Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"America has chosen a president"

My thoughts resound with Albert Mohler this morning in his response to our newly elected President. While the overwhelming Democratic sweep was both surprising and undeniably unsettling to me, I am so thankful today that my hope and confidence does not ebb and flow with the elections. So while I disagree with many of Obama's pillars of change, I know and rejoice in the fact that God is sovereign, he "sets up kings and desposes them." I echo Mohler in saying that it is our duty now to earnestly pray for our new President and his family, and to support and respect him for his God given authority as President.

Below are some of Mohler's concluding thoughts on the election from his article "America Has Chosen A President." Read the entire piece here.

"Evangelical Christians face another challenge with the election of Sen. Obama, and a failure to rise to this challenge will bring disrepute upon the Gospel, as well as upon ourselves. There must be absolutely no denial of the legitimacy of President-Elect Obama's election and no failure to accord this new President the respect and honor due to anyone elected to that high office. Failure in this responsibility is disobedience to a clear biblical command.

Beyond this, we must commit ourselves to pray for this new President, for his wife and family, for his administration, and for the nation. We are commanded to pray for rulers, and this new President faces challenges that are not only daunting but potentially disastrous. May God grant him wisdom. He and his family will face new challenges and the pressures of this office. May God protect them, give them joy in their family life, and hold them close together.

We must pray that God will protect this nation even as the new President settles into his role as Commander in Chief, and that God will grant peace as he leads the nation through times of trial and international conflict and tension.

We must pray that God would change President-Elect Obama's mind and heart on issues of our crucial concern. May God change his heart and open his eyes to see abortion as the murder of the innocent unborn, to see marriage as an institution to be defended, and to see a host of issues in a new light. We must pray this from this day until the day he leaves office. God is sovereign, after all "

*Soveriegn Grace Ministries has also posted a some great thoughts on their blog entitled "After the Election."

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