Friday, December 7, 2012

Pray for President Obama

I know many people aren't exactly happy about President Obama winning the Election this year. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, many Christians have been riled up, angered, depressed, and discouraged by the President's reelection. I'm sure some have even said God has abandoned America all together. But we need to remember who's exactly in control.

God knows what He's doing

Yes, I believe God allowed the President to be reelected. Compared to what you've heard, that may sound like a completely foreign idea. But here me out. Look at the first verse of Romans chapter 13.
"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." (Romans 13:1, NIV)
Paul is saying that all authorities have been established by God. All authorities, including the president of the United States.
As a nation, we've been blessed with the privilege to choose who our nation's leader will be. And as of November 6, 2012, America chose President Obama.
Whether you voted for him or not, President Obama is now the man in authority. We need to accept that. Romans 8:28 says God works all things together for the good of those who love Him. Don't you think includes the President's reelection too?

But why God would allow the President to be reelected in the first place? Many of his policies contradict the Bible.

So why would God disregard that and give him another term?

Well, God has given us free will. In this nation, we are able to choose our leaders. God isn't going to dictate who we can or can't elect.
However, God is more than able to use whoever we elect to accomplish His purposes. One person can't stop an all-knowing, all-powerful God from accomplishing His plans, no matter who they are or how much power they have.
But at the same time, unless He sees it fit, God is not going to destroy that ruler or run them out of power simply because we don't like them. God can work through, around, and in anyone and everyone--that includes the President of the United States.

To us Christians, it shouldn't matter so much as to why God allowed America bring the President back in office; what should matter is that He allowed it in the first place. We need to stop whining and complaining like little kids. You can accept President Obama as president, without agreeing with him. There has never been any president--or candidate, for that matter--who was perfect. (Yes, that includes Governor Romney.) But America has made it's choice. God has allowed that choice to become reality.
Shouldn't we be the first to trust that God has the situation under control, whether He plans to use this term to bring disaster or prosperity? Can't we trust that God knows what He's doing? Even if we don't particularly like it?

We are God's people. Sometimes that means putting up with choices that we don't necessarily like. 


Pray for the President

We need to pray for the President as well. Consider 1 Timothy 2:1-2.
"First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:1-4, HCSB. [emphasis added])
It's our responsibility to pray for people holding positions of authority--especially for whoever it is sitting behind Oval Office.

President Obama needs God. I don't want to start a huge debate here, and while I'm not an expert on government, some of the President's policies conflict with the Bible. Instead of insulting him or gossiping about him, we can simply pray. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 tells us that it pleases God when we pray for those in authority, because He wants everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. God created President Obama too, and loves him just as excruciatingly as He loves us. That, along with the fact that he is head of our country, should be enough motivation for any Christian to get on their knees and start praying for our president.


I'm not trying to promote President Obama and his policies, or trying to trash him and what he stands for. I'm not saying he's the next Abraham Lincoln, or that he's going to drive us all down the drain. I'm just echoing what the Bible speaks. If Romney had been elected, I would have written this for him too.
What I am saying, is that we need to stop with the temper tantrums and wake up. President Obama is our president. All authority has been established by God. We need to pray for those in authority.
The Bible is not silent on government; it makes itself clear on where it stands. God has made His decision, and it's up to us to be faithful and trust Him. We may not agree with it, and it doesn't matter. When you can save all mankind by dying on a rugged cross, then maybe you can add your suggestions. But until then, I suggest you just relax, pray, and let God do His thing, leading this country where He wants it.

Have a great day and God bless. :]

A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand:
He directs it wherever He chooses. {Proverbs 21:1, HCSB}

2 comments:

  1. As I was reading this I kept saying, "Yes!".
    Although I don't agree with many of the things Obama supports (abortion, gay marriage, etc.), I respect the fact that America elected him as our president. I think it is so cool that we have a chance to do that.

    It makes me sad to see all of the terrible posts on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter about him. They are just awful! Many of the things written should not be said to anyone, no matter what they have done.

    I totally agree with you. As Christians, we should stop whining and start praying for our president. The election is over. Let's make a positive difference, no matter who's president. Let's help people in our communities. As the church, let's reach out to the hurting. Let's stop waiting for a president to fix our broken nation, and start praying to the God who can. Let's celebrate the good things Obama has done rather than critically discussing his abilities.

    This was an excellent, thoughtful post. Thank you for being so respectful as you stated your opinions.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! :] You're exactly right. Getting mad at the President doesn't fix anything, but praying and actually doing posetive about it will. Unforunetly, many Christians don't seem to realize this, which is why I wrote the post. (kind of obvious. xD) But yeah, thanks for your feedback! God bless! :)

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