President Barack Obama. He Did It…Now What?

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Well, Barack Obama has done it.

He won.

This isn’t a joke, or a flashback to President David Palmer’s election on Fox TV’s “24” (or his brother’s election to succeed him).

The citizens of the United States of America have actually elected a Black man (well, a biracial man) as the next President of the United States of America – and leader of the free world.

I can’t say that I am surprised, given the support that Obama has had for quite some time. Even though I have voiced my continued opposition to his candidacy, I am man enough to take a moment to acknowledge the historical weight of this event – and to (yet again) humbly witness the sovereign will of God.

Hold on a moment Obama supporters. Before you start writing new books to add to the bible to herald your next messiah, please know that the world won’t just change overnight because there is a new Captain at the helm of the ship. Oh, and unlike the woman in the video below, please continue to pay for your mortgage and your gasoline as the new President-Elect won’t be doing that for you…just yet:

I thought this day would never happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage, you know, if I help them, they help me.

Lord have mercy. Let us pray for the new President – that the Lord’s will be done in his administration. Let us also pray for this nation – particularly for the millions of voters who sincerely believe they’ve just elected Christ Himself.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)

1 First of all, then, I urge that (A)entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,

2 (B)for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

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9 Responses to “President Barack Obama. He Did It…Now What?”


  1. 1 Brian Foulks November 5, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Today is when it starts brother for the believer….

  2. 2 ready4change November 5, 2008 at 9:35 am

    ST,

    I know it has been a while since I posted, but I think now is as an appropriate time as ever. First of all, I completely agree with the your reference to the biblical mandate to pray for our new president-elect. Secondly, I think all Christians need to understand that we are simply pilgrims, travelers and foreigners in this world, and that we have the promise of a city not made with the hands of men, where Christ is King. The following article from Kim Riddlebarger does not express my complete feeling on this historic time, but I would say that I agree with Bro. Riddlebarger wholeheartedly on his well-balanced assessment of what this means for the believer. I especially agree with his mentioning of us being citizens living in “two kingdoms”. Be well, and may God continue to smile upon your efforts…

    Solus Christus,

    R4C

    Living in Light of Two Ages
    by Kim Riddlebarger

    I didn’t vote for him. But he is our new president. Given the angst so many Christians feel about an Obama presidency, it may be a good idea to take a step back and consider the following . . .

    First, this is not the end of the world. It is not even the end of the Republic. Yes, the city of man has lurched hard-left. That happens once in a while. And then over time it drifts back to the center, and then lurches right again. This is what the city of man does. The reality is that the city of man is not any more amenable to Christianity when the lurch is toward the right than it is when it is lurching left. That is the nature of the city of man.

    I am old enough to remember a fair bit of this lurching: Kennedy (center-left), Johnson (left), Nixon (right-center), Ford (center-right) Carter (left), Reagan (right), Bush 41 (center-right), Clinton (center-left), Bush 43 (right-center), and now Obama (left? left-center?). Life goes on folks.

    Second, since we are simultaneously citizens of two kingdoms (the kingdom of God and the city of man) I certainly hope we find it within ourselves to sincerely wish our new president well, and fervently pray for God’s blessing upon him and his new administration (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Our nation is facing a severe economic crisis. We are deeply divided along political and racial lines. There is great resentment about the war in Iraq, and great uncertainty about what to do about Iran and Israel. Our new president faces a daunting task in leading a divided nation in a very uncertain time. He truly needs our prayers. The American presidency is one huge job.

    Third, if Obama isn’t up to the job, then all of us will suffer. If he is everything that his most ardent supporters claim that he is, he still faces a task which can overwhelm the even greatest of men. So, let us hope and pray that Obama will capably fulfill his office and lead our nation forward through this tough time. There is too much at stake here for the partisans among us to cynically wish that Obama will fail so that Republicans can get the White House back in 2012. Now is the time for partisan politics to go on hiatus. We don’t yet know what Obama will do. But we do owe President-Elect Obama the benefit of the doubt for the time being.

