As of the beginning of this writing the Electoral Vote stands at 194-124, Obama. I will admit that I am very intrigued by this Presidential race. One of my college buddies sent me a text message saying watching tonight’s results was like “watching a close basketball game in the 4th quarter.” I think that’s a fair assessment. Indeed these are interesting times and this is an interesting race. It will be a first in two important regards. Either the United States will have its first African-American President or its first female Vice President. The implications are huge! There is no doubt about that.
My goal here is not to voice my thoughts on either candidate. Many of you have already endured my thoughts. Instead, I want to address the issue of how the church should respond to tonight’s historical event. Christianity has endured all types of earthly government and leaders since its inception. The church (which was multicultural) was birthed in Jerusalem. The political climate of 1st Century Israel was very complex. While maintaining an extent of self-government, ultimately they were under the control of the Roman Empire under Roman Emperor Claudius. While Claudius wasn’t particularly hostile toward “religion” he was more interested in stabilizing and extending the Roman Empire keeping the church under close observation. Persecution would soon follow under the narcissistic reign of Emperor Nero.
Despite the various forms of government that have existed, as believers, ultimately we are citizens of heaven under Theocratic rule, yet called to submit to the government over us when it doesn’t negate God’s commands. So there’s this tautness of being a citizen of heaven and an alien on earth.
This election has caused excitement, stress, fear, anger, resentment, joy and at times I’ve wondered if believers have had misplaced affections. Daniel 2:21a reminds us that God sets up kings and deposes them. Let us not forget to praise and worship the Lord because He alone is sovereign holding everything together by the words of His mouth!
So how should we respond to our new President?
Resolve to keep your eyes on the purpose of your life, which is to bring glory to God. Remember this life is temporary.
1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
Endure in walking out your faith by God’s grace, no matter which administration is in “control”.
9Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. (Galatians 6:9-10)
Pray for our President and all leaders.
1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior,… (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
While our temporary earthly administration may change, our true King doesn’t. We have a divine fixed polity!
** And at the end of this writing, our next President is Senator Barack Obama.
Grace & Peace,