Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The President and the Sovereignty of God

Yesterday there were people praying for a John McCain victory. There were also people praying for a Barack Obama victory. Did the now President-Elect Barack Obama supporters pray harder? Did they have more faith? What is prayer’s role in this election? What should its role be in the Obama Administration? How should one feel toward an Obama presidency today if they were praying against it yesterday? These are some very real questions in the thoughts of many Americans today. First, we need to understand that prayer is not about begging or making demands on God. Prayer is about submitting ourselves before His soveriegnty. It is the means in which we get our thoughts and our words in alignment with our Lord. Sometimes He answers our requests with a yes, sometimes with a no, and sometimes He helps us to simply understand the right questions to ask. Make no mistake that whether or not President-elect Obama follows God’s moral will, his presidency is under God’s sovereign will. The election results did not surprise God. The question we may never know the answer to this side of Heaven is why Barack Obama and not John McCain was the man God decreed by His sovereignty would be president or why God decreed President Bush over Al Gore and John Kerry. I pray that we have moral men leading our nation who will uphold absolute truth and the Biblical principles that were fundamental to this country’s establishment, but whether Barack Obama is that kind of leader or not, he is that man placed in authority under the sovereignty of God.

-Psalm 47:8, “God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne.”

-Psalm 103:19, “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His soveriegnty rules over all.”

Now how should a Christian feel about this president particularly if they did not vote for him? Let me allow God’s Word to answer here.

-Romans 13:1-2, “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. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”

-1 Timothy 2:1-2, “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be nade on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

-1 Peter 2:13-14, 17, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right… Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.”

Whether or not you were a supporter of Barack Obama the political candidate, as a Christian we are charged with being a supporter of Barack Obama the American President. That does not mean we are not to oppose efforts by the administration that undermine or contradict Biblical truth, but we must do so in a way that shows due respect to authority and distinguishes us as those imbued with the love of Christ. We are citizens of the Kingdom of God first, but we are also living in this land with a gospel mission. Considering this, how do we pray for President Obama?

-Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (I pray that President Obama will be a man who leads with wisdom because He fears the Lord.)

-Proverbs 11:3, “The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.” (I pray that President Obama will be a man of integrity and not compromise the Word of God.)

Proverbs 16:12, “It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, for a throne is established on righteousness. (I pray that President Obama will flee from wickedness and lead with a passion for righteousness.)

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