A New Day Dawns... Nyack's President Michael G. Scales on Election 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008, was truly a momentous occasion.
In one sense, it was the culmination of a long, hard-fought political campaign. Every four years we go through this. We, the American people, select the most powerful leader of this most powerful nation on earth. With so much at stake, it is no wonder that the contest is hard fought. This year was no different in the intensity of the contest. This year will once again exhibit our greatness because there will be a peaceful transition of power.
Yet we all know this year’s election is different. Both contestants are honorable men. One is a former POW who invested his life in the service of his country. The other is the first African American on the top of the ticket. Indeed, he is the first minority to receive his party’s nomination.
At the culmination, each contestant spoke to his supporters. Anyone with a semblance of an open mind could see and hear that both of these men personify the character and greatness of America. Both men called for unity.
One exhibited great leadership by stating that he alone takes full responsibility for his loss—no finger pointing. Further, he pledged full support for the winner of the contest. And he asked all Americans to do the same.
The winner of the contest spoke to the hopes and dreams of people all around the world. I am just old enough to vaguely and sadly remember a segregated south. It is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring to now see an African American elected as our 44th president. Further, President-elect Obama implied, “I can do it and you can too!” Yes, we can…make a better world. His words and his life give people hope even “to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world.”
Therefore in another sense, Election Day 2008 was both the culmination of a centuries-old struggle and the dawning of a new day for America and the world. The creative spirit is alive and well in America. We are continuously re-inventing ourselves. We can be the “city set on a hill.”
With this contest over, I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address. He quoted scripture by saying, “…so still it must be said, "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
A new contest begins. Our role, as followers of Jesus, is to pray and to support our government officials—the ones who lead today and the ones of the new administration to come.
Please pray for President-elect Barack Obama, his administration, and may God bless America.
- FEB 24: Prof. Shelley Jameson and School of Music Alumnae in Concert
- FEB 25: Nyack Student Leaders at Christian Cultural Center's C3 Youth Ministry
- FEB 27: Dr. Anita Underwood, a WMCA Networking Breakfast Panelist
- FEB 28: Deadline for Endowed Scholarship Applications
- FEB 28 Seminary Chapel Concludes Black History Month With Pastor Donna Baptiste
- A Faith Journey Profile for Black History Month: Althea Session-Lovett
- Nyack Alumna Tiffany Burnett ('05), a Boca Raton, FL Entrepreneur
- Spring Edition of The Forum Published
- OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Remembering God's General, Dr. Billy Graham
- Online Christian Colleges Ranks Nyack College
- Writing Center Presents "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
- Shaun Jacobs-Patterson ('12) Named Senior Pastor at Trenton, NJ Church
- A Faith Journey Profile for Black History Month: Isaac Foster
- Second Scholarship and Global Engagement Colloquium
- WNYK 88.7FM February Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Donald Paine
- Remembering Dr. Thomas H. Stebbins (NC '56)
- A Faith Journey Profile for Black History Month: Deborah Walker
- Nyack College New York City School of Music Ensemble Performs at The Kennedy Center
- Feb 17: Empower Open House at Alliance Theological Seminary Rockland
- Nyack New York City School of Music Student on "Harry" TV Show
- Screening of Documentary, "13th"
- Katalina Padilla: Being the Change
- A Faith Journey Profile for Black History Month: Dr. Cleotha Robertson
- Feb 15: Screening of "13th" on Nyack Rockland Campus
- School of Education Dean Updates Program Accreditations
- Browse Blog Archive>>