I have made it obvious that I’m not a real political person.  I really never have been.  Yes I did vote for McCain.  Was I disappointed that McCain didn’t win?  Of course I was.  Do I think America made the wrong choice in electing Barack?  I do.  Am I looking forward to a socialistic government for our “free world”?  Not at all.  I pray our thoughts about him are wrong…I really honestly do.  But the thing is that America has spoken and so now we have a president that really worries a lot of people.  So I am left with the question, “What do we do now?”  I think that’s a great place to start.

So “where do we start now?”  We start by supporting our new president.  Romans 13:1-2 says,

” Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”    – Romans 13:1-2

“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”       – 1 Peter 2:13-14

As believers, whether we like those elected as authority over us, we have an obligation to follow them becuase of “what God has instituted.”  Don’t we have enough faith to believe that God knew this was coming?  What if this is exactly what we need.  We pray for revival – often times going so far as to say, “God whatever it takes bring revival through even just one more time.”  What if this is the process of God humbling our nation that was once a Christian nation but no longer is?  Ephesians 1:20-23 and Colossians 2:9-11 tell us that God has given Christ authority over EVERY ruler.  We have to trust and rest in that fact.  If we love God and we are truly trying to live by his Word then we have to submit to governing authorities – even when we don’t like them.   I’m not saying that we agree with him on everything becuase we won’t.  I am saying that we have an obligation and duty to support him and his policies as long as they don’t go against Biblical standards.

The other thing is this – do we make God look bad by becoming outraged and belligerent?  Now I’m not saying that there isn’t a righteous anger because there is.  What I am talking about is becoming angry becuase we haven’t gotten our way and how that affects the conversations we may have with non-believers…even political discussions.  I think the majority of the time we make God look bad by how we handle ourselves in conversations with non-believers.   1 Timothy 2:1-4 gives us the guideline on how we are to pray for those in authority over us.  This is what it says,

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Why should we do it this way?  So the “we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”  There is a right and wrong way to do things.  I really like 1 Peter 3:15-16 when it says,

“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.  But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.”

So many times we don’t do it with gentleness and respect.  Often times it’s with contempt against the person we are talking to or even about.  How can you have conversations with someone about the current presidential situation ad be filled with “gentleness and respect”?  Why is it that we don’t handle ourselves with gentleness and respect though?  Is it possible we give God a black eye in this process and we prevent people from coming to a saving faith?

I am choosing to support our new president not becuase I think his policies will benefit us but becuase I want to be obedient to the call of God’s Word.  I want to be known as a man who chases after God with a reckless abandon and one who handles himself with gentless and respect.  How are you going to support those over you in government and authority?

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