Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Honour Obama?

No, I'm not an Obama fan. I was supporting John McCain and Sarah Palin all the way last night and was really disappointed to find out the US election results this morning - and around 46% of Americans might have felt the same way. The easy thing for many of these people would now be to show disdain not only for the result but also for the newly elected president, trying to find fault with him wherever possible and treating him disrespectfully. But that's not what God wants us to do. He calls us to treat persons in authority with respect, whether we agree with their views or not.

This really hit home with me later on this morning when I read the following article on the WORLD Magazine website (follow the link to read it):

http://www.worldmag.com/webextra/14617

It's true. All authority comes from God. Daniel in the Bible says the following words:

Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: and he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings... (Daniel 2:20b-23a)


So no matter what Obama may stand for, God is not the least worried about how on earth this could have happened, because he allowed Obama to win in the first place.

God's command in His Word is "Honour the king" (1 Peter 2:17). And I'm sure that that also should be applied to presidents, prime ministers, chancellors and other leaders of a country, no matter if his or her name is George W., Elizabeth II, Gordon, Angela, Nicholas, Juan Carlos, José Luis Rodríguez, Silvio, Dimitry or whatever.

Can we even honour Barack? With all that he stands for? To borrow a phrase some of you may be sick of hearing by now... Yes we can! =)





PS: I just read another excellent article on how Christians are to respond to an Obama presidency: http://mytwocents.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/tips-for-christians-obama/

2 comments:

miles vincent grimes said...

hey michael! good word!

it's interesting to speculate as to why God allowed Obama to win though. we cannot foresee the future but i believe that Jesus' return is imminent and that the election of Obama could be the catalytic propulsion of the United States out of the power arena of nations. luckily, you and i (Lord willing) will be on the field preaching the Word in a foreign land to help fulfill Christ's prophesy in matthew 24:11 =)

God bless brother!

Jonathan Taylor said...

Hello Michael! Great post and brilliant point.