In 2008 I was thrilled to see Barack Obama elected as President. I’ve mature over the last four years and I have come to understand that he is a mere mortal, but I remain convinced that he was the best available (and realistically electable) mere mortal for the presidency of the United States. I admit that I am relieved that he won for a variety of reasons and I pray for wisdom for President Barack Obama as he continues to make decisions about our interactions with Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the use of drones, the status of Guantanamo Bay, tensions with Iran, the economy, and so much more. It isn’t a job that I would want.
For my brothers and sisters who voted for Mitt Romney or another candidate I pray that you will have peace, that you will continue to trust in our sovereign God, and that you will continue to live your Christian faith and convictions in this world. I pray that the church remains unified under Jesus our Messiah, our King, even as we differ over political candidates, parties, and policies. I pray that the Spirit will heal the wounds we inflicted upon each other over this election season. I pray that even when we support a candidate we don’t forget our role as a prophetic voice to the state.
Even if elections sometimes seem futile, participating in a democracy is far better than what happens in tyranny. (The tyranny of choice indeed trumps the tyranny of obligation).
So, to those of you who voted for your re-elected president, and indeed to the president himself (who has had this authority ordained in heaven [Matt 28:18]) CONGRATULATIONS.
To those of you who exercised your right vote, the highest act of civic duty, CONGRATULATIONS (whether or not your man won). If you voted for the ‘other guy’ remember this; a system where only one party wins is called tyranny. Take consolation in the fact you live in a democracy. Be gracious to the re-elected president.
I used to get worked up about these elections. Then, I was realized that the politicians are not in control. That’s a joke on them unless they’re humble. They are at the whims of one Jesus Christ and His church, so it is meaningless who won last night.
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
Patrick, well said (quoting the bible no less – when in context, always a great idea!).
Brian, I meant to say – this post smacks of mature Christian thinking.
Thank you, it isn’t often that I get accused of maturity! 🙂
Yes. For our(my?) sake – try to keep it to a minimum …
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