History in the Making

 Tomorrow marks a day in history for our nation. Someday we will be able to tell our children and grandchildren that we remember the day that America got it’s first African American president. The inauguration is a huge deal and I congratulate President Obama for being the first black president, even if I do not agree with his policies. He is now my president and my leader and I am making a promise today that I will do my best to treat him with the respect he deserves.

 I have been deeply grieved by the response of many Christians over Obama’s election. Though I was hoping for John McCain to win the election and was horribly disapointed when Obama won, I still think that we need to respect him no matter what we think of him. When I say “respect” I am not saying that we condone his position on many things, one of the biggest being abortion, not at all! I don’t respect or look up to him morally or as a general person, and I sure don’t “admire” him,  but he is my president and because he has been put there by God and the people, I know I need to pray for him and that he deserves honor because of his position.

 When Bush was president the “Bush-bashing” was horrible from the media and democrats. I live in a very blue state and I have constantly seen bumper stickers and such full of hate towards him. Now that Obama has been elected I am seeing that Christian Republicans aren’t any different. From comparing Obama to Hitler to refuse to acknowledge him as our president, it is constant disrespect and almost hatred.

 We have all been forgetting that God is in control. Obama being elected to presidency is part of God’s perfect plan and He is going to use it for His glory in some way, shape, or form. My dad had as his facebook status the night after the election that he “is going to sleep like a Calvinist, because he is one”. We need to remember that it wasn’t just the American people that put him into office but it was also the most sovereign Lord of the entire universe! God is all-powerful and He has history scripted… that’s why it’s called “His story”. There is a reason that Barack is our president even though we ourselves can not see it clearly because we do not see things as God does.

 Christians have also forgot the multiple verses in the Bible about respecting those in authority over us, especially the Emperor, and during the time Paul and Peter wrote that the Emperor was Nero! He was a madman that persecuted Christians with a passion and used them as torches in his gardens, and we are called to respect even THAT. (And no matter what you think, Obama is not that bad.) Take a look at what 1 Peter 2: 13-17 says,

“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people …. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”

 And again in Romans 13:1,2,5-7:

” Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment… Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience…  Pay to all what is owed to them:… revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed”

 I have been guilty of not giving respect to Obama before and forgetting that God is in control so don’t think I am trying to beat you over the head with anything. I am simply asking those of you out there that call themselves Christians (including myself) to make sure that you treat Obama the same way Jesus would. Obama needs Jesus just as much as we do and we need to pray that he would come to know the saving power of the blood of Christ. But the biggest things we need to do is to just trust God. On election night I read these verses from Psalms 20 and they really convicted me. (vs. 7 & 8 ) “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They collapse and fall,  but we rise and stand upright.”

 Let’s not just have this election be historic because of the fact that it’s our first black president, let it also be historic because of the way Christians handled it: with respect for Obama and with trust in God. Then it will truly be a day to celebrate.

 With that I will leave you to your thoughts and comments on this touchy subject. As always, I love to hear from you and find out what you think. God bless you all and may you be a light to others by the way you treat all people!

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4 responses to “History in the Making

  1. I tend to disagree with the interpretation of the Romans scripture that God places people in power directly. My interpretation of that scripture is that authority in general comes from THE Authority, that law and order comes from God, and the ability to govern with authority is a quality of God. The idea that God hand picks and places people in authority (and by extension ALL of us all into our individual roles) negates the idea of our free will to choose good and bad for ourselves. I can not believe that God would PLACE Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc into power so that they could slaughter millions upon millions of people. I can believe he ALLOWED it, though. And I don’t think those are the same thing.

    I believe God ALLOWS everything to happen, that nothing happens without his foreknowledge and “ok.” He is able to account for our choices, and somehow in His amazing power His ultimate will for humanity will have been accomplished in the end.

    I have no way of knowing if God “wanted” Obama or McCain in office. But I do know that He allowed us to choose Obama. Why He allowed it is unknown right now.

    That’s my 2 cents!

  2. AMEN OLIVIA! I too have been extremely disappointed to see how Christians have been handling this seemingly difficult time in America’s history–when did we lose sight of the fact that God has a purpose and a plan for everything? Of course, I am just as guilty as the next person, but I will try to give President Obama the respect that we are told to give him as the leader of our nation. It’s plain as day in the scriptures that we are to be subject to our rulers, and so it is our duty as children of God to be the energy that keeps this country going, even when it seems like the plain path has a thick fog over it.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. America needs more people like you.
    In His arms,
    –Abigail

  3. Trey Edwards

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/respect

    Respect: 1) To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.

    I think you need to reconsider your word choice. There is a big difference between “respect” and “obey.” I will OBEY Obama, and support him as president, but I will not and cannot ever respect a genocidal(abortion) socialist. I will carry out his commands because I live in his country (“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”), but I will never admire him, which is the meaning(or implication, at least) of respect. I’m not trying to disagree with you here, I’m just pointing out that your word choice may give people the wrong impression. Semantics matter.

    Now that that’s over with, I just wanted to say that your writing as of late has been completely amazing. Even in the Rebelutionary environment I have never seen anyone that speaks, behaves, and reasons at such a level higher than their true age than you. Keep up the good work!!!

  4. Rob: I believe that God has a plan for everything and nothing in this world can happen without God ordaining it. I believe He is control of every drop of water that makes up the ocean and not just the Tsunami that wipes out hundreds of people. I believe that God is in control of everything, including politics. Obviously there is also free will, and it is very tricky to try and figure out the balance between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, I don’t believe that it is something that our finite minds can truly comprehend.

    Abigail: Whenever I read your comments or blog posts I have to remind myself that it isn’t myself that is talking! lol. I praise God to have such a like minded friend and sister! America needs more people like you too!

    Trey: The definition of respect that I am talking about is, “2. not go against or violate something: to pay due attention to and refrain from violating something. (i.e. respect the law , respect another’s privacy )” I do agree that it is impossible for us Christians to respect Obama as a person or to admire him. I know that we agree in our minds, I just also know that things come out differently when we say them. :)

    And on the other note, to God be the glory!!!! It is ONLY on account of His truly wondrous grace in my life that allows for that, though I still have such a long way to go! And believe me when I say that I am SOOOOOOOOO not perfect!!!!!!!!!! I definitely have my immature times as well (like whenever I am with Corina! *sighs*) but God is working.

    Thank you all for your comments and opinions!

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