Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Real Presidential Choice

I stay out of politics, at least publicly. It is much more important for me to represent Jesus to people of both parties than for me to be identified with either. I even registered Independent even though, as a private individual, I almost always vote for one party.

But I’m going to come out of my political shell a little bit this morning because I think it’s important that we look at yesterday’s election results from a Christian/Biblical perspective.

The first thing we have to remember is that the heart of the king (or president) “is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he turns it wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1 NLT). In the end, no matter the president’s party or beliefs, God stays in control and He stays on the throne. His purposes prevail.

Which brings me to the second thing we can never forget: Pray for our nation and pray for our leaders. Being United States Citizens means we buy into a covenant with each other. That covenant, though rarely spoken, states that when the majority has elected a president, he is our president. Whether I liked them or not (some I did, some I didn’t), Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and both Bushes were my presidents. And in January that honor passes to Barak Obama. He becomes my president.

And now I get political. One of the biggest reasons we need to pray is that there are two paths any president can take. He can choose to be the president of his electing party or he can choose to be the President of the United States. If Senator Obama decides to be the president of the Left, we will have a long, difficult four years. His presidency will most likely be considered a political failure and from a Christian perspective, it could be a disaster.

If he decides to be the President of the United States, governs from the middle, taking into account the deeply-held beliefs of those who disagree with him on many issues, his presidency can be a success, whether I supported his candidacy or not.

But, the biggest win would be if he decides to be President of the United States, one nation under God.

I believe President-elect Obama has a genuine faith in Jesus Christ. Theologically, we have some serious disagreements, but we claim to serve the same Lord. If he chooses to recognize the faith aspects of his role and truly sees himself as God’s servant, well, his could be a historic presidency. I’m not saying his job is to transform the US into a Christian nation. That’s the Church’s job. But if we pray diligently and Obama governs with an awareness of the Judeo-Christian standards in regard to the dignity of all life and the authenticity of God’s principles, God would truly be honored and He might, once again, bless America.

7 comments:

The Wards :: Durham, NC said...

Amen, believer! Thank you for those wise words.

William said...

Steve,
Great post. I pray Barak governs from the center as well. My concern is in response to the reality that he hasn't shown much if any centerdness so far. If he governs from the center, he has to become something he is not.

I know that God will use Barak to glorify Himself. Just how He is going to do that is the mystery we all await to discover.

Bill&Karan said...

My feelings excalty Pastor Steve
Bless you and our Church

Ruthie said...

I woke up this morning feeling kind of sick and disappointed. But after reading your words, I am feeling more hopeful. I have been praying diligently for this election. I believe God is still on the throne no matter who is president. May Obama indeed decide to be president of the United States. Thanks.

Charlene said...

Thank you! What an awesome way to look at this. I knew I needed to pray for him but couldn't figure out how that would be possible, so thank you for helping me know how to go about that!

Kim said...

Great post, and what a wonderful reminder to us all that we are One Nation Under God, He is still in control, and that we need to pray for our leaders and our nation.

Pastor Steve said...

Also check out Chuck Colson's Breakpoint for today: http://www.informz.net/pfm/archives/archive_682402.html