Only because we still get a paper delivered to the front door was I able to see today’s Chicago Tribune graphics showing “How Obama won”.  I can’t find it in the online edition.

It’s not a surprise, the way Obama’s support is centered in urban areas shown by the Tribune graphics team’s blue dots.  Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Twin Cities, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Miami and an almost continuous blue stretch along the east coast.

And support in the most diverse counties, which appears to have played a significant role in Obama winning 7 of the 8 swing states.

On the morning front page Paul West wrote “the hegemony of the straight white male in America is over“.  West quotes demographer William Frey from the Brookings Institution, “This election makes it clear that a single focus directed at white males, or at the white population in general, is not going to do it.”

The Urban Millennium.  Diverse.  America in the 21st century.  It may not be so different from the 1st century Greco-Roman world in which the gospel confounded both the Roman and Hebrew religions.

The gospel of Christ made little sense to those established religions.  But it found a place in urban centers, to diverse peoples.  To those of us who serve, minister in urban places, if we are to be effective in preaching the good news and meeting human needs, does this election make anything clear to us?

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’
20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.


Does Obama ever get emotional?