How Should Christians Who Don’t Like Obama React to His Presidency

Americans have always shown great passion when it comes to politics.  We have very deeply held ideas about how things ought to be.  I have observed over the last third of my life, the passion is no longer over ideas but over parties and personalities.  We seem to have reached a stage where character assassination is the  major part of the political process, and no matter who the candidate is, it is our duty to destroy them; not for their beliefs, but for their party.  I firmly believe Christians should vote their consciences guided by the principles of Scripture.  Scripture should be the guiding force in every decision we make.  After all, they are God’s instruction to us for pleasing Him and living proper lives.

So, the election is over.  How should those Christians who are not Obama backers conduct themselves in light of his election?  As we do with everything that affects our lives, we should look to God’s word for guidance.  Jesus recognized the authority Pilate possessed as He stood before him condemned by the Jewish leadership.  He was not afraid to tell Pilate he would have no authority unless it had been given to him from above as recorded in John 19:11.  It is clear those in authority have been given it by God.  Many are convinced each individual in a position of authority was personally ordained by God to have that authority.  I am not convinced of that position.  I believe governing offices are ordained of God for a specific purpose in mind.  He allows men to put into power, or occupy those offices of authority, as we choose.  I do believe it is our duty to choose wisely.

Once a person is in one of these offices of authority, we as Christians, have an obligation to submit ourselves to that authority.  Paul wrote in Romans 13 about this subject.  Do you remember who was in power as he wrote?  The pagan Caesars. Christians were about to undergo a persecution like we have never seen.  The Roman Empire would place blame on Christians for every problem Rome had.  These people would suffer torture and death for the cause of Christ.  Yet, Paul told them in Romans 13:2 not to resist authority because it would be opposition to the ordinance of God.  Peter also addressed this same subject to Christians scattered throughout the Roman Empire.  In I Peter 2:13–20, he directed them to submit themselves to every authority including the king, who was their enemy, Caesar.  Why?  It is the will of God.  The purpose for establishing authority was to bring peace to those who do what is right.  It is of first importance to serve God when the authority is in direct opposition to God, as evidenced by Acts 4:19–20.  That is the case even in the face of death. 

You may be dismayed or distressed at the election’s outcome.  But you do have an obligation to President Elect Obama, like him or not.  Paul instructed Timothy in I Timothy 2:1–3 to pray for all men and for kings and all in authority.  We pray for them “so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (NASU).

Let’s pray for our new president.


Getting Back to Christianity as Usual (A Post-Election Rant)

I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad the election is finally over. Regrettably, my candidate didn’t win. However, that is not really a big shock. I was going third party this year, so my candidate didn’t have a chance of winning to begin with.

I’m glad because maybe now we can get back to Christianity as usual. What I mean is for three out of four years, Christians recognize they shouldn’t jump on the bandwagon with the evangelicals. In those three years, we know that what is all important is Christ’s one true gospel that can save us (cf. Galatians 1:6-9). In those three years, we preach against social gospel, entertainment gospel, recreational gospel, health and wealth gospel, etc. In those three years, we understand that what is important is getting the message of Jesus out to people so they can be saved. In those three years, we just present the gospel and try to get people to believe in and follow Jesus.

However, every fourth year all that seems to change. In that fourth year, many Christians go into a political mania and begin to hold hands with the evangelicals acting like the most important thing we can do is get a certain candidate elected. In that fourth year, one might think the reason Jesus died was to make sure the USA had a godly, Christian government. In that fourth year, Christians start passing around e-mails and petitions about candidates and their spiritual views. In that fourth year, Christians throw out the Biblical teaching on malice and slander (cf. Ephesians 4:31) and run amok running down the candidate they don’t like.

But now it is all over. Maybe we can get back to Christianity as usual. Maybe we can get back to telling people about Jesus instead of our candidate. Maybe we can actually take some of the energy with which we support our political candidate and use it to spread the gospel. Maybe we can take some of that passion we had that caused us to vote on some issue and use it to get out and actually help people live godly lives.

If you voted, I’m sure you voted your conscience. I’m sure your motivation was godly and pure. I’m sure you did what you thought was right. However, let me assure you your vote was not really some major service to God. God has never asked for our vote. Now that we have done the easy work of voting, let’s do some of the hard work and get Jesus into the hearts and minds of our neighbors and friends.

Please, remember this. God has never asked us to spread His will politically. However, He has asked us to spread His will. Now that we have voted, let’s make sure we are really doing what serves God.