Christian right leader Dr. James Dobson said he is currently in a grieving process over the presidential election result, which he said is a huge setback for the pro-life movement.
“I want to admit that I am in the midst of a grieving process at this time,” Dobson said on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast on Thursday. “I’m not grieving over Barack Obama’s victory, but over the loss of things that I’ve fought for, for 35 years.”
In particular, he pointed to Obama’s commitment to abortion rights and advancement of the homosexual agenda.
“[H]e’s going to appoint the most liberal justices to the Supreme Court, perhaps that we’ve ever had,” Dobson further predicted. “So, there are many reasons why I’m struggling today over the likely path that the nation has taken.”
However, the well-known Christian leader still congratulated the new president-elect on his “stunning victory,” which he called a historic accomplishment.
Likewise, Coral Ridge Ministries, founded by the late conservative Christian leader Dr. D. James Kennedy, also offered its congratulations to Obama, noting that the election demonstrates that America is increasingly a color-blind society.
But the ministry went on to contend that America has made a “grave error” in its choice for president because of the life issue.
“Still, we, as Americans and as Christians, will pray for God’s blessing, protection, and direction for our new President,” Coral Ridge Ministries pledged. “He will need our prayers – and our loyal opposition, as we call on him to recognize, honor, and follow the moral standards that have made our nation great.”
Despite differences in views, many Christian leaders in the United States have issued statements vowing to support and pray for Obama and his administration as they work to fix the grave problems facing the country.
Some of the church organizations that have congratulated the president-elect include the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Episcopal Church, the Assemblies of God, and the National Council of Churches USA.
“Our hope is in the Lord, and we cannot forget that,” Dobson reminded his listeners on Thursday. “He doesn’t make mistakes. He hasn’t lost control of things. He understands our fatigue and maybe our disappointment.”
President-elect Barack Obama and vice president-elect Joe Biden will hold their first news conference since the election on Friday where they are expected to answer questions about the slumping economy.