If you can point to anyone, any person, of any color, of any culture, of any beliefâ?¦that Christ didnâ??t die forâ?¦this person I shall hate. Even after being denied His civil rights under Jewish and Roman law, after being beaten, spit on, cursed...after all of that and more, while in excruciating pain nailed to a cross, Christ uttered these words to God about those who had put Him there; â??Forgive them Father, they know not what they do.â?? This is our example of what love and forgiveness is. I cannot abide prejudice and hatred. I can forgive those who are blindly caught in its ugly snare, but I can never condone it. When people speak badly of President Obama because of his color, I feel sorrow for them and canâ??t help but to think of the words of the apostle John; If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. Our country has taken a great step forward toward casting off the shackles of prejudicial ignorance and hatred in electing this man who is very qualified for the task of being our president and leader. Many more steps remain ahead of us as a nation. There are still battles to be won for women and other minorities. Butâ?¦we are making progress. For this I thank God. Congratulations President Obama! Congratulations the people of the United States!
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