I was pumping gas the other day, and saw a fellow-customer doing the same. She had a more generous helping of melanin than I. On noting the obvious I thought, truly sadly, "Here's the thing: just looking at you, if every poll on the subject is to be trusted, I have a good guess at who you voted for in the last Presidential election, if you voted. But looking at me, you have no idea. What is wrong with that picture?"
To answer my own question, everything is wrong with that picture.
Worse still, we all know that in many cases skin-color trumped Christian conviction. I know of one Christ-loving, Bible-preaching church, some of whose members' cars sported Obama stickers, even though Obama's distinctive values and goals were (and are) at loggerheads with Biblical values and goals.
Now, all my cards are already all over the table for God and everyone to see, so let's say it again: I am happy that a black* man won the Presidency. I am unhappy that this particular black man won the presidency. I have zero issue with his skin-color. I have truckloads of issues with his ideology and worldview.
One last, before I move on: I have never in my life even considered skin-color as a deciding factor in formulating my voting selection. God forbid I ever do. The Christian perspective is that God "made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place" (Acts 17:26). We all share the same Creator, and the same great-great-great grampa.
What is more (and, if possible, more important) God fundamentally only sees two humanities. They have nothing whatever to do with skin-color or place of origin. They have everything to do with representative heads (Romans 5:12-21).
So here's Henry Alford, who is president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, blasting Obama's policies as Marxist, admitting that he voted for Obama because he was black, and saying it was the worst decision he ever made in his life. Alford is not an across-the-board conservative, but his eyes appear to have opened, and the aroma of coffee has brushed across his olfactory senses.
(My focus starts about 3:50, ends about 6:16)
May Alford's tribe increase exponentially and rapidly. Our nation depends on it.
Content of character and, in this case, ideology, folks. Not color of skin.
*To remind you: Obama is as white as he is black. He decided to throw his white mother under the bus for political expediency. Nice. Me, I wish he'd trashed the skin-color issue, and made it a non-issue. Could have done America a great favor. But Barack Obama has never really been about doing America any favors. As a liberal it worked better for Obama to make a lot of it, because liberals tend to be racists.