God Bless President Obama and God Bless Us!

Barack Obama is President of the United States (POTUS) again. On Tuesday the Commander in Chief was reelected to remain in his office for four more years.

If you look at the voting statistics, it was a fairly close vote. Maybe it wasn’t as close as some people thought it would be, but it was by no means a landslide victory.

So now what? What will all the Republicans do? More importantly, what will conservative Christians do? As I shared in a previous post this week, there are a number of things that are concerning about what the Democrats are trying to do. There are things being approved and proposed that are contrary to our faith and beliefs. Thus, many conservative Christians might have been left frustrated and disturbed after Obama was reelected on Tuesday.

What are Christians to do? How are we to react?

With respect and honor! Once again, we review two key Bible verses:

Romans 13:1-2  Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

1 Peter 2:13-14, 17  Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right . . . honor the king.

No matter who is the President of the United States–or even if we live in a country with communism and a dictator!–we owe our government respect and honor. That doesn’t mean we have to agree with every policy or platform. But that does mean we ought be humbly respectful.

God is in control of this entire universe. He created it. He preserves it. Thus, it was according to his holy will that Barack Obama is the one he has allowed to become president.

Why?

Only God knows.

But we do know these things:

  • God promises never to leave us or forsake us
  • God promises that all things work for our good
  • God promises that his kingdom and his Church cannot be defeated

Thus, humbly we accept God’s will and move forward. Maybe Obama was your vote. Maybe not. It doesn’t matter any more. God allowed  Obama to retain his office. God’s will was done.

Therefore, we are to respect our President. We are to pray for our President. We are to pray for our country. And, if we want to make some real changes in our lives and in our country, then we can be resolved to vow what Joshua did in the Old Testament:

Joshua 24:15  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD!

That crystial-clear focus will bring real change in our lives, our communities, and our country.

God be with President Obama. God be with the United States of America. God be with us.

May his will be done. May his kingdom spread.

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About Pastor Phil Huebner

Pastor. Missionary. Principal. Husband. Father. Serving in love as each. http://www.ctkpalmcoast.com

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  1. When you say, “God’s Will Be Done”, that President Obama being reelected was God’s Will, be careful. I’d highly likely disagree with such sentiment when evil dictators are in control of nations. Adolf Hitler leader of Nazi Germany was likely not God’s Will. So, there’s a way to say what you mean, but how you’ve said it is incorrect.

    • Well God’s will is always done. If we say otherwise, then we are saying that this happened and God didn’t want it to but he couldn’t stop it from happening.

      God allowed Obama to be president. He allowed it for some particular reason we don’t know.

      Now would we say that God endorses Obama? No. Would we say that God likes his politics? No.

      But we can say with certainty that it is part of God’s plan that he be our next president. Nothing happens without it being a part of God’s plan. That’s not a fatalistic approach. That means that God uses every event in history for his good purposes . . . even a leader that might not be on the same page with Christianity.

      • I’ll make one more clarification based on your example of Hitler. God allowed that as a part of a greater plan for our world. That doesn’t mean though that God wants or wills people to be slaughtered by maniacal dictators.

      • I do believe it was God’s will fior president Obama to again be President. Like Jesus he is looking out for the poor and those left behind and not for the rich. For anyone to compare him with Hitler means that their is a deep seated form of evilness in them. The abortion law has been on the books since 1973 and yet it has not presented an issue for our preceding presidents. I believe that God is calling us to eradicate homelessness and feed the hungry. We cannot do that if government determines who it is going to leave out. 47% now that would be Hitler. Years ago Mormons believed that blacks sinned in another life so I knew that Mitt Romney was an unlikely choice for for a certain group of people. Those individuals that are homosexuals deserve the right to have equal rights and protection under the law. Not too many years ago this same discourse was about blacks and civil rights. We will have to meet our maker one day and answer for the things that we try to accuse others of. People want to be God but they don’t want to act like Him.

  2. I believe we as voters have so distorted the facts. Our president has a citizen obligation to abide by the constitution of the US. It is inclusive the great Framers wrote for liberty and justice for all. If I were president I would try to abide by the constitution but that doesn’t mean that I would be in favor of some of the behaviors, everyone deserves the right to live equally under the law. Without rambling, I believe that we should not confuse positions as preachers are anointed and called they deal with souls, presidents deals with governs and laws. Lastly, I so appreciate your fair and realistic posts.

