The election is over and as much planning as I put into these blog entries (not a lot), I think I can safely say this will be my last political entry. Since I opened my big mouth last week, it somehow feels irresponsible not to follow up with this entry.
In short, I am neither surprised or fearful about Barack Obama winning the presidency.
"Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God." Romans 13:1
There you have it. God voted for Barack Obama.
So is it the Judgment of God, or is it that some of us were wrong about what the best thing for this country is? Personally, I feel safer leaning towards the "I was wrong" possibility. That's because I don't like to play God and from everything I read in the Bible....judgement belongs to Him. I'm just not going there. I don't think God's judgement can be mistaken for anything other than what it is, so if that's what is coming we will all know. So let's leave the judging to Him and get on with what our response to this country's problems should be.
The other day my friend, Paul Smith, sent out an email about what a Christian's response to the election should be starting on Nov. 5th. The following ideas come from Mark Earley, the president of Prison Fellowship Ministries:
1. Get involved in the political process....you may even consider for running for office yourself!
2. Work at a pregnancy care clinic....help young women in crisis pregnancies.
3. Volunteer in prison, bring the hope of the gospel to those there that need it and help them to transition to life on the 'outside'.
4. Speak to lawmakers about bringing Biblical principles into the prison system.
5. Have a monthy fund-raising party and give the money to charities that are working to heal our culture.
6. Support attorneys that are working to protect the rights of Christians.
7. Encourage teenagers into leadership positions such as leading Bible study or running for student council, or mentoring young children.
8. Donate your time and money. The example he gave was supporting school choice by holding a pizza party where the proceeds to to a scholarship fund for poor children....even if just one child is helped out of a failing school...it's worth it!
Mark Earley ends with this: "Besides being fun and worthwhile, these kinds of activities will help you light a candle instead of being tempted just to curse the darkness."
To this I will add that it is our civic duty to support our president. It is our spiritual duty to pray for him. I will be praying for Barack Obama to know the leading and guidance of God. I am going to be praying for his safety and the safety of his family. I am going to pray that he and his family will get into a good church and be nourished by the truth of God's word. I will pray that he will be surrounded by good advisors with sound minds and level-headed thinking. I will pray that he will grow in favor with both God and men. Israel had leaders for whom these things were true , and so this is how I will pray for our president-elect.
And finally, these words from Jesus,
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5: 14-16
Yes we can!