God Appoints Kings
by Amber Maccione
Having a Godly Attitude about Election 2012
This morning when I awoke to my Facebook, I noticed a lot of my church going friends (Christians) were bashing President Obama and making comments about wanting to puke all because Obama won over Romney. I am not going to say whom I voted for as there were a lot of things I believed Romney had right as well as a lot of things Obama had right. But I was shocked that Christians would boldly state things that showed a poor attitude that Christ would not be please with.
As I kept reading such comments, a reoccurring phrase kept popping in my head – God appoints Kings and governments. I knew the Bible talked about such things, yet Christians continued to bash whom God had provided for governing of the United States. I also knew that if it had been Romney who won, these Christian friends of mine would have a whole different attitude.
So I went to the Bible to see exactly what it said. I came across 3 different places that talked about what our reaction to appointed government should be.
1) Romans 13:1-2 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
2) 1 Timothy. 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
3) Ezra 6:10 so that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons
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In Romans, God instructs us to not resist the governing authorities because they exist because God put them there. Therefore, why are we in our attitudes resisting that Obama was elected?
In 1 Timothy, God urges us to pray, make petitions, and give thanks on behalf of who is elected. So why are we saying we want to puke, leave the country, and bashing Obama? Shouldn’t we be writing letters to urge him and encourage him? Shouldn’t we be giving thanks to God for whom He has provided to govern us?
And in Ezra, God tells us to pray for the well being of our king and his family. So shouldn’t we instead of bashing, be on our knees praying for the well being of Obama, Michelle, and his two daughters?
There was another thing that I saw in this election too. One of my Christian friends was disappointed that so many voted for Obama who stood for things such as abortion and gay marriage. Another phrase came to mind – I am for Peter; I am for Paul; etc. I went to the Bible again to see the exact Scripture. I found 2 places in 1 Corinthians.
1) 1 Corinthians 1:12 Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul," and "I of Apollos," and "I of Cephas," and "I of Christ."
2) 1 Corinthians 3:4 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
As a Christian, I thought it was our role to represent Christ and to promote Christ not promote a mere man. So why are we disappointed that a so called Christian would vote for Romney or even Obama? We are not of Romney or of Obama. As Christians we are of Christ.
These are just some things to think about as the election closes and we live with President Obama as our President. Let’s change out attitude towards him. Let’s be in prayer for him. Let’s write letters of petition to him. Let’s be of Christ and let our light shine in a world that desperately needs Christ – not an Obama or a Romney or any other man we think should be in that seat.
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