Please understand that this post is not a statement as to which way I will vote...I am still prayerfully considering that dilemma...
However I was reading Obama's Statement on Faith and had these thoughts:
1. God is Sovereign - no matter who is elected, God is in control. He raises up leaders and puts them down all to accomplish His own purposes...of this we can be sure. Consider Romans 9:16 - 18 "So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, 'For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth [any questions??!!].' So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills."
2. God is not a plaything to be used to gain the acceptance of those with "faithy" sympathies. Those who would use Him as such will someday realize that they were really the "plaything" in God's cosmic scheme to bring all beings into subjection to Him. Consider Philippians 2:10-11, "so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
3. Outward reform is of no value. Only the gospel can truly reform, and what our country needs desperately is the gospel. Consider Colossians 2:23, "These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh."
4. The rise of God's kingdom is not influenced by earthly politics: a message so many of those who knew Jesus during His time on earth refused to get. His kingdom is much more substantial, He will build His church, the gospel will prevail, and His cross has already overthrown all rulers that make a difference. Take into consideration Colossians 2:13-15, "And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame [awesome!!!], by triumphing over them in him."
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