This is Kelly writing. I am not a pastor nor have I gone through any professional training in regards to teaching the Bible...or how to use punctuation or spell check. So don't read this looking for punctuation errors as I'm writing it on the fly between meetings. I am simply a man who led my life the way I wanted till I was 36 years old. Then early on a Saturday night before going out to get drunk, some new friends took me to a church service in Mount Pleasant SC. November 22nd 2003 at approximately 8pm my life was surrendered to Jesus Christ. As the song goes I was blind but now I see. The man I was before that radical encounter happened could never comprehend the things I’m saying today. Even today I find myself lost and confused at world events, as well as events in my own life. But that confusion and frustration is temporary. Because I am reminded that this is not my home. My home is my father’s house. And my father is so much greater than any of these worldly problems.
If you are a Christian reading this and are struggling to understand how God can allow a man to win the Presidency who has certain policies that seem to be in direct opposition to God’s will, take comfort. In Psalm 75 God declares He puts every person in every position. Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Probably the most quoted about leaders is from Romans 13. Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. All leaders? That’s what it says. Like Bin Laden and Saddam? If they had authority God put them there. Pharaoh The rulers of Egypt) were used to oppress the Jews for 400 years. Why? To show God’s glory. Our lives are not about being safe and comfortable. Our lives are about showing God’s glory. We do that in a number of different ways, but we all play a part.
So what does Obama’s reelection mean in regard to revealing God’s glory? I have no idea. Did the Jews who lived under Egypt’s oppression for 400 years know what their role was? How about the next generation who wandered in circles for 40 years in the desert? Why was King Nebuchadnezzar put over Babylon or Joseph put at the bottom of a well? Many years later, and often not in the person who was living it’s lifetime, others can look back and see how the hand of God was at work. But to those of us trapped in this time, we don’t get that perspective.
As a Christian we are commanded by our Father to pray for our leaders. 1st Timothy 2 commands it. Can we pray they fail? I don’t believe so. So we should pray that their policies which oppose God’s word become law? No. I believe you should pray for your leader like you pray for anyone. Pray that their eyes, mind and heart are opened to God’s will. Because as Jesus demonstrates in the Lord’s prayer to pray for God’s will to be done. He didn’t pray for Ceasar to be overthrown, or anything like that. And on the night before Jesus was executed the most painful of ways ever known, he prayed that if possible, to be excused from that. But as always it’s most important that the Father’s will be done. Is God happy with the direction this country is heading. I doubt it. But will our country reveal God’s glory? I’m sure of it. Now if you read all of this and are thinking “what kind of a relationship does this guy think he has with Jesus?” I’d like you to have a similar one. Jesus doesn’t force Himself in to your life. Revelation 3:20 Jesus says “Here I am. I stand at the door and knock. If anyone opens the door I will come in and eat with him and he with me”. Pray that God helps you hear that knock so you can open the door to Jesus.