Today half the people in America are yelling “Four More Years!” - and the other half are just yelling.
I did my part. I voted. I encouraged people to vote and to follow God’s voice as they voted. And for different people that meant different things, based on what they thought God saw as important, and based on the way they thought God’s will would be done. That’s democracy. I wouldn’t trade it, but it allows for people to vote that I think are dead wrong in their thinking. And it allows me to vote, when other people think I’m stupid.
As you read through the history of the Old Testament, it’s amazing how things go back and forth. From one King who is horrible and worships false gods, to the next who rediscovers God’s word and brings the people back. My point is that God allowed both to be kings (at least for awhile).
Yes, the people suffered under bad kings. However there always seemed to be a remnant of people who continued their faith and trust in God and his ways. There always will be. The Israelites flourished in Egypt, that’s why the Pharaoh started killing baby boys.
My point is that whether you think Barack Obama is more like Pharaoh or more like King David, God is still the one in control.
God made a king eat grass (Daniel 4:33); he can still do whatever he wants.
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD: he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. Proverbs 21:1
Whether you are happy or sad, if you think the country is on the right track or the wrong one – God is still in charge.
Whether you believe Obama will follow God more than a Mormon or vice versa, God is still in charge. If you believe Obama to be insincere in his professed Christianity – listen to one of my favorite writers (the author of the Message paraphrase of the Bible).
Eighteen hundred years or so of Hebrew history, capped by a full exposition in Jesus Christ, tell us that God's revelation of himself is rejected far more often than it is accepted, is dismissed by far more people than embrace it, and has been either attacked or ignored by every major culture or civilization in which it has given its witness: magnificent Egypt, fierce Assyria, beautiful Babylon, artistic Greece, political Rome, Enlightenment France, Nazi Germany, Renaissance Italy, Marxist Russia, Maoist China, and pursuit-of-happiness America. The community of God's people has survived in all of these cultures and civilizations but always as a minority, always marginal to the mainstream, never statistically significant. — Author and pastor, Eugene Peterson
He also said,
The Apostle Peter specifically calls the people of Christ not only to show submission to authorities, but to -
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. I Peter 2:13-14
The Apostle Paul calls on the churches to pray and to show thanksgiving for kings and for “all who are in high positions.”
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. I Timothy 2:1-2
So if you are a believer who is happy today, congratulations. I hope you are right, but ultimately my faith is in another Kingdom anyway. If you are an unhappy believer today – let’s pray for President Obama. Let’s not give ourselves to terms of disrespect or every crazy conspiracy theory that floats across the Internet – “that we may lead peaceful and quiet lives in godly and dignified ways.”
And let’s remember where our trust ultimately lies…
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5
Either way – that will always be true.