  3. Thanks for your comments! Your 2nd to last sentence here was brilliantly put and absolutely right! You wrote: “I believe that we should not confuse positions as preachers are anointed and called they deal with souls, presidents deals with governs and laws.”

    Not only is that a good belief to have, but that is what God dictates. They are two different kingdoms. Worldly governments rule over worldly kingdoms. Christians are also a part of God’s kingdom of believers. Those are different. And it is absolutely not the job of any President or king or dictator to do the job of the church and mettle in God’s kingdom. Their job is civil law and order, not preaching the Word of God.

    I will add two comments though:

    1) The abortion issue has stood for decades, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important any more. I and many other Christians support the protection of life and the prevention of murders. Moreover, the abortion issue is creeping into “church business” with the new health care plan. That’s an even bigger problem!

    2) About the homosexuality issue . . . I’ve posted about this in the past, so I’ll summarize here. Homosexuality is a sin in God’s sight. So I’m not going to support it’s advancement. This is not to say that Christians will treat homosexuals with love and respect. That I do and all Christians should do. So this is not a civil rights issue. Or to rephrase it a different way: God never said it was wrong to be black. God did say it was wrong to be homosexual. So the issues are different and unrelated.

    Thanks again for all of your thoughts though!

    • Pastor, as a local pastor I cannot marry nor can a pastor in my denomination Marry someone who is homosexual. But, regardless, I have not found anywhere in the Bible that being homosexual is a greater sin than any other sin, in fact Jesus said “he who is without…” I believe under the law they deserve equal rights I’m not taking any chances on with holding my love from anyone regardless on whether I approve or not. I mentioned color because this same argument occurred under the banner of religion several decades ago and for people to call President Obama Hitler is just purely sinful. I haven’t heard one person from the opposing side say they will pray for him. Again, it was never about God’s approval of my color but man sure had an issue with it.

  4. Thanks.

    You are right that we ought not compare Obama to Hitler–or call him the Antichrist as some have.

    Your point about showing love to all sinners is certainly right. Your point about all sins essentially being equal is also certainly right.

    Yet, that doesn’t change the fact that the Bible does say homosexuality is a sin. Whether it’s legalizing abortion, gay marriage, prostitution, polygamy or any other similar sin–Bible-based Christians will not want to support such things. (Even though we still show love and offer forgiveness to those people!)

  5. Sure God’s Will is always done, even if we don’t see the results now or even how his plan might be working out among us. I like how you changed your wording to “God allowing things to happen” versus saying outright that it’s God’s Will. Ultimately everything that happens is a form of God’s Will, but there are many things that happen that I don’t think are “God’s Will.” God doesn’t want bad things to happen to people and nations, but he does allow things to happen and does step in and intervene in ways that may or may not be made known or even make sense to us.

    My reference to Hitler was not to be confused with President Obama. It was just an example of a human tragedy that was not “God’s Will.”

    • It is a complicated thing, isn’t it? I figured we were agreeing more than our words said–we were just saying it kind of differently!

      But it is hard to understand! Nothing can happen without God allowing it. So does that mean God makes bad things happen? No. Does that mean God wants bad things to happen. Not necessarily. But he allows those things to happen.

      Theologians often describe the will of God in different ways, such as the antecedent will of God and the consequential will of God. For example:

      1) God’s antecedent will is that all people be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth
      2) But the consequential will of God is that those who reject him will experience the consequence of hell.

      What a great God we have who is so much larger than we are! Who can understand his infinite wisdom and power?!

  6. hopingJesuscomessoon

    At some point God will also allow the anti-Christ come to power…..are we to respect and honor him and do what he says?

    • The answer is NO to that one. For two reasons:

      1) We owe our governmental leaders respect but the Antichrist won’t be our governmental leader. The Antichrist is someone set up within the church (see 1 Thessalonians), not government.

      2) The Antichrist already has come to power….and had started to do so even at the time of the apostles.

