I, along with many people I know, was praying through the election that God would put His man in the White House. I believe He has, though it may not look like it to all the McCain supporters. So, for those of us whose candidate did not make it into the White House, or any of the Senate elections, what should we do?
The Bible is pretty clear on this. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says that "requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings (i.e. presidents for Americans) and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives..." Paul was saying this at a time when those in authority were pretty focused on persecuting and killing Christians. In fact, it was just before Nero blamed the Christians on a huge fire that was started in Rome that resulted in Paul's beheading and mass rioting and killing of Christians in Rome. So, if those Christians, whose lives were in danger by being Christians should have been praying for their leaders, we, who can worship Christ freely should exercise our freedom even more and pray for wisdom and good counselors for Barak Obama and for God's protection for our country.
The Bible also reminds us that "The king's (president's) heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases." If God can convince an arrogant, idol-worshipping heathen the Pharoh Rameses to let the Isrealites go; if He can convince an arrogant, idol worshipping heathen like King Nebuchnedzzer to worship him (read the book of Daniel); if He can cause an idol loving king like Darius to let the Isrealites rebuild Jerusalem (the book of Nehemiah), He can lead a president-elect who at least claims that he is Christian.
Finally, all Americans should remember that no president, nor is any form of government our saviour. Nor do I believe that Barak Obama is the Antichrist, even though the Pick 3 Lotto numbers in Illinois right after the election were 6,6,6 (http://www.illinoislottery.com/subsections/numbers2.htm as a fact check).
Here are some other verses regarding world leaders in the Bible. It is by no means exhaustive.
Isaiah 40: 21-24
November 16, 2008
November 8, 2008
I just want to say how great my husband is. He was being asked to go on a trip that would have him be gone for two weeks AND arrive just in time for us to leave on vacation. He managed to work out a way to be part of the meeting without having to actually go to it because, his family comes first. This is especially courageous because there has been a lot of downsizing in the company lately and there is always uncertainty in what will happen to you if you go against the flow. To be fair, another person who was supposed to go isn't because his wife is due to have a baby at any time and the plane trip would take several hours.
My love, you are my hero!
My love, you are my hero!