How Christians Should Respond to Obama’s Re-Election


As I join my fellow Christ followers in lamenting the re-election of a president whose policies have been decidedly unGodly, I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul.

“Let every soul,” he instructed, “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”

What that means is that sovereign God, in His divine wisdom, has permitted Barack Obama to rule our troubled land another four years.

Just as He allowed Pharoah to rule Egypt during the time of Moses; Ahab to rule Israel during the time of Elijah; and Belshazzar to rule Babylon during the time of Daniel.

That God allowed those wicked men to govern in no way meant He overlooked their unrepentant sinfulness.

Indeed, He brought ten plagues upon Pharoah’s Egypt, the last of which took the life of the ruler’s first-born son.

Ahab was mortally wounded by a random arrow and died ignominiously as dogs lapped up his blood.

And Belshazarr was slain, and his kingdom lost to his enemies, after God passed judgment on him – the proverbial writing on the wall.

The point is that God remains on the throne. That he rules over all the kingdoms and the nations. That in His hand there is power and might. And that no one, not even the putative “leader of the free world,” is able to withstand Him.

So, much as it pains this evangelical Christian, I accept that Barack Obama is our nation’s duly re-elected president. And I do not challenge his governing authority over me and my house.

However, just because the mass of voters returned Obama to the White House for another four years doesn’t mean that same-sex marriage is no longer an abomination; that abortion is no longer murder; that God no longer has a place in public life.

And no matter the outcome of the presidential election, I believe it the duty of Christ followers to “speak truth to power.” To raise our voices in dissent when our elected leaders pass laws and pursue policies which clearly are contrary to God’s supreme law.

I count myself among the more than half of Americans who, according to Election Day exit polls, believe that our nation is “on the wrong track.” I also attribute the social and economic morass in which our country currently finds itself to our governing authorities, who have turned away from God.

That is why it is up to the Christian faithful to stand in the gap for America the next four years. To pray, unceasingly, that our president, who professes himself Christian, will actually govern like a true Christian.

For God has promised, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

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8 thoughts on “How Christians Should Respond to Obama’s Re-Election

  1. Anonymous on said:

    The Apostle Paul also said “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” Galatians 1:8 so that counts Romney out! Obama professes to be a Christian and sat in the pews of a Protestant Church for over 20 years!

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  2. pastorjackwilson on said:

    Amen again! I don’t think I got Travis’ point. Perhaps I am slow.Did someone say that God sins? He , (I think) asks the question if a non Christian can govern like a Christian. Other that bringing people to the Lord and baptizing them which I have never seen any President do, of course they can. Morals are morals. Just as all truth is God’s truth–likewise, all good is God’s good. When a sinner does good is it now bad because he is a sinner? As for being ignorant, riding two horses and getting in a boat, I thinkest thou dost protesteth too much.

  3. As hard as it has been for me to accept it, he is there because of the will of God. Probably the permissible will but none the less, His will.
    My daughter asked me just this morning, “Daddy, How did Barack Obama win?” I told her it was first because God allowed it. Christians are just not doing their jobs any more. Recently we had a typhoon here and thousands were displaced. When we get typhoons, we don’t lose boats and cars as we don’t own them. The people lose their shacks and all their possessions. We put out a call for help and not one single donation came in. Likewise, I just put out the call for donations for our sixth annual Christmas Celebration. We got one.

    So, I am thinking the hearts are getting harder. The bible days when the son of man returns will he find faith upon the earth? That’s speaking of Christians being Christians. (Non Christians don’t have faith)

    The method used for him to win may have been cheating. Romney one in all the States that required voter I.D. Coincidence? You decide.

    Lastly, I an others like me were also somewhat responsible. I know some of my messages, (although true) were harder and more sarcastic then they should have been thus alienating the very people we are trying to convince.

    The good news is this, God did not give up the throne. He is still in charge. If we seek Him, we will find Him. If .we obey Him, He will bless us and no one will be able to stop Him

    • Amen Pastor. Also, so you know, my wife (who happens to be a Filipina) and I are going to take up a collection for your mission this upcoming holiday.

      • pastorjackwilson on said:

        That’s so nice of you thanks! I did not know your wife was a Filipina. Where is she from and when are you coming to visit. You guys are welcome at our house!

  4. Randall Travis Ward on said:

    God does not sin. The sinful people of the USA have elected a God hater to be president. We will reap the seed we have sown. “A non-christian govern like a Christian”. That is one of the most ignorant statements I have ever read. If you actually believe that could happen then you have rejected all the teachings of the Bible and the Church for two thousand years.

    Get in the boat with the rest of us believers and stop trying to ride two horses at once. You cannot believe in Satan and God at the same time.

    • Do you not recall the story of Nineveh, the inhabitants of which God said, “their great wickedness is come up before Me”?

      The Lord ordered Jonah to Nineveh to warn the evildoers there of the kingdom’s impending destruction.
      But a wondrous thing happened:
      The king of Nineveh dressed himself in sackcloth and sat himself down in ashes. He issued a proclamation, decreeing that everyone within his kingdom also put on sackcloth, pray, fast and repent.
      God saw the sincere repentance of Nineveh’s king and his subjects and, in His divine mercy, spared the kingdom.
      Like you, I believe that America is bending toward wickedness. I also have deep reservations about our newly re-elected president.
      Yet, the Bible teaches that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
      That means that if the president humbles himself before God, if our nation comes to repentance, then ever-merciful God will spare America as he spared Nineveh.

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