by C Michael PattonNovember 5th, 2008 87 Comments
I have learned something over the last few months. You have all heard the saying that the two things you don’t talk about in mixed company are religion and politics. I have found that religion is much easier to talk about than politics. People are much more tolerant about religion because my decisions and beliefs don’t necessarily affect you. At least they don’t affect you to the degree that my political decisions and beliefs effect you. Why? Because politics, here in America, is a democracy, religion is not. When you and I vote we affect each other, creating a necessary submission to our elected leadership.
Whether you voted for him or not, my fellow American citizens, Obama is our new president. The balance of powers has now completely shifted. Agree or not, the people have spoken.
I praise God for this. In fact, I will rejoice at the revealing of his will.
Because, ultimately, God is in control of who sits in the White House. The plans of the heart belong to man, but the Lord makes things happen (Prov. 16:1). God placed Obama in the presidency according to his sovereign will. That is right. Obama is the man God decided would be our next president. This is exactly what he wanted to happen.
Argue with him if you will. Argue about the history of this country, the supreme court judges, the issues of morality, and the moral superiority of our view on taxes but, in the end, “no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD” (Prov. 21:30).
Don’t bother inviting him to your morning party either. He will not come. No RSVP either. In fact, he won’t even send an angelic representative.
He will simply send a note saying,
“My dominion is an everlasting dominion, and my kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of America are accounted as nothing. I do according to my will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of America. No one can ward off my hand or say to me, ‘What have You done?’ (Dan. 4:35). The President’s heart is a stream of water in my hand; I turn it wherever I will (Prov. 21:1). Let every American be subject to President Obama. For there is no authority except from me, and those that exist have been instituted by me. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what I have appointed” (Rom. 13:1-2). —God
This is why I rejoice with great anticipation, following the Lord in the direction he is leading. In this, I celebrate the election of Barack Obama in as much as I celebrate the revealing of the will of the Lord.
Here is my letter to Barak Obama,
“Congratulations for being my next president. Rest assured that you will have my respect and allegiance for as long as you are in office. I pray that God gives you wisdom and guidance, strength and courage, and clarity and judgment. If you fail in any way, I will not say, ‘Ah ha! I told you!’, but I will stand behind you with prayers of hope. If you succeed in any way, I will rejoice with you. In everything, I promise that I will lift you up in prayer as you are God’s instrument in leading this country.”
Romans 11:33 “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
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