Last night, we re-elected Barack Obama for a second term as President of The United States of America. Some are joyful about this, while others are, well- not happy. One thing to remember, regardless of which end of the political continuum we find ourselves on is this- we are blessed to live in a country where we can freely vote for who our leaders will be. I went to the polls and did not see any security, no guns, no fear of being killed for my opinion or belief on who our Commander-In-Chief should be. Eugene Cho posted this on twitter last night and in the process of an election, I think it is important to remember (especially for us born as citizens and taking our democracy for granted).
As a Christian, I think there are several things to remember- and Scriptures to guide us when we think about politics.
- God is still God and Jesus is still King. Romans 13:1 says that “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” The election did not sneak anything by God.
- We are to pray for our leaders. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 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 truth.”
My hope is, that whatever you are feeling post-election, that you will commit to praying for President Obama, VP Biden, and leaders throughout our country and world. In our prayers that God will lead us, the Church, to be the hands and feet of Jesus when they are so desperately needed.