Render unto Caesar…

Barak Obama will be our next president. Some of us are thrilled by his victory, maybe even overjoyed! Some of us are depressed, maybe even scared or angry or disillusioned. Regardless of whether you were pro-Obama or NObama in this campaign, the fact is Obama will be sitting in the Oval Office come January.
?As followers of Christ we need to be obedient to God starting now! Here is what it looks like:

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1.?Submit to Obama. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities…” Romans 13:1a
?•?The campaign was brutal. It was too long, too mean-spirited and it seemed to really polarize our country. Too bad. But the election is over. In every election there is a winner and a loser. It’s time to rally around the winner, our new leader.

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2.?Respect Obama. “…for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1b-2
?•?There was a lot of hating going on in this political season – bogus emails, blatant lies, character defamation, and unfounded accusations. Both sides had fools flinging mud. Perhaps sometimes the criticism was valid – the accusations true. But now Obama is the man so quit complaining, quit spreading rumors, quit slandering his reputation. God put him in the position he is in so don’t be stupid – respect the man; respect the office.

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3.?Pray for Obama. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” I Timothy 2:1-3
?•?I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a more difficult job than being president of the United States. Mr. Obama needs wisdom, integrity, safety, courage, compassion, good health and the hide of a rhinoceros (I know, because it comes in handy for pastors too!). I’d say we have plenty to pray about.

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This was written before the results of the election were known(though an Obama victory was anticipated); that’s because these words were going to be needed whether McCain or Obama won. So whether this post finds you happy or bummed – let’s be people who are pleasing to God.

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Peace,
?Dave