  7. Hummm Christian Conservatives? What does that mean? As I have seen it for over 60 years. It means you feel , you have gods ( yours must be spelled with a small g) blessing to cheat your employees on their wages, for that is something that is common among Christian Conservatives.. As “blue” said the abortion issue has been an issue for, 4 DECADES! It came before 4 Republican President who held that office for a total of 23 years and did? NOTHING! Why would they? Like a card game once you play the card its out of play until the next deal ( election) But you sure love war.. Did you bother reading todays paper about Iraq? Was that worth 6000 American dead and over 100,000 wounded and over 3 Trillion dollars? It was to Haliburton and all the private no bid contractors.. Most every issue you people cling to like leeches, sucking the blood from your host ,are actually state decided issues . Why is it that The Red Christian Conservative States Always rank at the very bottom for quality of life issues. Why waste my time before I see if this is allowed to be read by others.. In Closing..
    ” No More Years” wow way to back pedal… ” My reference to Hitler was not to be confused with President Obama. It was just an example of a human tragedy that was not “God’s Will.”
    I have NO DOUBT you are one of those sending the disgusting emails the pastor referred to!

    • Hi thanks for writing. It sounds like you are angry about some things. I’m not exactly sure what the aim or point of your comment is though. The original post is several years old now. The only point of it was that no matter who is President and whether we agree or not we are to give respect and honor and obedience.

