President Obama: Another View of the Election

The United States has elected it’s new President.  A President election that marks a milestone achievement concerning race in this country.  Our first black, or African-American, President.  I hope this will help in the healing process of race relations in this country.  However, for myself and many other this election was never about race. It was about who, either McCain or Obama, would best serve this country and her people.  I hope that was atleast one main point of focus!  The main point of contention is that Obama was thought to be the most pro-abortion candidate ever.  He even referred having a child as a “punishment.”

“I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby,” Obama said.

To which I’ve thought: What if one of his daughters looked up with the eyes of an innocent and confused little girl and said, “Daddy, did you and mommy make a mistake?  Did God punish you and mommy with me?”  I know, it’s just my imagination, but kids do have a way with words.

Anyways, America has elected its new President. In as much as I wasn’t in favor of Obama winning, I’m not worried.  I’ve read some of the Christian bloggers on God’s sovereignty and timing, etc.  They are correct that God is sovereign over this and all elections.  They’ve seemed to focus more on the social issues through the “conservative” moniker.  And that’s fine, in a sense, but I have to ask, “Where’s the emphasis on Jesus and the Gospel?”  James White‘s insight is more Christ focused.  He gives us warning we should heed.  Let me briefly explain why I’m not worried, why we should pray for Obama, what our nation should do and what Christians can do.

Why I’m Not Worried

I’m not worried because God is sovereign over all things!  My life and salvation reflect this.  I could not have come to saving faith in Jesus on my own.  Left to my own devices who knows where I’d be.  I’m thankful I didn’t get what I deserved!  But a much greater reason to believe this is that God has told us so in Scripture.

Daniel 2:21 It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. [NASB]

Romans 13:1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. [NASB]

Why We Should Pray for Obama

Most of us probably know the verses below concerning praying for those in power.

1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. [NASB]

It’s more than simply praying for Obama and those who rule this country so that they may rule rightly and wisely.  We pray for their salvation also that God would change their hearts.  And given the abortion rate, crime, laziness, immorality, selfishness, etc. we should pray daily that God changes hearts!  What I think many people miss in these verses is the salvation and truth spoken of is going to require repentance.  How great it would be to see this repentance come in the form of repealing the legality of ungodly practices like abortion.

What Our Nation Should Do

As a nation we need to repent!  We are like a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.  It’s bad enough that we sin towards God individually, but when we celebrate sin as a nation I fear God’s wrath could come!  We talk about the USA being a “Christian Nation.”  However, if this is a Christian Nation, I just want to say that I’m glad my Christian church in practice doesn’t reflect this definition of “Christian.”  I want to take a slightly different look at what else could be in play here.  There are a lot of professing Christians in this nation and God could just be giving us over to sin and judgment.  As a nation we’ve been given much and we’ve ungraciously abused much.  Though God was dealing directly with His chosen we can see how He could use another nation to punish us.  Least we continue to think we’re so great and pat ourselves on the back.

Jeremiah 25:7 “Yet you have not listened to Me,” declares the LORD, “in order that you might provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm. 8 “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Because you have not obeyed My words, 9 behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them and make them a horror and a hissing, and an everlasting desolation. [NASB]

Babylon is used here against the Jews as punishment from God.  Are we above such judgment?  Regardless of political affiliation, I wonder if God would see fit to do something like this through a presidential appointment.  We’re all ready destructing internally.

11 ‘This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 ‘Then it will be when seventy years are completed I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation,’ declares the LORD, ‘for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and I will make it an everlasting desolation. [NASB]

What if we weren’t the nation being punished, but were punisher like Babylon?  We’d still end up in judgment!  Anyway you slice it, as a nation we need to repent!

What Christians Can Do

First, If you’re not a member of a local church become one! Get involved in a local body of believers.  Then, as a body find ways to get involved in your community so you can share the Gospel.  Nothing is going to change without the Gospel and it starts at the local level where you can affect change.  It’s easy to vote from afar and that’s far easier than getting involved in peoples’ lives.  Here’s a quote that I really appreciate on this issue.

To be a Christian is, by definition, to be part of the community of God’s people. To be united with Christ is to be part of his body.  The assumption of the New Testament is that this always finds expression in commitment to a local church.  The centrality of the church means the centrality of the congregation or it means nothing.  Commitment to the church is easy while the church in as an abstract, universal reality.  But the New Testament assumes commitment to real people in real local churches with all their faults and foibles.
Chester, Tim, and Steve Timmis. Total Church. (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 87-88.

Personally, be a Christian everyday not just Sunday.  Whatever your profession be a Christian first.  Don’t be ashamed!  Being committed to a local body of believers should give you accountability in this area.  Making a difference starts with Jesus Who just may use you!

For what it’s worth…

Mark

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