The recent election has brought to mind the disparity of views within the Christian community. Both candidates are excellent communicators that were able to polarize people toward their position(s). This brings with it an emotional response that makes it hard to imagine how anyone could possibly vote for the other candidate. I found myself in this mode of thought during this campaign as well, but have the good fortune of having friends with more balanced views. Views that permitted them to step back and take a different perspective across a spectrum of observations. Interestingly, of two close friends I respect, each chose a different candidate.
It is important to keep in mind that God put the various kingdoms in place and puts the people He chooses in charge of each. (Daniel 4:17) Given the state of our world, that concept will put one’s theology to the test. Yet, this truth is valid not only for the US of A, but also for every kingdom in this world. At the time this truth was declared, a guy named Daniel was living in captivity as an Israelite in the land of Babylon. This truth was true of the Babylonian empire as well as for every kingdom before then and since then. Talk about a test of faith!
What is the point? If you profess to subscribe to a scriptural world view, you have little choice but to gratefully get on board with what God has accomplished in this election and support the authorities He has put in place. There will be differences of opinion with Obama’s execution of his responsibilities as there are with every President. Not many of us have agreed with all the decisions of any particular President. The apostle Paul enjoins us to obey those God has put in authority over us. At the time he wrote this (Romans 13:1ff) Nero was in charge of the Roman empire which had taken over Israel.
So, my friends, if you’re inclined to show your dissatisfaction with the outcome of the election, consider how God has set up His world and let us say “Yay, God!” and pray for our President-elect, keeping our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith, who puts people in charge and takes them out. He gave our forefathers the wisdom to set the presidency up for four-year terms with a maximum of two consecutive terms. These rules apply for Democrats, Republicans or any other party that might come into power. This is a great nation! Our form of government leaves us bewildered at times, but it is better than any other system in the world!