    Far and away, the worst president of my life-time was Jimmy Carter. He wasn’t an ideological leftist or a socialist (although he governed as one). Carter was a nice man (and a professing Christian) who was an inept president. But his ineptitude hurt all Americans–remember gas lines, hostages left in Iran for 444 days, and stagflation? So, I hope Obama is all that is advertised, because I don’t want to suffer through that stuff again. It was a horrible time for many Americans.

    Fourth, now that we have our first African-American president, let us also hope and pray for real and lasting racial reconciliation. May the Obama presidency heal the wounds that so many African-Americans deeply feel and which white Americans can’t truly understand. That said, while there will always be racism in the city of man, I hope African-Americans realize that it was white Americans who elected the first black president. That is huge. Just twenty years ago, such a thing was unthinkable. This is a real chance to heal old wounds, right old wrongs, and then move on. Let us pray this happens!

    Fifth, there is every possibility that Obama will seek to implement a far-left, socialist agenda. But there is also the possibility that Obama will be a centrist, and that he will govern from the left-center like Bill Clinton did. Remember, it is far easier to run for president and make all kinds of outlandish promises to your various constituencies, than it is to actually govern. The struggle to keep power will pull Obama back to the center, even if his instincts are to go hard-left. This what happens once you live inside the beltway and you grow to like that address @ 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    Should Obama actually succeed in pushing forward the socialist, pro-abortion agenda which so many fear, many of the anti-Bush and union voters who elected him will turn on him, and his “rock-star” popularity will quickly evaporate. The mid-term elections will likely see that huge Democrat majority bounced right out of Congress. Weakness in a national crisis, or a prolonged recession and/or a deepening economic crisis will also really hurt Obama–along with the rest of us. It won’t be long before we find out whether or not that suit was empty, or if Obama has the mettle for the job.

    Finally, there is a fundamental question here. Why wouldn’t we want Obama to succeed? Are partisan politics really more important than the well-being of the nation? This is one of those periods when there are great national changes afoot, and this is truly a time to hope for the best (in terms of God’s providence) for our beloved country. But we also need to hold Obama’s feet to the fire (in terms of his campaign promises) and not be so naive as to think that the city of man (or President Obama) has any real answers to life’s ultimate problems. I doubt very seriously that if John McCain had been elected president the millennium would begin on January 5, 2009.

    This is going to be a very tough term of office for any president. So, it is our duty to pray for our new president, and wish him and our nation well. Meanwhile let us go about our callings and vocations as Christian citizens doing what Paul told us to do, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18), all the while not forgetting the words of the Psalmist (143), “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.”

  3. 3 truthofgod November 5, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Yeah, i think this was an appropriate post. For believers, whether black or white we need to be sober in how we conduct ourselves and not get caught in the media whirlwind. It is true that many people including professing Christians has treated President Obama’s election like the second coming of Christ. Let’s continue to pray for leadership according to 1 Timothy 2, but bare in mind that we still have to assume the responsibility to uphold God’s statutes.

  4. 4 Cheryl November 5, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Great post! It is a historical event. The verses from I Timothy are very appropiate here.

    This election has reminded of I Samuel 8:6-20, “But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”

    Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

    But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

    It would not matter who would have won this election, the American people have turn to wanting a man to save them, instead of the holy, righteous, faithful, merciful, saving King of Kings. The warning from God is “…you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.” That is a scary place to be. God have mercy on us as nation.

  5. 5 Pastor Jim November 5, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Hey two good postings here ST and R4C. I’m praying!

    And I’m truly glad to have a black man as president and will fervently pray Obama and the Congress lead better than he promised.

    And may God (and the Secret Service) protect him from the racist nutjobs out there who are too stupid want any reconciliation.

  6. 6 Kyle November 5, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    1 step forward, 2 steps back is the best way to describe this victory. The first black guy as President = 1 step forward. Another Jimmy carter = 2 steps back. Sigh!

    I think my analogy was pretty short and to the point.

