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What do we do now?

Finally this election is over. A year ago I was tired of hearing the campaigning, accusations and general political nonsense. As the intensity went up, so did my amazement that we as believers could get so bent about which wicked man to choose. Now we have elected Obama, and many are struggling this morning with what is going to happen in our nation during the next four years. When Bill Clinton was first running for president, I remember hearing one pastor proclaim, “If Bill Clinton gets elected to office, that will not be the sign of the coming judgment of God on America, it will be the judgment of God on America.” Some may be tempted to say something very similar with Mr. Obama. I can’t say that. God has not told me His precise judgment plans for this nation. However, God has told you and me a few things that maybe we need to be reminded of.

First and foremost, God raised up Barrack Hussein Obama to be our 44th president. If you believe anything that is written in the Bible, you have to believe that God was and still is actively involved in the leadership of nations. Psalm 75:6-7 says, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:4, “For he (government) is the minister of God to thee for good.” Mr. Obama was ordained by God to be the president. He was promoted by God, and Mr. McCain was put down by God. Mr. Obama is God’s minister to this nation for good. Please don’t lose sight of that in the coming months.

There are several things you can and should do during the presidency of Mr. Obama (or any other president, dictator or king). First, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt.” Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in disrespect and name calling. Knowing this man has been put in this position by God demands that we give him all the respect due to his position. Just as David would not lift his hand against God’s anointed, King Saul, so we should not lift our lips against God’s anointed, President elect Obama. We cannot ever support the wicked decisions made, but we must not ever demean the individual making those decisions.

Also remember to pray. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 states, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” In considering our new president, we need to be earnestly praying for him, right now. As far as we know, Mr. Obama is not saved. That means he is currently under the wrath of God, and his eternal destiny is hell. This man earnestly needs our prayers! He needs to be saved. He is stepping into the most difficult job in the world, and he is doing it in his own strength in his own wisdom. He needs to be saved so that he may learn to lean on God’s wisdom in directing a nation. This man will be under vicious attacks: personally, politically, publicly and privately. He needs our prayers. He needs to be saved.

Pray for Mr. Obama, and give thanks for him. That’s right, give thanks for him. Give thanks that God has given us a minister for our good. Give thanks that God has allowed us a president that will probably challenge the way we live as Christians. Give thanks that God has raised up over our nation a man that we can place no trust in, so that we will be driven towards putting our trust in God. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 tells us that we pray and give thanks so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives, with godliness and honesty. We pray and give thanks so that our testimony can clearly go out into this dark world. We pray and give thanks because God’s ultimate and final desire is that men be saved. Pray, give thanks and have a Godly testimony so that the gospel message will go out from us into our nation with power and clarity.

Another thing I would like to recommend to you is to rejoice. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Rejoice evermore.” That command is straightforward, but lest you think it may not apply to this situation, go back to Romans 5 and James 1. Both of these passages tell us to rejoice in our trials and tribulations. The response we must have as we consider our next president is a response of joy. Not joy because we like the man, not joy because we like the policies, not joy because we think he is going to bring us prosperity, but joy because God is still absolutely, totally, completely, fully and utterly in control. Not one thing happened in the election last night that was not under the direct orchestration and plan of God. We can have great joy because God still reigns. As you trust in Him more completely, your joy should and will increase regardless of any circumstances.

The last thing I can suggest as we consider our response is found in Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” The solutions to the problems in politics are not political solutions. They are spiritual and obedience driven solutions. If you are really concerned about the spiritual and moral climate of our nation, do something about it. Attack the problem. Go after this stuff head to head and don’t quit until evil has been conquered. The solution to evil in our nation is found in the active opposition of evil by Christians. However, the front line of this combat is not political action committees, protests, marches or even all night prayer vigils. The front line of this combat is in the clear, compassionate proclamation of the gospel message. The single greatest example of overcoming evil with good is Christ’s conquest of the wages of sin on the cross. What more astounding way is there to overcoming our enemy than in making our enemy our brother? We must follow the example of Christ and go after the evil in this culture with the message of salvation through Christ’s death on the cross. What do we do now? We watch our speech, pray, give thanks and rejoice. We get busy in giving the gospel to our friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and fellow citizens.