God is not a Democrat…

God is not a Democrat…or a Republican! He is never up for election, re-election or impeachment. And yet from the sounds from some Christians you’d think that somehow God got dethroned last night. Today I’ve read and heard people saying things like…

“Boy do we need to pray for our country now!”

“Now I’m scared for my country.”

“I’m thinking some prayer and fasting are in order.”

But I wonder, how many Christians would be just as passionate about urging each other to pray for their new president (1 Timothy 2:1-4) if McCain had won?

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Thank God we have the incredible freedom and blessing to pray for our President–not a king, not a tyrant, not a junta. No matter how you voted, let us pray and give thanks for our new President. Let us pray that God would grant him the immense wisdom needed to govern our country and that God might change his heart and mind on huge issues like abortion and marriage. Let us also honor and respect him with the honor and respect due to his God-ordained position (Romans 13:1-7).

As Christians our first allegiance is to and our foremost hope is in “Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth” (Revelation 1:5). So our politics must be put into perspective: the world we all want and the change we all need could not be achieved by either Obama or McCain. Despite their noble (and sometimes ignoble) motives, no politician will ever be able to say “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). For that we need the Creator and the Redeemer and the Spirit. We need more than political rhetoric, we need the gospel truth of the Triune God.

However, let us not ignore the evidence of God’s grace. Last night, history was made in electing the first African-American President. And even though Maine is the “whitest” state in the Union don’t let this just slip by us! Rejoice in such an amazing event!

Finally, our hope doesn’t excuse us from getting our hands dirty or allow us to sit on our rear ends “until Jesus comes back.” We are signposts of the New Creation, of the world we all want (2 Corinthians 5:17), and our changed lives and humble service point forward to that day. As followers of Jesus Christ, let us be a community of Family, Missionaries, Servants and Learners who love God supremely and our neighbors as our selves.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Hey Josh, thank you for the truth of this post! I had lunch with Pastor Bob Frederich today, and this came up briefly. I asked him to share with us some of the thoughts he shared with me. How many times in his eighty years has the church wrung it’s hands over our next president and even held torch-light processionals, as if the world was on it’s death bed.

    Praise God that He is God, and that he puts people into leadership positions, and will use them (whether we like how they are used or not). Thank you for pointing us to our faithful heavenly Dad.

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  2. Posted by Laurie Jerry on November 7, 2008 at 5:50 am

    Thank you for your encouragements and truth from the Word, Pastor Josh! God is certainly far above, and in no way limited to or by, our earthly political systems. As we sang last Sunday, His name is above all earthly powers…His Kingdom is forever! It is wonderful comfort to know that we belong to Him, and that He will sustain and strengthen us (and even cause us to shine!) for His purposes.

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