This isn’t late breaking news, but just in case you missed it: President Barack Obama was elected to a second term. I already believe the things people (including myself) will rant about Facebook and Twitter can be a little absurd, but what I saw following the election last Tuesday really made me think. There were people that were super happy. There were people that were mad/aggravated/upset. However, there was one thing I saw in particular that really stood out to me. I saw posts in which people were calling for states to secede from the United States. I’ve read that there are twenty-one states that have people starting petitions for this to happen. What made these statements even more shocking to me was that I was seeing this posted by Christians. I can understand being upset or frustrated about President Obama being reelected, but saying that states need to secede because of it is just crazy. You don’t have to be a fan, but taking it that far just seems a little much. I thought and prayed about it, and I honestly believe it is a very un-Biblical stance to have. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” The Bible tells us to lift up our leaders in prayer, not to bash them and hope that we can figure out a way to get them out of office. I think it is a pretty important thing to do because whether you like it or not, President Obama will be the president for four more years. There isn’t anything we can do to change that. So why would we not want to pray for him?
Now I am not saying that I am in love with everything President Obama has done in his first term; but I am saying that I am fully committed to pray for him. I will pray for God to give him wisdom, for God to bless him, and for God to give him favor. And I hope he is the best president this country has ever had. Why? Because he is my president. I have an immense amount of respect for anyone that is the president of the United States. It is hands down the toughest job in the world. How could I not want the president to be successful? Why would I want him to do a terrible job? That just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Let’s be real, in America we really don’t have it that bad, even with President Obama as our president. I’ve been to third-world countries; if you think we have it bad here, you should go visit one. Even if the Unites States crashes and burns in the next four years, Jesus is still Jesus. He is still the Savior of the world, and those that believe in Him will still spend eternity with Him in Heaven. God will always be our heavenly father and will always take care of us. It doesn’t matter who our president is, God will always be God.
So whether we voted for President Obama or Romney, President Obama is the president and we need to stand behind him and lift him up. The decisions he makes will directly impact us, so it is crazy to desire or expect for him to be a horrible president. To desire another Civil War is also crazy to me. I personally don’t think President Obama is THAT bad of a guy, but maybe that’s just me (probably not though since he did get reelected).
I hope that other Christians will join me on this journey. I hope that as Christians we can rise up and shower President Obama with prayer. Like I said earlier, his job isn’t the easiest, so he is going to need it. I’m not saying you need to fully support all his views, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pray for him. I wish all Christians would stop complaining and start praying. James 5:16 tells us that “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” Pray for President Obama and maybe you will find out that in four years things turned out better than you expected.
until next time…