Should we support Barack Obama?We can all rejoice in the historic impact of the election of an African-American to the highest office in the land. In the long, hard-fought struggle for civil rights, this is a victory for all Americans!
For many of us, President Obama's stated views are alarming, especially in the area of abortion. And some of us are troubled by his questionable associates in the past. He mentioned in his acceptance speech that there were those whose trust he had not yet earned. And he promised to be our President too. We will need to pray for him, realizing that the weighty problems of the world are on his shoulders, and that he is suddenly in a position to see things in a way that he has never seen them before.
Jesus gave us direction on this issue. When He was asked whether or not it was right to pay taxes to the godless Roman government, he asked them to bring him a coin. He then asked whose portrait was on the coin. When they said, "Caesar's," He told them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." - Mark 12:17
Christians are citizens of Heaven first, but they are also citizens of their earthly countries. The Apostle Paul told us to respect our human government. And at that time the evil anti-Christian Emperor Nero was on the throne in Rome!
On the other hand, there were times when Paul deliberately broke Roman Law because of his Christian beliefs. In fact, he ended his days as a martyr after a long imprisonment in Rome. He was following the pattern set by Jesus' original Disciples. Peter and John were imprisoned for healing a man in Jesus' name, and then they were told not to share the Gospel.
- 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
- Romans 13:1-7 (NIV)
Christians are also urged to pray for governmental leaders.
- 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. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
- 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
The most important thing for us to do is to make sure our own hearts are right with God in these uncertain times.
- 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
- Acts 4:18-20
- “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
- 2 Chronicles 7:14
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Moral Issues in the Presidential Campaign 2008
"So Help Me God": Inauguration Day 2009
Jan. 20, 2009 - Chuck Colson
The many Christian elements of Inauguration Day are reminders of the country's Christian heritage.
Evangelical pastor Rick Warren will offer the invocation. While administering the oath of office, The Chief Justice of the United States will ask Barack Obama to place his hand on the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his inauguration. The oath will end with the words “so help me God.”
- The ceremony is a perfect example of why the separation of church and state is an elite fiction that bears little resemblance to how democracy really works.
- Source: Crosswalk
- Breakfast Focuses on Prayer for Obama - CBN
- Throngs Fill Mall as Obamas Head to Church - ABC
- Step by Step Through the Day - CQ Politics
- A Prayer for President Obama - Albert Mohler - Crosswalk
Obama, now that you work for me ...
Nov. 10, 2008 - Chuck Norris congratulates President-Elect Obama on his election, and asks himself, "How can I work for our new president to help better America?"
So, for starters, Norris suggests four ways Obama can gain the respect of those who oppose him:
- Then the thought occurred to me, the first question that should be answered is: How will you work for me? After all, it is "We, the People" of the Constitution for whom you are employed, correct?
- 1. Use and cite the Constitution.
- 2. Protect American life.
- 3. Learn from the mistakes of your Democratic predecessors.
- 4. Lead more from the center
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Barack Obama doubles support from evangelical Christians
Nov. 7, 2008 - Compared to the Democrat candidate in the previous presidential election, support for Obama by Evangelicals doubled among 18 to 29-year-olds and 30 to 44 year-olds. This means younger Evangelicals are less concerned about abortion and same-sex unions.
- Source: Telegraph - UK
The Day After: Pray for Our President and Our Nation
Nov. 5, 2008 - Regardless of how you voted, it is time to pray for the President-Elect.
And it is a time for prayer and repentance for the nation. We have forgotten God!
- “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” (1 Timothy 2:1-3
- Source: Chuck Colson - Breakpoint
Obama Wins, Candidates Call For Unity
Nov. 5, 2008 - Historic election picks first African-American president, and both candidates give eloquent speeches calling for unity and cooperation.
- Analysis: Key Factors in the 2008 Presidential Race - Fox
- McCain's Concession Speech - Fox
- Obama's Victory Speech - Fox
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