Summary: The presidential election is now over. As Christians, how do we respond to the election of a new president.
A president met w/president elect- gave him 3 numbered envelopes w/instructions to open when great difficulties arise. After- new president- in office for a short time- economic crisis arose- He opened envelope #1. The note said, “Blame me.” Which he did. Some time later- domestic crisis arose- he opened envelope #2. The note said- “Blame my party.” In a great show of partisan politics, he blamed- former presidents party. A year later- serious foreign policy issue arose- president opened- third envelope. It said, “Prepare three envelopes.” Contributed by Robert Leroe
That is a picture of the cycle of our politics today.
Look at this newspaper clipping …
Gambling, robbery, sexual immorality, and violence is prevalent. Half of all children are born out of wedlock; purity and fidelity to the marriage vow are sneered out of fashion. Corruption in politics is rampant. The world is broken. Contributed by Douglas Vincent
What is the Dateline of the newspaper clipping- 1694.
Two years of campaigning-for president-finally ended
For most of us, the fact that it is over is a great relief.
For some there is …
rejoicing at the outcome/hope of change,
sadness- great concern for that change/future
Campaign- stirred up- passions of- American people.
An unprecedented number of registered voters voted.
This elections has been historic in a number of ways.
1st time in our history-elected-black man as president.
Perhaps a sign that as a nation we are moving beyond some of the racial divisions of the past.
We need not underestimate the importance of this …
Only 143 years ago- slavery abolished in US
In addition Amendment 2 passed- clearly defining marriage between one man and one woman.
Hopefully this will send a clear message of righteousness to our nation.
How do we respond to the Presidential Elections?
As John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, said …
Duty is ours, results are Gods.
I hope each of us as Christians did our duty …
now the results are in the hands of God.
Our economy is in trouble, we are in great moral decline, we hear of wars/rumors of wars daily.
Yet two men- both promised- fix all our problems and meet all our needs- both at home/around world.
In many ways, they promised to do only what God can do for a people who turn to Him- repent of sin.
The future of our nation is not determined by an election, but by the faith of the elect.
Regardless of who you voted for, we can be assured-
The Bible still contains all the answers to life
Prayer still works- God hears- cry of His people
The Holy Spirit is still at work in the world
Those who call on- name of God will be saved
God still sits on His throne-rules all of Creation
It is good- remind ourselves of who is really in charge
Now that the election is over, our responsibility is clearly to pray faithfully/consistently for our
President, his wife, his family, and his advisors.
Pray for their safety, their wisdom, their discernment.
1 Tim 2:1-4
You may not like Obama/agree with his policies, but we must honor the office he holds and pray for him
1 Pet 2:17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
This is both a Good Day and a Bad Day.
The election may be behind us, but the affects are still ahead of us and somewhat unknown.
Good Day- we have elected the first black president- points to the greatness of the American Republic.
Bad Day- we have elected-most liberal president ever- this points to- great moral decay in our nation.
We raise up men into office who reflect- own hearts.
The eternal difference between right and wrong does not fluctuate, it is immutable. P Henry
Truth does not change with a new President or with the polices or laws that Congress might pass.
As Christians- have a responsibility- be light/salt, and stand for truth, regardless of popular opinion.
David Vaughan- historian- talking about P Henry …
(Patrick) Henry rightly understood that the moral condition of the American people was a direct product of their religious faith, and that politics and morality were inevitably intertwined. Thus, the political structure ultimately rested on a religious foundation. The "great pillars of all government and of social life … are virtue, morality, and religion.
The church has a responsibility to make God’s wisdom known to the world/powers of darkness.
This will not be accomplished by rebuking the enemy, but by living godly, righteous lives.
How we live opens/closes doors for Satan to afflict and rule over us over us through ungodly leaders.
As we move further from God as a nation, God lifts His protecting hand from us.
This makes room for the enemy to attack us.