Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Why I'm okay with Obama's win

Because "Christians" in America have been too long under the impression that they can have their cake and eat it, too. Was it a wake-up call? Yes. Was it a dose of sobriety to the party-hardy "church-goers" who honor God with their lips, having hearts far from Him? I would hope so.

I see a lot of people getting very emotional about the results. And I had to stop and consider how crazy that is. While it is quite understandable to be upset with the laws that we can almost expect to be passed in the next four years, and the people who will be negatively affected by them, I don't see the reason to be overcome with grief and incredulity, as though God has now abandoned us to judgment with the rest of the nation.

The future is nescient. And I see too many possibilities for God to show His glory on this earth with such an election result. Do we forget that so easily?

I, for one, have appreciated the sobriety of the moment. I have appreciated the moment when it became pleasant to think of heaven, and when the curse of the Fall rose like a noxious odor from the American soil.


[From 1 Peter 2]
13Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,

14or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.

15For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.

16Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.

17Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.

18Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.

19For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.

20For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.

3 Comments:

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Br'er Shaygetz said...

"I, for one, have appreciated the sobriety of the moment. I have appreciated the moment when it became pleasant to think of heaven, and when the curse of the Fall rose like a noxious odor from the American soil."

Amen.

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger luvvom said...

Very well said. I agree many became despondent over this election. Before the voting ever occurred I prayed for God to help me accept His will on this matter. I saw good and bad things that could have happened with either candidate so I acknowledged God's supreme knowledge and rested in His care. That is the only thing we can and should do. Thanks for this post.

 
At 1:38 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Something to add to that: I think the Obama victory will do a lot of good for the very people who didn't want him to win. Here's why:

Fairly or unfairly, a lot of hatred has been building up over the past 8 years toward anyone associated with George Bush (i.e., conservatives and evangelicals). Now a lot of that pressure will go away. A similar thing happened (in the opposite direction) after 8 years of Clinton. And it'll probably happen again after 8 years of Obama, and conservatism and Christianity will be in vogue again. I think it's good that the pendulum swings back and forth like that. It keeps us relatively balanced. I'm a little afraid of what would happen if either Republicans or Democrats are in the White House for too long.

 

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