When Americans clearly decided that Barack Obama should serve a second term as President of the United States of America, I can’t say that my immediate response was the right response. Quite frankly, I found myself fearful not only for the future of my country but for the future of my family. The President’s policies on everything from the economy to his open-hearted embrace of moral perversion to his favor on the killing of innocent unborn babies are set against everything that I believe–not to mention against everything that God’s desires. It is clear, at least to me, that America has been (and continues) on the downward slide into moral degeneration, economic decline, and social decay. The Scripture makes it clear that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against the ungodliness of men (Rom. 1:18 ff). Thus, we are right to say that we are under the judgement of God.
The Bible also makes clear that God is the One who ultimately appoints leaders. He raises up nations and brings them down. He was working through the democratic process to bring His servant to political power. Though I would argue, President Obama is not a godly man, he is the servant of the Lord nonetheless (Rom. 13:4).
I had hoped for a different outcome in this latest election for the highest office in the land. Anyone who has any love for morality or common economic sense would be bound to the same hope. And it seemed that the outcome should’ve and would’ve been different. According not only to my immediate response but also the reaction of many others, we had hoped for a political deliverer. Consequently, the bitterness in my thoughts and feelings seem quite natural.
In the Providence of our sovereign God, He chose to appoint President Obama through the election process. As I consider this fact, I realize that God has taken from us our political hope and reminds us that Mitt Romney is not the Savior (neither is Barack Obama). Jesus Christ is the only Savior. Indeed, “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 ESV). He is my hope. He will not fail. And that fearfulness that I had felt has now turned to joy. Because in the end, my joy never depended on the White House or Congress, it always rested in the strong and secure Name of Jesus. Now, instead of being fearful and bitter, I find myself living in anticipation of what God is going to do.
We are called to honor the President of the United States. For a thoughtful article on honoring God-appointed authorities, read Russ Moore’s “Christians, Let’s Honor the President”.