  8. Pastor Phil : Humm am I angry or just sick and tired of the phonie christians.. Start with the millions of sick emails about the President..he’s a Muslim , he’s The antichrist etc etc etc all sent by those, claiming to be christians…How many sermons have you done on that topic? Or the gun nut christians who need a AK 47 so they can kill anyone whom they deem it nessisary to kill , in the name of god ( small g) done any on Kill They Neighbor, yet ? christian (sic) employers whom, for a FACT, always pay the worst in any industry! addressed that lately? christians waving the “rebel” flag.. christians voting for a mormon!! REALLY!!
    Here are 25 questions for you christoians that cheat and rob everyone you come in contact with..
    1) If Republicans are so fiscally responsible, why was President Eisenhower (in the 1950′s) the last Republican president to balance the budget?
    2) 2) If President Reagan was such a fiscally conservative hero, why did he quadruple our national debt during his eight years in the White House?
    3) 3) If our Founding Fathers wanted this nation to be based on Christianity, why don’t the words “Christian” or “Christianity” appear even once in our Constitution?
    4) 4) If our sexual orientation is a choice, can you explain to me when it was that you chose to be straight?
    5) 5) Do you enjoy weekends off? Paid vacation? Benefits? Holidays off? Safe working conditions? Overtime? Workers’ compensation? Sick leave? Then why do you oppose unions? They’re the reason why we have all of those things.
    6) 6) If universal background checks won’t slow down gun violence, then why do you think requiring an ID to vote will solve the almost non-existent cases of voter fraud?
    7) 7) If everything that’s still wrong with our economy is President Obama’s fault, why do most Republicans still keep a far distance from having anything to do with George W. Bush?
    8) 8) The wealthy are richer than they’ve ever been before, while the poor and middle class fall further and further behind, so when exactly does “trickle-down” economics start to work?
    9) 9) If more guns make us safer, and we have more guns than any other nation on the planet, why do we lead the world in gun violence?
    10) 10) Can you accurately predict, based on the “science” within the Bible, any event that will occur in the near future?
    11) 11) If supporting the Confederate flag is “just about history,” then couldn’t people say the same thing about the Nazi swastika?
    12) 12) Does it ever occur to you that the reason why your party says climate change is a hoax, opposes mass public transit systems and rallies against green energy is because none of those three things would benefit big oil?
    13) If your party’s goal was to make Obama fail, and many of them have cheered any time he has faced failure or adversity, why would they have done anything up until now to help him succeed?
    14) What freedoms have you lost since Obama became president?
    15) If 30 “urban looking” African-Americans strolled into a predominantly white upper-middle class neighborhood with AR-15′s and AK-47′s strapped to their backs, do you think the people living there would feel safe?
    16) If a criminal, in possession of a gun, walks into some place determined to commit a crime (robbery for example) and you’re openly carrying your weapon where they can see it – don’t you think you would be the first person they’d target?
    17) Are you aware that no matter how much oil we drill here in the United States, almost all of it still gets sold on the open market to the highest bidder? “Drill baby drill” doesn’t make any sense unless we essentially nationalize all of our oil. Are you then suggesting we nationalize our oil?
    18) In Iraq, Obama basically had 2 choices:
    • Keep troops in Iraq indefinitely, costing trillions more over probably the next 10-20 years (because that’s how long it’s going to take to even try to establish real democracy in the country).
    • Remove our troops, likely handing the country over to radical Islamic insurgents shortly after.
    Which solution would you have had him choose to clean up Bush’s mess? Oh, all while reducing our deficit and listening to the vast majority of Americans who wanted us out of Iraq.
    19) If a church wants to marry a gay couple, but state law prohibits gay marriage, how is that not a violation of their “religious freedoms”?
    20) The United States has around 300-330 million guns (and growing) circulating within our neighborhoods, while gun violence continues to claim around 9,000 lives every year. How many guns will it take to decrease gun violence in America?
    21) Explain to me how someone can enjoy their own personal “religious freedom” when they’re having to abide by laws and policies based on somebody else’s?
    22) If guns make us safer, then why was one of the first things many law enforcement officials did in the 1800′s to curb violence in their towns (and most were successful) was to ban the carrying of firearms inside city limits?
    23) If raising taxes on the rich equals dangerous socialism, how do you explain our very successful capitalism during the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s with much higher taxes?
    24) If our deficits have drastically dropped in the last five years, how exactly has Obama drastically increased spending?
    25) If this country was indeed founded to be a “Christian nation,” could you please explain which denomination?
    Well there you have it folks, the “best of” edition of my 10 questions series. I hope you enjoyed it and that you’ll take at least a few of these questions with you into “battle” the next time you’re dealing with right-wing nonsense.
    – See more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/special-edition-top-25-questions-liberals-should-ask-republicans/#sthash.dmFR5Vv0.dpuf14) What freedoms have you lost since Obama became president?
    15) If 30 “urban looking” African-Americans strolled into a predominantly white upper-middle class neighborhood with AR-15′s and AK-47′s strapped to their backs, do you think the people living there would feel safe?
    16) If a criminal, in possession of a gun, walks into some place determined to commit a crime (robbery for example) and you’re openly carrying your weapon where they can see it – don’t you think you would be the first person they’d target?
    17) Are you aware that no matter how much oil we drill here in the United States, almost all of it still gets sold on the open market to the highest bidder? “Drill baby drill” doesn’t make any sense unless we essentially nationalize all of our oil. Are you then suggesting we nationalize our oil?
    18) In Iraq, Obama basically had 2 choices:
    • Keep troops in Iraq indefinitely, costing trillions more over probably the next 10-20 years (because that’s how long it’s going to take to even try to establish real democracy in the country).
    • Remove our troops, likely handing the country over to radical Islamic insurgents shortly after.
    Which solution would you have had him choose to clean up Bush’s mess? Oh, all while reducing our deficit and listening to the vast majority of Americans who wanted us out of Iraq.
    19) If a church wants to marry a gay couple, but state law prohibits gay marriage, how is that not a violation of their “religious freedoms”?
    20) The United States has around 300-330 million guns (and growing) circulating within our neighborhoods, while gun violence continues to claim around 9,000 lives every year. How many guns will it take to decrease gun violence in America?
    21) Explain to me how someone can enjoy their own personal “religious freedom” when they’re having to abide by laws and policies based on somebody else’s?
    22) If guns make us safer, then why was one of the first things many law enforcement officials did in the 1800′s to curb violence in their towns (and most were successful) was to ban the carrying of firearms inside city limits?
    23) If raising taxes on the rich equals dangerous socialism, how do you explain our very successful capitalism during the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s with much higher taxes?
    24) If our deficits have drastically dropped in the last five years, how exactly has Obama drastically increased spending?
    25) If this country was indeed founded to be a “Christian nation,” could you please explain which denomination?
    Well there you have it folks, the “best of” edition of my 10 questions series. I hope you enjoyed it and that you’ll take at least a few of these questions with you into “battle” the next time you’re

    • Well Richard, you are making some large assumptions and generalizations here about me and our church that are not true. Further, this particular blog is not the place for comments such as this. This not a blog for being angry and accusing and talking past one another. This blog is only for discussing calmly what God says in the Bible. If you would like to discuss any of your one points of disgust on the basis of God’s Word, I would be happy to do so.

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