issues that matter to the people and invoked a message of hope. He and I both want radical partisanship and mean-spirited politics to be replaced with open, honest dialogue. We both proclaim a sincere desire to truly solve serious problems. Perhaps the challenging issues we face today are as great as any in our nation's history. We have desperate needs and a unique opportunity to move in a positive direction.

However, I am concerned that the deck may be stacked against any significant progress. While I am grateful that President Obama may be willing to listen to various views and seek the best solutions, I am not yet convinced that decisions will be made based upon sound principles.

Who will have the greatest influence on our nation's policies and appointed leaders? If it is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Chris Dodd or Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, then I shudder. I know what they stand for. They are certainly in a place to shape our nation's future and this fact alarms me.

My first inclination is to fall on my face before Almighty God and pray for deliverance from such pompous, arrogant, socialistic and manipulative ideologues. Though I count President Bush as a friend, I strongly disagree with the direction he took in his last few months in office. If our country continues on the present course, or even dares to accelerate, we will see the nationalization of our banking system and other financial institutions. Massive sectors of private business will be totally under the control of a federal government that has never responsibly managed its finances. No group has ever abused money entrusted to their care as blatantly as so many of the representatives sent to Washington.

The possibility of the feds taking control of banks and business may sound extreme, but never doubt that there are many who want the majority to be controlled by and dependent upon the government. The very institution established to protect us from abuse can quickly become our greatest abuser.

Furthermore, the specter of nationalized healthcare threatens the capitalistic opportunities that have enabled us to be the leader in medical progress worldwide. Freedom always affords the opportunity for abuse on the part of a few, but that is no excuse to seize it from everyone. It seems that some politicians are intent on creating a society of dependents and will engage in any foolish practice to achieve that end.

The increasing sense of entitlement is creeping its way toward the middle class. Welfare used to be a "safety net" utilized by an underprivileged few, but now everyone wants a "bailout" or government handout. Who will pay this price? Remember, just a few months ago, the party that won the November election was fiercely criticizing the party that lost for their deficit spending. Now, those same critics can't spend us into more depressing debt fast enough.

I have read reports that state that this "new" New Deal will cost each person several thousand dollars. But let's be realistic. The notion that every person will be responsible in some way is absolute nonsense. An ever-shrinking percentage of the population bears the tax burden. It has been and always will be the productive income earners that wield the purchasing power to fuel the entire economy. But some new leaders in our government want to put their hands on more and more of our discretionary funds. This will completely undermine the very system that gave us the opportunity not only to prosper, but to also share it with the world.

Finally, there is the issue of the sanctity of life. Some progress has been made in the last decade. Laws have been passed to recognize and protect the life of a child in the womb. President Bush refused to allow unbridled experimentation on human embryos. Will President Obama recognize the obvious fact that life begins prior to birth or will he give in to those in his party who treat an unborn child as disrespectfully as a malignant tumor?

Only time will tell which decisions will be made under this new administration. Whatever the outcome, I hope that you will learn the joy of living beyond yourself, as many supporters of mission outreaches already have, and continue caring about others. Ultimately, our security does not lie in politicians, but in the supreme, majestic Creator of the universe. God has been and always will be the only unshakable source of life and hope. Whatever happens in Washington, be wise and beware. All of us must be careful and be prayerful, for there is great cause to be deeply concerned.

Author: James Robison

Editor: Randy Robison

Word Count: 930

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.