President Elect Barack Obama

Breaking the blog silence!!


Last night I watched history being made as the citizens of the United States voted in a new President. While many are upset and many others are elated, the historical significance really is unprecedented. I watched as tears streamed down the faces of many in Grant Park in Chicago and felt the emotion of the moment for myself. Granted there may be much to be concerned about (In my opinion this is true with any election and any president and any government.), but the realization of MLK Jr’s dream is most definitely amazing.

It’s very easy to forget that less than 50 years ago no African American was allowed to vote. Just short a generation ago many African Americans were segregated from whites in public schools, transportation, restrooms, restaurants and other public places. While we still have some levels of segregation in areas (like neighborhoods just to name one area) – the problem is much better than it’s been in our past. Let’s continue this progress and celebrate the historical significance of the fact that last night our nation elected an African American man to serve as its next President.

“It would be an understatement to call this a watershed cultural moment in our country’s history.” (quote from Justin Taylor’s blog and inspiration for this post)

Let me give you an important reminder from Romans 13. As President, Barack Obama has God-given authority to govern us, and that we should view him as a servant of God and respect him in his role. This passage also says that God put him in this position. So no matter who you voted for or if you voted – If you claim to be a Christ-follower, this is our calling.

1 Timothy 2 gives us a specific mandate to follow for those who are believers in Jesus.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)   1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

  • We are to pray for Barack Obama.
  • We are to thank God for Barack Obama.
  • We are to pray that his leadership will allow us to live in peace.
  • Our lives are to be characterized by godliness and holiness (I believe this includes our response or reaction to the election).

BTW – check out the why of this mandate (God’s ultimate goal for humanity).

While this may be the end of an era, it’s not the end of the world. So pray, take courage and trust our God who “establishes authorities” over us – Romans 13. Put your hope in Him and pray for His rule and reign in your heart.

~ by genelking on November 5, 2008.

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