President Obama

Over the last several months prior to the presidential election I received many emails from different organizations warning the church about the dangers of electing Senator Obama. Some focusing on his inability to prove he was an American, others claiming (unbiblicaly) that he is the anti-Christ.

Although I did not vote for him, I do not agree with his theology, foriegn policy, or left wing socialism, there is one thing we dare not overlook. In several weeks he will be sworn in as our new commander and chief. With this in mind it is important for us as a nation as well as those who call themselves Christians to understand that the Bible gives us specific guidelines as to what our responsibility to him is. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, I believe Justin Taylor of Between Two Worlds said it best. 

“With Ohio being called for Senator Obama, it appears that he will be our next President.

It’s very easy to forget–especially for those of us who are on the younger side–that it was only a little over 40 years ago that there were Jim Crow laws in the US. Just a generation ago, many African Americans were segregated from whites in public schools, transportation, restrooms, and restaurants.Rom. 13:1, 4) to whom we should be subject (Rom. 13:1, 5; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).
Tonight, the United States has elected a biracial man to serve as its leader.

It would be an understatement to call this a watershed cultural moment in our country’s history.

No matter who you voted for–or whether you voted at all–it’s important to remember that, as President, Barack Obama will have God-given authority to govern us, and that we should view him as a servant of God.

We are to pray for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

We are to thank God for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

We are to respect Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7). 

We are to honor Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17).

There are many qualifications to add to these exhortations–for example, see this excellent post by John Piper–but it’s still important to remember that these are requirements for all Bible-believing Christians.”

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