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Your Biblical Obligations to (the soon to be President) Barack Obama

I think it is really
important for our mission here and for our own spiritual growth that we respond
biblically to the election of Barack Obama as president.

The two
of you that voted for Obama won’t need this, but for the rest of you: please prayerfully consider your biblical obligations to
Barack Obama when he takes over the presidency.

 Submit to President Barack Obama as God’s Sovereign Choice for Our

  • Let every person be subject to the governing
    authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that
    exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the
    authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will
    incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.
    Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is
    good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your
    good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in
    vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath
    on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid
    God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you
    also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to
    this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are
    owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed,
    honor to whom honor is owed.  Romans

  • Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human
    institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as
    sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. I Peter

We are to submit to the
leaders God has put over us unless submitting to them we cause us to sin God
(Acts 4:19-20).  This command is actually much easier for us to do than it
was for the believers it was first written to.  Their emperor was Nero, who liked
to light Christians on fire and feed them to wild animals and yet they were
called to submit to him.  Surely, out of love for our God, we can joyfully
submit to Barack Obama as our president.  God has not given us a command
that is too difficult here (I John 5:3).

2.)  Respect President Barack Obama

  • Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God.
    Honor the emperor.  I Peter 2:17

We are to respect Barack
Obama.  During the Clinton years it was far too common for Christians to
disparage their president through bumper stickers, t-shirts, and the comments
they made.  If that is your impulse, please grow up.  God commands us
to show honor to our leaders.  It is unacceptable for Christians to speak
disrespectfully of their president.  You can (and should) speak out against
his policies, you can even get involved in four years to remove him, but while
he is president you must speak respectfully of him.  

Once again the emperor
Peter was talking about here was Nero, who by the way was not an elected
figure, they had no say in who the emperor was.  In obedience to God,
watch how you talk about our president.

3.)  Pray for Barack Obama Daily

  • First of all, then, I urge that supplications,
    prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for
    kings and all who are in high positions, 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.  I Timothy 2:1-4

If you have never been in
the habit of praying daily for the president, this would be an excellent time
to start.  President Obama has a lot of challenges ahead of him.
 Pray for him everyday.  Pray that God would reveal himself to him,
bless him, give him wisdom, and keep him safe.  We are teaching our boys
to do this every day.

It is
interesting that when Daniel found out that judgment was going to come upon
Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:19) he was visible shaken and declare that he
wished it would happen to the king’s enemies instead.  And Nebuchadnezzar
wasn’t really the king you would want, now was he? – trying to BBQ Daniel’s
friends and all.  And yet Daniel cared about him and wanted him to be
blessed, not judged.  You can have that same spirit towards Barack Obama
as you pray that God would reveal himself to him, bless him, give him
wisdom, and keep him safe.

For the
next few days as you talk with believers and unbelievers about the outcome of
this election you have an opportunity to be refreshingly biblical – and truly
counter-cultural.  Let’s show the world (and other believers) that
Christians are not a bunch of cry babies and sore losers who put all their
hopes in having political power.  Whining, fear, and bitterness are not
fitting for us who believe God is up to something in all that he ordains.
 Let’s show the world (and other Christians) that we have a happy trust in
God’s sovereignty.  Let’s show them that we are prepared to joyfully
submitting to, respect, and pray for Barack Obama, out of a deep trust in and
love for our God.  Or… can do just what the culture expects you

Keep in
mind our cause, the spread of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, does not depend
on having political power.  In fact, our cause has most often thrived when
it had no such advantages!  The Kingdom is breaking in even now, the
fullness of it will soon appear!

Author: Erick Cobb

Erick serves in leadership at Covenant Grace Church, having previously led FBC's college ministry.

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