Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A new leader

**Update: Jack just said "You know what? I hope Obama DOES fix everything! No use being negative now! It'd be really nice if all of them are right!!" hehehe

No. I didn't vote for him. But...

I Timothy 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. …8 In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

I Peter 2:13 For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state, 14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. 15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. 16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 17 Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.

Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. 6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.

My big important thought of the night:

I'm both proud and bothered that it's such an incredibly momentus occasion that we elected our first first African American president today. Proud because I'm listening to the older generation of blacks talk about how, just a few decades ago, they had to fight to drink from the same water fountain as whites. How far we've come! And I am proud of that. I am proud to be a part of a (mostly) color-blind generation.

But then I think... that's where we should have been all along. I wish it wasn't such a big deal that he's black. It shouldn't be. Why does it matter? He should be judged and remembered by his leadership ability and values, not the color of his skin. Perhaps this is just a stepping stone to that.

No matter what, big picture: Obama's not in control of our country. God is always in control.


presentpossibilities said...

I couldn't agree more...in spite of everything tonight I'm at peace that God is in control -

- on Christ the solid rock I stand! All other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is stinking sand...

Amanda said...

I would disagree with the 'color blind' comment about America. Sadly, I think he got a lot of votes mostly because he is a minority, and not so much because of what he stood/stands for. (In my opinion, thats better than not voting for him because of skin color, and at least it got people out to actually partake in their rights as an American!) But I do agree and rejoyce that God is ultimately in control, and His will will be done (yay!)

I hope that all of the obama supporters are so excited about all this upcoming 'change' that they start buy stock and spending money and start stimulating the economy again!