    Kyle

  7. 7 Jeanie November 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Finally,
    This man and his family needs our prayers for their salvation.I concur with God’s Word saying this world is not our home and that God is sovereign. Read Daniel and it has been truly a blessing for me. Also, we need to remember that government is not our hope. Jesus Christ is!

    Jeanie Franklin

  8. 8 EnochWalked November 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Praise the LORD!

    These scriptures are fitting to all of us in this nation:
    Jeremiah 17:5-10 KJV
    (5)Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
    (6)For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
    (7)Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
    (8)For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
    (9)The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
    (10)I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

    AND LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN!

    Brother Speaking Truth,

    I am not happy! I feel like a complete OUTSIDER YESTERDAY and TODAY! At my polling station in Black Mecca Prince George’s County Upper Marlboro MD….my fellow black citizens were happy to see me come vote(they assumed I was on the team…don’t let the right hand know what the left hand is doing kind of thang!)

    I feel like JESUS did when he wept over the city of Jerusalem. I could not vote for Obama and have BLOOD on my hands and there is NO WAY I was voting for McCain! I know we don’t base our faith on emotions, but I was troubled with ALL of these celebrations…y’all remember when WWII ended with the films of all the GIs and their loved ones celebrating after the defeat of the Nazi Germany, Italy and Imperial Japan.

    I am great student of history, I know this was a special moment in American history–BUT REALLY, COME ON, THIS WHOLE THING WAS STAGED BY POWERFUL PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA & GOVT! It will be said when this nation is no more or whenever that may be…The USA was the greatest propaganda show on earth! Amen.

    People were acting like a great victory was won?????????????????????????BUT WHO REALLY WON YESTERDAY?

    My “HBCU diva” wife(I really do love my wife, she knows firsthand how I describe her) was happy and cherished the historic moment. My 81+ father was happy and he experienced the evil of jim-crow segregation–but my father never lost the ethics of self-respect, integrity, and personal responsiblity!

    I mean, I look at the HipHop Generation which I’m/we’re a part of(I’m 37+ but I have a mentality of an older generation–not the baby boomers(my father and late mother’s generation). Prophetically, I believe our generation has been LIED to so much by the baby boomers and taken for granted and turned off by their parents’ hypocrisy….The Nation got the man elected that the PEOPLE WANTED…AND NOT WHAT GOD WANTED!

    I know, alot of black americans will not like what I discern about Obama…the man is “charmed”–Illuminati, an enlightened one, he is not the beast, but he got some anti-christ powers working for him! I fall asleep when I hear the man talk–IS IT ME? I do not get it! He has never said anything of SUBSTANCE and he changes positions so fast that your head will swirl. Obama and his wife sold out to extreme leftist/radical/marxist/sodomite/black liberation…antichrist agendas with the financial backing to get elected! It is the Truth! He used every frustrated and disenfranchised group in America to get elected…blacks(Christian and non-Christian), and add to the list!

    I vividly remember when the LORD converted me, I could not cheer for my college football team/professional football team the WAY I USED TO! I have an alum friend who invited me to go with him to Redskin’s game(IT WAS ON A SATURDAY!) back in 2005, and I saw how I USED TO BE…An IDOLATER!

    IDOLATRY Got this man elected. Our first “American Idol” president!

    OK brother Speaking Truth, I had to vent! I feel much better now! Thank you!

    I will pray fervently for President-elect Barack Obama, His wife Michelle, and their family…and for all those in authority as I have always done!

    But remember, WE MUST PRAY ONE FOR ANOTHER! Amen! GOD bless each of you!

  9. 9 judy November 7, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I really enjoy your blog and especially this one — along with all your insigtful commenters. I clearly remember the day that I learned something totally new about Martin Luther King. Foundational to Dr. King’s passion was that the measure of a man should be judged by his character and not be the color of his skin. I am sure my paraphrase is weak — but this is what rang loud, clear, and full of truth. Perhaps an historical moment but I wonder what Dr. King would think of Obama’s character?


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