Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Reflections on the Election

Many God-fearing Americans like myself were disappointed that Barack Obama won the election to become the next president of the United States. I was especially troubled that the junior senator from Illinois made an early reference to “gay and straight” Americans in his acceptance speech. Unless Obama changes his policies toward homosexuality and abortion, the U. S. may see some rough times ahead.

Still, we must pray for a smooth transition from the Bush administration to Obama’s. Recently an attorney from Philadelphia named Philip Berg (who I might add is a Hillary Clinton supporter) filed a lawsuit claiming Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore ineligible for the presidency. If this were to be proven true, there could be mass chaos in our government. Who would move into the White House on January 20th? Would there be another election?

I remember after Bill Clinton first won the presidency in 1992, professing Christians said derogatory things about him. Yet the eighth verse of Jude rebukes those who “reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.” Last night I was especially impressed with John McCain’s concession speech and handling his supporters who booed when Obama's name was mentioned.

Regardless of who wins an election, Christians cannot stop praying for their political leaders. 1 Timothy 2:2 commands us to pray “…for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” The prayers of the prophet Daniel resulted in King Nebuchadnezzar repenting before the Lord.

If more of God’s people prayed instead of complaining, we would see real “change” in our governments.

“But God is the Judge:
 He puts down one, and exalts another.” - Psalm 75:7

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