Red, White, and . . . Boo Hoo?

I would like to take time this morning to congratulate Barack Obama on becoming the 44th president of the United States of America.  Many of you know that I did not vote in this election for numerous reasons and I was prepared to accept whoever the country chose for the position of commander in chief.  I am happy to tell you that I am pleased with the results and will continue to pray for Obama during his time in office.  I know many people this morning are hurt, angry, even fearful, and I would like to remind you of God’s sovereignty over positions of authority.  Instead of living in anger this morning, find time to pray for Obama, his family, and the four years that lay ahead of him.

If that’s not enough, remember that in Romans 12, Paul calls us to “rejoice with those who rejoice.”  I know so many of you who are so thankful and overwhelmed this morning that Obama is the new president and this country will soon, perhaps, be heading in a new direction.  For those of you who are angry and hurt this morning, remember that many of your dear friends and brothers and sisters in Christ are overjoyed.  We are called to share in their joy and praise God for what he has done (whether you like it or not).

I don’t mean for this post to be rude or anything of the sort.  I hope it doesn’t come across that way.  I just know that we are called to seek joy in all situations and that God is faithful, true, and sovereign in all that he does.  Therefore, how could we be angry over a decision that he has made and called good?  I encourage you to find joy in God’s sovereignty this day.  I hope you all have a wonderful day!



  1. Rich Clark Said:

    I think you know I am not really struggling with anger here, but I thought I would just point out that for many it truly is hard to rejoice that pro-abortion candidate has just been elected. This could very well be the final nail in the coffin when it comes to making it illegal to kill innocent children.

    Would McCain have been much better? Maybe not. But there was the slight chance that he would have helped the pro-life cause, as he claimed. Obama speaks of abortion in terms of women’s rights. That’s a scary prospect for me. It was scary under Clinton and it will be scary for the next four years.

    Last night was pretty darn inspiring, though. The first african american president is nothing to sneeze at. About that I can certainly rejoice (and I am!). But on another level I’m viewing Obama as a normal human being, not just a black man. And I am very discouraged by his agnostic attitude toward whether or not we are actually killing anyone when we committ such an act.

  2. Rich Clark Said:

    P.S. For those who claim a myriad of other problems: socialism, radicalism, etc. I won’t be defending them all that much. They need to get over it.

  3. hesonlychasingsafety Said:

    While the abortion issue is a hard pill for me to swallow as well, I am hopeful about what Obama can do about international affairs such as genocides in other countries (i.e. Rwanda, Uganda) that have not even been given as much as a second thought by the Bush administration. There are many innocent lives around the globe that I feel are being lost when something could be done about it. Furthermore, perhaps now fewer innocent children will die of disease because their parents can’t afford healthcare under the current system. Point being, it’s a double edged sword, so I’m choosing to focus on the good and the lives saved that could come from Obama’s time in office.

  4. hesonlychasingsafety Said:

    Oh, and thanks for your posts! You’re the man, Rich.

  5. Bryan Said:

    “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all [republicans, democrats, and Caesers], that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
    1 Timothy 2.1-4

    Apologies for the contextualization Also, apologies for the word vomit to follow. Paul can be thankful for the man who eventually took his head. Thanks for the punch in the face, Paul.

    I don’t agree with Obama’s views on many things, but that doesn’t make me feel like the mission I find msyelf in, and the Church finds itself in, has somehow been changed, or thwarted. This is neither Rome nor Babylon. I’ve been hearing a lot of scary rhetoric in the last 24 hours, as if we’re being thrown in the lion’s den for praying. Would I rather have someone pro-life in office? Of course. Would I rather abortion be illegal? Absolutely. But I’m also not in bed with the government, and regardless of how the law frames these issues, I will continue to do what I need to do to fight them. Telling people about a better kingdom. We can shut ourselves out of the public square by complaining incessantly, or we can ball-up and get on with the mission, knowing that nothing is able to thwart God.

    (This has nothing to do with anyone who has posted here, but an attempt to get my thoughts situated from the last few hours.)

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