Monday, January 19, 2009

Attempted Perspective

Tomorrow is January 20, 2009. I dread it just as much as the next anti-gay marriage, pro-life, pro-agriculture, conservative does. I THINK Obama is inexperienced, has poor policy ideas, and only spouts rhetoric with no real substance....but I KNOW that tomorrow he will become the 44th President of the United States of America: a position that is to revered and respected for the great responsibility and opportunity it holds.

The campaign is over and tomorrow his administration begins. I could continue to bad mouth them and run the aggressive Anti-Obama campaign that I've been running all fall, but here are a few scriptures that suggest I do otherwise:
  1. Romans 13:1-2 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
  2. Romans 13:5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible pubishment, but also because of conscience.
It appears that all we can do now is pray that the new leader of our country will seek wisdom from God, approval ratings based only on his own conscience, and fight for justice and freedom.

We've been blessed to be led the past several years by a leader who made decisions in a long term manner, and also despite approval ratings---not because of them. President Bush and Laura have been examples of intestinal fortitude, morality, and faith. As much as I'd like "4 more years", its like Mama always says, "You got the same shoes to get glad!" Hence the attempted perspective...

So even though it will be a while before I name any sheep after anyone in this Administration, here's to each of us doing our part in sincerely praying for the new leader of our country and submitting to the authority set in place by God.


Jennifer said...

Amen sista! Funny how I used that phrase about the glad shoes just yesterday... thanks for the perspective!

Liz said...

totally agree with you. I struggle with seperating the Office of the President and the respect that it is due with who he is and what he believes.